My Final Verdict on Clarisonic

Clarisonic Mia 2

A while ago I shared my Clarisonic initiation experience with you, and promised I would keep you posted about how it works for me. After two months and a half, it’s finally time!

Clarisonic Mia 2 charger

The model I got to try out is a Mia 2 (RRP in Belgium: 149 euros. It is already available on the ICI PARIS XL website, and it will be available in selected stores on September 15th), which is a travel-friendly version of Clarisonic. Besides a brush head (for sensitive skin), it comes with a magnetic charger and travel case.

First thing first: I like how well-designed the device is. Since the charger is magnetic, it is safe enough to take it into the shower. The travel case is great to have around as well. I didn’t have to worry about dust getting onto the brush when I took it back to Taipei this summer!

So how did Clarisonic Mia 2 work for me? In a nutshell, if I monitor the frequency, it works great! I never used it twice a day. I started out using it before bedtime, but I noticed mild breakouts around my chin if I used it for more than 3 days in a row. I tried several times, and each time I came to the same conclusion. At the end, I resolved to using it twice to three times a week, avoiding days on which I was going to follow up with a mask or chemical peel.

The travel case:

Clarisonic Mia 2 travel case

When used sparingly, I have noticed how well Clarisonic cleanses my skin. Clarisonic claims the device can remove makeup, and I tried once. A quick toner wipe afterwards confirmed it did a very thorough job. I was impressed! However, I was not a big fan of how dirty the brush got, so I continue to remove as much as I can with a micellar water before busting my Mia 2 out. In terms of cleanser, I prefer to stick to non-foaming, gentle ones (like Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser).

A quick tip: the first couple of times, I put too much water onto the brush head. As a result, I stood there in shock as water and cleanser ran down my face. I have since then learnt to first lightly wet my face and distribute the cleanser before putting the brush head under running water for a second or two. That’s really all the water you need!

After I figured all that out, I have been getting along really well with Clarisonic Mia 2. I especially enjoy it at the end of a warm day or when I am very tired (nothing is easier than putting a buzzing machine on your skin for a minute). It cleanses thoroughly, and my skin ends up being all soft and clean! It really helps reduce blackheads as well, which I am more than pleased with!

My main issue with Clarisonic is that this device is a bit of an investment for almost everybody, but there is no predicting how it will work for anyone. If you live in a country where return/refund policies are practically non-existent, it can be quite a risk. However, you can always try to experiment with different cleansers and frequency, or maybe a Delicate brush head.

Have you tried Clarisonic? If not, are you tempted?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure


  • Chris El

    So glad that it somewhat worked out for you. I only use it once a week because my skin is sensitive but I have noticed a significant difference in the texture of my skin.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chris, that’s great news! I do like how smooth my nose is after a good round with Mia 😉

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Glad you figured out what works for you with this! I haven’t been using mine lately as I like my glycolics a lot now.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, I wish my skin likes glycolic acid but it’s not systematically a fan! I get fantastic results from some AHA products, but with most I just don’t know it it’ll break me out 😉

  • casey23

    I have a very very nice oily skin with tendency for blackheads, whtieheads, breakouts, poressss…. what a picture ha? :) Clarisonic is still unavailable here in Turkey but it’s coming soon (I heard October but we’ll see) and when it comes I’m gonna get that! Though reading from all the reviews for years, it is very understandable that this is not a simple cleansing brush but a good physical exfoliator so I was already planning to use it in that way (twice a week).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Daria, it’s definitely a good idea to start with a low frequency to see how your skin reacts to it! Also, combine it with a gentle cleanser so you don’t strip your skin!

  • Bella

    You don’t exactly sound blown away, right? I am in two minds, I have not yet found my ideal cleansing routine for my oily but sensitive skin and am tempted, but as you say, they don’t seem to work for everyone and I’m pretty sure I can’t go taking it back to Ici Paris if we don’t get along. So for now I’ll pass!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, I have to say this works, but I can’t recommend it to everyone because there is no predicting how individual skin will react to it (which is the same story with every skincare product, but I’ve heard that when Clarisonic goes wrong, it can go pretty wrong). I have a friend who has really sensitive skin, but she ended up using it twice a day and loving it a lot. You just never know!

  • Beauty Box

    I agree that you can’t use the clarisonic daily, even if you have a very gentle brush head (delicate). I use it more in summer when I sweat alot and wear makeup. If I don’t wear makeup, I would skip the clarisonic. I don’t get break outs if I use it everyday but it feels too harsh on the skin. When I started out using the Clarisonic 3-4 years ago, I used it obsessively daily which was great for my skin – I experienced the initial “purge” stage which lasted about a week, then my skin cleared up tremendously. But after 2+ years, my skin just felt more sensitive and delicate – perhaps due to over-exfoliating? Same as you, I think it’s great before I chuck on a mask.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Yu Ming, that’s the thing: I thought I’d be able to use it more often in Taipei (because it was warm and I wore sunscreen/BB cream almost every day), but I came to the same conclusion (if I used it on 3 consecutive nights, there would be a problem)! My skin is definitely thinner than when I was younger. It might be age or the fact that I live in a much cooler climate. In any case, I have to pay attention to over-exfoliation because my skin is not a fan!

  • Yak Man

    meeh, if I invest I something like that I want to used it everyday, haha ! If you ever have to chance to try the Foreo Luna please review it, would love to read your thought about it :).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Yak Man, I know what you mean! At the same time you’re much younger, so you might be able to exfoliate a bit more 😉 I’ll look into Foreo Luna. That thing looks fancy LOL

      • Yak Man

        haha, true :b. yeaah, you have to look into the foreo luna! I’ve seen reviews -on youtube- and the say it doesn’t has the purging(?) proces like the clarisonic, haha. and you can use it two ways :’).

  • Icaria

    Considering that I already have a few broken caps and that I don’t use scrubs anymore (I prefer chemical exfoliation) this would not be a smart purchase for me. Once in a while I do use a small manual brush from TBS and I’m fine with that. You’re using it smart Sunny! I’m glad it’s working for you. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I haven’t used a scrub for quite a while now and I can’t say I miss it! I do use a muslin cloth every night, but that has to be gentler than a scrub 😉 I’m sure I would have been able to use it much more often when I was 10 years younger!

  • Sara_BeauTime

    There are many contraversary thoughts about the product and it was very interesting to read yours. I don’t own one and always appreciate reviews on that. My concern is not about the investment but about what it really does to the skin, if it is indeed a good thing on the long run or not, which is very difficult to answer I think.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sara, that’s the problem with most skincare products to be honest! I personally avoid over-exfoliation because I know my skin hates that, but some skin handles it much better. This is my main issue with this: you just don’t know if your skin is going to like it or not, and it’s quite pricey for an experiment!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Initially I was really interested in trying the Clarisonic, but the price and the fact that it has bristles (which is unhygienic imo) kind of put me off. I now use a different kind of ‘brush’ but I am not going to say too much about it yet :-) Thanks for the thorough and honest review, Sunny!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I know some people dip the brush head in alcohol every week to sanitize it. Can’t wait to see the new thing you’ve been trying out!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    I’ve got really thick skin, in all sense of the word (ha!ha!) so I use this twice a day. I did not get a break out from this and till to day I firmly say it is one of my best beauty investments. I’m glad you like using it.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha you’re funny, Jacqueline! I’m glad it works so well for you! I think my skin has become thinner with age (and possibly the climate). If I had owned this at the age of 16, I would have been able to go to town with it without having any problems!

  • ValleyDoll

    I really really want this one but it’s sooo pricey :(.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww put it on your Christmas wish list?

  • Larie

    Yep, I only use mine once a week or so…if I remember, haha. I also try not to do it the same time as other exfoliators or peels or masks. I’m not entirely sure that the Clarisonic is all that good for skin…but I don’t know much about it, in terms of dermatology.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, I love this after a long, warm day! I definitely don’t use this with a scrub/peel on the same day, either! I personally think exfoliation is important for the skin, but at the same time you have to figure out how much your skin needs. With all the BHAs/AHAs/retinol in some products, you have to be careful not to overdo it!

  • beauties

    i’m not sure how i feel about it :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Give it some more time! With most skincare products I’m a little confused in the beginning LOL

  • Man Yee Lau

    I have tried to look for this machine in HK but no luck! So I have already ordered it online at ici paris xl. I am so looking forward to test it out!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Man Yee, wow you acted fast! I’d love to hear how you get along with it!

      • Man Yee Lau

        Yeah, I can go and get it next week! 😀 hopefully it will work for me.

  • Liz

    My face likes to be exfoliated a lot but even I use the Clarisonic only 2-3 times a week max. The method and schedule you nailed down is how I do it. There was no way I was going to get this from anywhere else other than Sephora because of their awesome return policy — but it worked so well that I never once thought about how much it cost and all that. One of the best investments ever!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I’m glad this works so well for you! There is virtually no return policy here, so it’s a bit of a risk!

  • Rinny

    I started out using the Mia once a day, but gradually I’ve moved to using it only 2-3 times a day when I feel like I really need a deep cleanse. I agree it is an investment at first, but I think it’s worth the price you pay in the end. I just wish the brush head replacements weren’t so pricey. I hate how easily they get dirty too.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Rinny, I’m glad Mia works well enough for you! I do clean the brush head with a shampoo frequently. That helps it keep it clean! But yeah, the brush heads will have to be replaced regularly enough.

  • Memoiselle

    Hi Sunny,

    thanks for updating us on your experience with Clarisonic. I personally have not tried Clarisonic before and I think it’s quite expensive so I would give this a miss first.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, you’re welcome!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    I’m sorry it breaks you out if you use it more often! I haven’t been using it much as I’m using a cleansing oil now and have been just using my hands to massage it in, but I think some of my chin breakouts are a result from not using the Clarisonic. I’m going back to using it more to see if that’s what’s going on. I agree – it’s a hefty investment for anyone and definitely not something to trifle with if you can’t return it if it doesn’t do amazing things for you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, oh yeah I wouldn’t really use this with a cleansing balm or oil. I’m sure if I were younger I’d be able to use this more often, but as it is I’m almost 30 and my skin is less sturdy LOL

  • Krystle Kouture

    I’ve not tried it yet, but I really want to. I wouldn’t “really” mind the initial investment. However I don’t like you have to keep buying brush heads every couple of months. Obviously i understand the hygienic concerns but it seems like they just wanna take more of your money xD

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, well it’s like an electronic tooth brush! You’ve got to replace the heads regularly 😉 I’m just wondering if I have to do it every 3 months, since I use it at a greatly-reduced frequency!

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