Beauty Review: Clarisonic Mia Face brush


It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! I am excited to review the Clarisonic. I’ve it bragged it enough in my YouTube videos so it’s about time, right? This is going to be a picture heavy post so brace thy self. I’ll do this review by posing questions. I think this will be the best way to really get across how awesome the Clarisonic is. Click the jump to read on!

What are the other Clarisonic face brushes like?

The Clarisonic Mia face brush is the baby of group. Its older siblings include the Classic, which retails for $199 and the Plus which retails for $225. I haven’t used the big boys but the main difference, other than price, are the speeds. The Mia only has 1 speed whereas the Classic has 2 and the Plus has 3. If you are stuck on which Clarisonic to purchase, the website has an awesome comparison chart here.

How much is the Clarisonic Mia? Are there any ways to get it cheaper?

I was ECSTATIC when the Mia made its debut. It retails for $149 but I purchased it for 20% off thanks to a Sephora Friends & Family sale. That’s almost $30 off! If you really want to make this investment, but the price is hurting you–wait for a sale. Also, QVC sells the Classic and you can make 3 installments. Find out more about that here. You can also get it from Sephora and Ulta. I highly suggest purchasing from Sephora because they have a great return policy. I know the Clarisonic Mia is pricey but my skin (even in all of its craziness) is worth it.

Okay, so what does the Clarionic Mia do?
Here’s what the back of the box says…

And according to the website,

* Removes 6x more makeup than manual cleansing
* Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
* Cleanses so well that products absorb better
* Gentle enough for twice daily use
* Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
* Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

What comes in the Clarisonic Mia box?

Inside you will find the system with a sensitive brush head, a charger and a 1 oz. sample of Gentle Hydro cleanser. I chucked that. You can use the Clarisonic with cleanser you choose. Inside the box is also a ton of valuable information about how often to charge (after 20 minutes of use) and ways to care for your your brush head and handle.

The Clarisonic Mia looks REALLY small. How big is it?
Since I have never owned the Classic, I can’t do a side by side comparison but I think the Mia is a great size.

It fits right in your hand. I have since played with the Classic in stores and it just feels bulkier and not as easy to control as the Mia. The Mia is also travel friendly and relatively lightweight.

How do you charge the Mia?
The Classic and the Pro both have cradles. The Mia, however, has a charger. The charger simply goes into the wall and connects at the bottom of the handle.

It’s pretty cool, actually. Align the holes up and the charger magnetically snaps into place with the handle.

How do you turn the Mia on? Is there a timer? Any bells and whistles?

The Mia turns on with a press of its only button.

Once this button is pressed, it will automatically turn off in 1 minute. It doesn’t beep or say “ta da” or anything like that. Remember, the Mia only has one speed so if you press this button again (after you’ve already turned it on), it will turn off.

How does the brush head feel? Is it okay for sensitive skin?

The sensitive brush head feels just find on my skin. I don’t find it to be too abrasive or harsh at all. Clarisonic brushes use sonic technology and are gentle on the skin. The bristles don’t dig into your skin rather they oscillate which actually feels good. Everyone’s skin is different so if you have extremely sensitive skin, perhaps using the Clarisonic only in one area on your face would be best; just to see how your skin will react.

The brush in action….

How does the Clarisonic Mia compare to Pretika’s face brush?

The Mia is MUCH better. Granted Pretika’s face brush is only $24.99 and it was “okay” when I used it. However, when I used the Mia my skin looked and felt different in a matter of weeks. This wasn’t the case with the Pretika and I used that for a good 3-4 months. Would I recommend the Pretika for those who don’t want to splurge on the Clarisonic Mia? Sure. But if you want the best for your skin…save your pennies (Lord knows it took me months…lol) and get the Clarisonic. See obvious differences between the two in my video here.

Okay, what’s the bottom line? Did the Clarisonic Mia work for you?
Absolutely!!! My skin has never looked better. I know that sounds cliche, but I mean it. My skin has changed completely and I attribute it to the Clarisonic Mia. I can’t even say diet, exercise and vitamins. Those have all been a part of my life for quite some time and my skin was STILL a mess. The Clarisonic Mia, along with visits to the dermatologist and skin tone correctors have really changed my skin. See my before and after pictures here.

The lengthy but very detailed video review…

Well y’all…told you it was a jam packed post. Between this post and the video, I think I have covered everything inquiring minds may want to know about the Clarisonic.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have one? Want one? Not sold on it yet?

Tell me!

  • Moni @ CL Journal

    How ironic! I posted about this yesterday! I got a $100 Gift card from Sephora and I purchased the Pink one! I'm glad I read this because I was hoping that it was everything everyone says it is! When I get it, I'll let you know how it turns out for me!

  • Askmewhats

    love reading your post dear! and wow..I would be intrigued to use this but I am a bit scared of drying up my skin more :)

  • Moni

    I have two questions:
    1. I've read that the Clarisonic beeps when it's time to move to another section of your face. Does the Mia do this as well?
    2. Do you think that the Mia has helped to fade any scars from past acne? I have so many acne scars (partially because I like to squeeze, even though I know I shouldn't) that I joke that my skin looks like a cheetah! :/ Anything that can help with that is worth it!


  • Missy~Ann

    I'm DYING to get one! I asked the hubster to get it for my birthday (Feb. 14) so we will see! Keeping my fingers crossed!
    I am still trying to decide if I want the Mia or the classic.
    What made you decide on the Mia?
    Thanks for the review!

  • Anonymous

    so this would work for dry & sensitive skin too, right?

  • B

    Moni—> Ohhhh, I think you'll like it! Definitely let me know what you think.

    Nikki—> Hmmm….I don't know. That's a good question, mama. My skin tends to get pretty dry in the winter and I haven't had too many problems. However, if I used it more than every other day—my skin may act a fool. HA!

    (1) No ma'am. The Mia doesn't beep. I think that's a cool feature on the Classic and Plus but it really isn't that necessary. The more you use the Mia the more you'll know when to move to different areas of your face.

    (2) Haha, not a cheetah! Girl, yes! I think it does a phenomenal job at fading acne scars. But over time. Don't expect to see clear skin the first month. It takes months of use to see the difference but I think with regular use of the Mia and a skin corrector…those spots will fade away!

    Missy~Ann—> Ohhhh, I hope you get one! Let's hope the Hubs knows how to pick up hints. LOL! The main reason for my choosing this over the Classic was the price. I also liked that the Mia was smaller and more portable.

    Anon—> I think so. In small doses though. While I can get away with using this every other day without problems, I wouldn't suggest that someone with drier or sensitive skin do the same. 2-3x a week should get good. But everyone's skin is different so that's why if you are considering a Clarisonic, it is important to test it on one area of the skin first. :)

  • Product Junkie Diva

    HEy B. I dont have one but I think I want one.
    Everyone has good things to say about this item.

  • DreamerGina

    I would like to see before an after pictures of your screen. I know there probably on the site somewhere but figured Id add that in real fast. -lol-

    I think I'm going to have to buy a Mia this summer. I seem to have a problem with oil an stuff like that on my face during the summer. An flakeyness during the winter on my forehead.

  • B

    DreamerGina—> I've got tons of before/after photos of my skin. The Mia is GREAT at removing the flakes. I have that issue in the winter months too.

  • Queen Lioness

    Thanks for speaking out about adult acne! I'm 26 and have been on the battlefield with acne since I was 10. I've gone through every acne system and in 2009 alone spent over 400 bucks just trying to clear up my skin. Completely upsetting. I saw your post tonight and bought that Clarisonic from Sephora on the spot (you have a lot of influence on me, lol). Hopefully this does what it did for you. Thanks for making me feel like I'm not a leper.

  • B

    Queen Lioness—> Aww chica, you're no leper. But please let me know how the Clarisonic works for you. *crosses fingers*

  • Sunny

    Hey! New to the blog.

    I saw Queen Lioness's skin and wanted to comment. I'm 29 and still have breakout issues.

    One thing that I've found that helps lately is drinking more water (people have always told me that but I am just now doing it), but before then, I tried Murad, but since I am such a product junkie, I also tried Skin ID… that works. I found the best results when I alternated use with DOVE soap.

    I'd love to try out this MIA product, but I'm waayyy to frugal. lol. The most expensive electronic I own is my CHI.

  • B

    Sunny—> I'm a water drinker too. Almost a gallon a day everyday. And trust me…I may be the most frugal person EVER! The Mia is definitely an investment that I think delivers!

  • Jennifer Leigh

    That is an EXCELLENT review!

  • Moni @ CL Journal

    Girl, I never posted my response

    The MIA ROCKS!!!

    I love this thing!

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  • Leanna Larson

    I just bought the classic today:) Can’t wait to use it. Bought it on They are offering free shipping and a 25% of any item. Splurged and got the classic:)

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  • Toby Winter

    I have one and I think it’s a very iffy purchase if you’re someone with sensitive or dry skin. I experience irritation even on the low settings and have not noticed any significant advantage to using it. This may not be the case if you have oily sking to cleanse pores. For others I’d recommend being sure to use moisturizer after use.