Review: Clarisonic Mia 2

Thursday, June 14, 2012

If you've been following my posts you know that a month ago when I went to the Nordstrom Trend Show  I picked up a Clarisonic Mia 2. I decided to wait until I had used it for a full month before reviewing because my initial response to the product was completely negative. And now that I have given it this long I would say I have some mixed feelings.

First let me tell you what it comes with. The Mia 2 is used only for the face and has 2 settings of either Low or Normal. It comes with a 2 year warranty and also I purchased it at Nordstrom so that's insurance in itself. In the box you get the Mia2, one brush for normal skin, a cover over the brush, and a case that fits snug around the Mia 2, the charger and one face wash. Because I purchased mine through a promotion I also received a carrying case (above), an extra exfoliating face wash and an extra brush head for normal skin, all free! Ok, now for the review...

Initial Reaction- After two days of using the Mia 2 my skin broke out horribly bad! Literally the worst breakout of my life. The issue I typically have with my skin is the occasional break out in one area that would maybe result in the appearance of 2 or 3 blemishes, typically around my cheeks and mouth. Within using this product twice I broke out all over my face, mainly on my forehead. Because I had heard so many great things about the Clarisonic I googled this side effect to see if I was the only one having this issue, and it turns out I was not. I found that it is common that within the first 2 weeks of use your skin goes through a "purging phase" in which the Clarisonic is actually pulling all of the impurities out of your skin, and that is why I broke out so badly. I also found that someone with sensitive skin is more prone to such breakouts because of how deep the clean is. So as a first time user and a person with sensitive skin, it was very likely that my skin was going to react negatively, and it did.

Continued Use- After the first two weeks and many breakouts I found that my skin was getting brighter and it was removing my dead dry skin, which is why I had purchased the product in the first place. I have dry skin and when I break out the blemishes scab over and this makes my foundation look horrible. The Clarisonic really clears that away and brings out a brightness and glow. Though I am still breaking out occasionally I honestly think this is more so attributed to my menstrual cycle more than my face routine. It also makes my skin so smooth and clear that my toner and moisturizer really sink into my skin after it has been cleaned.

Overall Review- I would say if you have the money and you want a deep clean, buy the product because it really does completely eliminate all dirt and grime from your skin, leaving it a smooth canvas for makeup. However, for the price and what I went through with my first usage, I would say it is not worth it if you're unsure or don't really need it. You can buy similar products from Olay and Neutragena and also Sephora sells a hand brush that doesn't spin or vibrate for under $5. I would give that a shot first to see how your skin reacts to the abrasion before you spend almost $200 on a product that does OKAY. But this is just my opinion. If any of you have questions or comments about this or if you have used the product before and have some input, PLEASE let me know! I would love to hear more stories.

5 people left comments on: "Review: Clarisonic Mia 2"

  1. A more positive review than mine. I found it broke me out so badly I didn't want to leave the house, I'm still trying to get rid of the tiny bumps that are covering my cheeks and forehead. Hope it works out for you. I have read so many positive reviews but few negative ones. Great review x

  2. I've heard of so many similar stories! Hence why I decided to save money and get the Olay brush instead :) But yeah, with any kind of deep cleansing, your skin will go through a purging phase. Thankfully mine wasn't that bad when I started using the Olay brush. But I think spacing out the usage could help a lot. So maybe instead of using it daily, use it every 2 or 3 days (or even once a week) might be better.

    Karen @

    1. I got rid of it all together :/ but how is the Olay brush now that you've been using it? Im thinking of getting one of the hand brushes that doesn't spin. But honestly since i've stopped using it completely my skin is so much more clear

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  4. I've been using it for about three weeks and thought it was doing a nice job with my skin feeling cleaner and my makeup going on more smoothly. Today, however, I woke up with a rash on my cheeks and thought it might be rosacea and then realized I was probably overusing the Clarisonic. So, I will stop and then go much slower and possibly use it for 30 seconds. Hopefully, this does it for my sensitive skin.