I have been neglecting my blog lately, and feeling extremely guilty. I just haven't been able to get motivated to sit down and blog, however, I'm trying to make up for it with this photo-heavy review of the PuraBeaute (formerly known as PuraSonic).
PuraBeaute shares so many similarities with the Clarisonic. It's a deep cleansing device that is waterproof, has three different speeds and a built-in timer. It pulses after 20 seconds to let you know when to move to the next area of your face - 20 seconds for forehead, 20 seconds for nose and chin, 10 seconds per cheek.
Even the packaging is fairly similar with the window, showing you the device in the box. It's so similar that PuraBeaute had to put a disclaimer at the back of the box, advising that it has no affiliation or associated with Clarisonic.
PuraBeaute comes with the handheld device, two heads (one gentle for sensitive skin, the other for normal skin), waterproof stand, USB cord, charger, and a manual.
Unlike the Clarisonic, PuraBeaute is a lot more affordable retailing at just $99. But the question is, how does it compare?
Unfortunately, I no longer have my Clarisonic Mia, which I think is the model which is most similar to PuraBeaute. So I am comparing the Clarisonic Aria with the PuraBeaute instead.
There are a fair few differences between these two device, appearance wise. The Aria is longer and slimmer than the PuraBeaute. I find the Aria to fit in my fairly small hands a little more comfortably than the PuraBeaute. Both devices kind of weigh the same to me (disclaimer: I'm absolutely hopeless when it comes to judging whether one item is heavier than the others without the help of scales). However, I really want to bring your attention to the head, where the brush attaches to.
The head is extremely similar. The only noticeable difference is the three gold knobby things that hold the brush head in place - PuraBeaute has slightly bigger/thicker knobs than Clarisonic.
I managed to fit the PuraBeaute's brush on the Clarisonic, but was unable to fit the Clarisonic brush head on PuraBeaute.
I did try another Clarisonic brush head and managed to fit it on the PuraBeaute, however the brush head did not move as well as it should.
This is unfortunate because I am not a fan of the PuraBeaute brush heads - they are a little bit rougher /stiffer on the skin (even the sensitive brush head), and I wanted to test out the device with the Clarisonic brush head.
I don't know whether it's all in my head or not but the Clarisonic feels slightly more powerful than the PuraBeaute. I can't decide whether or not this is a good thing or not. I guess it depends on your skin type - PuraBeaute might be better for sensitive skin types (although the brush isn't as good as Clarisonic's sensitive brush).
On the plus side, I really like the multi colour lights on the PuraBeaute, when it's switched on!
The other difference between the two devices is the charging system.
The Clarisonic can be charged whilst in the stand, whereas the PuraBeaute stand does not allow for this. The Clarisonic stand is also a lot heavier and sturdy than the PuraBeaute.
Please note that this stand is not available for Clarisonic Mia and Mia 2.
I like that both devices come with a USB cord, which comes in handy when travelling. I often just bring the USB cord with me when travelling, and use my iPhone wall plug or laptop to charge my cleansing device.
As I've only been using the PuraBeaute for a few weeks, I haven't been able to test out it's claim to last over a month per charge. If this is true, it shits all over Clarisonic, as they have pretty crap battery lives (especially after the device hits the 1 year anniversary mark).
At $99, I think it's a good cleansing device if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Clarisonic (Mia retails at $150; Mia 2 $199; Aria $249). It's by no means a dupe. I wish the brush heads were softer, as it would make the device a thousand times better.
PSA: The PuraBeaute is currently on sale for $89 here!