March 14, 2013

Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush 2

The newly Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush is a slicker, more feature rich Skin Cleansing Brush and at the same price of $199.

Clarisonic combined everything you love about your Sonic Cleansing Brush and added some very exciting new features to the Aria but possibly the best news about this launch is the fact that it still remains the same price. Where as you’d expect a high jack in the price due to the slicker design, new battery charger, and features, it still, blessedly, remains the same price.

I purchased my original Clarisonic when they launched it several years ago and I admit I wasn’t terribly impressed. I used it two solid months and expected complete miracles. But the miracle actually happens when you’re not really looking…isn’t that always the way with miracles?

Clarisonic Aria

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Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush

Clarisonic Aria is a slicker design compared to the original. This is less bulky, slicker, with a sexy curve and a high gloss finish. It feels a smidge smaller than the original brush as well with a weighty feel and a design and handle that fits the contour of my hand perfectly. Although a touch heavier than my original brush I like the way this fits my hand…it’s somehow less bulky and fits very comfortably in my hand.

The Aria is pretty feature rich with a new USB-enabled magnetic Universal Voltage Plink Charger and Wall Adapter. Where as before, if you were traveling, you had to be bring the drying stand with you as the charger was attached you now have the option to leave the drying base home and just take along the USB charger and powder adapter. This makes the Aria lighter and more travel friendly. I actually purchased a Mia because my original brush wasn’t exactly travel friendly but not the case with the Aria. She travels perfectly thanks to her new pLink Charger! At home you can slip her back on the drying base which doubles as a charging base as well!

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The beautiful thing about the Aria is the fact she has two T-Timer functions for 1 or 2 minute cleansing cycles. I’ve ALWAYS done a two minute cycle with my old brush but found it annoying that it stopped after a minute and I had to click it back on for the second cleaning. Aria can be set to a two minute T-Timer cleansing in a flash. She also has a high, medium, and slow cleansing speeds now as well!

If all this hasn’t convinced you about purchasing a new Aria might I add that I can’t live without a Clarisonic Brush in my life be it Aria or my old brush.

As I mentioned above my first try with the brush was disappointing. It’s the type of product you need to dedicate yourself too as results are subtle over time. It’s funny as you can use the brush daily for six months never notice a difference in your skin but just TRY going without for a week and realizing, “wait a second? why is my skin suddenly bugging out?” Don’t worry your skin isn’t bugging out, it just got used to the Clarisonic prepping it so well for skincare and makeup that not using the brush daily has reverted you back to issues you might have experienced prior to using it! Believe me I’ve been there.

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Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush 7

You can’t think of the brush as a cleansing tool. This, it is not. It is however, an extra step in beautifying your skin and prepping it for skincare and makeup. I don’t use my brush to remove my makeup. I do however, use my brush to get my skin squeaky clean and refined. Patchy cheeks, dullness, oil, dirt, this brush will rid you of it all with a daily relationship. That’s right a commitment between you and the brush. You have to be willing to use this daily for the best results. There isn’t a honeymoon period, you can’t expect to use the brush a week with instant results and forget about it next week. You have to commit yourself to it just as you would a good eye cream and this is where it will benefit you.

Yes, $200 is a ton of money but it’s actually worth the money.

I’ve experienced better makeup application, better skincare application, brighter skin, refined skin, and overall healthier looking skin when using the brush daily.

Seriously, if I don’t use it a day or two or I somehow forget (I wouldn’t dare!) I can literally see the difference and feel it. The brush really does work but again, I can’t stress it enough, you have to be willing to use it daily and commit to it to see the best results.

Aria is a feature rich and revved up version of the original Clarisonic and combines some new, great benefits. It’s well looking into if you don’t already own a Clarisonic. And heck, if you do, it’s STILL worth looking into because some of these features do make Aria a better choice when compared to the old unit.

If you’re looking to bring out the very best in your skin believe me nothing short of a miracle one do, Clarisonic is that miracle.

Muse Approved.

Do you own a Clarisonic Brush?

How has it effected your skin care life?

Do share!

The new Aria is on sale now at

I’d love to hear your experiences with your Clarisonic be they good or bad!


This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Jane

    Personally, the Clarisonic was a miracle for me, as well as a great cleansing tool. I did get results within 4 days of using it and I do still use it to remove my makeup sometimes (I used to use it to remove my makeup with Proactiv which was totally fine…then I got 5 years older and my skin got drier and now I oil cleanse and then cleanse again using Dr. Bronner’s tea tree bar soap + Clarisonic). I suppose it depends on your skin. I have very oily skin with ginormous pores that are extremely prone to blackheads, and the difference within a few days was unbelievable. I will NEVER give up my Clarisonic! Now I am sort of hoping my old one that is 5 years old will bite the dust so I can get a new one…

    • the Muse

      hey jane! it took a little longer for me but now I can’t see my skincare life without it. it seriously makes my skin glow 🙂 and if I don’t use it a few days can def see the difference. hehe! ;-D I don’t blame you and if you do it must be an Aria! it’s amazings!

      • Jane

        I am so glad you reviewed it because I had no clue about the new charger, that alone is a reason to snatch it up. I took my old school Clarisonic to Mexico with me without the cradle/charger because I was trying to pack all my stuff in a carry-on, and it did last 30 uses, but it was really annoying to know that I couldn’t have charged it if I wanted to! Also definitely agree with you on the hitting the button twice thing, I still have never gotten the hang of changing the settings, honestly I just click and click until it does what I want it to do, then hope my toddler doesn’t get ahold of it later and click the button so that I don’t have to figure it out again. The Aria looks much more user friendly.

        • the Muse

          I find the charger within the drying base bulky! I purchased a mia so I didn’t have to go and carry around the drying base jane so def can relate! this is easier. It has a magnetic charger like the mia plus a drying base which you can optionally bring with you. The Aria you click and hold the top button to set it for two minutes of cleansing and the bottom button for one minute. quit easy! also it has speed settings now so high, low, or medium speed for the brush…I prefer higher for more exfoliation but if you’re sensitive the lower setting is a great option to have ;-D really liking these new features!

  • Cj

    I’ve had a plus, 3 Mia’s and now my Aria 😉 hopefully this will be the last one I order…. Unless they come out with a turquoise Aria… Then all bets are off lol

    • the Muse

      lol I was just thinking if they do a coral aria I’m in trouble!

      • Cj

        Omg we are so bad lol. I can totally see us on one of those reality shows where they take away your credit cards and make you live with 300$ a month lol.

  • Maria J. Cardoza

    I own a Clarisonic Aria in Black and I’ve only had/used it for 2 months now, but I have to admit My Face can’t live a day without it. I only give it 1 day off a week to use a Microdermabrasion Kit that I purchased from Mary Kay a while back that I’m just trying to use up. I’m not sure if the kit is safe to use with my Clarisonic because of the particles in it. I do however notice that my night time serum I use sinks into my skin better when I use my Clarisonic than when I don’t. Since I’ve only had for such a short period of time I can’t say I’ve seen Miracles either, but I am pretty sure that I will see results by the end of the year. I enjoy reading your posts about the cleansers, the cleansing brush heads, what they do and who they’re for so keep us posted!

    • the Muse

      hi maria thanks for sharing 😀 and I surely will give you posted on all good beauty/skincare ;D

      • Maria J. Cardoza

        I just wanted to ask if you think the Acne Clarifying Cleanser is Worth it or should I Just stick with a Regular 2% Salicylic Acic Cleanser like the Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleanser Pink Grape Fruit? I also wanted you to know that I have tried the Mini Refreshing Gel Cleanser that comes in the Blue Tube and the Newer White tube, but everything changed from the scent to the way it works and I miss the way the other cleanser would lather up and smell. So I would like to know how you feel on that issue as well.

        • the Muse

          I’m not really sure maria I don’t have acne issues so I’m the worst person in the world to recommend a good cleanser for the issue. Hopefully a reader can step in and rec something ;-D I typically use Rosette Foaming Cleanser with mine, it’s a Japanese collagen wash.

          • Maria J. Cardoza

            So have you ever used the Refreshing Gel Cleanser that comes with the Clarisonic? I have tried using a cream cleanser, but since they don’t foam up I don’t know if it’s still going all over my skin or if it’s as effective because I typically use it in the shower.

          • the Muse

            i don’t use it maria, typically use a collagen wash with the clarisonic as I prefer a foaming cleanser 🙂

        • Alanna

          truthfully salicylic acid in your cleanser isn’t going to do much for your pores, since cleanser is on your face for only a minute or so. I would also steer clear of anything with fragrance and especially citrus as it can be highly irritating, especially to oily and acne prone skin. A gentle, water soluble cleanser will do all you need it to. Purpose gentle cleanser is simple and classic, and clean and clear’s daily pore cleanser and essentials foaming facial cleanser (sensitive skin) are excellent picks. if you really want to spend more (and I promise you don’t have to for cleanser) kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser is pretty good. My favorite salicylic acid product is Philosophy’s clear days ahead acne treatment and moisturizer. Don’t bother with anything else from that product line, though. sorry for the wall of text!

          • Tiffany

            Purity from Philosophy is a great product for acne prone skin. I was using a medication combo from my doctor that included a face wash and acne cream for a year. Then, like all good things, the company changed it and discontinued the face wash but made my medication for my acne cream only. I was on a hunt for a face wash that didn’t make my skin freak out and have had fabulous luck with Purity. I use it with my Clarisonic daily. <3

  • Amanda

    I broke down and bought the Mia last November and I’m still in the phase where I’m not seeing as huge of a difference as I had hoped. I have large pores, discoloration and pesky blackheads. I’m trying to hang in there though because I **want** the miracle so badly! Maybe I need to go for 2 minutes each time like you do?

    I did get a deal on a year’s supply of brush heads with a coupon, so I guess I’m committed for a while =)

    • the Muse

      amanda it has an adjustment period for sure! I used it daily for two months and was so irritated not to see some sort of amazing results. stick with it! 🙂 I do two cycles because I feel like it benefits my drier skin you can def try that ;-D wow that’s awesome! need a brush deal ;D

      • Amanda

        Irritated=me too!!! All those before & afters certainly set your expectations HIGH! Hard for something to live up to that!

        • the Muse

          agreed! But I have to say after using it so long I can def see how my skin looks and feels differently when I’m not using it ;-D

      • Amanda

        Oh – and all my deal was – they have 4 packs now for $75 now and I used my $25 off coupon you get when you register. $12.50 a pop instead of $25!

        • the Muse

          SWEET! I got a $25 coupon in the box actually so I can use that ;-D you’re awesome!

  • Cait

    Oh God my original Mia from like 4 years ago is still going strong but I WANT THIS SO MUCH. Must think of a way to justify $200 for something I basically already own. Lol.

    • Cj

      I recommend having an “accident” with your current mia, things happen you know, it’s not your fault.

  • Liz Cat

    I have the Mia and jeez, it has been quite the experience! I have always had fairly good skin, oily and blemish prone, but never more than a pimple or 2 at a time. But I though the clarisonic would be perfect for clearing my pores and helping any build up.
    Excited i made the investment, but for the first month of using it I broke out really bad and my skin was AWFUL.
    Needless to say i was heart broken. What I thought would be my little skin wonder didnt seem to be helping at all, but i refused to believe it. I tried with all my cleansers, toners, moisturizers hoping one would work, but even my favorites didnt clear up my skin. I stopped using my clarisonic for two weeks, and my skin started to get back to normal. but i wanted SO bad for it to work and i didnt want to give up. after looking up other people’s experiences and talking to a sales associate a nordies i found out that it was normal for some people, especially acne prone, to break out when just starting with the clarisonic. The sonic brush was drawing all the impurities up to the surface and some skin reacts to the change with acne. So i cautiously began using it again and after the initial disaster, my skin calmed down. Now my skin is back to normal and improved with dramatically less blackheads around my t-zone, reduced pores, smoother texture and the rare tiny pimple.
    I love my little mia now and i just can’t imagine going back to manual cleansing! 🙂

    • the Muse

      liz I’ve heard there’s an adjustment period for many skin types particularly those who are blemish prone! I’m happy to hear you stuck with it 😀 I had a point where I was suddenly getting terribly oily, that’s unusual for me! it was like that a month but finally my skin started getting back to a normal jive 😀

  • Moon

    The charging stand is definitely a plus but I wonder if it’s really much better than the Mia itself when it comes to cleaning/beautifying the skin? I bought a Mia over 18 months ago and I don’t see a huge difference on my skin. Granted I don’t use it everyday; I only use it about once a week to ‘deep clean’ my face – my dermatologist said she would not recommend using it more than once a week for my senstitive skin. From her point of view it can over ‘exfoliate’ if using daily. I guess maybe using it only once a week is not going to give my skin a miracle! Maybe I should start using it more often and see if it improves my skin in a more drastic way.

    • the Muse

      i imagine it is considering you can choose the speed of the brush versus the mia which you can’t. It’s really something you need to commit to, I def wouldn’t use it once a week and expect results unfortunately 🙁 I have drier skin so it doesn’t really bug me much if I use daily but def can see it being an issue perhaps with sensitive skin.

    • Maddie

      I am surprised that your dermatolgist thinks clarisonic brush exfoliates. It does not from what I have read. My aesthetician stressed that I need to use it every day and I need a separate exfoliator since Clarisonic’s brush does not exfolidate on its own, only cleanses.

  • denise

    Great review! I have a Mia but I have to admit that I am terrible about using it every day. Oops. I guess I need to try to me more consistent. How do you coordinate using a scrub with using the brush? Do you use them on the same day or use a scrub as a replacement for the brush?

    • the Muse

      typically use my clarisonic in the AM and any exfoliating I do is nightly 😀

  • Julissa

    I want this but I don’t know. Would you recommend this to really dry skin?

  • Audrey C.

    How does this compare to the Plus? I used to have that one because I liked the body brush option and the ability to have an indefinite cleansing cycle (and not just one minute), but I ended up returning it because I didn’t see a difference after two months. I’m still lemming another Clarisonic though because everyone, especially you, says it really makes a difference in the long run!

    • the Muse

      i think plus only has the body brush option but the speed up and two timer speed is def not part of the plus unit aria so this is a step up from that brush 🙂

  • StellaDiva

    There is nothing like the first time…that you cleanse with a clarisonic. My skin felt so smooth. Also great for getting rid of flakes after a tca peel. I got a Mia2 but would look at this if that ever died.

  • moja31

    How does this compare to the Mia2? I thought that one had multiple speeds as well. considering getting a clarisonic, but not sure I want to shell out the extra $50 for the Aria.

    • the Muse

      i don’t have a mia 2 just a mia which only has one speed and no timer.

  • Wendy

    Oh I’m off to order mine … if you don’t hear from me again, it’s cuz my husband killed me! But hey, I’ll be looking good laying in my coffin! LOL

  • Liz

    I will never give up my Mia. They will have to pry her from my cold, dead fingers.

  • Jade

    I’ve been intrigued by the Clarisonic for a while, however I am in two minds about it – part of me doesn’t want to subject my skin to so much exfoliation. The blackheads on my nose are LOOKING at me though!!

    • the Muse

      lol jade same here with my nose! It’s actually not an exfoliating unit, it deep cleans 🙂

  • melissa

    I have the pro and it’s pushing 4 years old or maybe its 5. I don’t remember when I bought it to be honest. I use it every morning pretty much and lately it makes a grinding sound and I was thinking oh-oh it’s dying and here comes this post. I’ve seen some ads for Aria but I ignored it thinking I have one I don’t need another but now I NEED one. I’m going to wait until there is a good ebates on Sephora and then I get point a rebate and Aria. I appreciate your input as an “experienced” clarisonic person. I find many reviews seem to be from newbs and I agree you must give it time to appreciate it’s greatness.

    • the Muse

      hey melissa you should check out skinstore for it they always have 20% Off ;-D


    Hi! I read great reviews on the Clarisonic Aria, which I have found is now called the Mia, so I wanted to get one. Is the latest version the Mia2? I thought there was a Mia3 but everywhere I look that one says Discontinued. I’m confused on the versions available. Do you get everything you need when you make the initial purchase? Brush heads, cleanser, etc.? Or can I use regular soap or other facial cleanser with it?

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasur MAria. Aria is now Mia 3 and yes it is discontinued. Mia Fit is the latest brush and Smart Profile. Mia 2 was released before these. You get a brush head sometimes two depending on the set you purchase, most contain at least one brush head. Some sets include sample size skincare, some do not. I wouldn’t use regular soap to clean your face but you can use your own facial cleanser of choice with it. Hope this helps!


        OK thanks for the clarification on versions. I use either Dove or Neutragena facial cleanser typically. Do you know why the Mia 3 was discontinued? I understand it had 3 speeds? It got great reviews from what I was reading. But everyone does seem to like the Mia 2 also. 🙂 How often do you need to replace the brush head, on average? Thanks again!

        • Isabella Muse

          My pleasure! I haven’t a clue sadly! I guess they discontinued to make room for new models? Just a guess! Brush heads should be replace every 3 months! My pleasure! Glad I could help a little. Good Luck!