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Sirius Skinsonic – reader reviewed and recommended

August 19, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 5 Comments
Reviewed by Jan

Thanks to Marta and the great staff at Truth In Aging, I was given the opportunity to test and review the Sirius Skinsonic Skincare System ($49.95 in the TIA shop).  Let me start by saying that I have purchased not one but TWO Clarisonic systems (not a small investment by any means).  While there are some design perks to the Clarisonic (brush size and oscillating power), I will NEVER buy another one for the single most important reason that sets the Skinsonic apart:  BATTERY LIFE.

Perhaps just due to bad luck, or perhaps due to an inherent production flaw, both of my expensive Clarisonic units stopped working completely within 2 months of the warranty expiration.  While the Clarisonic customer service reps I spoke to each time were very apologetic and “surprised”, they were also very willing to send me a new and “improved” unit (around $200). They offered me “FREE SHIPPING” for my unfortunate experience with their units, which to my knowledge unless things have changed, become landfill ornaments once they are “dead.”  Why they cannot offer a replacement rechargeable battery is beyond me, and certainly not eco-friendly.

So then I read about the Skinsonic system on TIA; honestly, the thing that appealed to me most (aside from the great price compared to Clarisonic ) was the fact that you can replace the batteries!  In my opinion, the brushes are very adequate for exfoliating and cleansing purposes (I don’t use them for applying creams – I feel like I would be wasting product). Clarisonic is definitely not 300% more effective for the price, so it’s hard for me to understand why anyone would choose it over the Skinsonic as another tool in the ever growing “beauty arsenal.” I’d much rather spend the extra money on some of the creams and serums recommended by Marta – and get the Skinsonic – and have better overall results for my 50+ skin.

As a side note, I also tried the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System for a while between the dead Clarisonics and the Skinsonic. I would not recommend it for mature skin (even though that’s who the advertising is geared towards) because the spinning motion is much harder on already weakened (by age) skin fibroblasts. Less “tugging” = less wrinkles and sags.

I just noticed that the TIA store has a package deal on the Skinsonic with YBF products!  You can’t go wrong!
  • September 23, 2011

    by Jan

    Wow. Thank you to Emily and Sandy for having my back. I'm not sure why Olivier feels the need to critique my review but hopefully he/she feels better now. My overall point was that I didn't see a huge difference in the performance or quality of either unit, yet the Clarisonic costs FAR more. And guess what? The Skinsonic IS waterproof and ALSO oscillates - so NOW... what's that "obvious" reason the Clarisonic can't be made with replaceable batteries? And are you (Olivier) assuming I am "biased" only because the Skinsonic is sold in the TIA shop? TIA has incredible integrity and is very generous in offering trials of these products for HONEST reviewing, that's why you see some products recommended, and some rejected. But I take from your short-sighted comment that you really don't take the time to see all that the TIA site has to offer, you sound like someone who feeds off finding blogs to critique, so that you feel powerful or something. BTW... did Clarisonic pay you to come on TIA and write such a ridiculous rebuttal? Hope you feel better now.

  • August 19, 2011

    by Emily

    Thanks for a good review, Jan. And Sandy: hear, hear.
    I wanted to mention that while I'm very happy with my Sirius Aurora, and I'm sure that the Skinsonic is an equally fine product. But I didn't have the problems with Clarisonic that Jan has had. In fact, I bought one very shortly after TIA first introduced me to it in early 2008. So I've had it for over three and a half years, and it's still going strong in spite of daily use.

  • August 19, 2011

    by Sandy

    What is up with all the snarkiness, lately? TIA is a forum for information -- if someone has information, just provide it in a professional, respectful manner and be done with it. Confrontation is fine, but attacks are immature and unhelpful. If you have a problem with the site and what it's about and discusses, go somewhere else, I bet there are thousands out there.

  • August 19, 2011

    by Marta

    For anyone who missed it, I just did a video featuring the Clarisonic Plus, which I use pretty much every day and love. And, you are quite right Olivier, we do not sell Clarisonic.

  • August 19, 2011

    by Olivier

    This is the most ridiculous argument I have ever read... the battery life? really?
    Why do I feel this entry would have been different has the Clarisonic been sold in the TIA shop?
    It seems very obvious as to why the battery wouldn't be replaceable when the machine is oscillating and has to be waterproof...
    How about focusing on what the oscillating power does to the skin...
    Or HOW the dimethicone in lick your lip lines sold for $175 in the TIA shop is detrimental for the environment?

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