Is It Worth Spending Serious Cash On A Cleansing Brush? High St vs High End

Cleansing brushes were the product du jour a few years ago, thanks to the likes of Clarisonic taking the skincare market by storm. Although they claimed to revolutionise skincare routines and provide a deeper cleanse, they actually started to cause more problems than they solved. Over zealous exfoliation can damage the surface of skin and remove too much moisture; the skin reacts by slowing down its own lubrication, the result
of which can be ageing, outbreaks and irritation. Since the launch of the original cleansing brushes around five years ago, technology
has advanced hugely and so the results achievable are much better in
2015; however, these gadgets do need to be used in the right way to ensure you’re caring for your skin rather than damaging it. I’m a big fan of cleansing brushes (when they’re used as part of a targeted regime and not overused,) but the question is: do you need to spend serious amounts of money on a cleansing brush, or can you get by with a bargain find that does the job?

Two of the cleansing brushes I’ve been putting to the test over the last few weeks include the ultra budget Silk’n Dual Clean (which you can pick up from Amazon for less than twenty quid,) and the Magnitone Pulsar Eclipse (which will set you back in the region of £150.00 – although it’s currently half price online!) There’s a huge difference in both price point and performance, but does the additional investment really offer additional benefits to your skin? Or are the price points just reflecting the cosmetic appeal of the products at hand?

Silk’n Dual Clean Cleansing Brush 
This extremely basic and functional gadget is quite chunky, but easy to use. It has only one brush head, one speed setting and one mode – there’s no ability to personalise the results or to get mutliple functions from it, but it does do the job. I personally find the bristles a little harsh for my skin, but used a couple of times a week on a non irritated or sensitive complexion it will definitely help to exfoliate and lift dirt from deeper in the skin’s surface. The brush head and simplicity of the unit make this perfect for using on the body, where you’re not so fussed about being exceptionally careful – more concerned about buffing away flaky and dull skin from your limbs. I did have to force myself to use this as it’s not particularly pleasurable (nor does it provide immediate results,) but as an introduction to cleansing brushes, or for teenagers that are looking for a little extra boost, then this does the job. It’s affordable and easy to use, but I don’t think it would form a committed part of any skincare routine in the long-term.

Magnitone Pulsar Eclipse Cleansing Brush
This all-singing-all-dancing cleansing brush is much more comfortable to hold, thanks to the ergonomic design fitting perfectly into the palm of your hand. Not only does the unit come with four speed settings and three different brush heads, but it rotates at 15,000 oscillations per minute while remaining incredibly gentle on the surface of skin. The unit works well with all forms of cleanser and integrates into my routine seamlessly, leaving my skin feeling gently buffed and cleansed without stripping away goodness. Unlike the Silk’n Dual Clean, the Magnitone can be charged and used for up to eight hours (vs the life of two AA batteries!) and popped in its travel case for cleansing on the go. The different brush heads provide different results, from massaging to a deep cleanse, which when paired with the different speed settings ensure a personalised and effective finish. This is incredibly pleasurable to use, becoming a part of my regular skincare routine not only because I saw and felt a difference – but because it provided a minute or two of pampering in the shower.

Although there’s a huge difference in price between these two units, there’s also a huge difference in performance. Our skin is a sensitive organ and needs to be cared for effectively; in my opinion it’s worth investing in tools that will help you along that journey while providing a pleasurable few minutes in the shower. If your budget is restricted and you want to give cleansing brushes a whirl, there’s no reason whatsoever why you couldn’t start off with a budget buy and work up to a more expensive purchase if you feel cleansing in this way is right for you. However, you really do get what you pay for – so it’s worth doing your research.

Are you a fan of cleansing brushes? Do you believe you have to invest in a high tech tool to achieve the results you desire? Or do you think it’s ridiculous spending so much on a beauty gadget?

The Magnitone Pulsar is currently on offer for £74.95 (50% off!) The Silk’n Dual Clean is available from £16.00.

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  1. Anna Maria
    April 8, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Such a great post thanks hun, I have just started using my Clinique brush and I have defiantly seen a huge improvement in my skin. As you say though you have to use it the right way. xxAnna-Maria |

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Yeah definitely – so many devices recommend twice daily, when that could be doing so much long-term damage to skin.

  2. Kristy
    April 8, 2015 / 9:11 am

    I found this really interesting to read, I've always wondered if these cleansing brushes are really worth the price, and funnily enough the one I've been considering is the Magnitone Lucid. I still think it would be more of a luxury purchase for myself but it definitely sounds like it's worth spending the extra money. I would want a brush that isn't too harsh on my skin, and this sounds like it could be the perfect product to give me that. Kristy |

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      It's really great – and half price at the moment too! The other one I really rate is the Remington Reveal, which I featured a while back. I'd definitely say you need a £50+ product to get good results.

  3. Pintsizedbeauty
    April 8, 2015 / 10:00 am

    I've always been intrigued by the Magnitone, but I don't know how my skin would deal with it

  4. Anonymous
    April 8, 2015 / 10:44 am

    I have been using my Clarisonic since 2009, only use the delicate head and three times a week only. But I don't use any other exfoliaters.

  5. Mollie from TheFashionOfCraftBlog
    April 8, 2015 / 10:46 am

    I have been wanting to try out some more affordable cleansing brushes for a while but I might have to give them a miss now that I've read this review!Mollie,xo \ The Fashion Of Craft

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      There's no reason why you can't give them a whirl – see how you get on and build up to a more expensive one.

  6. Colleen
    April 8, 2015 / 10:56 am

    Interesting! I have been wanting to get one to exfoliate my body to prep for fake tanner. I am hoping to find something in between these two price ranges!COOCOO FOR COCO

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      There are loads about and they're always on offer, so do a little research – Magnitone also offer cheaper ones too.

  7. Kiss & Make-up
    April 8, 2015 / 11:05 am

    I believe that they help giving you cleaner, smoother skin but I don't think brush cleansers are absolute must-haves.

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Not must-haves, but if you're suffering with skin problems they could really help. It depends what you're using them for really!

  8. Lynn Hathaway
    April 8, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Great post as usual. I managed to get a Magnitone Lucid for just £5 (usually £69.99) during a Black Friday special offer as I must admit, the usual price is pretty steep but I must admit, I love using my brush at night several nights a week and it does leave the skin lovely and clean and my skincare products sink in a lot better after use. My skin doesn't seem to get so many breakouts since I've been using the cleansing brush. X

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Woah – that's a bargain!

  9. Saloca
    April 8, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Great post, I've been using my Clarisonic for over a year now, thought I don't use it as often as I did in the beginning, but I still see it as a great investment purchase for my skincare regime. I've gone from using it daily to just once a month now and couldn't be happier. Yes, the cheaper alternative is great for teans, but I think once you hit your mid-late twenties, it's time to invest in some more serious hardware.Sarah :)Saloca in Wonderland

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