I have been having quite a bad skincare month, so when I was given the opportunity from Beauty Directory to review a PuraSonic as part of their Expert Panel, I jumped on the opportunity.
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This is the PuraSonic Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Classic in the colour Lovely Lilac. The PuraSonic is a facial cleansing device that uses sonic technology remove dirt, oil and make-up and claims to be 9x more effective than manual cleansing.
These sonic facial cleansing devises have become very popular in the last couple of years (with the most well known one being the Clarisonic) and they have been given rave reviews for their ability to unclog pores, reduce breakouts, reduce the size of pores and create an overall smoother complexion. After I give the basic information about the features and what the pack includes I will let you know my final thoughts.
These come in a few different shades and retail for $99 in Australia. You can also get the Neo version which retails for $49.95. You can buy these from the PuraSonic website.
The features include:
Built in 1 minute t-zone timer
The pack includes:
PuraSonic Facial Cleansing Device
Gentle brush head for sensitive skin
Everyday brush head for normal skin
100V-240V Power pack
Review: I loved this! I thought it was so easy to use, you literally press the button to turn it on and then you choose your setting by pressing the smaller top button (the default setting is low). You can see from the photos above that the green light is on with the low setting, the yellow is on with the medium setting and the red is on with the high setting.
There is also a built-in 1-minute T-zone timer that indicates when you should move on to the next area of your face. The recommendation is 20 seconds for your forehead, 20 seconds for your chin area and 10 seconds for each cheek. I often ignore the timer and I just use this however I want to, but its nice to have the option.
This claims to have one charge lasting over a month, but I personally found that the charge lasts about a fortnight... but maybe I use it longer than I am supposed to. I just got into the habit of putting this on the charger at the end of the week.
I have used a sonic cleansing brush before so I was familiar with the results I would see, and it was actually pretty good timing because I received this while I was struggling with some break outs. I found that this did reduce my break outs (not completely, but noticeably), it did reduce the look of pores and improved the smoothness of my skin. Do I think that this was an amazing improvement? No, but I do still think it is worth while including in my skincare routine and I personally just love using it at the end of the day knowing that it thoroughly removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling a lot cleaner than with manual washing. For that reason alone I will continue to use it.
I mainly only used this I the shower at night time and I used it with both gel and cream cleansers. I actually loved pairing this with a cream cleanser (my favourite being the Antipodes Grace Cream Cleanser). Normally cream cleansers don't remove all of my makeup and grime, but paired with the PuraSonic I found that it removed all the dirt and oils while also being very gentle on my skin.
My only one complaint is that you can't charge the PuraSonic while its on the stand... but that's a minor pet peeve.
Comparison to the Clarisonic: I thought I would start by saying that I used to own a Clarisonic Mia until it broke just after a year, so I can quite confidently give my thoughts compared to the Clarisionic. The first thing that I think is really important to note is that it gives the same result but is a lot cheaper than the Clarisonic (which retail from $150-$285). The Clarisonic that has similar features to this Classic PuraSonic Cleansing brush retails for $245 in Australia... which is a HUGE difference in the price. The Purasonic also comes with more inclusions, such as the stand and an additional brush head. The brush heads are also a lot cheaper with the PuraSonics retailing for $19.95 and the Clarisonic brush heads for $35, which doesn't sound like a huge difference but it becomes quite a large expense if you need to repurchase them every few months. Both brands have 4 different types of brush heads for different skin types.
Overall I really love the PuraSonic, and having had experiences with the Clarisonic I can comfortably say that I the results are the same but the PuraSonic gives you a lot more bang for your buck!
Have you tried any sonic cleansing brush? What were your thoughts?