February 16, 2016

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush | Review



I've wanted a facial cleansing brush for ages, but I couldn't decide between the Clarisonic Mia 2 (£125), Magnitone Barefaced (£70) and Clinique Sonic System brush (£79). Price was a big factor for me, I won't lie. I'm a student, working part-time, which means I don't exactly have money to burn! On top of that, I'm moving out in August, so I'm having to be extra vigilant when it comes to my spending. Despite my urges, I held off purchasing any of the cleansing brushes that had caught my eye, as they're all a lot of money, and I didn't know how I'd get on with them. 



I was recently in my local Boots, shopping for makeup wipes and anti-aging products, when I spotted this little beauty on the shelf. This is the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing brush, and it retails at just £24... bargain! I was a little dubious at first, as I was certain the synthetic bristles would feel hard and plastic like, given the price. However, I took it out of the box to have a look (sue me) and feel, and the bristles felt surprisingly soft. 'What's the harm in trying?' I thought, and popped it in my basket.

Now, as you know, I don't personally own a cleansing brush from any other brand, so, unfortunately, I won't be able to make any comparisons between this brush and the market leading ones. However, I will attempt to give detailed pros and cons...

Pros
Price: at just £24, this brush seems like an absolute steal, compared to some of the market-leading options. This is great news for anyone looking to experiment with facial cleansing brushes, without breaking the bank. The replacement brush heads are also very reasonably priced, retailing at £8 for a duo pack.

Accessibility: both the unit itself and the replacement brush heads are very easy to locate in most Boots shops, as well as online. Most of the market-leading versions are only available to purchase online, which means you can't check them out before you buy! This also makes returns super easy, if you do have a problem.

Ease of use: the brush is lightweight and very easy to use, with a single button controlling the power and the speed. This would be very easy to travel with.

Batteries: the device is powered by two, double A batteries, which are included. These batteries are pretty commonplace in the shops, which means powering the device isn't a challenge.

Cons
Harshness: the brush head feels really soft to touch, but actually feels a little too harsh on the facial skin, even on the slowest mode. The box does state that those with sensitive or particularly dry skin should avoid using this device; I don't have particularly sensitive skin, but my skin still felt sensitive and a little sore in spots after use. I'd recommend only using this brush a couple of times a week, so as not to agitate the skin. I daren't use it on the highest speed.

Batteries: batteries are harmful waste products. This device isn't the most economically or environmentally friendly, since you'll always be paying out for batteries. Most of the market-leading devices have electrical charging bases or magnetic chargers.

Mess: most of the market-leading devices feature pulsing/sonic actions rather than spinning brush heads, like this No7 version. This device can create a bit of mess, as it flicks cleanser and water everywhere during use!

Waterproof: unlike most of the market-leading offerings, this No7 device is water-resistant, but not waterproof. The instructions state that the device should not be immersed in water, which means it can't be used in the bath/shower, and extra care must be taken whilst using it over the sink. Not ideal for a bathroom device.

Oil production: deep exfoliation, such as that which this device offers, can activate our sebaceous glands, which produce more oil. Since this device is so deep-cleansing and abrasive, I probably wouldn't recommend it for those with oily skin types.

Protection: this brush doesn't come with a protective travel bag or brush head cover, which isn't great news for keen travelers!

The Verdict
As you can see, there are definitely more cons than pros, when it comes to this device. I had already formed a pretty negative view of this device, when I discovered it went on offer for £15, the day after I bought it... how annoying. My main gripe with this device is that it's just too harsh. A device whose sole aim is to improve the look and feel of facial skin should definitely be more soft and gentle, and I think this could be achieved by removing the spinning function and replacing it with a pulsating function. Ultimately, I think you get what you pay for.

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  1. The price of this is so good in comparison to some brands like Clarisonic! Great review <3

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    1. It's definitely a little drugstore gem, great for bargain hunters! It's on offer quite a lot of the time, too! Thank you, sweet :)

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  2. I used to own a Clarisonic but found it much too harsh on my sensitive skin so from what you've said, this definitely wouldn't suit me either! Great review xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Oh really? I'm shocked to hear that, as I was certain a Clarisonic brush would better suit my skin, but it sounds like it would be too abrasive for me, too! The Clinique version is definitely on my wishlist. Thanks!xx

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  3. price is great too bad it doesnt work too well compared to bigger brands. I have combo skin so probably wouldnt go for this
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I have combination skin too, and it didn't affect the look or feel of my skin too badly, thankfully! It made it feel tighter though. I'm definitely still looking for something more gentle!

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  4. To be honest, after a long time using the Clarisonic I swore off of face brushes in general. Even the softest head always felt a little harsh, and my skin is far from being sensitive.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. No way! You're the second person to comment on how the Clarisonic felt a little harsh; I'm shocked! I definitely wouldn't describe my skin as sensitive, but this was definitely too harsh. I like the look of the Clinique one because it is so soft and simply pulsates!

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  5. I am so unsure about face brushes, my friend has the Clarisonic and swears by it but I've seen a few people say it's too harsh. The price for this one is so appealing though haha x
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    1. This one is definitely too harsh! Judging by the comments on this post, the Clarisonic is too, though I have heard of comments to the contrary. I'm definitely going to buy the Clinique version next x

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  6. I bought this when it first came out, maybe like 1-2 years ago, it's since been updated. I do have to use it every other day to avoid sore skin.

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

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    1. I wasn't even aware it had been out that long! Boots should definitely merchandise this product in a better way, as I'm sure it would sell a lot better! Same, I definitely wouldn't recommend using it daily!

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  7. I've been hearing about this Clarisonic so many times and always wanting to buy it. My sister in law has one and she always told me the good things about it. You made a great review about it and made me sure to buy one now. Thanks for the complete review!

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    Steph
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    1. I'm not sure about the Clarisonic after hearing some negative comments about how harsh it is. The Clinique version is still in my sights, though!

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  8. What a bargain, but a shame you missed the deal! I have a Clarisonic and I love it, butttt I'm always worried about harsh it is xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. That seems to be the general consensus here... worry! I've been totally put off the Clarisonic after reading all these comments. Definitely still lusting after the Clinique version, though!

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  9. I was looking for alternatives for Clarisonic because I heard it could lead to increase of oil production. Was thinking of the Olay brush but now I will try this one since it comes highly recommended ;)

    Thank you. Looking forward to your future posts!
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    1. Anything too abrasive will lead to an increase in oil production, so I wouldn't recommend this one!

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  10. I've wanted to try one of these brushes for ages, but like you I don't want to spend that much money! This sounds like worth checking out! xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Definitely check it out (as long as you don't have sensitive skin!) but be super careful and only use it every other day at maximum!xx

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  11. I've been after a facial brush for so long, I honestly didn't even know no7 did one! It seems its worth a try at such a bargain price tho!

    www.denajayne.co.uk

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    1. Me neither! I don't think Boots merchandise it in the most successful way xx

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  12. Just like you I've wanted to try this cleansing brushes for ages but at the same time I've read many mixed reviews and opinions on them and I'm not sure if they're actually that good, I think they can be too harsh. Good cleansing routine and using chemical exfoliators (AHA, BHA) should be enough for our skin to be extra clean :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I agree! I definitely think cleansing brushes are more of a luxury than a necessity x

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  13. honestly nothing worse than something going on sale the day after you buy it. Such a nightmare! This one looks too harsh for my skin, its why im scared of the clarasonic too!

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    1. Sooo annoying! Yes this is definitely a little harsh x

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  14. I've never tried a cleansing brush before and I think it would probably aggravate my skin after reading this! It definitely sounds a little too harsh for my liking! Really thorough review!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the review :) This definitely isn't for the faint hearted! If your initial reaction is 'hell no!' then I'd definitely trust your gut and stick to a manual skincare routine!

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  15. I'm still hesitant to try one of these! I wonder if it's good for dry skin...
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    1. No7 advise against using this device if you have dry skin. Perhaps you could look for an alternative such as Magnitone?

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  16. I've never tried a cleansing brush before but I know many people who LOVE them, I think it just depends on your skin and how sensitive it is! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. I totally agree! I think the reason why this is such a subjective subject is because everybody's skin is so different! What works for some people may just not do the trick for others. I absolutely love Clinique's 3 Step skin range (I'd go as far to label it as holy grail!) and would never be without it, however, I know some other people who've branded it as 'paint stripper.' Can't please everyone!

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  17. I was going to get this one for Christmas but I couldn't be bothered with the batteries and the fact is isn't waterproof so I got a Magnitone and haven't looked back!
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    1. I'd definitely say you made the right decision!

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  18. I want to try Clarisonic, but the price tag puts me off and I don't want to pay so much money on something that I might end up hating.

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Same! It's a lot of money to spend when there are no guarantees it will work well with your skin type!

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  19. That is so strange that No7 have created such a harsh brush whats the point.. People want they're skin gently cleansed but not left sore.. thanks for the review I was interested in this product but defo gonna keep my money in my pocket.. so annoying when companies try to make a cheaper alternative that doesn't work xx

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    1. Glad you found the review helpful! I think it's a much better idea to just search for deals on the more popular cleansing brushes!xx

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  20. Love the detailed review! Straight from the beginning I thought the bristles looked pretty harsh... its a shame!

    hannatalks

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    1. Thanks lovely! They don't feel harsh when you run your fingers over them at all, they're actually very soft to touch. Such a shame that they're a little too harsh on the facial skin!

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  21. While my sensitive skin was okay with the Magnitone, the bristles on this head look harsher than it. I wouldn't be able to get away with this one :/

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It's definitely too harsh for sensitive skin!

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  22. This product sounds lovely.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  23. I have the Olay brush which is similar (rotating system) and I'm just not too sure about it. It seems to tug and move the skin around and I don't see that much difference with use. I think I'll splurge on Clarisonic next. I've heard the sonic system is better for the skin. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. I think sonic pulsating systems are supposed to be more gentle on the skin. You're right, rotating systems do tug on your skin a little. I've got my eye on the Clinique one x

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  24. It's a shame that the cons outweigh the pros. It would have be great if it both worked well and was so affordable.

    Laura| www.misslaurabora.com

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