The Clarisonic Mia 3 Cleaning Brush has been out on the market for a while now and I was always on the fence about purchasing one. I'm generally a conservative spender so $199 for a cleansing brush seemed a little steep. Just think about it - $199 could also be 6 new NARS Audacious Lipsticks, 8 meals at Shabuway (my favorite place to eat in San Francisco,) or a splurge at H&M. I'll be honest - the print of this limited edition Clarisonic Brush is what persuaded me to finally invest in one. You can't tell me it isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen because the lips and lash print is to die for!
Now that I finally have one, I love it! I've been testing the brush out for three months now and I mean it when I say your face will never feel cleaner! I recommend you gradually work the brush into your routine because of it being so powerful. If you immediately use it twice a day, seven days a week, it'll be too harsh on the skin. When I first started, I stuck to a MWF schedule and only at night. Now that I'm three months into it, I use it everyday but still only in the evenings. I chose not to use the brush in the morning because overnight, there isn't too much buildup so I feel washing my face with my hands suffice. However, I generally wear makeup on a daily basis so the Clarisonic helps to remove any leftover makeup my Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes misses.
So let's get into the nitty gritty of the brush. This limited edition Clarisonic is actually a $257 value so technically you're getting a great deal! Most Clarisonic Brushes come with one brush head and a sample size of a cleanser but this one came with two brush heads and a full size cleanser. Prior to your first use, be sure to charge it for a full 24 hours. The Mia 3 has three speeds (from slowest to fastest) 1. delicate skin 2. daily cleansing for normal skin 3. extra boost to remove long-wearing makeup. The rotating brush has a sonic frequency of 300 movements per second, resulting in cleaner and more radiant skin. When you power it on for use, there's a timer that lets you know when to move to another part of your face. The one minute of cleaning consists of 30 seconds on your forehead, 30 seconds on your chin & nose, and 10 seconds for each cheek. The most unfortunate part is the brush head needs to be replaced every 3-4 months, which can cost $20-30 each. Blah. I'd recommend buying the multipacks because you save a few bucks.
When you spend so much money on cleansers, it only makes sense to get the greatest performace out of them and there's where Clarisonic comes in. Although the traditional wash with your hands work, the brush allows for less effort and a better performance. To use, wet the brush first and put about a dime size of your cleanser onto the brush head. Power the brush on and follow the timer so you know when it's time to move onto the next part of your face. Move the brush in a circle rotation around the areas on your face and you'll feel the cleanser bubble up.
All in all, I'm glad I made the purchase. My face feels real clean and refreshed after I use this in the evenings, which motivates me to go the whole nine yards and throw in a few face masks afterwards. However, I still believe the price is a little steep for a cleaning brush but if you can eventually get past that as I did, it's a great investment for your skin!