Review: Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System

Review: Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System

Once upon a time in my younger years, the birth control I was on gave me horrible cystic acne and made me insanely insecure. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize it was my birth control and thought my bad habits with a skin care routine were finally catching up to me. It led to me going to where I solve the majority of my problems, Sephora. I chose to get the Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System in purple. The button is on the front of the device and enables you to turn it on and off as this device has only one speed. The brush head can be easily removed by twisting. It came with a plastic cover so that you can keep your brush clean whilst traveling. It has a “T-Timer” which means once turned on the device will vibrate at specific intervals to let you know when to move on to a different part of your face and will shut off at the one minute mark. Charging it is pretty straight forward, you plug it into the wall and then place it on the front of the device at the bottom where it’s magnetic. The battery life is supposed to last for 24 uses. Personally, I found it to be to rough to use on my face for daily usage and I had the gentlest brush head you could find. I was always wishing that the battery life was better as I’m horrible at remembering to charge things. Brush heads have to be replaced every three months according to the Clarisonic website. Kind of an inconvenience when you’ve already dished out money for the Clarisonic itself. Now for one of the biggest things about the Clarisonic that I disliked was that it was very unhygienic. When I first replaced my brush head I was absolutely horrified to see all the makeup and just straight up yuck that was hiding underneath there. It’s an extremely hard to clean area too as there was lots of crevices and tiny spaces for bacteria to hide in. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone. The negatives sort of outweigh the positives to me and I found a much better face cleansing system after this. It retails for $139.00 (Canadian).

Product Description:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A gentle, one-speed cleansing brush that removes dirt, oil, and makeup up to six times better than hands alone.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Acne and blemishes
– Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
Clarisonic’s Mia 1™ features one speed for basic sonic facial cleansing. Oscillation technology distributes 300 micro-massage movements that happen every second to work within skin’s natural elasticity to sweep away dirt, oil, and makeup to unclog pores, while fluid forces allow the water on the device to flush pores clean. After only 60 seconds, these patented technologies in the Clarisonic facial brush cleanse skin up to six times better than hands alone. This leaves skin ready for treatment products and prepared for smooth, flawless makeup application.


  1. Brush heads can be purchased for specific skin types, meaning that you can find one that suits your skin perfectly
  2. Rechargeable, it’s nice to not have to worry about replacing the batteries
  3. Easy to use, considering it only has one button that’s responsible for turning the power on/off and that charging is straightforward
  4. T-Timer, little vibrations that enable you to know when to move onto another part of your face


  1. Brush heads need to be replaced, this can add up pretty quickly
  2. Battery life is a meh, doesn’t last a particularly long time (24 uses= 24 minutes)
  3. One speed, there’s no option to switch it up to a faster or slower speed
  4. Not gentle enough, I prefer to wash my face in the morning and evening and this was definitely too rough on it and I had the brush head for sensitive skin
  5. Unhygienic, it’s really easy for makeup and yucky stuff to build up underneath the brush head and very hard to clean
Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System
Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System

2 thoughts on “Review: Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System

  1. Great post! You’d think that brith control would actually help with the regulation of acne, at least to a certain point. I personally never used brith control and my acne was pretty bad. I bought the Mia 2 during one of Sephora’s sales (something like spend a $50, get $20 off, etc. – you get the point). It worked wonders!
    I wanted to share a few of my thoughts with you. The brush head doesn’t need to be replaced as often as Clarisonic advertises. They say ever 1-3 months, but I change mine out every 5-6 months. You just need to keep up with the cleanliness of the brush. Which brings me to my next point; the make up you talk about getting under the brush isn’t actually that hard to clean out. Once a week (or more often if you want), take the brush head off and put it into a container/glass that contains warm to hot water mixed with either a facial cleanser or baby shampoo. Make sure you use something gentle, because you’ll be putting that brush head back onto your face. Let it sit in that water for a few minutes, or until the water cools back down. Then take the brush head out and rinse it thoroughly. That works for me!
    If you want a most sensitive brush head, I suggest you try out LUXE brush head. The bristles are much longer and softer. It still gets the job done. Also, I know that $$ starts adding up with each purchase of a new brush head, but I actually don’t purchase them from Sephora anymore. You can order them online on either eBay or (my personal fav) AliExpress. It’s kind of like eBay, in that you can buy things super cheap. The only problem is that since you and I both live in Canada, shipping can take a few months. I ordered the LUXE and sensitive clarisonic brush heads (in original packaging) from that website for about $10-$15 (for both) with free shipping. Took about 2 weeks for it to come in (got held up in B.C.). I like AliExpress because if you don’t get your order within a guaranteed time, usually 60 days, they’ll refund you the money, and you usually end up getting the shipment in anyways (for free). Give it a try, but I must warn you, it’s a hit or miss. You have to read reviews and do your research because you don’t want to be scammed.
    I think I’ll also do a mini review about my Mia 🙂 Cheers!


    1. Thanks for the tips! I may just have to try out my Mia 2 again and give it a second chance. I can’t wait to try out your method for cleaning under the brush head. There were times I would sit there for 20 minutes with a q-tip trying to get out all the build up from the crevasses. I do think that maybe it was the foundation I use that gave me trouble with it and I use a facial oil to remove it now instead of just relying on face wash. AliExpress always worries me a little bit due to the site looking sort of sketchy, but if you’ve had good luck with it I’m going to trust it works well then. I’d love to be able to buy cheaper brush heads for it. Curious to see how this will all work out as I’d love to be able to use my mia 2 and get it’s worth versus it sitting in my bathroom unused. Thanks again for your super informative comment!


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