Disclaimer: This product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a little skincare special for you all. It’s a bit of a long one, so grab a cuppa and make yourself comfortable… Ok, here we go…
This week’s beauty review comes from the lovely people at Magnitone London who were kind enough to send me one of their much raved about Barefaced! Vibra Sonic Daily Cleansing Brushes. I’ve been wanting to try one of these electronic brushes ever since the original Clarisonic came out so I was very excited when it finally showed up on my doorstep. Supposedly, they’re brilliant for getting right into the pores of your skin, digging out any excess dirt, and improving its general condition. It’s been 4 weeks now since I started using it, so let me share with you my experience; the good, the bad and the ugly.
First off, I’ll just do a quick description of my skin type so you know what I’m dealing with. I would say I fall into the Combination/Oily category, and my skin can also be quite sensitive. In general, my cheeks are pretty normal (sometime actually quite dry) while my t-zone and chin can be a bit shiny. I do get the odd breakout – usually around a certain time of the month – and it’s pretty much always on my chin area. I rarely get spots anywhere else anymore, but if I do, I can guarantee they will be on my chin. Apparently this is due to hormones and there’s not a lot you can do about it…fab!
Anyway, I was hoping that this deep cleansing brush might put an end to those pesky chin breakouts and I couldn’t wait to add it to my daily routine. I’m going to start off by detailing some of the practicalities. This brush is very similar to the Clarisonic, although it’s a little bit daintier and prettier in my opinion, as it comes in a range of colours. I really love this turquoise blue version; it makes it look slightly less clinical! Instructions state that you should use it once a day for about a minute, with or without a face wash, and there’s a useful beeping system which tells you when the minute is up. You switch the brush on with the button, the brushes start to whir and do their thing, and you gently move it across your face, allowing for a full cleanse and exfoliation experience. The battery also lasts for up to two weeks, making it ideal for travelling.
Ok, so on to the results. I’m sad to say that I did not have the greatest of experiences with this product. After about 5 days of usage (once a day before I went to bed, as prescribed) I started to notice a few red bumps forming under the skin around my chin area. Now, the manual did warn that I may experience a minor breakout during the first couple of weeks due to your skin getting used to this new method of cleansing, so I decided to persevere! However, after a few more days, the bumps had started to get really big, red, and worst of all…itchy.
This would suggest to me that my skin was really not appreciating what I was putting it through, as itching usually means some sort of rash. I kept using it for about 3 more days before giving up and putting down the brush. Unfortunately for me, even after I decided to give it a rest, this rash continued and I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever seen my skin look so bad in all my life! The bumps had turned into angry red spots – the kind that can’t be covered by any amount of makeup – and they were sore and painful to touch. I was pretty devastated – Ok, that may be a little over-dramatic but I’d just started my new job and having a giant unpleasant rash across your chin when you’re trying to make a good impression on your new colleagues is less than ideal! Anyway, I decided to put down the Magnitone brush altogether and leave my skin alone for a while, only applying a gentle cleanser and some antiseptic cream each day. I would say it took about 2 weeks for this mess to clear up *sob*.
So would I recommend this cleansing brush?
Well, it’s difficult to say. Obviously I had a very negative experience, but I know lots of people who’ve said theirs’ have been a godsend. I would say that if you have Dry/Normal skin, don’t bother investing in one; it’s probably not necessary. If you have Oily skin, give it a try, but definitely don’t use it everyday! I’ve always been told that over-exfoliation is very harmful for the skin and I think this was what caused me so much trouble. I’ve since dipped my toe back in and used the brush once or twice a week (only on my forehead, nose and cheeks), and I’ve found this to be quite helpful. Everyday use though I think may cause irritation and damage which might take a while to undo.
So there we have it! I hate giving negative reviews but I have to be honest that this just didn’t work for me. I’ll continue using it on the odd occasion, but I wouldn’t repurchase it myself.
The Magnitone Barefaced! Vibra Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush retails at £75.
I’d love to know if you guys have had any similar or opposite experiences with a deep cleansing brush? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx