I think you all know how much I love my Clarisonic. If you don't, I'm telling you now that I do indeed love it and have had one for MANY years. I think it is a great brush and have seen the benefits to my skin from using it. However, I understand that not everyone can afford the high price tag of a $120 to $225 cleansing brush. I mean, that is a lot of money. So I was excited that the people who make the Spa Sonic brush generously offered to send me one to review. You see, the Spa Sonic brush is far less expensive than the Clarisonic and offers additional brush attachments to scrub you from head to toe! Plus you can easily find the Spa Sonic at stores like Walgreens.com, Target.com, and Drugstore.com.
Here is the rundown of the brush. The Spa Sonic comes with a few different attachments.
2 facial brushes.
1 facial buffer
1 body brush
1 pumice stone
The unit itself is pretty simple. It has a uncomplicated on/off button and a rubbery like feel to the handle. This is handy when you're in the shower, and things get slippery. Oh did I mention it's waterproof? Just like the Clarisonic, the Spa Sonic is waterproof, which means you can bring it into the shower with you...how else could you use that body brush, right? Considering that other facial brush alternatives are simply water resistant (which means they won't fry if you get a little water on them), the Spa Sonic is waterproof, which means, shower use is A-OK! The device is battery powered (4 AA batteries power the unit) and comes with batteries, so it's ready to use as soon as you get it out of the box.
The brushes all have an easy coupling system, and there is no "trick" to changing brush heads so changing from face brush to body brush to pumice stone to facial sponge is simple and fast. The way the Spa Sonic brush moves is different from the Clarisonic. Spa Sonic does NOT use "sonic technology" like the Clarisonic. It is rotation only. While the Clarisonic has two speeds, the Spa Sonic has just one. The Clarisonic has a stable outer brush ring with a fast rotating left and right inner brush core, the Spa Sonic just rotates the entire brush in a counterclockwise motion. This means that instead of just holding the unit to your skin and letting the bristles do all the work, the Spa Sonic will require you to move the brush around a lot more than you would if you had a Clarisonic. Another thing to mention is that the Spa Sonic does not have a timer built into the brush, so there is no "beep" to let you know when to move on to another quadrant of your face. That can be a positive thing for those with short attention spans, like me.
Let's look at the various brushes
The Facial Brush.
It has a smaller circumference than your standard Clarisonic brush and the bristles are longer. The Spa Sonic Facial Brush feels very soft to the touch and does not irritate my sensitive skin. A nice thing about the smaller size is that it's easier to clean around my nose. The soft and longer bristles and the smaller size make this a very nice brush indeed!
The Facial Buffer.
This is the same circumference of the facial brush and is basically like a makeup sponge. You're supposed to use it to apply moisturizers and serums to your skin after cleansing, but I found it no more effective than using my fingers to apply serum. I also found I used MORE serum than I normally would when using my fingers because the sponge soaked some of it up. However all hope is not lost! The sheet masks I adore always have extra "fluid" in the package when you take the mask out. When you're done with the sheet mask you're supposed to massage the remaining fluid from the mask into your skin. I NOW use the Spa Sonic Facial buffer to pick up the extra fluid from the package and massage it into my skin after using the sheet mask. This is just another relaxing step in my weekly or bi-weekly sheet mask relaxing/pampering moments.
The Body Brush.
Obviously larger than the facial brush and able to cover more surface area. The bristles are not as long as the facial brush, and they are slightly stiffer. There is a blue color ring in the brush but from what I can tell it's just for decoration because there is no difference in texture or stiffness between the blue and white bristles. The brush is nice, but I guess the masochist in me prefers something stronger with more exfoliation benefits. But it's a pleasant change up from my routine. I tend to use it on my upper arms and backs of my legs where I have KP for a little extra scrubbing.
The Pumice Stone
The same circumference as the facial sponge, the pumice stone is great to use on those rough heels and other pars of your feet that need some extra exfoliation. Obviously you want to use the stone while it is wet and on feet that have either been soaking in water for a while or right after a shower. (Dry stone on dry feet = ouch!)
After using the Spa Sonic brush for only a week, (I'll tell you why I rushed my review in a second) I admit it isn't as spectacular as my Clarisonic, but, it deserves props for the affordable price, soft brushes, and decent performance. The similar results to my Clarisonic for the facial brush aspect make the Spa Sonic most appealing because of the affordable price. I like that the brush unit/body itself has a good heft to it, and it feels sturdy. The brush also comes with a 30 Day Limited Manufacturer Warranty, which is nice, and replacement brush heads are around $5 each (Sold in 2 packs for $9.95)
So why did I rush my review? Well because the Spa Sonic is on sale at Walgreens right now for 40% off the original price. The normal retail price of the Spa Sonic is $64.99 USD, but Walgreens has the Spa Sonic for only $39.99 from April 21st to May 18th... AND I think this would make an excellent Mother's Day gift, dontcha think? Plus at that kind of savings you can buy one for you and one for your mom!
So what say you? Have you ever used this brush? Do you think the Spa Sonic brush is a viable alternative to the pricey Clarisonic brush?