Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saving the Buck: Facial Brush

I've been curious about the Clarisonic Mia for a long time now, but I'm very hesitant to jump on this bandwagon mainly because of the price. I'm not convinced about spending more than $150 for something that might not work for me. Furthermore, it's not an electronic that has a sure outcome, unlike the epilator. And so I looked for alternatives.

The Clarisonic Mia claims to:
- Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods
- Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size
- Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better
- Creates noticeably healthier looking skin

I found the Sephora Face Complexion Brush ($5 USD, $7 CAD)
Its purpose is for cleansing the face and neck by gently exfoliating dead skin cells, leaving face fresh, clean, and soft. It gently massages and invigorates skin.

Sounds like a much better deal to me. I also found a very similar brush by Quo (the cosmetic line by Shopper Drug Mart) selling for $7 CAD also. I figured I'll be able to save $143+ just by moving my arm instead of using an electronic device for exfoliating. I was sold by the fact that I can achieve similar, if not the same result just with a fraction of the price. Before I actually went to Sephora to purchase the brush, I hit up The Body Shop to browse around and I found the following.

The Body Shop Round Handle Facial Brush ($3 CAD)
It serves to get a more radiant complexion with a soft-bristle face brush that gently loosens dead skin cells and impurities while stimulating circulation.

I tried it tonight with my Philosophy Purity Cleanser and they work perfectly together. I think the brush works well with cleansers that have similar texture as the Purity cleanser such as the Cetaphil cleanser. My skin definitely feels softer and cleaner after usage. I recommend checking this out at $3 a piece at The Body Shop! For a few more dollars, you can get the Sephora one with a handle. For me, not having a handle doesn't bug me that much. I just couldn't persuade myself to spend another $4 just for a handle lol. (Yes I'm frugal like that -_-)

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suki pooki said...

wah this looks awesome! I also have the same opinion as you about the clarisonic brush, I also heard some bad reviews about it. If it costs 150$ it better make my skin glow and baby butt soft! The body shop one is so pretty and such a great deal, I'll hopefully be picking up one too! =D

Diana said...

I've always wanted to try the brush at sephora but never if it really worked or not. Do you know if it's better to do this daily or just a few times a week?

Edwina said...

@suki pooki: Yup it's definitely a great deal! I know that The Body Shop is also having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free for accessories. I didn't take the deal though cause every other cosmetic accessory costs a lot more than $3 lol and I didn't think I would need 3 of the same brushes.

@Diana: I read somewhere that it's good to do this about 2 to 3 times a week. Just like how you would only exfoliate a couple of times a week :)

mandy said...

Maybe I'm too desperate for nice skin but I recently got the Mia. But not for the full price. It was discounted considerably! But still quite expensive. I'm hoping it'll give me good results =X I've tried the Body Shop's brush before and it made my skin skin felt very..raw (if that makes sense..) even when I used it lightly. But when I got use to it my skin did feel cleaner than if I were to use my hands.

a, said...

i've been looking into getting the clarisonic mia for the longest time. but have not got it because like you, i'm super frugal!! haha. i'm going to definitely check out the sephora or body shop brush. hmm, i think the body shop one is cuter.

Alex said...

I've never even heard of of the clarisonic mia! Sounds like something I'll have to try out :) Congratulations on finding such a cheap alternative!

Winnie* said...

Thats good to know about the Body Shop one. I might actually do to buy it today since there is one five mins from where I live :P Clarisonic is wayy too pricey. Or am I just being too cheap? My friend also told me that Shiseido has a similar one like Sephora's. It's white but costs $25? Lets stick with the Body Shop one for now :P

Imo said...

Cant wait to see your thoughts on this later on...Im a cleanser and hands kinda girl but I know you dont get rid of as much dirt as you would with one of these babies

Rinny said...

I have the Sephora facial brush, but I didn't like how scratchy it felt against my skin, so I got the Mia. Olay came out with something similar to the Clarisonic. It's called the ProX, and is only $25 on Amazon. A lot of reviewers have rated it as comparable to the Clarisonic - hope this helps :)

Marie said...

Nothing wrong with being practical!:D

I plan on getting a complexion brush tomorrow.:D

Happy Tuesday!:D

***** Marie *****

kaybee89 said...

ugh, i know what you mean. so many people have raved over the clarisonic, but i can't seem to cough up $150 for a brush that vibrates. -__-

tifuani said...

I was curious about the clarisonic too.... for the price, not sure if its worth it :/ Thanks for finding other alternatives~! Love your blog