Whenever I see one of these automatic cleansing brushes, I can’t help but compare it to the Clarisonic. I own a Clarisonic Mia (first gen) and have had some success with it. But I had to scale back to using it twice a week because daily Mia use proved to be a bit much on my rather sensitive skin.
The new Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush landed on me at the right time because my baby pink Mia finally gave out and died just a couple of days after receiving the Skinvigorate brush. Yes, it is rather ironic but I guess fortuitous that I still have a brush to continue with my deep cleansing routine.
The good folks at Mary Kay sent me the Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush set along with a Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin in a very cute pink gift box. I couldn’t wait to get home and start using this baby!
The set comes with a couple of brush heads (one normal and one sensitive), the handheld tool and 2 complimentary AA batteries. I immediately liked how it looked because of the pink accents around the buttons. Attaching the brush is really simple, just twist and click into place. I had a bit of trouble removing the battery cap at first because it was tight but it should ease up slightly over time.
The brush is made of nylon fibers with rounded tips so that it feels softer against skin. There are two speeds to choose from but I usually go with the lower setting as it feels more comfortable for me. The speeds can be selected with just a simple click of a button. It can spin up to 400 rotations per minute so that’s pretty darn fast. I have to point out that the Clarisonic oscillates up to 350 movements per second and it doesn’t spin but vibrates instead, which is different than the Skinvigorate.
The first time I used the Skinvigorate, I wasn’t accustomed to the spinning. It rotates in an anti-clockwise direction and it has a different sensation than the Clarisonic. I honestly didn’t know how to move it around at first.
It also didn’t help that the Timewise cleanser was absolutely terrible. It had a thick, oily consistency and grainy bits, which I thought was counterintuitive to proper cleansing. One of the main ingredients is mineral oil so it’s no wonder that it felt like I was smearing petroleum all over my face. It was a bitch to wash off too. So um, no… I’m not a fan of the cleanser.
The brush however, worked out a treat! After getting used to the rotation, I started to enjoy lightly gliding the automated brush around my face. As you can see from the chart, Mary Kay recommends to spend 15 seconds on each of the zones but I actually spend a bit less time on my cheeks because they are the most sensitive area and prone to redness.
My face feels baby smooth after each use and I find that my skincare products absorb better. I still have a bit of red on my cheeks but that’s normal. I experienced some mild “purging” with the Clarisonic during the first few weeks but not with the Skinvigorate probably because my skin is quite used to cleansing brushes. Recently, I have been using brush cleaners almost every evening or on alternate days, and have not faced issues.
You can use the Skinvigorate in the shower, bath or over the sink. It is waterproof and tightly sealed. The tool itself is made of durable plastic and it feels solid enough. Each brush is supposed to last 6 months and I’d recommend giving it a good clean with bar soap every week.
There are a few things which can be improved. For example, it should have a timer. This thing will spin and spin until I tell it to stop. I can’t keep count of the seconds I spend per zone and more or less wing it. So a beeping timer would be fantastic. It should also come with a brush cap or cover. This is not a big deal but would be nice to have.
I do like that it can be used with AA batteries, so it makes a good travel companion as I don’t have to worry about forgetting the charger. It weighs less than a Clarisonic too and I will definitely consider taking the Skinvigorate on longer trips.
In summary, I give the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush a thumbs up. Each set costs RM180, which is a cheaper alternative to some of the cleansing brush systems out there. I won’t recommend using the brush twice a day on an everyday basis especially if you have never used one before. Do exercise some restraint and don’t get too excited and go crazy with brushing because you may over-exfoliate your skin, which will cause more issues. You need to remember that brushes can be abrasive.
Mary Kay products can only be purchased through an Independent Beauty Consultant and if you’re interested, do call their customer service on 03-7711 7500 to find the nearest seller to you. You can place your order and the beauty consultant will deliver the products to you. At the time of writing, I did not receive information on how much a replacement brush head costs and will update once notified.
Do you like cleansing brushes and have you tried the Mary Kay version? If you’re using one, what is it and how do you like it? Do make sure to pop in and share your thoughts or if you have any questions about the product.
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