Is It Worth The Hype: Soniclear vs. Clarsonic Mia 2

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Earlier this year, Michael Todd True Organics released their version of a sonic cleansing system called Soniclear. What separates the Soniclear from its competitors like the Clarsonic is that it has a cleansing brush with built in antimicrobial protection against bacteria. With this antimicrobial protection, you are able to thoroughly cleanse your face each time you use it and only need to replace the brush head once a year instead of every three months.

For the purpose of this review, I am only going to review the Soniclear as a facial cleanser and not as a body cleanser because the Clarisonic Mia 2 is only meant to be used on the face.

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Before I get into the nitty gritty of both products, I want to go over some physical and technical similarities and differences between these two cleansers. On the surface, the Soniclear and Clarisonic look somewhat similar. The Soniclear is a little bit bigger, but it is also meant for both the face and body. Some of the differences between the Soniclear and the Mia 2 is that the Soniclear has 3 brush speeds while the Mia 2 only has 2. Next, the Soniclear comes with a charging dock and the Mia 2 comes with a charging cord. The Mia 2 also comes with a hard shell traveling case as opposed to having to buy the Soniclear traveling case for $18 on Michael Todd’s website. The Clarisonic is easier to get your hands on because it’s sold at big beauty supply stores such as Sephora and Ulta while the Soniclear can only be purchased online.

Now that we’ve got the surface details out of the way, let’s get into the specifics of each product. Since Michael Todd is marketing the Soniclear as having antimicrobial protection, let’s start with that aspect first. To my surprise the Soniclear head does feel clean every time I use it. I use it both in the mornings and at night and it is always dry by the time I have to use it again – the Clarisonic would occasionally be damp before each use. I did notice that after a few months, my Clarisonic head would start looking a little disgusting and I would feel gross using it past 4-5 months. They recommend you to change it every 3 months due to bacterial build up.

I’ve been using the Soniclear for a little over a month and the brush head looks and feels brand new. I’ve also noticed less breakouts using the Soniclear and smoother skin. The Clarisonic did give me a really deep clean, but after a few months, the brush would start turning off-white and it would look a little unsanitary and I could tell the difference between a new brush and an older one. I would tend to have more breakouts with an older brush than with a brand new one.

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Since the Soniclear brush only needs to be replaced once a year, it actually becomes a lot cheaper to maintain than the Clarisonic. The Soniclear system costs $150 while the Mia 2 is $149, so the price point is the same. (Keep in mind that the Soniclear can be used for both face and body and the Mia 2 is only for the face. The Clarisonic that can be used for both body and face is actually $225.) The cost difference between the Soniclear and Mia 2 comes from the cost of replacing the brush heads. One Soniclear brush replacement is $20 while the Clarisonic heads are $27 and you have to replace these 3-4 times a year, so that really adds up. I will say that there are more brush head options with the Clarisonic. They have eight different brush heads depending our your skin type while the Soniclear only has one universal brush head.

Although the Soniclear does prove to be cheaper in the long run, I do have my doubts as to how long it will last. I’ve had my Mia 2 for about 4 years now and it is still going strong. It’s lasted through numerous trips and I’ve even dropped it a few times. I think part of my Mia 2’s durability has to do with the fact that I bought it a couple years after Clarisonic had been established as a skin care company and had sorted out any problems in their product line. The Soniclear does have a few kinks in it that cause minor annoyances.

One thing that I noticed about the Soniclear is that it has a VERY detailed instructions manual, which I like, but what I found was that sometimes, the manual does not match what the Soniclear actually does. The main problem I noticed is that the Soniclear WILL NOT tell you when it is low in battery. The light on the device is supposed to blink 10 times when it’s low, but it blinks 10 times after every cycle, even if it’s fully charged. I never know when my battery is low; so I usually just charge it once a week and hope for the best. Also, why 10 times? That seems a bit excessive and inconvenient because I can’t look at the light with soap still on my face. The Clarisonic on the other hand will vibrate twice in your hand when it’s low on battery. You don’t have to count to ten and there’s no confusion.

Another thing I love about my Clarisonic is that it has a timer and will tell you when it’s time to move to another part of the face. It has a total of three pulses, so I like to start with my forehead, then chin, and finally my cheeks. The Soniclear also has a pulse/beep timer, but it only does it twice, so sometimes I will forget to do one of my cheeks and I’ll have to restart it. Also, to restart it, you have to wait until the blinking stops or else the device will freak out and will not pulse smoothly.

I purchased my Clarisonic Mia 2 during the holiday season and I got 20% off, so I did not pay full price. I also only paid $80 for the Soniclear because I found a coupon code on Michael Todd’s Facebook page. There are always coupon codes for these two cleansing devices, so I really recommend looking around for a discount code because why pay more than you have to.

I think even with the small kinks in the Soniclear, it is WORTH THE HYPE! If you can get a discount code, it’s definitely worth the money. I think the antimicrobial brush makes a huge difference – the brush feels brand new every time you use it and the fact that I only have to change it once a year makes it so much more hassle-free.

If you have very sensitive skin, I would recommend using the Clarisonic over the Soniclear just because it has a variety of brushes that are geared towards sensitive skin.

If you do decide to invest in one of these sonicating cleansing systems, you want to make them last as long as possible, right? Having owned the Clarisonic Mia 2 first, I learned some tips and tricks for keeping your cleansing system looking new. The biggest one is to wash the brush head thoroughly after each use. This prevents any soap residue from forming. The next one is to actually take off the head after every use. This allows the inside mechanisms to dry completely between each use. I didn’t do this at first with my Clarisonic and after a few weeks, I noticed a film of soap residue and it’s almost impossible to get rid of once it’s there. I also recommend just rinsing the inside to wash out all the soap.

Thanks for getting through this long post, but I wanted to be as informative as I could on these two products as they are pricey and definitely an investment.

What do you think of the Soniclear and Clarisonic? Have you tried one or both? Let me know in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: I bought everything myself and no affiliate links were used. All opinions are my own.

Hits & Misses: May Edition

[Insert obligatory mark about how it’s already June and the year is flying by.]  Now that I got that out of the way, let’s just jump right into what I loved in the month of May.

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Starting off with skin care, I wouldn’t necessarily call these two products monthly favorites because I’ve been using them for over a year, but the results are so great, I couldn’t help but share.

I originally heard about Michael Todd from Youtube and I distinctly remember at one point, almost every “beauty guru” on Youtube was recommending products by this company. Luckily, for one Youtuber, my skin was having a freak out sesh and I was convinced that my cleanser was the culprit, so I used one of their coupon codes and bought a few things to try out.  I have not used a different cleanser or toner since.

The combination of the Charcoal Detox Cleanser and Blue Green Algae Toner cleared my skin up within a week of use.  Since it takes about two weeks for your skin to adjust to a new skin care product, I wasn’t ready to call this duo a miracle worker, but after using these two products for a year and rarely getting any breakouts, I am convinced. I do notice a difference in my skin when I don’t use these two products.  Although the Charcoal Detox Cleanser is for acne prone skin, it doesn’t dry your skin out and I like that there’s not Salicylic Acid or acne medication in it.  The Blue Green Algae Toner really gets rid of an extra bacteria on the face and leaves it feeling hydrated and smooth.  These two products work really well for my normal/combination skin and I doubt I will be trying anything new for a while.

Moving on to haircare.  Since I’ve gotten accustomed to showering at night, I am left with the unfortunate situation of blow drying my hair before I go to sleep.  Since I have a lot of hair, this can take a lot of time.  This Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal* has not only significantly cut down my blow drying time, but also makes my hair super soft and smooth.

Finally, onto the makeup.  Since summer is basically here and I have a 45 minute commute to work, daily sunscreen is a must.  Even though I don’t get sun burnt, I do want to protect my skin, and this Coola Daily Sunscreen has been doing the perfect job.  It smells like cucumbers and it’s ultra light and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on my face.  I apply my primer over it and it doesn’t affect how my makeup applies.

For my actual makeup, I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with my Oil-Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre.  This tinted moisturizer has such great coverage that I don’t have to apply concealer after.  I like to apply this with my Beauty Blender for an even and glowy finish.

Next, I like to brighten and set my undereye with bareMineral’s Multi-Tasking Face Powder in Summer Bisque.  This powder is super light and doesn’t get cakey throughout the day.  It also keeps my under-eye makeup from budging.

To set my entire face, I like to use bareMineral’s Original Foundation in Medium Tan.  I’ve been using this powder foundation for years and I absolutely love it.  I can use it on top my tinted moisturizer and it won’t look cakey.  If I’m in a rush or just feeling lazy, I can wear this powder alone because it gives great coverage and keeps my skin looking natural.

Now, I like a pigmented blush just as much as the next person, but when I’m rushing to work everyday, I don’t have time to worry about if my blush has the potential to make me look like a clown.  That’s why I went back to an oldie, but a goodie with MAC Mineralize Blush* in Warm Soul.  It is shimmery, but not to the point that you’ll have disco balls as cheeks – it gives you a nice flush.  I’ve had this blush for a very long time and I always go back to it because it gives my cheeks a very natural and dewy finish.

For my eyes, I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with two cream eyeshadows.  For my base, I have been loving Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoo Cream Shadow in Barely Branded.  It’s a light shimmery champagne color and it really brightens up the eye.  On top of that, I’ve been putting Milani’s Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast on the outer half of my lid to give some definition.  I blend it all in with a fluffy dome brush, and I am good to go!

Now on to what didn’t bode well with me.

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Exactly two and half minutes ago, I was raving about two Michael Todd products.  Like I said, I bought a few products to try out and this Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub did not work for me.  It had a really plastic and artificial scent and I didn’t feel like it exfoliated my skin or do anything spectacular for my skin.

The next product was an impulse purchase at Target because my LUSH lip exfoliator had expired.  The Elf Lip Exfoliator is good in theory, but it didn’t work for me because it wasn’t gritty enough to really exfoliate my lips.  The first time I used it, it felt like a lip balm and it left a greasy residue on my lips.  I then rubbed it against my hand to get rid of the “moisturizing barrier” and it broke! It was too much work for me and it didn’t even work.

I get a lot of samples from my IPSY and Birchbox subscriptions, so I’ve been trying to go through them before I buy anything new, so I have been using the Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer* and I was not impressed.  It has a lotion-y texture instead of a gel/silicon texture that I am used to, so I fill or blur the appearance of my pores.  It has a pink tint to it, so it does brighten the face, but it didn’t keep my makeup on all day and it made me look greasy throughout the day.

My last miss of the month is the Pantene Pro-V Original Fresh Dry Shampoo*.  First off, I love the scent of this dry shampoo, but it really did not work for me.  Most dry shampoos I use spray a white powder, but this one was like a liquid spray and it dried to a powder finish.  I found that because it was a liquid spray, it weighed down my hair and actually made it look a little greasy and wet.  It also takes a few minutes to set, so you can’t immediately scrunch it through your hair.   The one benefit of this dry shampoo is that you if you have dark hair, you won’t have to worry about white streaks in your hair.  I will finish this product, but won’t be repurchasing.

That does it for this month! What were your May favorites? Let me know below!

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