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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

    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.

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