**Disclaimer: This is not a paid product review. All opinions in the post are my own**
For my birthday a few weeks ago I got a Clarisonic Mia 2. Since I have been sick pretty much ever since just now got around to trying it out. Prior to getting mine I really didn’t know much about it. My mom had told me about it, and that her friend that had one loves it. Started using it Friday, and can’t believe I waited so long to try it out. Did a bunch of research before using it for the first time Friday, and thought I would pass along what I found. Really found no bad reviews of it. People that use it just seem to rave about it, and say that don’t go a day without using it.
WHAT COMES WITH YOUR MIA 2
Got mine at Ulta, and it came with:
- 2 speeds for added customization for your skin type
- 2 year warranty
- Pulsing T-Timer for an efficient and even 60 second cleanse
- Improved user interface indicating speed & charge functions
- Protective travel case
- 1oz Clarisonic Refreshing Gel cleanser
- Sensitive Brush head
Before buying it you might want to research, and decide on the color you want. I noticed that Ulta had some colors that were online only, and that they don’t carry all the same colors that Sephora does.
CLARISONIC MIA 2 PRODUCT REVIEW
First major thing to note about it is that you have to charge it 24 hours before you can use it the first time.
Found this helpful You Tube Video on how to use it. First part of the video is just explaining everything that comes in the box, and the last part is the demo of her using it.
I used it just like she did in the video. but I removed my makeup before using it. I used the Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser that came in my box with the Mia 2 when trying it out for the first time. Just like she did in the video I probably put a little too much cleanser, and it went down my face. When using it you will need very little cleanser. Just small amount in the middle of the head. When I use it I start with my forehead & nose, next chin & mouth, then one cheek, and finish with the other cheek. After the first use I could already tell my skin felt smoother, and that was without using any moisturizer. So far I have only used the first speed, because some of the reviews I watched said that second speed was better for breakouts cause it rougher than the first speed.
In the booklet that came with the Mia 2 it says you can use it 2 times a day. For me I have stuck with just using it once in the evening.
A lot of the things I read & videos I watched talked about there is a purging period where your skin is getting all the dirt out, so it can cause you to break out. To be honest so far that has not been the case for me. I know some say they didn’t experience the purging period either, and they are not sure what causes you to experience it. My only guess would be on your skin type. Having psoriasis my skin is fairly sensitive. Not really prone to breakouts that much, but I do get red rough dry patches. When I was at Ulta today the cashier and I were talking about the Mia 2, and she said she was going though the purging period. This period seems to only last about a week.
The Mia 2 is safe to use in the shower, which is a nice convenience. Personally I use it before getting in the shower.
The charger is a little different. It is a magnet. You plug it into a outlet like normal, but the end that attaches to the Mia 2 is a magnet.
Did a lot of research to see which cleanser is best to use with the Mia 2. Was not sure if most people just stuck with the Refreshing Gel or changed. Noticed a lot of people recommending to use Purity by Philosophy. Then yesterday one of my favorite beauty bloggers Nikki from Glossy Blonde did her 2013 Non-Makeup Beauty Favorites, and she said that Purity was what she used with her Mia 2. After reading that I decided I had to give it a try, so went and got a bottle of Purity at Ulta. Tried Purity last night, and so far I do think I like it better than the Refreshing Gel.
Something I found interesting that I heard in one review was that she had been using her Mia 2 for a while. Then went on trip, and didn’t use it. While not using it she said her skin went crazy. Guess your skin just gets use to the deep clean.
PROS AND CONS OF USING MIA 2
Here are pretty much the pros and cons I have noticed about the Mia 2 so far.
- Easy to use
- Can tell a difference in skin pretty quick
- Easy to travel with
- Small sleek design
- Easy to clean
- Safe to use in shower
- Have noticed that it has made my foundation feel like it goes on smoother, which to me is a HUGE plus.
- Purging period (if you have one)
Will have to say my first impression of the Mia 2 has been great. It is becoming my favorite thing to use. I just love it. Actually can’t wait to use it at the end of the day, cause I just love how smooth it makes my skin feel. Figure in about 3 months from now I will do a follow up review to let you know how my experience is still going, and what else I have noticed.
Hope you found this review useful. Leave a comment below if you have a Mia 2 would love to know what you think, or if you are thinking of buying one & have a question.