Facial Cleansing Brushes


According to the Institute of Dermatology, facial cleansing brushes like the kind sold by Clarisonic have become extremely popular over the last two years.

Introduced in 2004 by Pacific Laboratories and bought in December 2011 by L’Oreal, Clarisonic is one of the most popular facial cleansing brushes on the market… it is also one of the most expensive.

If you are like me, you may want to try one of these brushes out- but not to the tune of almost $200. So, we here at Brown Sista have compiled a list of brushes that reportedly have Clarisonic’s cleansing prowess, but not its steep price tag.
Ultimate Dual Exfoliating Face BrushFirst up is Sephora’s ULTIMATE DUAL EXFOLIATING FACE BRUSH. This brush gets high marks from everyone I know who has used it, including motivational speaker and health and beauty expert Shanel Cooper Sykes. At only $18 the brush’s extra soft bristles exfoliate, while the silicone padded side deeply cleanses pores while invigorating the skin.

OLAY PRO XNext up we have the OLAY PRO-X. Like Clarisonic, the Pro-X is electronic and will require you to replace the brushes every few months. At a modest $25 (at CVS) for the cleansing system and $7 for replacement brushes, the Pro-X is a great alternative if you want an oscillating brush that does all the work for you… and at a reasonable price.

SEPHORA COMPLEXION BRUSHFor those of you with really sensitive skin and a sensitive pocketbook to match, you can’t go wrong with Sephora’s FACE COMPLEXION BRUSH. At an economically priced $6, you won’t feel too bad if you don’t like it.

And remember, these picks are just a few of the ones some of the sistas here at Brown Sista have tried and liked. Feel free to add your own in the comment section below.

FYI: To really save a buck, check out store bought brands which are usually copycat versions of more expensive items, but at a bit more reasonable price. CVS’s FACIAL CLEANSING POWER BRUSH is a perfect example.


  1. I use one by Neutrogena. It’s not life changing by I do prefer it to using my fingertips or a cloth.

  2. Well, I own a $200 clarisonic skincare brush. Eh. Saw it on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list afew years ago and bought the hype. It’s ok, but don’t think for a minute that the brush alone will perform a miracle on your skin. The product you use is just as important if not more.

  3. I agree with GIRL…it’s a good brush…but, it can also be too aggressive for some skin types…I use the sensitive brush…with normal/dry skin…I believe most brushes can do a good job, along with good products for your skin type…

  4. My HG facial (and body) cleansing product are microfiber cloths, yea the kind you use to dry cars, dust etc. The same way they grab dirt/dust from furniture it does for your skin. It’s a very great exfoliator as well. Every time I use it my face feels extremely clean/fresh, and baby soft. Oh and it takes off EVERY bit of makeup. You can use with a cleanser or plain water, I choose the former although about once a week I give myself a good scrub with it for maximum exfoliation. Try and you’ll be hooked.

  5. I ordered my clarisonic finally after years of wanting one. I can’t wait.

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