A little while ago I came across the Clarisonic. It looked a little frightening for my sensitive face but I thought ooh that's a good idea, and went off to have a look.
My intrigue turned to horror at the discovery that the various models range from £99 to around £170. For a 'cleansing system'. Whaaaaat?!?
Unless the thing is going to give me a whole new face there's literally no chance of me paying that kind of money for the same thing a flannel does.
My best friend, also having the same dilemma then came across the no7 version, which is a significant amount cheaper at £25. Then by a happy coincidence i was able to get 50% discount through my colleague whose husband works for boots. Using this, a £5 off No7 voucher and a 3 for 2, I was able to purchase my No7 cleansing brush for around £8. I was pretty happy with that!
Now, the No7 isn't exactly the same as the Clarisonic, and I wouldn't expect it to be for £25. It runs on AA batteries, which is usually something I avoid like the plague, but 6 weeks later and it's still on the batteries that came with it and I've used it almost every day!
It comes with no case, not even a cap to cover the brush, which if boots intend to continue making this product could be a big improvement for the next model, both for hygiene purposes and to keep it safe when travelling.
On first appearances the brush itself is quite alarming; the bristles look quite thick and harsh. I find it pretty soft to use though and it doesn't hurt my skin all - and I have fairly sensitive skin, especially my cheeks!
I tend to use it with my Lancôme or Michael Todd cleanser and my skin feels lovely and clean afterwards.
My only real complaint (aside from the absence of a case) is that the inside has gone slightly rusty already - despite being made for use with water!? I have stored it with the bristles down so the water can drain away and I haven't got it wet to a ridiculous degree so I just can't work that one out!
Overall, if you feel you need some help in the cleansing department, and sensibly you don't want to spend upwards of £100 on doing so, then this could be a good option. However, it's not perfect by any means and I do get the feeling boots have rushed this out a little quickly, and I'm not sure I'd be so forgiving of the drawbacks if I'd paid the full £25.
I'd probably wait until they (hopefully) improve it before purchasing.
- only £25 and no7 is often on 3 for 2 so it's possible to get it even cheaper
- leaves your skin feeling super super clean
-second spin speed lets you give your face an occasional deeper clean
-doesn't come with a case or a cap for the brush head
-has the potential to rust a little inside