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Philips PureRadiance Cleansing System review

Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System aka Philips VisaPure in the UK.

This Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System post was a giveaway + review post, but now that the winner has been selected (congratulations, Kelley!), I've edited it to focus on the review, 'k? I'd mentioned the PureRadiance before as a great last-minute gift, but hadn't got into detail. So here's the lowdown on how the Philips PureRadiance measures up as a skincare boost.

philips pureradiance cleansing system review

All the details on the Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System ($149 CAN at and $149 US at along with a couple of fun demos are in the video below. The system, with a dual-motion sonic pulsing plus 360 brush rotation, promises cleansing 10 times more effective than washing with hands.

I certainly see a difference after using the PureRadiance (on the higher speed because I like that one), almost immediately. My skin appears a bit brighter and feels nicely clean and smooth. The brush is smaller than you might expect from a cleansing device, but it's great for navigating around and over the nose. The bristles are also really soft, which works well in conjunction with the movement of the brush – it doesn't glide. Instead, thanks to the clever pulsing feature, the brush lifts and releases skin over and over in a gentle massage motion for a nice microcirculation boost.

As for the Philips PureRadiance exfoliating brush head, designed for use every two or three days, I like that too. The shorter slightly firmer channel of bristles bracketed with sections of longer and softer bristles ensures an effective yet gentle buffing. I've used it several days in a row without issue, even though my skin is a little sensitive.

The one-minute PureRadiance cleansing session doesn't feel like enough time at first. My tendency was to linger in each zone and then have to hit start again to finish my face. But when I adjusted to moving the brush more quickly, I immediately saw the benefit of a super-short time-commitment. One minute of brush time once or twice daily is easy for the skin to take as the device delivers results over time. Adding another minute to cleanse my neck/upper chest is easy, and I'm also more likely to use the PureRadiance even when I'm in a bit of a hurry.

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Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System (exfoliating brush head sold separately)

One more thing I appreciate: the charge, 38 minutes in total, seems to last forever. The Philips PureRadiance brush comes with a normal brush head, the charging stand and a travel pouch. I just can't wait for the men's handsome black PureRadiance unit to launch in North America, cuz I'd just use it with the brush heads I use now. I don't know when the PureRadiance Black might arrive here; it's available in Asia under the VisaPure name. (A pale blue handle is available in the UK and I think in the US.)

The Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System is a good start if you're new to cleansing brushes. Its price-point isn't quite as ouchy as the Clarisonic, and I really think it delivers comparable results.

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