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I looked with half-interest, half-disbelief at the Clarisonic Skin Care System in the ad.
Didn’t my mom have something similar 20+ years ago, that she pretty much never used and eventually gave to me (and I eventually chunked)? Did she pay some crazy amount like that for the thing we both ended up discarding? I sure hope not!
Seeing this device and the reviews about it made me wonder if my skin, all these years later, might actually need such a thing again. Only, my budget doesn’t allow for such a luxury. So, I filed it away in my brain under “oh well”, and went on with life…until I was in Rite Aid looking for a face cream that was on sale. It was then that I spotted Rite Aid’s “Renewal Advanced Cleansing System”.
And this face scrubbing set was only $19.99. (You can often get it for only $14.99 on discount, such as now, on Rite Aid’s website.)
$19.99 was within my budget, so I bought it. It came with:
Rotating Cleansing Massager
1 FL OZ Renewal Exfoliating Cleanser
Facial Brush Attachment
3 Bonus Attachments
Required 4AA Batteries (they last & last, BTW)
The cleansing brush does a fab job. It speeds along, rotating, cleaning deeply and exfoliating by its very nature. To be honest, I don’t see where any other brush could do anything better that would equal a $100 value. I mean, come on, it spins. The Clarisonic with 1 speed setting is $119, 2 speed settings is $149, while the set that has the 3 speed settings is $225. Is that really worth $100+? Maybe the brush itself could is a little bit softer…but would that even be worth $100? Not in my thinking.
It might be nice to have a “low” speed setting. But I wouldn’t pay $100 extra for it. Nope. (However, I know that Olay offers their facial scrubbing system for $29.99, and it DOES have 2 speed settings, in case that’s important to you. Rite Aid has it on sale currently for $23.99 HERE.)
Okay, so what about those 3 bonus attachments?
a sponge attachment (gentle cleansing)
a pumice attachment (for feet)
a humongous scrub brush (for body exfoliation)
I have never used 2 of the bonus attachments: the pumice stone and the huge brush. I might use them some day. MIGHT. They’re there if I ever need them, which is nice, I suppose. I’ll tell you about the sponge in a moment. Now the brush- it’s kinda rough. But it’s supposed to be, after all. You’re supposed to be scrubbing away dead cells, makeup and dirt. The point is to shed all that away so that your face will better absorb your serums and creams, thereby making them more effective. I don’t know – it feels like my mom’s did all those years ago, so I don’t think it’s exceptionally rough.
To be honest, I don’t like to use my brush scrubber but about 2-3 times per week. It’s too rough to use daily. I think of it more as an exfoliator, not a cleanser.
Back to the sponge attachment. It’s my favorite. It is softer, gentler. It’s great for daily cleansing. It will facilitate super cleanliness without irritation, if used with a good cleanser. For the sake of honesty, I’ll tell you, I’m often to lazy to use it daily. Perhaps with a little more discipline…
Oh, and the Renewal Exfoliating Cleanser? It’s a knock-off of Olay’s Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub. It is definitely too harsh to use with the brush. I used it twice with “ouch” results. I don’t advise using it with the brush. That’s just TOO MUCH exfoliating action, in my opinion.
The one BIG problem with this set? No replacement attachments!! What were they thinking?!? But still, you could buy the whole set over and over again and still come out better financially than buying the Clarisonic. (There ARE replacements for the Olay System. But they only have brushes. They don’t have the sponge attachment, and I really like the sponge attachment. So boo. Clarisonic doesn’t have the sponge, either, BTW.) When I contacted RiteAid to verify that they do NOT sell replacement brushes for the device, they sent me another one FREE! If you’d like to win it, just fill out the Rafflecopter form at my blog, The Real Mom Review.
I will say this concerning replacement attachments: I have had my brush set for nearly a year. Since I keep my attachments clean and let them dry out properly after each use, mine are in wonderful shape. I haven’t needed replacements. Maybe if you take good care of them you won’t need attachments for a very long time? Considering the cost of Clarisonic’s replacement brushes, $25 EACH, I still think you’re better off with the cheaper version.
Since I haven’t had the opportunity to try the Clarisonic out, thanks to its high price, I can’t say with certainty if one is better (or worse) than the other. I can only speculate on their obvious similarities and state the obvious difference in prices.
So, perhaps the Clarisonic’s brush head is super-silky-soft? Perhaps it’s so soft that you can use it daily with no irritation? Even so, it’s still not worth $100 to me.
What about you? Do you think a softer brush would be worth $100?
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a beauty product? Was it actually worth it?