Dear Mr Giuliani

You don’t know me, but I feel impelled to eshew the usual product review and take the liberty of directing my comments on your Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infuser device to you personally. This is because you are responsible for two extremely important elements of my personal care regiment: the Philips Sonicare toothbrush (which has had such a positive impact on my teeth and gums that my dentist keeps asking me what I am doing) and the Clarisonic Brush (of which I am a daily user and unconditional fan). But the Clarisonic Opal is not worthy of you.

It isn’t just that it doesn’t really work (at least not for me and I’ll come back to my test in a moment). It is… well, there is nothing for it but to be brutally honest with you…. monumentally unintelligent. There I have said it. The Clarisonic Opal is just a dumb idea. And I’d go so far as to say that in some ways it is a bad idea.

The worst thing about the Opal is that it locks the consumer into using your serum with the device. Not content with that, you have designed the thing so that I have to buy half of the device all over again every time it runs out.  This is because the top section is loaded with serum and when it runs out, you can’t refill it. So the consumer, after forking out $280 for the Opal in the first place, has to buy another set of two (three month supply) for $100. Actually, worse than this is how wasteful the whole concept is. I have to toss this substantial – and expensive – piece of plastic every time I need more of your serum. This isn’t just bad for my wallet, it is BAD for the planet.

Mr G, what in the world were you thinking of?

I have tested the Clarisonic Opal every day for the past five weeks on the area below and around my eyes as instructed. The device buzzes and gently vibrates against the skin, but to what effect? None that I can tell. After using the Opal for its 30 second stint, I always had some serum that was on the surface of the skin and required rubbing in with that terribly old fashioned beauty accessory, the finger.

After a few days, this inspired a side by side test. I used my finger to massage in your serum around one eye and the Opal on the other. The difference? A small bout of milia on the device side. And overall, this serum didn’t really perform at all. I’ll concede that the ingredients list is pretty good, but it had no impact on my skin tone or wrinkles and I returned eagerly to tried and true serums and eye creams that me and my pinky seem to do just fine with.



Ingredients in serum

Water (Aqua), Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Silanetriol Trehalose Ether, Saccharomyces Ferment, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Hydrolyzed Casein, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Skeletonema Costatum Extract, Acetyl Citrull Amido Arginine, Arginine PCA, Plankton Extract, Soluble Collagen, Chrondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Chrondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Niacinamide, Ascorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide.