For those of you who have yet to hear the tragic news, Clarisonic is officially going out of business on September 30, 2020. Now, I’m not here to bring you problems. I’m here to bring you solutions. So what do we do now that this beloved brand is shutting down? Well, we do an in depth Clarisonic vs. Foreo review, duh.
For reference, I had used Clarisonic Mia 2 for about a year. While I quite enjoyed this product during that year, it was quite frustrating (not to mention expensive) to have to replace the brush heads every few months.
Since then, with the help of an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale, I upgraded to the Foreo Play Plus, which, spoiler alert, I LOVE. So much so, in fact, that I just upgraded again to the Foreo Luna Mini 2; but more on that later.
Clarisonic vs. Foreo
What is Clarisonic?
At its core, Clarisonic is (was???) a tool that uses interchangeable, vibrating brush heads to provide various levels of cleanliness to your skincare routine.
What is Foreo?
Foreo is a nonabrasive silicone tool with small bristles that pulsates to cleanse your skin.
Clarisonic Hygiene 7/10
As mentioned above, Clarisonic is a brush system. This is great at providing your skin with a deep clean, but not so great at providing a sanitary product. Brushes are notorious cesspools for bacteria buildup, which can lead to acne if you’re not regularly swapping out brush heads – NOT CUTE.
Foreo Hygiene 9/10
Foreo is a silicone based tool. This is ideal for a face cleansing because unlike other porous materials, silicone does not hold bacteria. What this means for you, is that this single product will last until the it either dies or you throw it away without much cleaning involved. The only issue I ever really have with the Foreo is when I use it to help remove a clay mask. The clay can get stuck in between the bristles, but it’s really not fair to blame the tool for an operator error.
Clarisonic Cost: 6/10
The Clarisonic devices start at around $100, with each brush head attachment ranging between $30 – $60. That’s a pretty penny for start up costs alone, but again, keep in mind that you’ll need to be replacing all your brush heads every three months to maintain cleanliness.
Foreo Cost: 8/10
Foreos start at around $50 for the Luna Play Plus, which is the most basic model. **NOTE: I do not recommend the $50 model. It uses single batteries that you cannot replace as opposed to the rechargeable batteries that all the other models use.** That being said, if you pay a little extra for the Luna Mini 2 which is the next model up, it will run you $120 flat; no additional brushes, no battery replacements, no hidden costs, nothing.
Clarisonic Customization: 10/10
Clarisonic is great because they have attachments for everything.
Sensitive skin? No problem.
Foundation blending brush? You got it.
Eye massager? Sure thing.
Exfoliator? Uh huh.
Acne prone? You bet.
Foreo Customization: 7/10
Unfortunately, Foreo doesn’t have as wide of a variety as far as customization as it doesn’t offer the same attachment style as the Clarisonic. There are different textures on the face of the tool for accomplishing different goals, and they have a different tool for each skin type, but that’s about it.
Clarisonic Portability: 6/10
The Clarisonic is not a travel-friendly kinda girl – she thicc. I mean, is shoving one into a bag really going to be a huge deal? No. But it’s certainly not what I’d call convenient.
Foreo Portability: 9/10
The Foreo is about the size of your palm and can fit into most makeup and / or travel bags. This makes it super easy to take with you on the go. The only thing I could really ask for is some kind of carrying case, because if I’m traveling, I’ll usually use it right before I throw it in my bag, and if I don’t wash it carefully, it can get other things wet, but again, operator error.
Clarisonic Overall Score: 7.25/10
Listen, Clarisonic had its moment in the sun, okay. I am by no means saying they had a bad product, in fact, quite the opposite. I really enjoyed my Clarisonic, and if they were not literally going out of business, this would be a a very different blog.
Foreo Overall Score: 8.25/10
Overall, Foreo had created an effective, sanitary, low maintenance product that provides more bang for your buck. It is the opinion of this self proclaimed skincare junkie that if you’re on the market for a new cleansing tool due to the shutting down of Clarisonic, Foreo is the clear choice.
At the end of the day, all Clarisonic users will eventually have to go somewhere, which makes this more of a “Is Foreo Right for You” than “Clarisonic vs. Foreo.” You can either resort to cleansing your face with your fingers like a neanderthal (a very classy neanderthal), or or you can find a new tool; and while there are plenty of tools on the market, most of them either try to replicate the Clarisonic or the Foreo.
I’m a big believer in spending your money once – this means not purchasing knockoffs because 9/10 times, you’re going to be spending your money on that product multiple times.
Sure, there are plenty of alternatives to the Clarisonic brush-heads, but in my opinion, I’d highly suggest to just move on when you run out. Save up and wait for a Sephora or Ulta 20% off sale (usually in April and November), and snag yourself a new Foreo. You don’t regret it.