SkinSonic: The Clarisonic's Cheaper DupeMonday, February 28, 2011
I recently shared my favorite products with you, and the Clarisonic was one of the most expensive items on the list at $195 for the Classic model that I use. I'm not an every day Clarisonic girl, but I do use it a few times a week and I love it! Even with the newer, smaller and less expensive model, the Mia, a Clarisonic is quite the skin care investment.
So, I was excited to hear that some lower priced options are popping up out there. I thought I'd take this one, the aptly named Skin Sonic for a test drive. Read on to see what I thought!
Overall, I get the same results with the SkinSonic as I do my Clarisonic. And it is about 25% of the price of my Classic Clarisonic.
To get those results, there are a few differences between the SkinSonic and the Clarisonic.
• SkinSonic is a tad smaller (I don't have a Clarisonic Mia, but I would guess it's about the same size), and the SkinSonic is a bit lighter.
• Both have the same rotating heads, and they both have the "Sonic" action which set them apart from all the other hand held skin brushes on the market. The movements of my Clarisonic are a bit smaller, the SkinSonic feels like the vibration has a larger amplitude than the Clarisonic. The difference is minor.
• The Clarisonic is waterproof and comes with a stand that charges it. The SkinSonic is also waterproof and comes with a stand though it is powered by AA batteries.
• The Clarisonic has 2 available brush heads (normal and sensitive), as does the SkinSonic. Though, the SkinSonic has a few additional heads: applicators for exfoliation and moisturizers as well as a massaging head that I was too afraid to use. The exfoliating and moisturizing applicators are similar in texture to a makeup sponge. I tried them out, I didn't think that applying my moisturizer this way was any different other than being slower. The exfoliation was definitely more vigorous, and I urge you to be very cautious with this head as you could do some serious damage to your skin if you go crazy! If you're careful, I did really like this feature.
• My Clarisonic somehow just feels more substantial and harder to injure, though the SkinSonic doesn't "feel" cheap.
If you've been wanting to try out the Clarisonic but the price tag has scared you off, this is definitely worth checking out. I'll be sticking with my Clarisonic for regular use (I like that it can recharge), but the SkinSonic is definitely being added to my travel bag for its battery operated portability and smaller size. If I didn't have the Clarisonic already the SkinSonic would definitely have earned a permanent spot on my vanity.
Update: I've heard from people saying that they are having a lot of issues with the Sirius customer service, some even seem to think that I'm the company. I think they're a bit confused, since I'm obviously not???
Anyways, I'm going to leave this post up as I did like the product, but note that I dealt only with their public relations, not regular customer service. This blog isn't the correct forum to complain about them and being insanely rude to me won't help you either.
I received the product to review, and I was honest about my opinion in my review, but I was not paid to do so and in fact have given the product to my cousin since that time. So, I don't even have it any more. I've closed the comments to this post, please take your concerns directly to the company, not to me.