Clarisonic x theNotice: Taking the Mia 2 for a test drive

Clarisonic Mia 2 review

The Clarisonic Mia 2 in Ipanema

When beauty bloggers talk skin care products, the one skin care gadget you’re guaranteed to hear about is the Clarisonic. I’ve been reading rave reviews about the skin care line since its launch in 2004, but to be honest, I never really thought it was for me.

With my sensitive skin and barely-there skin care routine, I’m not exactly who you’d think of as a prime candidate for a tool like this one. But when Clarisonic asked me if I was willing to try out a Mia 2 for seven days and report back, I had to accept the challenge – in the name of science, of course.

Clarisonic sensitive brush head review

The Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head (I’d recommend buying the Delicate one for sensitive skin!)

As it turns out, the Clarisonic isn’t really what I thought it would be: it’s better. The Mia 2 fits comfortably into my hands, and like the rest of the Clarisonic line, it works on sonic technology rather than rotating brush heads – which, given the name, I really should have guessed. According to the brand, their unique sonic cleansing technology produces over 300 movements a second and uses the flexing action created between the outer and inner brushes to remove impurities from deep within the pores for clear, glowing skin.

Clarisonic Mia in use 2

I have seen the cleansing light

It’s this sonic action that not only gets the pores really, really clean (which is why so many people with acne-prone or oily skin swear by their Clarisonic), but also preps the skin, making face serums, anti aging creams and tinted moisturizers more effective. This is what I’ll mainly be testing: up close, my skin has flaky patches and can be paper-rough, so I’m hoping my results will include softer, more glowing skin.

Clarisonic pLink charger

The pLink charger, attached

The Mia 2 comes in a number of colours – this one is Ipanema – and charges with a cute, magnetic “pLink” charger. It’s waterproof and has two speed settings for normal and sensitive skin. The Mia 2 can be used morning and night on a wet face with any type of cleanser, foaming or milk, and holds a charge for 20 to 30 uses.

This post was sponsored by Clarisonic in association with Elle Canada. All of the opinions in this post are my own — I can now be found happily cleansing my face most nights, chirruping “pLink!” like an excited squirrel whenever the urge takes me. 

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  • I was the same way with my thoughts on the Clarisonic before I bought mine. I was afraid of making my routine even longer, but I was surprised that that was far from the truth! I love mine so much and what it has done to and for my skin. I hope you end up loving it as much as I do!
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    • I'm so happy to hear this, Kelly! I actually wrote this post last month, and am happy to report back that I have been LOVING it since then. I wish it helped my skin pick up moisture just a liiiiittle bit better, but I'm really pleased with the results otherwise — my skin has been feeling great! :)

  • I have Mia 2 in baby pink color. "Ipanema"! I like the color name of yours.
    Clarisonic is so much better than other affordable "spinning" facial brushes or a manual one because of its "sonic" actions just like my Sonicare toothbrush works so much better than others.
    I still find the brush head a little too big for me to easily work on every nook and cranny on my face. I really like using it once a week to gently yet throughly exfoliate, though. I usually pair it with a creamy oil cleanser.
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    • It's such a cute name, isn't it? :) I'm a big fan of the colour, too — I also really like the dark green one that they do, but I have a weird affinity for bright pink tech. Nice bit of contrast with my all-neutrals wardrobe and home decor :P

      I feel the same about my Mia 2 around my nose, but — smaller wouldn't make sense for the rest of the face, you know? It's awkward in the nooks and crannies, but worth the trade-off!

  • filipinamacbarbie

    I absolutely love my Clarisonic. I use it daily! If I miss a day, I can definitely tell.
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    • I'm so happy to hear that! Here's to hoping you never have to miss a day again ;)

  • Alison

    Ugh, that "I have seen the cleansing light" picture made my day!

    Its nice to see another Clarisonic review! I'll admit, I've been a fan for years: I'm very much a convert. My skin just feels better than it used to and when I miss a day, I really notice a difference. Every time I stop using mine I go back to how my skin was before: I get flakier, I start breaking out again and my skin actually feels… angrier with me, as if using this actually soothes my skin a little. I definitely find that when I cut down to less than once or twice a day, my skin just feels worse.

    After long term use, I can honestly say that I don't have a single complaint about how my skin has responded: it really did produce visible, actually quite surprisingly dramatic results in my case. The only problem I've had is that some of the handles just don't seem built to last. My original Clarisonic PRO actually broke just from normal, careful, gentle use: some months in, it started refusing to turn off (it made that buzzy sound and rattled all the time for twenty or so hours, I swear. It kept beeping loudly and obnoxiously when I tried to turn it off. I had to store my feral Clarisonic wrapped in a towel in a drawer to keep it from driving my family crazy…) and I had to send it back. The customer service was excellent, and upon me forwarding my receipt, I was promptly sent a replacement along with a free extra brush head and a letter of apology, all with paid for return postage. That said, when I got my replacement, it worked for two whole years but two years and a few months later it also broke, so I've had three Clarisonics in total, including a Mia2 which I purchased for the extended warranty… I just didn't find anything that worked as well or had as dramatic an effect on my skin. While I generally consider it to be worth it as I have problem skin, you'd hope that with them being as expensive as they are that they would build them to last, y'know?

    • :D

      Thanks so much for this comment, Alison! It makes me SO happy to hear how well the Clarisonic has been working for you — it's always nice to hear love for something you love too, you know? But as for the lifespan of the ones you've had — that super, super sucks. I haven't had mine for long enough to notice any deterioration in the product, but while I think it's great that they have good customer service, it's too bad to hear that they don't hold up! :( I totally agree that a product this expensive should be built to last (and I'm going to be really disappointed if mine breaks before I hit the five-year mark!)

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  • ame

    Ok…I have had a lengthy battle with this product. And I FINALLY figured out how to make it work for me without giving me a massive rash or breakouts. I use it every other day, normally, alternating it with either a fresh washcloth or a Boscia Konjac or just my hands. The trick for me was really that not even the most delicate brush they had was soft enough. When the new Cashmere Luxe heads came out this year, that was the light from the heavens that make this thing amazing. I use the regular cashmere luxe head (not the detailer) and it's perfection. My cleanser is the LaMer cleansing gel, which when you get over the pricetag, and realize that thing will last a year because you need like half a pump, is the best ever.
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    • Thank you SO much for this comment, ame! I still find the sensitive brush head to be quite rough, but will definitely check out the Cashmere Luxe heads when I need to replace the head. It definitely sounds like the answer to my pleas! ;)

  • Hunter Bluestone

    Wow! Your review was concise but very complete! You write really well.
    I love my Clarisonic Mia 2. It has changed my skin for the better.

    I also agree with the other commenter, the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head is my favorite so far. It’s very soft and has long bristles that help you to reach the nooks and crannies of your face effortlessly. Have you tried it yet Rae?