If you were to take a Jaguar for a test drive, and then right after take, let’s say, a Kia for a little ride, chances are you’d understand why one is more than double (four times?) the price of the other. This was sort of my experience with the Sirius Skinsonic ($49.95) versus the Clarisonic Mia ($100.00). Now to be fair, the Sirius is more like a Honda - it will totally get you were you want to go, and is absolutely a great value.  But to be honest, it doesn’t feel nearly as luxurious nor as high quality as the Clarisonic.

I will go through a list of pros and cons on each, but I can tell you right now, the biggest pro for the Sirius is the price. If you are looking for a vibrating exfoliating face brush, and you don’t want to drop a lot of dough, this is a great option. It’s cute and compact, with a convenient little stand, and comes with four different adjustable heads. Like the Clarisonic, it has a brush for regular skin and one sensitive skin. But unlike the Clarisonic, it also comes with a vibrating attachment for facial message. I thought this was pretty clever, because I think a face massage is highly underrated. Although giving yourself one with your own hands (especially your knuckles), and a little face oil, is just as effective.  It also came with a flat spongy attachment that is similar in texture to a makeup sponge. This is supposed to be used to apply your moisturizer or serum. I didn’t use it because it seemed like all of my product would just get soaked and wasted in the sponge. Again, my hands work just fine.

Switching out the brushes on the Sirius is a lot easier than on the Clarisonic. But I should point out that this could because the mechanism that creates the vibration in the Clarisonic actually attaches to the brush head, allowing the bristles to oscillate. It’s a way more sophisticated design than the Sirius, which is just a vibrating plane that your brush head snaps on to. The Sirius bristles vibrate, but they don’t actually oscillate, which is probably why the Clarisonic feels different - in a good way – almost like it’s moving at a higher vibration. The Clarisonic Mia also has a rechargeable battery, which is really nice, and it automatically turns off when your minute of scrubbing is over.  The Mia is the less expensive ($100-$120 with cleanser) version of the Clarisonic Pro ($225), which I think comes with even more bells and whistles.

Now let’s go back to that car metaphor for a moment. I should mention I live in New York City and don’t even have a car. But if I were to buy one, I’m pretty sure I’d be getting the Honda - the smart more affordable option that will safely take me where I want to go. But if money were no object, I guarantee you’d find me cruising the city in a Jaguar… convertible. You catch my drift?