When it comes to beauty brushes only one name comes to mind, but did you know that there are other fish in the sea? I recently had the opportunity to try new Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing System features World’s first antibacterial cleansing brush, and also compared it to other non-standard sonic cleansing tools from my stash: Foreo LUNA Mini and Clinique Purifying Cleansing Brush.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with Michael Todd, or at least heard the name, because their products were featured in lots of different subscription boxes over the past couple of years. As for me, I’m a big fan of their Pumpkin Mask – a powerful enzyme exfoliating treatment that smells like pumpkin pie. Michael Todd has proven that they can make amazing skin care products, but what about gadgets?
Soniclear Cleansing System was designed as a universal device that provides thorough cleansing and exfoliating for face and body. The starter kit comes with one antimicrobial face brush with brush cover; one antimicrobial body brush with brush cover; charging cradle; charging cord; and the control handle itself. In case you happen to lose or break something, Michael Todd offers a variety of replacement parts and some additional accessories, like a hard shell travel case and a body brush extension.
Sonic brushes are currently the best way to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Unlike oscillating brushes [spinning] that are basically mechanized scrubs, sonic technology helps to gently push out dirt, oil, makeup, and dead skin cells clogging the pores with speeds up to 300 pulses per second. Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing System can be used at six different intensity settings – three for the face, and three for the body; the control handle automatically adjusts the speed based on which brush it currently has attached. Well aren’t you a smart little trinket!
Speaking of little… actually, it is not. Soniclear brush is a weighty and hefty device; it’s larger in size than any other brush I’ve seen. This can be good in many ways, for example when getting your guy to follow a skin care routine. My husband finds it hard to hold a dainty LUNA Mini, and its round shape makes no sense to him [the cleansing pattern is not intuitive for someone who never used a tool like this before]. This thing does. It’s easy to hold in hands of all sizes, and soft rubberized handle ensures slip-free grip – a much-needed feature when using Soniclear in the shower.
I bet you’re all wondering how Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing System compares to other sonic brushes? Well, I’m sure there’s a load of comparisons between Soniclear and Clarisonic out there already, so I won’t be adding anything new to the table, but I wanted to show you how it fares against Foreo LUNA Mini and Clinique Purifying Cleansing Brush.[col1]Foreo LUNA Mini
- two speeds
- suitable for the most sensitive skin
- lasts forever when fully charged – over 400 uses
- can be used for applying skincare
- no need for buying brush heads
- two year warranty
- the design makes it hard to reach some areas of the face [/col1]
- very lightweight
- teardrop shape of the brush head makes it easy to clean hard to reach areas around the nose
- price – it’s the cheapest of the bunch
- two year warranty
- only one speed
- one standard brush type [at the time of this review]
- plain plastic handle easily slips out of my hand
- green tip of the brush is too abrasive[/col2]
- comes with both face and body brushes
- six speeds
- unique antibacterial technology
- non-slip handle
- visual charge indicator
- suitable for sensitive skin
- easy to hold and use
- two year warranty
- one standard brush type [at the time of this review] [/col3]
THE VERDICT: Out of the three, Michael Todd Soniclear is the brush I use most often in my own skincare routine, followed by Foreo LUNA. I almost never use my Clinique brush anymore, because Soniclear has all the same features and much more. If you are trying to make a decision between this one and any of the Clarisonics, I say go for Michael Todd. It just looks and feels better, and easily trumps other brushes that I’ve tried as far as performance goes; although I still prefer Luna for traveling. Even though Soniclear only has one brush to choose from, on the lowest speed that basic generic brush is gentler on the skin than Clarisonic’s sensitive attachment, so my skin isn’t red or tight afterward.
What about you, ladies, do you have a sonic cleansing brush? What do you like/dislike about it? Let me know in the comments below!
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