Monday, January 23, 2012

Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $149

THE SKINNY:  Technically the Mia isn’t a cosmetic per se, but it goes hand in hand with the “beauty” part of Beauty Test Dummies. I have wanted one of these tools as badly as the gaming kid wanted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 before its release. The catch? The Mia is expensive. Consuming my whole allowance for wine, kind of expensive.  So what’s a beauty connoisseur to do? The same thing the gaming kid does — ask Mommy for it. Yes, this was my one Christmas gift from my Mommy. Don’t judge. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.

The Mia’s claim to fame is that it deeply cleans with the use of sonic technology (which, every time I write “sonic”,  I crave tater tots and want to drive to the closest Sonic). While I’m not sure what that means (mmm, tater tots), I can vouch for what it does. The soft bristles (yes, I’m a delicate flower and have to use the sensitive brush) vibrate to remove makeup and other impurities. Given that I love makeup more than tater tots, it has truly been put to the test. I opted against using the cleanser which came with it and kept to my usual one (after all, in the name of research I didn’t want to change too many variables). The Mia will vibrate/clean for exactly one minute, so that you don’t go overboard and remove all layers of your epidermis. 

Bottom line — it cleans extremely well. My skin is now softer and feels so much better. It promises to help with my “youthful glow” (read: adult acne), so I can only hope that with continued usage my “glowing” days will be far behind me. I feel that my creams absorb better (after all, there isn’t a protective layer of makeup and gunk left on my face now) and therefore I’m getting the maximum effect from the expensive Retin A (ok, the generic Retin A). 

KEEP OR TOSS:
KEEP!! Granted, the price is somewhat prohibitive (thus the deduction of half a star), but after all, the Mia works to improve the blank canvas for applying all the makeup goodies. To badly paraphrase Vidal Sassoon, “if you don’t look good, you don’t look good."  I’d rather have good skin than have to spackle bad skin with tons of concealer.

CHECK IT OUT:
View all the Clarisonic items (there’s even one for men!). Free shipping on all ground orders and you can sign up for the Sonic Savings Program, where you get 20 percent off.  Score!

-- Tested by Laura