My mom gave me a Clarisonic Mia a few years ago, and I’ve only ever replaced the brush once. Call me lazy or just unwilling to spend a lot of money on beauty supplies — you will never see a review here for La Mer unless it was a free sample or gift! — but I would just rinse it as every time I used it as carefully and thoroughly as possible, then let it air dry. I only use it once a week or so, sometimes even less often, especially in the winter, so I figured it was fine.
A month or so ago, though, I realized that I really needed to just bite the bullet and replace the brush head. Now that I’m a Woman of a Certain Age (let’s just say that my early forties can only be viewed in the distance from my rearview mirror), I’ve become much more careful and conscientious about my skincare routine. I haven’t added that much more — it’s still the basics of toner, exfoliant, skincare serum, plus an added extra like Niacinamide or Vitamin C — and now that we’re still in mostly lockdown mode, it’s been months since I’ve worn any makeup, but good skincare is all about what you do on the daily, not the occasional mask or spa visit. Thankfully, I’ve been fairly disciplined about sticking to the basics day in and day out, but using my facial brush has been more hit and miss.
This year, with the pandemic, wildfires, ash fall (!!), and the general stress of just life in 2020, I decided that it was time to go ahead and invest in a new brush and give my stressed out skin the pampering it desperately needed.
Uh-oh. Did you know that Clarisonic is going out of business? I did not.
According to their website, Clarisonic will no longer be a going concern as of September 30, 2020. I was able to stock up on a bunch of different brushes — exfoliating, everyday cleansing, anti-aging, etc. — a few weeks ago when everything was 50% off, but now it looks like they’ve completely depleted their inventory and no longer have anything available. However, according to their site, you should still be able to grab whatever’s left at your local Ulta or Sephora stores, probably at incredibly low prices.
Is it worth the purchase? If you have a Clarisonic brush languishing in your closet that you haven’t used in awhile, maybe not, but if you’re like me and have been an off-and-on user, and you have a Sephora or Ulta nearby, I say go for it. I just checked Sephora’s website and found zero search results, but you might have some luck just browsing their aisles. Ulta appears to only have the eye massaging brush available, which to be honest is probably not worth it (try and get more sleep and use a cooling pad instead!), but again, maybe your local outlet has some in a bargain bin somewhere.
Is it worth diving into eBay for replacements? Maybe if you’re a devotee and have some money to burn. And even then. Reliable and reputable drugstore brands like Olay and Neutrogena offer their own skincare cleansing brushes, and upmarket brands like Clinique and Shiseido do as well, many of them for far less than what Clarisonic offered for their products (which likely explains their demise — capitalism at work!). Even Shiseido’s basic cleansing brush is just $25.
If you’ve tried other brushes and none of them quite worked as well as Clarisonic for you, chances are you’ve already taken advantage of the company’s going-out-of-business sale and have enough stock to bequeath to your grandchildren someday, but if you’re only an occasional user, save your time and gas money and just try the other brands. Cleansing brushes aren’t required for proper skincare, but they’re wonderfully pampering tools that feel so darn good immediately after use, and that’s a good enough reason to try them.