Product Review: The Clarisonic

I have NEVER had “good” skin. When I was a teenager, puberty hit and acne took a hold of my face like a clingy ex-boyfriend. It took taking the pill to regulate my hormones and to clear up my skin.

From there though, my skin certainly showed the battle scars of life as a hormonal teenager. It hides pretty well these days, with a combination of foundation and a regular skin routine. But I find my skin totally sensitive to different skin care treatments and will often break out for what seems like no reason at all.

Enter the Clarisonic. Where on earth was this product when I was a teen! As a general rule I am pretty skeptical of anything that makes claims of significant changes to skin health- but I am always happy to be proven wrong! And proven wrong I was! I will warn you now, this is a pretty long read, review wise, but I feel if you are spending upwards of $139 for one of these bad boys, it warrants a full inspection.

I recently went to the Australian launch of Clarisonic and was gifted the Clarisonic Mia to try by the lovely Clarisonic and L’Oreal team. The science behind this product is nothing short of mind boggling. The thing that struck me most was the level of research and education behind this singular product. The group of engineers and bright minds behind this spent years of development creating a product that uses sonic frequency to oscillate a brush at more than 300 times per second. So fast that, only a strobe light on the brush will show how fast it moves. Dr Robb, who is one of the smarties behind the product as well as the spokesperson tested hundreds of brushes on his own face over the course of a year to find the one we use today.

How To Use It:

Charge the Clarisonic for 24 hours prior to use. Once you have done this, the battery will last weeks without another charge. One sidenote I have to add here is a little geeky, but the magnetic charger totally blew my mind!

Wet the brush, and then apply any cleanser of your choice- I always use Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Cleansing Foam. Push the On/off button and away you go! The Clarisonic has an inbuilt T-Timer which beeps at 20 seconds for the forehead, 10 seconds per cheek and 20 seconds for the nose and chin area. After this the Clarisonic automatically turns itself off.

Thats it. One minute. Boom.

The Verdict:

I have been using the Mia for around 6 weeks now, as has my fiance. The difference is truly remarkable for me. I probably use it around 4-5 times a week, which is probably more than usual, but it is about finding the right cleansing regime for your face.

The first major improvement was that I don’t have to use makeup remover and then cleanse my face two times to be totally fresh faced. One minute of those tiny brushes oscillating is enough to completely clear my skin, after a quick removal of makeup with a wipe. There is ZERO residue on a cotton swab after. For my fiance, who is totally lazy with skincare, this is brilliant. We keep it in the shower, as the Clarisonic is totally waterproof so it is perfect for the lazy guy/girl who wants clean, clear skin.

The second was application of makeup. Now, after primer, my foundation and makeup in general goes on smoother, stays on longer and in general my skin looks brighter.

The brush is gentle enough for plastic surgery patients, and has been found to greatly improve skin conditions like rosacea and acne, which means it feels gentle enough while you are using it but its oscillations are still doing all the work required.

The third is blemishes and discoloration  The occurrence of blemishes has gone way down, and when they do its usually of my own making- like a big night out. In general blemishes will clear up when using the Clarisonic on the area. I have to say that the product will work in different ways. My fiance and I have seen drastic improvements but my brother also trialed it and broke out in a serious way in the first week, which turned him off the product completely.

They do stress though that the Clarisonic is not a replacement for an exfoliant, so I do recommend using a good scrub once a week.

Price: Starting from $139.00 at

Rating: 9.5/10 for me!

Check out my snap with Barbara Palvin below, feeling totally secure in my skin!


  • Reply Natalie Sunday 6th April, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I finally made a purchase! I bought the Aria one. I have been using it for 3 weeks now. however pimples have started to come in. I am not sure if this is what they all were saying that it makes you break before you see a true difference. Hopefully I will get better results.
    XX Nat

  • emmabowman
    Reply emmabowman Wednesday 22nd January, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    thanks for the review! just learnt something new and exciting ! 😉

  • Reply lizzie77 Sunday 29th September, 2013 at 12:56 am

    tempted to try!

  • Reply dj23249 Sunday 1st September, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Love that necklace in you first pic

  • Reply dj23249 Sunday 1st September, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Wow what an amazing machine

  • Reply MsKimo Saturday 31st August, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Wow, what beautiful, radiant skin you have! Great product!

  • Reply aocal Saturday 31st August, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to win this to give it a try and just see how good it is

  • Reply linhyy Thursday 29th August, 2013 at 1:51 pm


  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 28th August, 2013 at 10:42 am

    It broke my skin out really bad my acne has worsened since using it 🙁

  • Reply Surfbabe28 Monday 26th August, 2013 at 6:26 am

    My daughter would love this prize just to relax and unwind after a hard weeks work followed pin interest.

  • Reply rachellockery Saturday 24th August, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Following 🙂 The reviews for this prize are fab! What an exciting comp,would absolutely love the results others have received useing the clarisonic.

  • Reply ala Tuesday 20th August, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Followed on Pinterest 🙂

  • Reply macemesmum Monday 19th August, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Following on Pinterest, what a great prize, i was tempted to buy an olay brush but after reading up and now hanging out for a clarisonic

  • Reply roseworthy Monday 19th August, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Done 🙂

  • Reply Courtney Sunday 18th August, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    follow you on pinterest!

  • Reply djchilds Friday 16th August, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I really want to try the Clarisonic, I’ve heard such great things! Fingers crossed for the comp xx

  • Reply marieis Friday 16th August, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Done. Would love this have heard nothing but great reviews about the Clarisonic and would love to be able to express the same. Although there a cheaper versions nothing comes close, unfortunately due to finances I simply can’t afford to buy it. Thanks for the possibility. 🙂

  • Reply Miffny Friday 16th August, 2013 at 2:12 am

    DONE !! This is pricey but if I had money to spare I would buy one.Always wanted to try this !

  • Reply barbiedoll99 Thursday 15th August, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Love “Breakfast with Audrey” they have such unusual and interesting items and competitions.

  • Reply Courage Wednesday 14th August, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Fabulous… done… thank you.

  • Reply samm12 Sunday 11th August, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    good works wonders

  • Reply blossom52 Saturday 10th August, 2013 at 5:01 pm


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  • Reply Miffny Saturday 10th August, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    This is pricey but if I had money to spare I would buy one.

  • Reply smyc72 Saturday 10th August, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    So tempted….!

  • Reply disy Saturday 10th August, 2013 at 12:34 pm


  • Reply mozzie Saturday 10th August, 2013 at 12:29 pm


  • Reply vikki18 Tuesday 6th August, 2013 at 1:48 pm


  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 6th August, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is pricey, and I haven’t made the jump yet, but I keep seeing positive reviews. Thinking about it…

  • Reply BellaB Thursday 11th April, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Useful review, thanks.

  • Reply dj23249 Wednesday 3rd April, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Never previously heard of it, good to hear some positives

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 2nd April, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I’ve heard about Clarisonic and all the good things about it. Hope to get it one day.

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 2nd April, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Barbara is amazing and how lucky to snap a photo with her! Lucky Tash! Yes the skin is certainly glowing! Must try that clarisonic.

  • Reply maggielyly Tuesday 2nd April, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I love my clarisonic!
    I use my daily..! ><

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 2nd April, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Wow, what a wonderful product, this will save some heartaches

  • Reply amanda6393 Tuesday 2nd April, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Would love to try one of these!

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