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Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush Set for Drier Skin

Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush Set for Drier Skin

Maybe it's weird that I really dig the Clarisonic and the Philips PureRadiance as well as the Clinique cleansing brush. But here's the thing: I see the benefits in each of them. As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a best brush – there's a brush best for you. So lemme tell you what to consider when you're mulling cleansing system options.

clinique cleansing brush review

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($99 CAN at and $89.50 at is light and compact. It fits easily in the hand, and its small-ish brush head is easy to navigate over the face. The brush bristles are really soft with rounded edges, appropriate for skin that leans toward sensitive, and that pointed tip with shorter and slightly firmer bristles is excellent for getting at grime around the nose. And of course, correct and consistent use can result in a brighter, glowier complexion.

At first you need only use the brush for one minute – but it stops automatically after 30 seconds. Clinique suggests five seconds on the forehead, five seconds on the nose and five seconds on the chin, then 15 seconds on each cheek. I had trouble with that, the same way I had trouble at first with the short usage time with the Philips PureRadiance. Having to re-start in order to do my cheeks was initially a bit of a pain as well. But continued use makes the sequence automatic, so none of that was a big deal after a while. And I appreciate that the quick routine really limits the time the bristles are on the skin – makes it harder for first-timers to do over-do it. (Clinique also recommends using the brush once a day until you and your skin become comfortable enough to use it morning and evening.)

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Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Set for drier skin

For some, the Clinique cleansing brush will be easier to hold and maneuver than the others – it's slimmer and lighter than a Clarisonic, and shorter than the Philips PureRadiance. Available brush heads includes one for acne-prone skin as well as a men's version (and a handsome black handle too).

Note: it's worth mentioning that cleansing brushes aren't about using the bristles to dig dirt and grime out of our pores, toothbrush-style. In agitating the cleanser and water on our skin, they actually make that soapy liquid work harder to swish the stuff off our faces. All we have to do is hold the brush and lightly move it over our facial geography as directed.

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