Cleansing brushes first entered the market over 10 years ago. The hype was real. An electric tool that cleanses your face for you. Now, there are so many cleansing brushes out there, it's tough to know which one is the best. The clarisonic has been around the longest and is the face brush that started this trend, but are new comers Foreo and PMD better? I took all 3 brushes to the test!
Clarisonic closed down operations at the end of September, but the cleansing brushes can be found on Facebook marketplace and Craigslist for super cheap. Generally under $30. The brush heads are still available at the retailers that sold them previously as well as on Amazon. It's unfortunate the business was not able to innovate and stay ahead of their competition because it does such a great job exfoliating and removing makeup!
Pros: Excellent at removing makeup and exfoliating.
Cons: Needs to be charged regularly. Large award size. Brush heads need to be replaced. Can be a bit hard for those with sensitive or dry skin. Best for oily skin.
Foreo Luna Mini - $159 Sephora, Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Amazon
This little guy really changed things! It's a fraction of the size of the Clarisonic, the charge lasts way longer and you don't have to replace any brush heads. It has 3 different bristles - one side has softer, smaller silicone bristles, with harder larger bristles on the tip and the other side has larger thicker bristles. It's much easier to carry around and store, but doesn't cleanse as deeply.
Pros: Small, charge last longer, multiple bristle sizes.
Cons: Award to hold, one size fits all.
PMD Clean - $99 PMD, Sephora, Amazon
The PMD is a very interesting product. It has the shape of a Clarisonic but the bristle texture of the Foreo. It's also double sided, but the second side is for applying creams, serums and moisturizers. The best part about it is that its battery powered. So you don't need a charger, cord or additional item in the bathroom cabinet. It has multiple settings that go at different speeds and pulse as well.
Pros: Has a handle, battery powered, multiple settlings.
Cons: Awkward handle that does not stand. Brush head is very small.
All of the brushes did a great job cleansing. The Clarisonic was the best at removing makeup and the Foreo and PMD were quite similar. At the end of the day, I think it's really personal preference factors and skin type. Those with normal to dry skin may prefer the Foreo or PMD as they are gentler while those with oily skin may prefer the Clarisonic.