Review: Clinique's Sonic Face Brush Hits Counters Today

Move over, Clarisonic. And thanks for taking my sonic face brush virginity, Clinique.
Publish date:
August 14, 2014
clinique, face brushes, skin care, skin care system, sonic brush

I know how you all love your sonic face brushes, which is why I thought you’d be excited to know that today marks the launch of Clinique's Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush.

Well, it was technically released on back in June, but it's new to beauty counters as of today. Of course, I just had to call one in for a test drive.

I'll be honest. I've never used a Clarisonic because I'm a weirdo who hates putting things on my face. But what I lack in Clinique vs. Clarisonic comparisons I make up for in pickiness and unfiltered honesty.

Naturally, the Clinique brush is designed to be used with Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System, which consists of a facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. But I’m sure it could be used with any face cleanser you own.

I like to the follow the rules (well, sometimes), so I used the brush as suggested with Clinique's Type 3 system for my combination oily skin. A note about my skin type: though I have to blot like crazy in the summer, my face mimics gator skin in the winter. Not cute.

Using the brush for a couple of weeks I noticed that my skin was smoother, brighter, and better overall. To see if it was all in my head (told you I'd be thorough!), I pushed the pause button on using the brush. Guess what? My skin started acting cuckoo. Back to the brush I went.

The brush is pretty small and thus easy to tote just about anywhere without being a hassle. The battery has a three-hour lifespan and there's a 30-second timer to assure you don't spend too much time scrubbing away. I use it for a total of 60 seconds, because this fivehead needs the extra time.

Speaking of foreheads, the brush bristle formation is curved to cover areas like the hairline and corners of the nose. See those green and white bristles? The green ones are firmer and shorter to target the oily T-zone while the softer white ones work on delicate, less oily areas like the cheeks. You can clean the bristles with hot water and soap, but Clinique recommends changing the brush head every three months.

I only used the brush once a day because this whole sonic face brush thing is still new to me, but you can certainly use it twice daily. My only warning--which you sonic brush fans probably already know--would be to not use it with an exfoliator as it could be too harsh on the face. Instead, use the brush in the morning and the scrub at night, or vice versa.

Given that a basic Clarisonic will run you about $10 more, would you buy the Clinique face brush? What other sonic face brushes are you all using and liking (or disliking)?