Clarisonic – A Long and Winding Road

I’ve been thinking and researching the purchase of a Clarisonic for a long time. It’s a pretty hefty investment, for me anyways, and I wanted to make sure I got exactly the right one for me. There are different device options, a wide variety of different colors, different brush heads, and also different places to buy that offer different value sets. Whew!

Many of these value sets contain skincare – sometimes from the Clarisonic brand itself, and sometimes from other top brands, like Kate Somerville, fresh, or Lancome. Oh, and of course, there is always the eBates cash back amount to consider, especially when making a large online order. (Click here to learn more about eBates and sign up with our referral code).

In addition to researching the device itself, I also read up about individual user’s experiences with the Clarisonic. I looked through old posts of blogs that I subscribe to, and did a lot of googling (always a good way to find new blogs to subscribe to, as well!) One thing that scared me was that many people seem to encounter an initial phase of breaking out really badly. I already don’t have the best skin in the world, and this definitely gave me pause. But it did seem like just a phase, and most people got through it somewhat quickly and then experienced really great skin.

So then, back to the device research. It just seemed like I could never find exactly the right one for me, in terms of combination of device color, skincare extras, etc. I had decided that the Mia2 was the best fit for me – I liked the idea of having a “delicate” setting as well as the universal one. Clarisonic has some really nice comparison charts (perfect for the girl who exhaustively researches every beauty purchase!) for their devices and brush heads that are definitely worth checking out if you are trying to make a decision.

I thought about using up the Birchbox points I had saved, but they just didn’t have any good colors in the Mia2 – white, pastel pink, or pastel purple. Not for me. And then I thought, it’s probably really silly to hold out for the color I want … but for that kind of an investment (anywhere from $100 – $300ish, depending on the device type and value kit), I would really like to have it in a color that I don’t mind looking at every day.

It then occurred to me to check out QVC to see what they had to offer… and lo and behold, they had some of the best options I’d seen to date! Their Mia2 value kits came with TWO brush heads instead of just one – most of the value kits I’d looked at just provided one brush head, so that was a nice bonus. They also had several different options for skincare extras, and a variety of really great colors and patterns. And of course, this being QVC, there was an option to pay in installments, which is always nice. AND eBates was offering extra cash back that particular week! It was a win-win-win.

Here is the beauty that made its way to me earlier this week:
QVC screen grab_mia2
How great is that “vibrant turquoise” color?? It’s cheery and happy, very Tiffany’s, too. I guess I should have realized before based on this picture, but the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash is HUGE – I was expecting just a travel size tube but this is the full sized 4 ounce bottle, which has a value of $32! Coupled with the extra brush head (a set of two brush heads usually go for $40-$50) and the fact that this value kit is $136 instead of the usual $150, I feel like I came out way ahead on this deal.

It arrived earlier this week, and after letting it charge for 24 hours, I used it at night, post-makeup remover and I fell in love. I decided to use it just at night, to begin with, while my skin “adjusts”. I’m also starting out using the Sensitive Brush Head that came with my kit, and I’m only using the “delicate” speed setting. I feel like part of the problems that I read about from other users was because they are scrubbing their face to death two or three times a day – and what skin wouldn’t react poorly to that? After the first cleanse, my skin felt ridiculously smooth. It may be my imagination, but it seems like my skincare products are absorbing more quickly, and my makeup definitely looks better – more natural, and less “sitting on top of skin”-ish.

I will report back moving forward on my experience – for now, very, very glad that I finally made the plunge. I feel like I just went on and on and on about this, but let me know if you are considering buying a Clarisonic, or if you have any questions!

Cheers,
birdie

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