Splurge v.s. Steal Clarisonic v.s. Sirius Skinsonic System

I have been faithfully using my Clarisonic for four years now and can honestly say it has dramatically changed my skin for the better.

As with everything, along comes a new generation–a  new and improved version, something better, enhanced, superior.

Introducing the Skinsonic Skincare System from Sirius Beauty ($49.99). I’ve been testing and loving this every day for about two weeks now. It performs just as well as the Clarisonic for 1/3 the price.  The Sirius Skinsonic Skincare System utilizes the same power of sonic technology to provide gentle cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and toning in order to reveal fresh and radiant skin. 

Skinsonic cleansing brushes are two times more effective than manual cleansing, and remove six times more makeup than traditional cleansing. The Skinsonic system includes brushes for normal as well as for sensitive skin, and is safe even for skin affected by conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea and acne. The exfoliation applicator gently buffs and polishes away excess debris and dead skin cells to reveal younger and glowing skin beneath and provides eight times more exfoliation than manual scrubbing. Experience the full benefit of serums and moisturizers with a 50% greater absorption of nutrients with Skinsonic hydration applicators. Lift, sculpt, and tone facial muscles with Skinsonic toning applicators to rejuvenate sagging skin. Use the Skinsonic Skincare System with your favorite serums, moisturizers and scrubs to dramatically increase the efficacy of your current skincare routine.

The only difference between the Clarisonic and the Skinsonic is that the Skinsonic uses batteries. I suppose you can view that as a negative or a positive–I view it as a positive because I have had two Clarisonic’s in those four years and when it craps out-it’s gone. You can replace the batteries in the Skinsonic and have it forever–or at least a long, long time. The Skinsonic is waterproof so it can stay in the shower ready to go. Oh oops, another difference is that the Skinsonic doesn’t have a timer, but truthfully, I never used that function on my Clarisonic so it doesn’t matter to me.

I think I actually feel the sonic sensation more with Skinsonic vs the Clarisonic.  My initial reaction to the hydration and exfoliation pads was extremely skeptical–I thought they would just waste product and be ineffective. However, like Mikey says–“Try it you’ll like it!” I’ve been using the hydration pad every night for the same two weeks and I love it! I dip it in my night cream, place on my face and turn on the Skinsonic.  After applying cream manually on one side of my face and using the Skinsonic hydrator pad on the other, it was evident the Skinsonic side penetrated deeper. I also tried the exfoliator pad with my YBF Prep Microdermabrasion Scrub and got the same results without any irritation.

Hydration & Microderm applicator


Regular brush head

As far as the toning head, I haven’t used it a lot, but it feels fab! I like to lay in bed and watch TV as I use it–it relaxes me. I can’t speak to the efficacy as I haven’t used it enough.

The Sirius Skinsonic Skincare System retails for $49.95 and comes with all four brush heads; regular, sensitive, hydration and exfoliation. Replacements heads can be found on the website and run $14.95 for a set of two, exfoliation and hydration heads are $14.95 for a set of four. The Skinsonic come with a 60-day money-back guarantee and a one year warranty.

If you’ve been wanting to try the Clarisonic but your budget doesn’t allow, try the Sirius Skinsonic Skincare System, the results are the same at 1/3 the price with a 60-day money back guarantee so what have you got to lose? If I could gift each one of you with a Skinsonic, I would–it’s that good.

Prime Beauty Grade: A

  • wow!!! that sirius sounds so good, i love the multiple brush heads like the hydration one…..i have the original clarisonic, which comes with a normal head, sensitive, etc so that’s not a problem, but this one sounds darn good

    • cindy

      It is Vonnie, I was surprised and delighted!

  • Holly O

    Great information! If my Clarisonic dies I know what I am going to try next . . .

  • Sharon

    Fantastic! I always thought Clarisonic was way overpriced.
    And those hydration pads are a great idea!

  • This is great timing. I was going to ask for the Mia for my upcoming birthday, but I can afford this myself. Thanks for the comparison and info about the lifespan of the 2 technologies.

  • Cara

    Thanks for posting this Cindy! I’ve been holding off on getting the Clarisonic for awhile now. I was even considering getting a baby quasar but the price tag on that is pretty hefty! What skin cleanser are you using with this? I don’t want to switch products as I’m in LOVE with my Yes to Blueberries smoothing cleanser. 😛

    • cindy

      You can use any cleanser. At the moment I’m using a cleanser with some new products I’m testing. That’s the beauty of this, you can continue to use your regular skincare products–they will just be that much more effective!

      • Cara

        EXCELLENT! Thanks for replying back Cindy 😀

  • Thanks so much for putting up that comparison chart! I was wondering about the Olay Pro-x brush, but I would now rather spend my money on the Sirius Skinsonic system.

    While checking out their site, I noticed they also have a light therapy system called Aurora. There seem to a lot of those therapy lights around lately and I was wondering what you think of them. Would it be something worth buying?

    • cindy

      Actually Daisy, Sirius is sending me an Aurora to try so I will be reviewing it soon. Judging from the Skinsonic, I have high hopes!

      • Excellent! Can’t wait to read your review on it!

  • Paula

    Hi. Thanks for this info. Just thinking … do skin really need to be cleaned twice as well? Not being sarcastic … I’d really like to know how necessary this is. Does the sonic system do anything to reduce pore size and remove blackheads? That would be my main motivation in purchasing this.

    • cindy

      Actually Paula, the answer is yes. Using a sonic device gets deeper into the pore, thereby cleansing it better. Deeper cleansing in the pore prevents oil buildup which is a cause of blackheads. As far as pore size–that’s debatable. Some say cleaner pores = smaller pores. I don’t have the answer to that one. I would suggest going to Renee Rouleau’s website–she has lots of info on skincare and is an esthetician. http://www.reneerouleau.com/

  • This sounds great and it’s a wonderful price. I think my sister would love this.

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  • Pearlly

    has anyone else managed to test the SkinSonic? any comments?

    i’m still holding out getting the Clarisonic because of the cost. was considering other alternative such as the Olay Pro-X or the Pretika, essentially something with a brush head. am already using the Neutrogena Wave (which uses a pre-treated cotton pad and a vibratory movement) but i’m hoping to get better results with a brush head.

    was initially leaning towards the Olay Pro-X because of the cost and because i trust the Olay brand but reading about the lack of sonic technology now, i’m concerned about what it would do to my skin. i’m therefore now particularly interested in the difference in movement between the Clarisonic and the SkinSonic. does the lack of rotatory movements on the SkinSonic make a difference to comfort and effectiveness?

    see http://www.beautyjunkiesunite.com/WP/2011/03/15/sirius-skinsonic-review-reviews-clarisonic-dupe/

    if anyone else could comment on and confirm the effectiveness of the SkinSonic compared to the Clarisonic, would be much appreciated!

    • cindy

      I didn’t find a difference in effectiveness or comfort. I use the sensitive brush on both the Clarisonic and Skinsonic. The Clarisonic is a bit quieter but to me that doesn’t justify the price difference. I’m very pleased with my Skinsonic.

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  • I didn’t even know about this product. Great review, and I love the chart.

  • hi~ thank you for this review/comparison!

    I’ve been debating if I should get a brush tool since everyone says thats using a clarisonic or skinsonic has really changed their skin~ I think I want this skinsonic 🙂

    I was wondering how long the batteries will last before I have to switch it out?

    • cindy

      I’ve been using mine for 2 months and am still on the original batteries.

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  • Melissa

    I got a gift card to Sephora for Christmas and was considering using it to get the Clarisonic Mia. I wanted to do some research before I dropped $75 of my own money (plus my gift card) on something. It was during this research that I came across your review here. I decided to go with the Skinsonic after reading your review as well as some others.

    I’ve been using my Skinsonic to wash my face before bed for a little over a month now and I am shocked at how much better my skin looks and feels!! My skin feels much softer and smoother and my pores seem smaller and certainly cleaner! Goodbye and good riddance blackheads! And the hydration pad? LOVE! I only use the cleansing head at night because using it twice a day was a little much for my skin, but I use the hydration pad both morning and night. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review!! I am so happy that I came across it!

    • cindy

      that’s wonderful, enjoy!!

  • Lola

    I just got the skinsonic 2 days ago and it makes my skin feel a lot better, but I have broken out a little bit after using it. Do you think it’s because I had an acne sore that I ran the skinsonic over, resulting in the bacteria being spread across my face, or because when you deep cleanse and unclog your pores initially you breakout (i’ve heard both explanations)

    • cindy

      Honestly it could be either explanation. ARe you using the softest brush? If not I would switch to the sensitive brush head. You might also try using the SkionSonic once a day vs. twice a day. I use it once a day at night to get makeup off–in the AM I use a cleansing pad-I use Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta pads but you might to use DDF 10% Glycolic toner or something stronger depending on how oily your skin is. Hope this helps!

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