For a long time now I've been wanting to try a cleansing brush akin to the Clairsonic, so when the iconic skincare brand Michael Todd released this, it became etched onto my wishlist.
The set comes with the main cordless Soniclear device, a charging stand, a charging cord, a face cleansing brush (attached to it) and a body cleansing brush (pictured). When you first get it, you just need to plug it in and charge it for 24 hours before you're good to go. A full charge from then on will give you up to 35 minutes of use.
"The Soniclear also includes antimicrobial protection against stain and odour causing bacteria and has a brush speed of over 300 per second. Within just minutes of use per day, your skin is healthier, clearer and brighter looking with smoother texture and refined pores"
The device can be set to different speeds so that if your skin is more sensitive you could have it on a slower setting so not to be as abrasive. On the flipside of that, if you have very dry or rough skin, having it on the higher setting might help to smooth your skin. The Soniclear is also safe to use with a face scrub as well as a cleanser.
The device has a built in 2 minute cleansing cycle. Every 20 seconds it'll beep letting you know to move on to a different area of your skin/face. After 2 minutes the device will automatically stop.
It's up to you which cleansers you want to use with it, Michael Todd recommend using products like their honey & oat gel cleanser, or jojoba charcoal face scrub. As much as lots of their skincare is on my wishlist, I don't actually own any, so I used both the Liz Earle cleanse & polish with this, and the Clarins gentle foaming cleanser.
This may seem obvious, but you must make sure you remove any eye makeup first, as this product isn't suitable for use on the eye area. Personally, I removed my eye makeup with Bioderma and a cotton pad first, then filled up the sink with hot water, put some cleanser on the brush (after wetting it) and a little dotted on my face (typically I used the Clarins gentle foaming cleanser). Then after turning the Soniclear on, I very gently (without applying pressure) worked the cleanser in using a circular motion, starting with the cheeks, then chin, nose and forehead.
There's two main things I really liked about this:
- It didn't break me out
- It left my skin feeling incredibly soft
I also like how easy it was to use and set up, and the rubber grip which stops it from slipping out of your hands when they're wet.
The price point is good - it's comparable to it's competitors such as the Clairsonic with the Soniclear coming in at $150 (about £95 at the current exchange rate (20/11/14)).
Overall I really liked this, I love the colour (I'm a sucker for purple!), it worked really well, was easy to use and left my skin feeling lovely without breaking me out. My next challenge is to try this out with different cleansers to see which ones work best, the Michael Todd honey & oat cleanser is definitely top of my list on ones to try with it.
If you're interested in reading more about it check out their website here.