Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Review: No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush

Having traditionally been extremely lazy with cleansing (I used make-up removing wipes every night until about 2 years ago...naughty!) anything that makes the nightly faff a little bit easier, or even just slightly more interesting is wholeheartedly welcomed into my bathroom cabinet.

A little while ago I came across the Clarisonic. It looked a little frightening for my sensitive face but I thought ooh that's a good idea, and went off to have a look.  
My intrigue turned to horror at the discovery that the various models range from £99 to around £170. For a 'cleansing system'. Whaaaaat?!?
Unless the thing is going to give me a whole new face there's literally no chance of me paying that kind of money for the same thing a flannel does.

My best friend, also having the same dilemma then came across the no7 version, which is a significant amount cheaper at £25. Then by a happy coincidence i was able to get 50% discount through my colleague whose husband works for boots. Using this, a £5 off No7 voucher and a 3 for 2, I was able to purchase my No7 cleansing brush for around £8. I was pretty happy with that!

Now, the No7 isn't exactly the same as the Clarisonic, and I wouldn't expect it to be for £25. It runs on AA batteries, which is usually something I avoid like the plague, but 6 weeks later and it's still on the batteries that came with it and I've used it almost every day!

It comes with no case, not even a cap to cover the brush, which if boots intend to continue making this product could be a big improvement for the next model, both for hygiene purposes and to keep it safe when travelling.

On first appearances the brush itself is quite alarming; the bristles look quite thick and harsh. I find it pretty soft to use though and it doesn't hurt my skin all - and I have fairly sensitive skin, especially my cheeks!
I tend to use it with my LancĂ´me or Michael Todd cleanser and my skin feels lovely and clean afterwards.

My only real complaint (aside from the absence of a case) is that the inside has gone slightly rusty already - despite being made for use with water!? I have stored it with the bristles down so the water can drain away and I haven't got it wet to a ridiculous degree so I just can't work that one out! 

Overall, if you feel you need some help in the cleansing department, and sensibly you don't want to spend upwards of £100 on doing so, then this could be a good option. However, it's not perfect by any means and I do get the feeling boots have rushed this out a little quickly, and I'm not sure I'd be so forgiving of the drawbacks if I'd paid the full £25.
I'd probably wait until they (hopefully) improve it before purchasing.

- only £25 and no7 is often on 3 for 2 so it's possible to get it even cheaper
- leaves your skin feeling super super clean 
-second spin speed lets you give your face an occasional deeper clean 
-doesn't come with a case or a cap for the brush head
-battery operated
-has the potential to rust a little inside


  1. Didn't realise they did a dupe for the Clarisonic! I may have to try and convince my friend at boots to help me out too!

    1. Yeah I'd have thought they'd have promoted it more, haven't seen anything about it really! Definitely worth a try if you can get staff discount ;)
      Suzy x

  2. I bought this the other day and quite like it so far. Slightly worrying that it might rust though!!