Compare: Clarisonic Mia 2 vs. Michael Todd Soniclear

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Clarisonic Mia 2 - Costs $149 USD, brush heads start at $27
Currently 20% off with code CYBERWKND (U.S.). That's $119.20 until Nov. 30!
Currently 20% off with code SONICFRIDAY (Canada).
Currently 20% off + 3 free samples with code CYBERMON (U.S.) until Dec. 01.
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PROS CONS
  • Travel-friendly
  • Small, easy-to-use charger
  • Comes in many colours
  • Can buy different brushes
  • 2 speeds
  • No body brush
  • Comes with default sensitive brush head
  • No non-slip grip

Michael Todd Soniclear - Costs $150 USD, brush heads are $25
Currently 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY2014 (worldwide). That's $90 until Dec. 01!
PROS CONS
  • 6 speeds
  • Comes with a body brush
  • Antimicrobial brush heads
  • Non-slip grip
  • Overall big handle and brush
  • Bulky charger
  • Not travel-friendly
  • Have to buy separate travel case

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SKIN REACTION
My face doesn't typically break out from new skincare/makeup products, but interestingly enough, the Clarisonic caused me to break out! I had a couple of pimples on the side of my forehead from it, but nothing major. They went away within a few days, but I was definitely surprised when I saw them. I'm not sure whether it was the brush itself or the Clarisonic-branded cleanser that caused this though.

Currently, I've been looking into non-paraben and organic products, so I was excited to learn that Michael Todd's extensive line of products is almost all organic. When I used MT brush and products, my skin didn't react negatively at all. Another bonus with the MT brush is that it is antimicrobial. Read more about that here.

PERFORMANCE
Both of these brushes appear to perform as advertised. They definitely clean a lot better than my hands or any face cloth would, so I highly recommend using one of them. It's really up to you to decide which brush you want. Each has its pros and cons, but they're pretty comparable in performance.

On a full charge, the Michael Todd claims to give 35 full minutes of cleansing, while the Clarisonic only gives 24 minutes. From my personal experience though, the Michael Todd (which I've had for a few months now) can be used for much longer than 35 minutes. Since using the brush in August, I've only had to charge it twice (excluding the initial 24 hour charge). I can't speak for Clarisonic's 24 minute claim right now as I've only had it for a couple of weeks.

I like that each brush gives an alert every 30 seconds to let you know it's time to switch to another side of your face (left cheek, right cheek, and forehead). The Michael Todd beeps twice, while the Clarisonic pulses twice. I have to admit, I prefer the light design on the Clarisonic over the Michael Todd one. It even looks cool while charging!

UPDATE DEC 01 - I forgot to mention that the Michael Todd is noticeably louder than the Clarisonic, but it's not a big deal for me.

BRUSH HEADS
It's recommended that you change the Clarisonic brush head every 3 months, while the MT brush head can be changed every 6 months (probably due to the antimicrobial protection). In the long run, the MT brush will cost you less money because you'll be spending $50 (or $100 if you include the body brush) on brush heads per year, while the Clarisonic will cost you at least $120/year (assuming you change them on time).

USAGE
With all that said, I would bring the Clarisonic on vacation and leave the Michael Todd at home. I decided to use my Michael Todd in the shower and leave the Clarisonic on my makeup counter since it's so compact. The problem with this is that the Clarisonic actually has no resting station so it just lies there taking up space. The MT brush comes with a docking station that keeps the brush standing up while it's not in use.

Click to read a more thorough review of the Michael Todd Soniclear.

Disclaimer: The Clarisonic Mia 2 was gifted to me for review. All opinions are my own.

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