Within the past week I’ve come across a few beauty blogger’s articles on the Sonic Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic which caught my attention. I’ve seen this type of handheld device become increasingly popular in stores. However, I hadn’t heard of my friends using one and it just didn’t spark my interest figuring a washcloth or facial pads could have the same effect. Alas, after our recent Model Spotlight with beautiful Veronica Taylor exclaiming her beautiful skin is due to using her Mia nightly, we’re officially enthralled.
My first question after looking around online at skin cleansing systems was, “why the Mia and not a cheaper cleansing system?” (a ‘pricey’ tag of $149) Apparently when purchasing a Clarisonic you’re buying their sonic technology as well as their awesomely powered motor. Clarisonic claims, “Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin. And healthier skin is smoother, more radiant and more beautiful.”
CLARISONIC Mia is a few steps down from their CLARISONIC Aria Sonic Cleansing System (retailed at $225 but I found it for $199) which is why it has become their number one seller — it’s less complicated. Only offering one button and one speed consumers have an easier time with deciding how much sonic frequency movements are needed that day, not to mention they made it smaller then the Plus making it more manageable.
With only one other product in the same field getting attention at a fraction of the cost, Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System is giving Clarisonic a run for their money. Retail of the Olay cleansing system is around $30 which makes it more appealing to the mass market. But what is the difference? The Clarisonic has more of a vibration motion and the Olay version rotates in a circle. I’ve looked at many reviews comparing the two and the verdict seems to be split. Some people like Olay’s better and say it feels stronger on the skin compared to the Clarisonic. However, people who have been using the Clarisonic for awhile seem almost cultish about their beloved cleanser.
I’m on the fence about which to buy, the Clarisonic price tag is off-putting while Olay’s AA battery usage seems like it would become a lot more costly than the initial $30 spent. I do like how the Olay ProX is water resistant so I can bring it in the shower and what is most appealing about the Clarisonic is some models offer a body brush head. However, the extra body scrubber only comes with the Pro and Plus models and not the Mia.
Do you use a cleansing system? What is your favorite brand and features? I found one really good review on Amazon which neither led me to choose one over the other, but it was informative. I think the my choice will be decided based on what I have in my pocket book and not everything I’ve read in reviews — they both seem to work well.
This review is from: Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, 0.68-Fluid Ounce (Misc.)
I know you are wondering if a $28 item can compare at all to something that cost nearly ten times the price. The answer is YES! I have the Clarisonic Pro – which is the top of the line for their model, so before you spend the money on both, I’ll do a side by side comparison for you. Mind you, I am VERY happy with my Clairsonic. Even knowing that this I am happy I made the purchase for both of them, since they are fairly different. Here’s why:
Size: The Olay Pro-X is about half the size of the Clarisonic. This is actually better in many ways. It is easier to hold, lightweight, it fits in my shower caddy easily without dropping, you can travel with it very easily. I think this is my favorite part about the differences. It also makes the brush head much smaller, which has a different effect. Of course, the motor is at least half the size as well, and this effects how this feels. I can’t actually say it is better or worse than the Clarisonic, it’s just different. It is like getting a Sweedish massage (Olay) as opposed to a deep tissue massage (Clarisonic).
Cleansing Products: The Olay cleansing formula has tiny granules and is exfoliating. The Clarisonic cleansers are gels and the specifically say that you cannot use exfoliating cleansers with granules on theirs – most likely because the motor is stronger and it will scratch your skin. I really liked the way my skin felt after using the Olay product. I felt sparkling clean and my skin was shining.
Versatility: This is where I love my Clarisonic more. Since I bought the pro, I can use it on my body, and have different size brush heads and change the timing. Is it worth 10x more the price? Not necessarily. The Olay Pro-X has two speeds, you don’t really need more than that. But I do love having the option of using the full body brush on the Clarisonic. Also, there is slightly more control with the Clarisonic since it is sturdier, the ProX does slide a bit, though not excessively so. You can still maintain some control with the Por-X though not as much.
Charging: The Pro-X uses two double-A batteries that it comes with. It was a bear to take the battery case off, but once I did it was fine, and it doesn’t need recharging that often. I use the best batteries in the world, eneloop Sanyo Eneloop 8 Pack AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries and I’m good to go for several weeks. The Clarisonic has a charging holder that you plug into the wall, you don’t need to change the batteries, but you do need to find a place in your home to park it for an hour or so every week. I prefer having the double A rechargeable option of the Olay. It also makes it so much easier to travel with.
Please note: It is not that easy to figure out how to install the batteries, and there are no instructions. You might not want to pull open the wrong part of your product for fear of breaking it. I had to call the company to figure it out, and I’ve had a couple of people email me to ask me, so here goes: Hold the product with your right hand by the top/sides of the handle with the brush head facing down. Keep holding firmly with your right hand, while with your left you pull the handle away from you. The top part of the handle comes off to load the batteries.
The bottom line: I think the Olay Pro-X is a steal. If you are on the fence about which to buy this or the Clarisonic, and you only need it for your face and not your body, you will probably be better off saving your money and going with this! Personally, I am glad I have both. This is definitely worth the investment!