I have been seriously wanting a Clarisonic Mia Cleansing Brush or any of its sisters for ages now. Like my electric toothbrush, it works via sonic technology. I read that a lot of beauty bloggers received them, including the Clarisonic Opal for Eyes, as gifts at various blogger conventions. So jealous. These babies from Clarisonic go for $149 and up. The replacement heads go for $25 each (replacement every 3 months). I was considering asking for one for my birthday this week, but the price tag was just too high.
This week, I’ve been conducting “shop-along”, market research interviews for a cosmetics client, and the interviews were held at several Ulta stores in the Chicago area. A sales consultant from Clarisonic was in the house at one of the stores, and she demonstrated the Mia 2 to me, offered 2 free heads if purchased that day. She gave me the hard sell, but I still wasn’t convinced to spend $160 (I had an Ulta 20% Friends & Family coupon). I walked away.
I saw the Olay Pro-X version at CVS for much, much less (around $30), and I thought I should do some research into its efficacy. So I spent the morning reading hundreds of reviews. The Olay brush rotates, has 2 speeds, a softer brush than the Clarisonic, and it runs on 2 AA batteries. Some reviewers complained that it’s difficult to open the door to where the batteries are stored. But most of the women loved it. Though the brush works by rotation rather than sonic technology like the Clarisonic, they believed it did a good job and was less harsh. In fact, many of the reviewers who had used both preferred the Olay brush to the Clarisonic.
Although the majority of the reviews came from young women under 25 who had oily or acne-prone skin, there were enough reviews from women over 40 to give me an idea of why they were using it and how it worked for them. Basically, they used it to clean enlarged pores and blackheads (that are usually the cause of adult breakouts) or to exfoliate dry flaky skin. A few women with dry skin said that using the brush helped their skin feel less dry. Interesting.
OK, so now I’m feeling good about buying the Olay Pro-X. Then the article from Huffington Post (see link above) appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. I thought I’d read it and see what the experts say. Frankly, it reminds me a little of the gel manicure controversy. My assessment is that anything that’s over-used or misused is a bad thing.
Do you use a Clarisonic, and if so, which one? What do you like about it? Has anyone tried the Olay Pro-X? What do you think? Please share your experiences and help me decide whether to buy this!