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Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System- reviewed and rejected

Reviewed by Marta April 25, 2011 11 Comments
My first impression of the Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System was that it was dinky little thing that made a cell phone look clunky. Compact could be a big plus, I thought – until I saw that the brush head is not much more than the size of a quarter.  I was already unimpressed with accompanying chemical packed Olay facial cleanser, but I was prepared to give Olay’s new entrant into the cleansing brush market the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the ProX would punch above its weight.

The undisputed leader of cleansing brushes is Clarisonic. I own one, use it almost everyday and regard it as indispensible. However, at around $200 and with its compact Mia version coming in at $100, there are a host of lower cost pretenders, including Pretika, Nutra Sonic, and – in my view of the best of the low cost rest – the Skinsonic. Olay seems to have taken the view that if you can’t join them, then beat them on price.

The thing is that in life you do generally get what you pay for and Olay’s ProX Advanced Cleansing System ($29) is no exception. I’ve already mentioned that the brush head is tiny, more of an outsized toothbrush. But the worst thing about it is that the brush fits on to a stubby stem. And from this perch, Olay’s diminutive brush wobbles drunkenly. Oh Olay!

The movement of the cleansing brush is really what a cleansing brush is all about (otherwise, you may as well forget the whole thing and use a wash cloth). The movement is particular and it is called oscillation. Clarisonic does oscillation par excellance using the same technology that pioneered the Sonicare toothbrush that is now manufactured by Philips (a life changing product, in my view).

Many have tried to emulate the oscillations of Clarisonic’s two ringed heads that move in opposing directions and have not come up to snuff – presumably, competitors try to compete on cost and end up compromising on the sophistication of two ringed heads or other aspects of the mechanics. But at least they try to pull off something in the same kinetic ballpark. The Skinsonic, it has to be admitted, does more of a rotation than an oscillation. But it is a reasonably effective exfoliator and to the untrained naked eye it is a passable facsimile.

Not so, I am, afraid, the pin-wheeling Olay. This is a parody of oscillation. If ProX was a submission to the EuroVision Song Contest (which, of course, is a veritable pageant to not-quite-the-real-things and wannabees), there would be only one verdict: Nul points
  • June 21, 2013

    by Cheryl

    Funny, I've had my Olay since they first came out. I use it several times a week. My skin is absolutely great for someone who's 58 and can't afford the top of the line products. Every time I use my Olay for exfoliation, my skin feels clean and smooth. My brush doesn't wobble or vibrate or whatever else you're talking about. Maybe I'm just not impressed by price, but I think this Olay is great and I get compliments all the time.

  • September 9, 2011

    by softskinglowing

    I have the Clarisonic Pro for a year and a half. I have to agree with the article, the Clarisonic is much better at what it does. To whomever claimed to own both and say they are meant for different things, well, to put it mildly, you're wrong. They are both meant to cleanse deeply and get rid of dead skin cells (note: exfoliate). It's okay to love your Olay product, it really is, but the article is correct, the Clarisonic is the better of the 2. The Olay product was introduced after the Clarisonic started getting so much mention and the point in it being that it would essentially have the same effect as the Clarisonic but be more price friendly.

    I think I am mostly amazed at the actual amount of anger and defensive commenting all regarding a face cleansing system. Kind of scary.

  • June 17, 2011

    by Jlina

    Ps Susan - would love it if you made contact with me through my blog!

  • June 17, 2011

    by Jlina

    Hi, Susan! Yes, I don't know if it is the salycic acid and benzoyl wash - naaah, I know it's not. My nose was getting not blackheads but like little dark dots in the large pores and so I started scrubbing it with the Olay cleanser and after about two weeks one or two of them actually had to be squeezed -eww, I know - but most of them are just perfectly clear and see throughafter maybe a month. I think I'd avoided really using it on my nose as it's not shaped well for it - but it still works!

    We'll see if it actually ever makes them smaller. As you can guess since at my age I'm still shopping in the Clearasil section - I have really oily skin.

    Your picture looks so beautiful, though. I'm sure you're like me and we have to look in 3x magnifying glasses to even see the pores. LOL

    Good luck!

  • June 16, 2011

    by Susan

    Jlina,
    I have oil/breakout problems with my nose. Your post and a few of the others have me interested now.
    To make sure I understand you correctly, has it helped keep your pores clear and not plugged as much? If so, I think I might try it.

  • June 16, 2011

    by Jlina

    I wanted a Clarisonic and got the Olay and compared it to the old Neutrogenic with velcro pads. Huge difference! The Olay made the large pores on my nose completely clear and unnoticeable and it actually cleared up two oil cysts that usually the derm would treat with one of those frozen q tip sticks. Would still love to try the Clarisonic, but hey - my nose looks great! I don't use the cleanser, tho. I rotate between a salycic acid in the a.m. and a benzoxyl peroxide in the p.m. which is a great combo for me with an oil free moisturizer for day or dryness. I do a glycolic wash about once a week but since I got the brush haven't needed to. It works for me.

  • June 16, 2011

    by Bobby

    It's funny how little you need to know to post a article that is 100% wrong and have followers! The olay and clarisonic are to totally different items. The olay DOES exfoliate the clarisonic does not nor was it ever meant to if you even read the website one. Clarisonic is strictly used for drawing out impurities. You cannot exfoliate with simple vibrations. The olay on the other hand it meant to renew skin cells by EXFOLIATING because it DOES rotate. Apprently you do not have a clarisonic or olay because if you did you would see the actual brush that MOVES on both devices it the SAME size. Yes the brush on the clarisonis is larger because the whole outer ring does not move. Which in fact is not very good for your skin, it's like rubbing a brush on your face but hey if that's what you want to do then go for it. I DO have both devices and can tell you the results from the olay have been extremely noticable where the clarisonis results were simply a placebo effect. Please please please if you do not know what you're talking about don't post articles!

  • April 27, 2011

    by Hilary

    Joshua-I would imagine that the reason the two are compared is because they both are meant to be used for the same purpose-exfoliation.

    That being said, I received my clarisonic plus two days ago, and after having used it only twice now, I've got to say the difference in exfoliation is nothing short of phenomenal.

    When I first put it to my face, I was wondering how it could be a better exfoliant than the olay brush as the vibration type of movements seemed so minimal in comparison to the rotating brush, but I needn't have been concerned, as my face is now literally as smooth as a newborn's bottom (just don't call me ass face, as my best friend did that when I was 11, and he promptly received a black eye). The olay brush didn't hit the trash yet as I'm moving it into the garage for cleaning my garden tools--I think it's better suited there;)

  • April 26, 2011

    by Mike

    I have had the Olay brush for a week or so. I like it, and use it dry - i.e., without a facial wash. I can see dead skin/skin flakes falling off my face when using it. It exfoliates nicely without being abrasive or harsh.

    How it compares to the Clarisonic, I can't say. For $25, I am happy with it.

  • April 26, 2011

    by Joshua

    The Olay brush is entirely different to the Clarisonic so I'm not sure why you're trying to compare them. Olay don't claim that their brush oscillates, they state quite clearly that it "rotates". Big difference!

  • April 25, 2011

    by Hilary

    I've been wondering what you would think of this product, Martha. After ignoring my skin for the past 3 years (working around the clock--no time for myself), I decided it was time to reverse what the past 3 years had done to me. Knowing I was going to spend major bucks on a day and night regimen, I decided to go with this brush to save some money. I've had it for a month now, and while my skin did have some immediate improvement (let's face it, after 3 years of ignoring my skin, anything would give an improvement), I've found the brush to be as poorly made as you--and that's without ever even having held a Clarisonic in my hands. The brush is so wobbly that unless it's being held to the skin, it can be expected to pop off at least once. Ick when it falls on the floor... So after having purchased it only a month ago, I've already purchased a Clarisonic plus, and as soon as it arrives, off to the trash the olay brush goes.

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