My Clarisonic Critique

About four weeks ago, the Clarisonic Classic and I ignited a new relationship with nervous trepidation.

Would we be compatible?

Would it be as good as I hoped?

Would it lead to happy ever after…?

Well, in a nutshell…yes, yes and yes!

The Clarisonic is a professional-caliber brush that uses a gentle sonic micro-massage action to cleanse deeply. I was sent this product to give it a whirl…

It is designed to gently clear pores without harsh abrasion or chemicals and clinical results boast that it removes 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing. Also, claims state it reduces pores, fine lines and wrinkles, whilst improving skin tone.

All sounded rather appealing, and the fact it was pink only heighten my excitement and apprehension for our first date.

The Clarisonic is very simple to use. The most infuriating thing is the fact it needs 24 hours charge time before you can begin using it, but all good things come to those that wait…

The next morning I awoke with Christmas morning eagerness, and prepared to give the Clarisonic its first whirl. 

Its gentle nature lends itself to daily use, and there are three different brush heads you can get to fit the system. I think as a default, all the units come with the white brush head which is the sensitive one, but there is also normal and delicate. You can read more about the different brushes here if you so desire.


Using your Clarisonic over the eye-area is a big no no, so you must ensure you have removed any eye makeup before you begin cleansing. The Clarisonic Classic has 2 speed settings, normal and low and this can be altered by holding down the button for 3 seconds whilst the Clarisonic is on. 

It will be a personal preference whith speed setting you prefer, but I use it set to normal as I feel it is more rewarding for my skin and cleanses more thoroughly whilst still being gentle.

The Clarisonic is set to a 1 minute T-timer setting which beeps to instruct you when to move on to the next area of your face. As the diagram above demonstrates, the recommendation is:

20 seconds on your forehead, 20 seconds on your nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek.

But you can alter this to a 2 minute duration if your feel you require longer time cleansing.

Before you begin, wet your face and the brush with warm water and either liberally prep your face with the cleanser or place directly onto the brush head. This is the method I prefer. And then you are ready to press the button and start cleansing. The unit makes a dull buzzing noise and gently vibrates in an inoffensive manner.

The key is not to press the brush too firmly to your face, but just make sure the unit is flush to your skin and move slowly in small circular movements.

The Clarisonic is completely waterproof so can be used confidently in the shower, bath or whenever else takes you fancy…except the dishwasher…apparently!

A full charge of the Clarisonic allows 30 minutes of use, which is great as you don’t need to be worrying about charging it after every cleansing session. I always use it in the evening to remove all the grub and grime from the day’s escapades. It is so quick and easy, and honestly does remove every speck of makeup.

I carried out an experiment. I embarked on my normal nightly cleansing routine, to which I thought I was removing the majority of my makeup and leaving my face fresh and clean!

How very wrong I was.

I then used the Clarisonic straight afterwards and…let just say, the white bristles weren’t so white after my 1 minute session. A lot of unsuspected makeup was removed and staring right back at me from the brush head!

My Clarisonic Classic came with three trial sizes of their different cleansers to be used. They are all really lovely and very gentle , but you can use any cleanser when using the unit. They just advise not to use anything highly concentrated with exfoliating particles, as this combined with the oscillating bristles may be too harsh on your skin.

So I have now been using my Clarisonic for nearly a whole month now, and I can confess I have noticed results.

My skin isn’t awful but isn’t perfect either. I suffer from blackheads on my nose and those occasional annoying little pimples around my chin and jawline. I have furiously scrubbed my nasal area in an attempt to banish those nasty blackheads, but so very often, I am just left resembling Rudolph and still sporting those little beasts.

I have definitely observed that after using the Clarisonic that my skin feels fresher, and the blackheads and pimples have minimised and become less obvious.

My skin can often look a bit sallow and really rather dull, but when using the unit, it definitely seems to perk the skin up and give it a really healthy, squeaky-clean glow.

I like the fact I can slip into slumber knowing that every scrap of slap has been removed, and my skin is definitely thanking me for it.

Clarisonic offer three varying systems to suit every skin need and purse limitation; the mia (seemingly only available on the US website) the Classic and the Plus.

As the price tag increases, so does the brush speeds, and the Plus unit also offers the ability to attach a body brush to the handle for top to toe cleansing!

The Clarisonic Classic (my one) – price: £150

The Clarisonic Plus – price: £175

For US readers, this is the Clarisonic website

For UK readers, please click here

I am really pleased with how our relationship is working out. So far, my skin tone has become more even, and it feels a lot smoother and generally healthier. Blackheads and pimples have been minimised and in some areas irradiated, and my skin generally feel more glowing since using the Clarisonic. Also, my makeup seems to sit more evenly on my face as my skin is undeniably silkier and less oily. 

As for fine lines, pores and wrinkles, I do not suffer from any of these…yet…so cannot comment.

The question is: would I recommend the Clarisonic?

Hmmm…I think if your skin is pretty perfect already, then I do not think the Clarisonic could really offer you anything that you clearly aren’t blessed with already. We must note, it isn’t a miracle worker. It won’t directly cure acne and if you do suffer from any skin conditions, a consultation with a medical professional before buying this would be advisable. But it can indirectly promote the skin’s health by reducing oiliness, blemishes and dry patches, and judging by some before and after testimonials on the website, it seems to have really have worked wonders for some people.

If your skin isn’t perfect and you have some disposable cash to drop, then the Clarisonic could be your new best friend, and can definitely offer you something special which you aren’t achieving from your current cleansing regime. It is a wonderfully relaxing addition to my skin care routine and I enjoy using it and seeing the benefits; and I won’t be reverting back to my conventional cleansing routine any time soon. But also I do believe the longer you use it, and the more integrated it becomes into your beauty regime, the better the results. I’d like to come back after 4-6 months and update you again with how my skin is faring.

I hope you have found this review helpful, and please if you have any further questions, leave me a comment and I shall endeavour to respond asap!

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  1. 13th November 2010 / 11:27 am

    Thank you for posting this, i have been considering buying this product for a while, after watching numerous gurus talking about it. Your review/opinion etc is by far the best i have read! I may think about buying this in the New Year =) xx

  2. 13th November 2010 / 11:38 am

    Great post. I'd love one but feel the price point is simply too expensive. £100 and I'd buy no question.
    Btw is yours the US model? Did it come with an international charger? Just don't see the pink on sale in the UK xx

  3. 13th November 2010 / 12:42 pm

    Thanks for such a thorough review. This is going on my Christmas wish list now! 🙂 xx

  4. 13th November 2010 / 1:51 pm

    Thanks for your review, it's something I've been thinking of buying!

  5. 13th November 2010 / 2:16 pm

    I really want the pink one, where did you get it from? love this post.. going to ask for one for xmas 😉 xxx

  6. 13th November 2010 / 3:51 pm

    I really want to try this I just wish it wasnt so expensive

  7. 13th November 2010 / 4:57 pm

    Thanks for your comments ladies.
    Pleased that my review has helped enlighten you as to whether the clarisonic is for you or not.

    I should have said, mine was sent from the USA so that's why I got the pink one. Unfortunately the UK website only stocks the white versions currently… 🙁
    As yes, they sent it with an US to UK adaptor for me, but I don't think they would necessarily come with this.

  8. 13th November 2010 / 10:05 pm

    Such a great review Milly! I really wanted to try this but it's so expensive for me : I don't know if my skin really needs it, but I would love to try out, maybe one day (:

  9. 13th November 2010 / 10:41 pm

    I love mine. I completly agree with you. It's not like "the miracle product" but my skin does feel and look better when I use it. I wish I had the pink. I have the boring white one. xx

  10. 14th November 2010 / 3:08 am

    This is awesome, I really need one for my nose area for sure and to get the dead skin off! I've been dreaming of one for ages!

  11. 14th November 2010 / 12:35 pm

    Great review, I'm always looking for something to give me great skin and I like how it removes all this make up you didn't even know you had on! This is definitely going on my Xmas wishlist x

  12. 15th November 2010 / 11:50 pm

    definitely on my christmas list! Great post…As always! xx

  13. 19th November 2010 / 2:03 am

    I have a clarisonic and i LOVE it! Mine isnt a pretty pink though =(

  14. 23rd December 2010 / 9:48 pm

    i just saw this post! thank you so much for writing it. i've been umm-ing and ahh-ing about buying the clarisonic for ages & having read this, my skin sounds exactly like yours. i am definitely going to buy one after christmas & hopefully i will love it as much as you do!

  15. 27th December 2010 / 5:56 pm

    what a grate post thank you.
    This is something I will be saving for to get in the new year.