You know those days when you pile up heavy makeup and you just want the best results in removing them from your face at the end of the day? I personally experience a difficulty in cleansing my face totally from my makeup. Usually, I would go through my heavy makeup with my trusty shu uemura POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil as it does such an awesome job in melting all my makeup, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner! However, I always feel that it’s not enough because I still regularly get a few pimples popping out here and there.
I was lucky enough to get to try the Clarisonic for the first time (courtesy of my colleague from Clarisonic SG), and so this is going to be a review on the Clarisonic Mia 2, a comparison of the sensitive and deep pore brush heads as well as my thoughts on the skincare products from the NEW Deep Pore Decongesting Solution range. For a Clarisonic user for the first time, I was impressed.
So, what is it?
Clarisonic claims to be a “patented sonic technology that gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturizers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.”.
This is the entire set that I received, with the Clarisonic cleansing device on loan but I’m grateful to be given the replenishment set (thank you Clarisonic SG!) 🙂 It comes with a Deep Pore (DP) Brush Head, a DP Daily Cleanser and a Decongesting Clay Mask. On top of that, the Mia 2 that was loaned to me already had a sensitive brush head to suit my acne-prone skin.
Having 2 brush heads, I decided to put them to comparison by trying them out for a week each, with the DP skincare products. Overall, I felt that the Clarisonic works like it claims!
On the first few tries with the sensitive BH, I could feel the difference in my skin after cleansing. My skin felt lighter and the pores were visibly smaller (not 100% of course), which really amazed me! I then continued using the device twice a day, every day for 7 days before switching to the DPBH. Within 7 days, my skin felt cleaner and I broke out less on areas which I normally do (temple to the cheek area). However, I felt that the sensitive BH was a little harsh on my skin for everyday use as I felt that I was exfoliating the face with every wash. It was kind of a good thing actually as I could exfoliate my dead skin cells while cleansing but at the same time I felt that my skin was a tiny bit over-scratched.
After 7 days, I switched to the DPBH and my, it feels so much better to the skin that the sensitive one did! The DPBH (blue) is much softer as compared to the SBH (black) and I felt that it could clean up my pores better because of its denser inner ring as compared to the SBH. Other than the fact that I prefer the softness of the DPBH, I guess in terms of cleansing effectiveness, they are about the same.
Here’s a close-up of the textures of the DP Daily Cleanser (gel-like, transparent) and Decongesting Clay Mask (thick, pale grey substance). In terms of the DP skincare, I really like the cleanser as it foams up on the face during cleansing and smells pretty good. I always feel that my skin is squeaky clean after the device/cleanser combination.
On the other hand, the clay mask smells like the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Clarifying Clay Mask and the texture is slightly thicker than the Rare Earth. I felt that the clay mask works just the same as the Rare Earth one. I love them both for decongesting my pores, especially after heavy makeup! 🙂
The verdict: it works! 🙂 I am really happy that I see an improvement in my skin after using the Clarisonic for 2 weeks! Am definitely sticking to the DPBH though because I just love how it feels on my skin! I am seriously considering purchasing the cleansing device to add it into my daily skincare routine now.. 😉
Have you had any experiences with the different brush heads? Share with me!