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Sirius Skinsonic- reviewed and recommended

March 22, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments

My daily beauty routine starts almost every day with a dry brush (face and body) with the Clarisonic Brush. It is no exaggeration to say that my Clarisonic is indispensable and contributes enormously to all-over good skin condition.  I might also have said for the Baby Quasar LED device, until Sirius came along with Aurora for about a third of the price. Now, Sirius also has a brush called the Skinsonic for $49  – about one quarter of the price of the Clarisonic. Would it too be able to elbow a long-standing pricier model out of the way?

The answer is no. I am not going to give up my Clarisonic Plus, which has three speeds for the face, a larger body brush and costs $225 for Sirius Skinsonic. However, if you don’t already own a Clarisonic and don’t want to spend around $200 (it costs $195 for the Classic), or even $100 (for the Clarisonic Mia), then the Sirius Skinsonic is well worth considering. It does a creditable job with a few additional bells & whistles and you’ll be getting the benefits of brushing your skin (a great way to gently exfoliate to remove dry skin and keep pores unclogged).

What’s good about Skinsonic

The Skinsonic should really be compared to the Clarisonic Mia – they are both cordless and come with a single speed. However, the Mia has only two brushes (normal and sensitive skin). The Skinsonic has two brushes, a massage applicator (a rubber, spikey head) and a foam head for applying an exfoliator. In my book, an exfoliator applicator is one of those things that you didn’t know you needed because you didn’t. Having said that, I tried it out with Your Best Face Prep and rather enjoyed the feel of it.

I have been testing the Skinsonic for over a week and it’s pretty good. It definitely leaves my skin looking nicely polished. Against the Mia, I think it is doubtless the better option. A small thing, but it should be noted that Skinsonic’s brushes are much easier to remove than Clarisonic’s.

What's good about Clarisonic

I will go back to my Clarisonic Plus for two reasons. Well three, as the most compelling is that I already have it. Then, I really like the Pro’s large brush for body.  But the clincher is probably that the motion of the Clarisonic brush when powered seems to be superior. Clarisonic is based on the same oscillating motion technology as the Philips Sonic toothbrush (an electric toothbrush so good that owners of it – myself included – brag that they barely need to floss).

Still, the Skinsonic’s performance is good enough. It’s much better than another low cost brush that I once tested, the Pretika. I also think Skinsonic is better in terms of price and performance than Nutra Sonic. Your skin will benefit from it, you’ll get a few extras over the basic Clarisonic, you’ll get a bargain to boot.

  • January 17, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi wj, if funds permit I would go for the Clarisonic, but if you are budget-conscious, the Skinsonic is a good alternative for any age.

  • January 17, 2012

    by wj

    which one do you suggest for a 60 yr old skinsonic or clairsonic

  • June 4, 2011

    by catlover2x

    I just bought the Skinsonic and I am very pleased with it. Serums and moisturizers take time to work, but the very first time I used this, I was impressed. I have a few (witchy) moles on my face and the skin nearby is difficult to cleanse without trauma, so I tend to get blackheads in those areas. They are not gone yet, but definitely minimized. Also my skin feels much smoother. I've been using the sensitive brush head to start with and it is very gentle.

  • March 31, 2011

    by Susan

    When I bought Clarisonic, I was told it might help build up collagen (I bought it for polishing and pore-minimizing). So if one plunks down $150 less, the collagen is damaged. Oh boy.

    I would have asked to see the saleperson's credentials at that point.

    BTW, I love my Clarisonic.

  • March 30, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Joyce, I think you are conflating two different things. The Sirius Skinsonic is just a brush (cleansing and exfoliation. LED is different. LED is a light therapy device and the one made by Sirius is called Aurora.

  • March 30, 2011

    by Joyce

    My question is as Olay has a PRO X cleansing brush system how can you tell if the LED is beneficial or just a through cleansing? Anyone actually tested the LED part only?

  • March 23, 2011

    by marta

    Break down collagen? I'm not sure what that means either. It doesn't sound very plausible (without the jackhammer attachment). But what I can say is that the Skinsonic - especially with the sensitive brush head - is very gentle.

  • March 23, 2011

    by Mary

    I was in my local department store last Saturday looking at a Clarisonic up close and was able to try it out in my hands. I did not buy one then because I thought surely there must be something else out there. Thank you for this review. The only question I still have is that the salesperson there told me that the cheaper skin brushes will break down the collagen. I did not ask her to explain more, I actually thought to ask you instead. What do you think about this?

  • March 23, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Emily, thank you for the feedback. Just an FYI that the Baby Q doesn't have a charger either and I don't know of an effective LED device that does (I imagine that they consume a fair amount of juice).

  • March 22, 2011

    by Emily

    Marta, so interesting and thanks for the update on this. TIA converted me to the Clarisonic early on and I cannot imagine life without it; good to know there is an alternative.
    I'm going to give you some comments about my experience with the Aurora LED in a couple of weeks after I've had some more time using it. But a couple of my comments so far have to do more with the industrial design than the actual treatment or benefits. Sounds like they've solved at least one of them with the Skinsonic: For what must be the obvious reason (it's used in washing), the Skinsonic is used cordlessly, while the Aurora doesn't have a charger and is used tethered--so I have to plunk myself down near an outlet, which is annoying. Second, on the Aurora I find that the control buttons (shape, sensitivity, and placement) are such that while holding it, I frequently turn the thing off, or change the mode, in md-stream, without meaning to during a session. This is annoying since the machine tracks the time and mode and beeps at 3-minute intervals. I wonder whether you have any trouble with the Skinsonic controls (vs Clarisonic): I've never had any such problem with Clarisonic; it's controls, and feedback, feel very solid.

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