I received the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush for review via Klout. All opinions are my own.
When I got Clinique’s new sonic system purifying cleansing brush in the mail, I was excited! After all, I’m a big fan of Clinique’s skin care line, and I’ve had a healthy relationship with my Clarisonic Mia for a couple of years now. I figured comparing the two would be the best way to review Clinique’s new product.
Clarisonic Mia: $99
Clinique Sonic System: $89.50
The first and most important comparison, in my opinion, is PRICE. The truth is, you’re not saving much by going for Clinique’s.
However, if you want to stay current, the Mia 2 is currently $149, and the Mia 3 is $199. The “upgrade” you pay for with those two systems includes timers and extra speed settings. In my opinion, neither of those things are necessary, nor worth an extra $50-100. I can count to 10 and move the brush to another part of my face without a beep.
Winner: Clinique… barely.
Clarisonic Mia: $27-32
Clinique Sonic System: $26
Both systems’ brushes last 3 months, and the brush I usually buy for my Mia is $27, so there’s no big price difference here. Clinique’s brushes are “for all skin types”, and while it worked well for my usually sensitive skin with occasional acne, I like having options with Clarisonic.
Clinique’s brush is just a little smaller and egg-shaped, which is great for getting around my nose. Clinique’s brush also has some tougher bristles at the top meant for the t-zone, which worked out pretty well for me. But when using this, it seemed a little awkward. Maybe I’m just too used to the round brush.
Winner: Clarisonic… barely.
The Sonic Part
One thing I was kind of surprised by was how long Clinique’s sonic system stayed on. With the Mia, you press the button, and it runs for a full minute and then turns off. No timer is needed, and it’s recommended you use it for just the one minute. Clinique recommended using their brush for a full minute as well, but when I turned it on, it only stayed on for 30 seconds. I have to press the button twice. I’m not sure if my lazy fingers can handle it.
Both systems use sonic technology, so the brush isn’t rotating in a circle like a few other brush systems available on the market. Many have suggested a rotating brush pulls at the skin, which isn’t good.
Both brushes are very quiet. Zero complaints there.
Both systems use the same kind of technology to charge. Basically, this means you can take both of them in the shower with you. I probably wouldn’t immerse either in a bathtub for an hour, but they can live through frequent shower use. The big difference here is, Clarisonic’s just has a cord, which magnetically connects to the base of the brush, and you lay the brush down. I’ve had the cord fall off many times if it was pulled on even slightly. Clinique’s has a nice stand. I tugged on the cord, and the system in the stand was heavy enough to stay on the counter. The cover on the brush head has an open area on the bottom so any water can drip down and let the brush dry out.
My face felt the same after using both. They both do an excellent job of exfoliating my skin and keeping it healthy.
So, there you have it. Clinique managed to make a brush on the same level (maybe even better?) than the Clarisonic Mia. It’s a great alternative! I’m keeping it.
Have you tried a brush system like either of these?