I Tried the Clarisonic Mia 1 and Here’s What Happened – Review

June 25, 2018

I am a skincare skeptic. I have exactly one skincare brand that I trust enough to use for every single skincare product I could need, and I’ve been using that brand for years {whoever created Origins, bless your soul}. The thought of adding something new into the mix scares me, because my skin is so sensitive that most cleansers are too harsh and causer breakouts. Of course, being in the blogging and beauty world {or just from my days as a teenage girl}, the Clarisonic cleansing brushes came to my attention several times, but it wasn’t until I really started looking into them that I was intrigued. By some strange stroke of coincidence, Clarisonic and Her Campus Media reached out offering to gift me a Clarisonic Mia 1 to try out at this same time, and I knew that I had to try it.


clarisonic mia 1 flatlay skincare tool brush mac cosmetics lipstick lovelorn metallic scallop laser cut gold tote bag nest fragrances dahlia and vines lancome monsieur big cover fx glitter drops in mirage


As it so happens, basically every conclusion I drew about the Clarisonic range of brushes from any advertising I saw was incorrect. The brush doesn’t rotate or spin, it vibrates {at like 300 vibrations per second}! Having such a high amount of vibrations per second actually makes the Clarisonic Mia 1 much more gentle on the skin than other skincare brushes, which is probably why my sensitive skin surprisingly had no negative reaction to it. I thought that the Clarisonic brushes stripped skin layers, when in reality that’s not true at all.  Instead, Clarisonic brushes are sonic cleansers and gently cleanse the outer layer of your skin. This actually makes the brush safe to use on your skin twice a day! The more I read up on the Mia 1 and used it during the two weeks, the more my skepticism began to wash away {no pun intended originally, but like the pun works, so pun intended}.


Confession: I am actually awful when it comes to makeup and instead of trying to properly remove my makeup with makeup wipes or cleanser at the end of the day, I just use my face wash in the shower and kind of hope that it all comes off. Oops. My cute little Clarisonic Mia 1 has been slightly completely amazing because it is able to get all of my makeup off of my face with my normal face wash without leaving my face looking streaky and racoon-chic when I step out of the shower like my usual approach to makeup removal does. It’s also way more gentle than me trying to use my hands to clean my face, and I’m no longer constantly freaking out about getting hand oils all over my face and causing more blemishes.


Speaking of blemishes, I’m thoroughly impressed with what the Clarisonic Mia 1 has done for any skin imperfections I do have. Since beginning to use it, I haven’t had any issues with breakouts or blemishes. I’m really self-conscious about blackheads. Of all skincare things that I shouldn’t do but do anyways, trying to use a tweezers to get out my blackheads is probably among one of the worst. Not only is it painful, it’s also horrible for your skin. After using the Mia 1, never am I ever doing that again, because this brush is able to eliminate my blackheads with exactly 0% of the pain of my tweezers.


If you do have sensitive skin, I highly recommend using a good moisturizer right after cleansing with your Clarisonic tool. The Clarisonic cleanses my skin so much better than just my hands do, but because of some of the properties in my usual face wash, I felt my skin feeling just a little drier stepping out of the shower. As long as I used my normal moisturizer, it was totally fine, and my skin still feels amazing!


Okay, I know the Clarisonic product focus on skincare, but my favorite use for this has to be on my lips! Using the Mia 1 on my lips for maybe 10 seconds leaves them feeling better than any lip scrub I’ve ever tried. Having smooth lips is a must for my lipstick-obsessed self!


So is it worth it?

For me? Yes. 100% it’s worth it. The Clarisonic Mia 1 over the past two weeks has saved me time, made my nightly skincare routine so much more stress-free, and has honestly made my skin look and feel so much better. The Clarisonic Mia 1 is priced at $129 and the replacement brush heads are $27. I can understand that for some, purchasing a skincare tool at this price is taking a plunge! Here’s my reasoning behind why this price point is justifiable:

-The Clarisonic Mia 1 was designed to make your skin look better and feel smoother. Do you know what else was designed to do this? Spa facials. The average price for a facial in a smaller city is $75 to $100 for 60 to 90 minutes. In NYC, I’ve seen facials for upwards of $150 for a half hour {if you’ve ever wondered why if I get facials in New York, the answer is a hard no at this price}. This makes the Mia 1 about the same price as a facial to accomplish approximately the same thing. It’s also way faster {like one minute fast}, and I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t have an hour to spend on my skincare routine.


-When I clean my face using the Mia 1, I don’t need to use as much face wash as I do when I’m cleaning my face with my hands, which at some point is going to result in me needing to buy less of it.


-One of my favorite results of the Mia 1 is how well it got rid of my blackheads. For a long time now I’ve been looking into different blackhead extraction facials and while yes, some are priced about the same as a normal facial, one at a more elite spa can set you back around $200. The thing about blackhead extraction is that for a long time now in the dermatology community, it’s been debated as to 1. If they create more problems than they solve, and 2. How much they actually stretch out your skin in the process of trying to squeeze them all out. If the Mia 1 can remove my blackheads as often as I want AND get them off my face without ruining my skin, I’m all for it. I’d never pay $200 for blackhead extraction, but even paying $50 three times to do it would be more expensive than the Mia 1.


-I can keep being lazy and not properly removing my makeup before getting into the shower. With the Mia 1, I no longer worry about hand oils on my face or scary-looking streaky makeup when I step out of the shower. I’m also not trying to scrub my skin over and over with my hands to get my makeup off.


If you’ve made it through this review and think that the Clarisonic Mia 1 might be able to help you out {which I honestly think it could}, you can get 15% off by using the code “HERCAMPUS” and clicking on this link!





Pin the image below to help ya girl out and also to share the knowledge!

clarisonic mia 1 flatlay skincare tool brush mac cosmetics lipstick lovelorn metallic scallop laser cut gold tote bag nest fragrances dahlia and vines lancome monsieur big cover fx glitter drops in mirage


Once again, thank you to Clarisonic and Her Campus Media for gifting me the Clarisonic Mia 1 to try out! Anyone who knows me personally knows just how much of a skeptic I can be about beauty products {read: you probably won’t ever catch me using an air curler}, but I truly do love love love the Mia 1 so far and would ALWAYS be honest with you if I didn’t.

1 comments so far.

One response to “I Tried the Clarisonic Mia 1 and Here’s What Happened – Review”

  1. Lauren says:

    I’ve always wondered about Clarisonic. especially because I’ve always heard that the first two weeks your skin “purges” and breakouts get worse before they get better so I’ve always steered clear. I’m so glad to hear of someone with sensitive skin not having that problem.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

About Me

Eva Phan of Eva Darling paris france tarik ediz gown newyorkdress eiffel tower trocadero best paris photo location

Hi, I'm Eva! I'm best described as an aspiring Blair Waldorf with a case of the travel bug that can't be cured. I'm a lover of witty words, pink peonies, and slight sarcasm. I aim to empower women to travel the world solo, sharing on-trend, feminine style inspiration along the way. Originally from the Minneapple {Minneapolis, Minnesota}, and now living in the Big Apple, you can probably find me most often on a plane, running down Park Avenue stressed out in 4" heels, or planning my next escape. Click on the photo to learn more.

Where I shop



Posts on Eva Darling may include affiliate links. These links come at absolutely no cost or expense to you, but allow me to make a small percentage off of purchases made through links on this site. Affiliate links allow me to continue providing high quality content and free travel guides. As always, all opinions are my own.

copyright © Eva Darling | blog design by KOTRYNA BASS DESIGN