Less expensive Clarisonic alternative?

Spring's OP in the 'A few of Your Favorite Things' thread reinforced to me how much I would love a Clarisonic brush. Although it sounds worth its cost, over $150 is just too much to reconcile.

I checked out a couple cheaper ones that have conflicting reviews. I'm actually tempted to try something like this first.
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I use a regular facial brush from sallys. Its a mere $1 and change. I dont see why anyone would spend that much on a clarasonic brush when sallys brush been working just fine for me. I use it morning and nite. My face is smooth and my makeup and other lotions sink in better. At nite i wipe off my makeup with a baby wipe , then i wet the brush , put a lil bit of my facial wash ( also bought at sallys ) and wash my face with the facial brush and it takes off what more makeup the baby wipe has left behind, then rinse. Smooth clean face. In the morning i just use plain old water and use the facial brush that way. Wakes me and my skin up and then proceed with my lotion and other stuff. Been using this brush for over a year and my skin has never looked better , its looked even more better!
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Thanks for the input! That's a thought I'm definitely open to - you can do as well manually.

What attracts me to the Clarisonic is the testimonies from women who I assume have used manual brushes before, and they find the deep clean of the Clarisonic to be something to write home about. I thiiiiink there might be something to that because it's hard to mimic the (potentially more comprehensive) movements of the electronic brush. Another thing that attracts me to it is that I seem to have poor circulation generally. My face might really like something massaging it with mico movements on a regular basis. But the big question for me is whether electronic is necessarily better in that regard.
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Manual facial brushes can't compare. The Clarisonic unclogs pores with ultrasonic vibrations...very important for people like me who clog at the drop of a hat. I've had my Clarisonic for about 7 years, and it's worked perfectly all that time. I can think of very few electronic devices in my life that have been as reliable. It's just now pooping out...it only holds a charge for one 2-minute session before it needs to be recharged. So, I'm thinking about buying a new Clarisonic. I won't waste money on cheap immitations.
That's a pretty compelling review RCW, thanks. I understand the desire to not waste money on cheaper imitations, but I wonder if there's at least one out there that actually holds it own. If not (I plan on scouring reviews and taking in the experience of ladies here), I'll probably start a monthly savings in order to eveeeeeeeentually get it
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The Nutrasonic at HSN.com got some pretty good reviews. You can check it out here & it's only $45

Nutra Sonic 2-Speed Travel Companion with Skin Polish and 1-Year Glamour Subscription at HSN.com

There's a a review on Makeup Alley by someone who's tried both.
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Thanks for the input! That's a thought I'm definitely open to - you can do as well manually.

What attracts me to the Clarisonic is the testimonies from women who I assume have used manual brushes before, and they find the deep clean of the Clarisonic to be something to write home about. I thiiiiink there might be something to that because it's hard to mimic the (potentially more comprehensive) movements of the electronic brush. Another thing that attracts me to it is that I seem to have poor circulation generally. My face might really like something massaging it with mico movements on a regular basis. But the big question for me is whether electronic is necessarily better in that regard.
Originally Posted by sew and sew
Yeah, I think the Clarisonic is to a facial brush what a Sonicare toothbrush is to a standard toothbrush. You can get a good toothbrush and feel really clean, but you can't know just how much better a Sonicare is until you try it. There are some things a manual brush (whether for your teeth or your skin) can not do or, rather, our hands can't do.

I have the Power Cleanser from Avon. 12 bucks. It's no Clarisonic, but I feel like it does clean my skin better than just a washcloth could.
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Before I bought my Clarisonic Mia, I scoured the internet for reviews on the knockoffs like the Revlon brush system and the Pritika and the general consensus is that there is no comparison. What I also found out is that all the Clarisonic brushes have the same amount of power in their cleaning, despite the price.

That's why I went with a Mia. Its about $120, a little smaller than the brushes. It has a charger instead of a cradle, and its better for travel. It has a 1 minute cleaning cycle and does not beep to tell you to move the brush to another section of the face like the more expensive ones do, nor does it have a slow speed option. Its one speed is the same as the fast speed on the other brushes and it uses the same brush heads.

I bought mine at Ulta knowing I could take it back if I felt it did not live up the hype. Its been over a month now and I have no intention of taking it back. I love it. I'm thinking of getting my mom one for Christmas this year.
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Love my Clarisonic. QVC regularly offers it for around 200$ and you can use easy pay (payments broken down over X months).
All right, I had 12 hours of delays at the airport yesterday, so I read this thread and then about a million reviews on Amazon...I'm convinced. I ordered my Clarisonic Mia last night! I can't wait!!!

(I have a feeling that my expectations for this product are now way too high, ha ha ha.)
All right, I had 12 hours of delays at the airport yesterday, so I read this thread and then about a million reviews on Amazon...I'm convinced. I ordered my Clarisonic Mia last night! I can't wait!!!

(I have a feeling that my expectations for this product are now way too high, ha ha ha.)
Originally Posted by Kikapoo
Aww, well I hope you really like it. I have my eye on the pink mia.
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hmkenny, thanks for that tip, I'll check it out.

Great input in this thread, thanks everyone
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I bought the Pritika. I rarely use it so I guess I am glad I did not spend the big $ on the clarisonic. Maybe though the clarisonic would have been better-I felt like the brushes were too harsh and irritated my skin-it's pretty sensitive.
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Originally Posted by medussa

I thought about using that when I bought mine, but then I realized that the free gift offered by Clarisonic (extra brush head, full sized cleanser, case, engraving, and free shipping) was worth the extra money. I didn't bother with the engraving, but the extra brush head alone is worth almost the difference in price!
I've been loving my mia...I got it last year for Christmas. What I struggled with for a long time, and have just recently figured out, is what cleanser I like the best with it, and how I use it. I've been using SSC glycolic cleanser -- I put that on dry skin, massage in with my fingers adding a little water at a time. Then I use the mia to finish cleansing, rinse the brush head, and continue using to rinse my face completely. I'm really liking the results.
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