July 11, 2014

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Review

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

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The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($89.50) is a new cleansing brush that was created and specifically designed to work in conjunction with Clinique’s custom-fit 3- Step Skin Care System. If you’re a user of Clinique’s Skincare I’m positive the new Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush will top your wish list!

This new cleansing brush was designed with a host of features to get skin cleanser, smoother, and more radiant with simple, daily use.

Let’s take a look!

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush is something I’d call a gimmick a few years ago. I actually had a rather bad experience when I purchased my first cleansing brush and thought it was a bit of a waste of money. I realized through that cleansing brushes are something you need to commit to in order to see results. They are a long time to visible results part of your skincare regime and actually are worth using daily as you will reap benefits by adding it to your daily skincare line up if you’re patient!

What makes the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush different is it’s portable size and interesting brush design. This comes with a small base for charging and a lightweight, easy to travel brush that has a pivoted, slightly tilted head. It’s actually smaller and lighter than the Clarisonic Mia.

Clinique did go simple with the design here as it has one main button that’s used to turn the unit on and off. It has a 30 second timer but the timer can not be customized. Clinique recommends using it 30 seconds for the first few times so your face can get used to it and after that you can use it a full minute but no longer. You don’t want to over cleanse so one minute is plenty! I do wish I can set the timer for one one minute but perhaps in future releases they will add such a feature.

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Clinique’s brush head is a good deal smaller than what you might see from other cleansing brushes and it’s actually designed in a way that it’ll fit the contours of your face and in the crevices of your nose, etc in such a way that the circle size brush head we commonly see will not. The oval shaped brush head was designed with hard to reach places in mind like around your nose and chin. I find it pulsates about the same as a Clarisonic when fully charged.

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I’ve been using it for two weeks now and it took me about two days to understand how it works. As you can see the brush head has portion of green tipped bristles and the rest are white. Those green tip bristles are actually harsh on my face and the white are softer. I realized that the firmer shorter green bristles are for cleansing areas that are prone to oil and clogging so say your t-zone or your nose. The white bristles are softer and perfect for your cheeks! At first, I was confused how to run the brush around my face so the green bristles weren’t touching my cheeks as they are kinda dense and harsh. I realized quickly the brush head kinda tilts downward and up depending how you hold it so it’s easy enough to use the two different textured bristles in places I need them. I admit it was frustrating at first but I actually kinda love the idea now! Especially since the green brush bristles are harsh enough to get at the blackheads that love to take up residence on my nose!

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A single charge will give you three hours time of battery so at 1 minute daily use it’ll be a while before you need to recharge the unit. It’s also waterproof so whether you’re at the sink or in the shower you can easily cleanse your face without worrying about submerging the unit.

The results…

I’m sure you’re curious what sort of results you can expect. I’ve only been using it for two weeks but my skin likes it to say the least. Like ALL skincare brushes it is something you need to commit to or you won’t see the results. I use it daily in the shower with a lathering cleanser. I don’t really use any of my cleansing brushes, the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush included, to remove makeup, so I can’t really speak about the results on that. I prefer to cleanse my face full before using the unit and follow up by using it as a “treatment” of sorts in a double cleanse. So at the end of the night I clean all my makeup off my face with cleansing oil and I follow up using the brush with a cleansing foam. There is something to be said about using a cleansing brush daily as your skin will take a minute to adjust. You’ll find your skin will become more oily (this is kinda a detox phase) because the brush is working to unclog pores! After that minor adjustment period you’ll notice your moisturizer absorbs more easier, you’ll find that your makeup looks smoother. And your skin for that matter will feel softer and look smoother. And if you suffer from clogged pores you’ll find the brush really aids in unclogging them. And most importantly your skin will look younger. But again, I can’t stress this enough, you have to commit to using the brush daily before you see these results.

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush is a game changer in the skincare brush cleansing world. They took an idea that was already great but they gave us a fresh spin on it with a new and interesting dual performance brush that fits perfectly around the contours of our faces. It’s difficult to recreate an idea that’s already great but Clinique does just that with this new brush. It has a little bit of a learning curve but I think you’ll easily grow to like it as much as I do.

It’s available now at Clinique.com.

Tried it?

Do share your results!

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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  • Dee

    I’ve been waiting for a review on this! I’ve never used a Clarisonic so I guess I don’t know what I’m missing. May have to give this a try.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think you’ll like it…it’s different and unique compared to the Clarisonic, kind a smart brush because it has two different bristles types that attack two different areas of your face! I like it!

  • Phoebe

    Hi Muse!
    Not sure whether you’d wanna buy and try out more electronic face cleansing brushes, but if you ever get a chance to stop by Korea, I reckon the HERA (a high end brand part of Amore Pacific Korea) and Missha face cleansing brushes are worth taking a look at 🙂 The Hera one definitely looks very promising in terms of skin results! Anyway hope you enjoy your trip!

    • Isabella Muse

      haven’t tried the missha phoebe but I do have the hera one and love it 😀 was plotting a review. It was great thank you dear for asking!

      • Phoebe

        Wow! Yes, please do! I would love to read your thoughts and experience with the HERA one because I’m planning to buy one of these facial cleansing brushes but not sure whether to get the HERA or Clarisonic, and how they compare, besides the difference in price hehe.

  • Jordan M

    Can you compare the Clarasonic brand to this? Is there one you prefer more since you have tried both? I am interested in buying one, but do not know which brand to go for. The cheaper price appeals to me when put against the Clarasonic I was looking at, but I am wondering if I will regret going cheap. Thoughts?

  • Laura

    This makes me giggle and get a little smug on the inside. Last time I was at the Clinque counter the lady was trying to sell me on their skin care line. I used it when I was a teenager but meh. I told her I used Clarisonic. She turned her nose up at me because I was just “spreading the dirt around with the Clarisonic.” Now she has to sell a similar product. Ha!

  • deathbyjava

    I actually completely skipped over the part that said it was by Clinique and right up until the part where I hit the section where it says that it’s a good companion for the Clinique’s 3 step skincare system – I actually thought this was by Clarisonic. Haha!

    This IS a nifty device though – and it’s at a reasonable price and I’m very intrigued by the design. The fact that it is also lighter than even the Clarisonic Mia intrigues me as it means it’s easier to travel with. I always take my cleansing brush with me on my carry on and the Mia can often feel like a brick when I am tired.

    I don’t think it’s available in Canada yet as I looked up the Clinique website and Sephora. Would you happen to know when it will launch, Muse? Please and thank you 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      hi deathbyjava! I’m not sure of the Canadian launch in all honesty but I’m hoping closer to the Fall perhaps you guys will get it!?

      • Sara flemming

        We have it in Canada now 🙂 it’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart!

  • Jessica

    Thanks for the review, I really love your site! I want to get a cleansing brush to hopefully help deal with my acne, and am debating between the Clarisonic Mia2 or this Clinique brush. After trying both, which one would you recommend/like better? Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Chloe

    Hi Muse,

    You mentioned using cleansing oil. What type of cleansing oil do you use in your regimen?



  • Jules

    Missed this review. Sounds nice. My present nutrasonic, was sold on HSN, is on its last legs so this may be my switch. I do still use a nubby washcloth to exfoliate my face instead of a scrub, but I like the little bristles for clogged pores.

  • Kirsty

    I have just purchased the clinique sonic system and have only used it twice- I love it!! But I would like to know from the ladies that have had theirs longer… How long was it before you noticed a difference in your skin with this product?? Xx

  • Daisy-May Last

    I really love this Clinique Cleansing Brush and I have been using it for a while now, it is really easy to use and travel with as you say, and the results are really good! However if I forget to use it my skin can definitely not look as smooth.