December 5, 2013

Clarisonic Mia 2

I was not compensated for this.  I didn't receive a Clarisonic Mia 2 to review because, really, I'm not that lucky.  I would've taken one in a heartbeat.  It didn't happen.  I bought this one, and it made me slightly ill to spend $130 on a tool that is meant for cleaning my pores.  That was the PX price.  They retail for $150 online.  

My skin has always been an issue.  It's never been bad enough to warrant real help, but never good enough for me to be completely comfortable.  I do not wear foundation, just mineral powder, so what you see is really what you get.  I can't stand the idea of sweating off make-up, so I don't wear a lot.  I've discovered over the years that I can't use Covergirl anything. As soon as Covergirl touches my face, I break-out, and that includes blush.  This is why those skincare/make-up commercials have always been particularly confusing to me…those products don't work for me!  Same with Neutrogena/Clean and Clear/etc.  I do like Noxema Triple Clean and that's what I use to take make-up off at the end of the day, and I like Burt's Bees' Sensitive Skin facewash.  

I've used Pro-Activ since college, and until the last few months, it's always served me well.  I think my issue is that I have very large pores.  Combine that with the fact that I went off of medication a few months ago and now my hormones are all out of whack, my face has been unpredictably disobedient. The Mia is supposed to help with that. I've been using it for almost 3 weeks now.

My thoughts:

1.  It comes with its own cleaning solution in a trial size bottle.  The bottle has lasted me about 3 weeks.  I bought a new bottle, regular-sized, for $21 (also at the PX).

2.  It's timed.  There's a pattern to follow, and it only runs for 1 minute at a time.  It's 20 seconds forehead, 20 seconds nose and chin, 10 seconds for each cheek.  It beeps when it's time to switch location.  Completely idiot-proof.

3.  It charges magnetically.  It's kinda cool, really, because no real plug on the Mia means it's waterproof.  You can use it in the shower.

4.  It needs to charge for 24 hours, initially, to be fully-charged.  You'll get 24 uses out of a fully charged Mia.

5.  If it is wet, and you're using it in front of the mirror while looking in the mirror, water will dribble down your wrist and it's really annoying.  It's easier to look down into the sink.

6.  Don't press too hard.

7.  I'm guessing the brush head needs to be replaced every so often (Ah ha! Every 3 months).  This could be an expensive habit..

8.  You can use it twice a day, but I usually only use it once at night after I take off my make-up with Noxema and a washcloth.

9.  Keep your moisturizer handy: it dries out your face.  But not in a gross flaky way.  In a "it feels nice and non-greasy" way.

10.  Overall, I really like it.  It hasn't totally changed my life yet, but I suppose it'll take some time. 

Scott said it looks like my pores have shrunk and my skin feels much cleaner.  I saw cheaper versions of cleaners out there, but I thought it was was going to pay $20 for something that might work, I may as well just take the plunge.  I've been thinking about buying one of these for a year or so, but never felt like spending the money.  Clear skin is priceless though, and I heard it takes 6-8 weeks for results to truly show. It's been about 3 weeks since I bought it, so we'll see!

Have you tried the Clarisonic Mia 2?  Any thoughts?  What are your skincare secrets?


  1. This may have to go on my xmas wishlist. I just found a ridiculously awesome face wash ( Burt Bee's chamomile and willow bark) that has my face look better then it has in a few months but I feel like I need to exfoliate every other day or so. Something like this would definitely be ideal for me.
    Maybe Santa will come through :D

  2. So I do have bad skin. Bad enough that in my early twenties, I took accuatane. Then my face looked amazing..but over the last few years, the acne has creeped and my pores are larger {again}. My mom is a hair dresser and luckily the salon she works at, the estetician {sp?} likes me and gives me a HUGE discount, and I get microderm very regularly. It helps. Not 100% but enough to control it and not make me crazy at twenty-nine! This sounds pretty similar to the whole micro process...I may have to look into it. Thanks SO much for the review. When you said a while back you bought it, I knew I had to read your thoughts.

  3. Please do this again after the 8 weeks! I'm interested in hearing about it more.

  4. I'm seeing these everywhere & wondered how they work... OK.. I now want one!!!

  5. These have definitely intrigued me, but the high price makes me figure I ought to be content with my skin--so far it does seem to be getting better with age...

  6. I've wanted to try this but that price tag keeps me looking from the sidelines. I just can't.

  7. I love mine but I have the Mia 1. As far as the brush heads go, I just got two packs on Groupon for under $12 if you want to check that out since they typically run $25 a brush head!

  8. I have a cheaper version of this by Beauticontrol but still thinking about splurging for the real deal. I am with Stephanie, please follow up with another post on this in a few weeks! I'd love to know what you think.

  9. I love my mia! I have been using it for about 6 months and can definitely tell a difference!

  10. I've heard good things about this from a few different people. I may have to check it out.

  11. I've always been curious about these, and I'm really curious to see how you like it in another few weeks/months. I don't have too bad of skin these days(although I had cystic acne when I was a teenager and it was AWFUL) but now that I've hit my 30's I'm more interested in keeping my skin wrinkle-free and looking young. My problem is if I scrub my face too much with abrasive things, it breaks out. Usually I just use a makeup remover wipe at night, and an oil-free cleanser with my hands in the morning in the shower. How scratchy/exfoliating is this?? I'm interested in it but I don't want to spend $130 ($150) on something that will make my face worse!

  12. I really want one. Since moving to CO my skin has just become insane and I have no idea what to do about it. These look so awesome, the price tag is a lot for me to swallow but I think it would be worth it. Heck if your husband can tell your pores have shrunk that is pretty impressive!

  13. Keep us updated! I have heard so much about how they are life-changing but $150 is crazy for something I would probably be too lazy to use as much as I should. I like that it times you, though.

  14. Sometimes, you really do have to fork out some money for good quality skin care, I have pretty decent skin, but it gets dry as the weather gets colder. When that happens, I only wash it once a day most days. I use face wipes to wash/take off my make up at night.

  15. I've been wanting one of these for some time. I have pore/acne issues too. It would be nice!

  16. You definitely should try it Chantal. All the rave reviews and the hype about it are true!
    ~Pauline @ Clarisonic Philippines


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