I am just going to start by saying that I consider the Clarisonic Mia to be one of my favourite beauty investments of all time.
When asked to compare it to another extremely similar product, it was both exciting and yet hard to stay objective. But I truly have taken each cleansing brush and compared it to the other, as if it was my very first time using one.
I have used them on alternate days. I have used them simultaneously on opposite sides of the face! I have considered practicality, weight and structure. This review is impartial, and long considered. I have been using the brushes side by side for over a month now.
The Clarisonic Mia
It costs £120.00. It is the smallest of the brushes in the Clarisonic range. On their USA website, the brush is available in seventeen different colours!! Any electrical product on the market is a huge success and a huge seller if being produced in that many colours.
Per minute of usage, patented sonic frequency has this amazing little brush pulsing 18000 times – 300 times per single second. It feels incredibly gentle on the skin- a deep vibration- that stimulates circulation, and cleanses away make up 6 times more effectively than with hands alone. I love that it gently curves its way into every little nook and cranny of the face. It never leaves my skin feeling scratched, irritated, or raw.
The standard brush comes with a sensitive brush-head. I have never tried, and now have no desire to try the normal brush head, the sensitive brush works perfectly well for me. It is a compact sturdy little machine that is fully water proof. It is smaller, and yet heavier than the Rio Sonicleanse, 250 grams to be precise. It is a one speed machine!
It also comes with a trial size Clarisonic Hydro Cleanser.
The Rio Sonicleanse
Priced at a much more affordable £49.99.
It is a slightly bigger and noisier brush, it beeps and bleeps, when turned on, and when it is time to move the brush onto the next area of the face. The Rio Sonicleanse offers 10,000 sonic brush pulses per minute – so nearly half of the Clarisonic’s. So far it comes with no other option than a standard brush-head – I would very much like to try a senstive version. The Rio has two speeds, as oppose to Clarisonic Mia’s one speed. The Rio also comes with a spare brush head – which is a really nice bonus, as both brushes if used daily, need their brush changed approximately every 3 months. I find you can get a little longer out of a brush head if washing it properly – I use hot water and Bobbi Brown’s ‘Conditioning Brush Cleanser’ .
It removes make up more effectively, it cleanses deep into the pores. Removes dead skin cells, and leaves you with brighter, fresher skin.
I feel that the Rio Sonicleanse’s brush doesn’t work quite so nicely around the face, it feels a little more that it sits on the surface and isn’t quite as easy to use around the nose and jaw line because the brush is less flexible.
Although the Rio is water resistant, from reviews and instructions, I believe that this is a different thing to waterproof! Don’t drop it in the bath, or leave it under running water.
It has a more traditional charger than the Clarisonic’s – as demonstated in the video – the Clarisonic’s charger clips neatly onto the front of the unit – which makes it compact and a perfect travel companion.
Using both brushes on the skin simultaneously, the Clarisonic feels slightly more gentle, and get gets in and around the nose and chin more effectively. I feel that it really hugs the curves of the face. It is also significantly quieter than the Rio whilst doing so – only relevant when you have a sleeping loved one just through the door who keeps telling you to be quiet – a comment I have never had whist using the Clarisonic!!
Both brushes cleanse more effectively than with hands alone. They both will leave you with cleaner, brighter skin. Don’t be surprised if you have a few extra breakouts in the first few weeks of using a cleansing brush – you are cleansing deeply – and it will pass. Products that you apply after the cleanse will be more readily and effectively absorbed into the skin. Both brushes need charging approximately once a week.
If you can’t justify the expense of a Clarisonic, but do like the idea of a cleansing brush, then the Rio will do a perfectly good job. It just isn’t quite as slick, compact, and perfect but for far less than half the price it is a good alternative to have on the market.
Links to buy –
The Rio Sonicleanse is priced at £50.00 http://www.very.co.uk/riosonicleanse (currently £40.00)
The Clarisonic Mia is available in Space NK, but is also available with free delivery worldwide for £120.00 on http://www.feelunique.com/clarisonicmia
If you live in the USA – you lucky people – the Clarisonic Mia is $120.00! Not everything American made is always cheaper in America – Stila for example – but the Clarisonic is, significantly so. http://www.sephora.com/clarisonic