Clarisonic overhauled their entire product line in September of this year, discontinuing all older models including the Mia 1, Mia 2, Mia Fit, Smart Profile, Smart Profile Uplift, and whatever else was available at the time. In their place, it launched Mia Smart and Mia Prima. It was probably a good thing because it was starting to get confusing which models were which and which ones were still available versus discontinued.
I previously owned a very early generation of the Clarisonic Mia way back in 2009 or 2010, and it was one of the priciest skincare products I purchased out of pocket while I was still a student. I remember ordering it from TSC and they had this pay over 6 periods thing interest-free, and that’s what I used to pay it off. Unfortunately, it was fine for the first few weeks but then my skin became super sensitive to it. I continued using it off and on for about 6 months and then I stopped, preferring manual cleansing over a cleansing device.
Clarisonic was one of the first beauty cleansing devices on the market, and the first with a sonic cleansing technology. There were other cleansing devices on the market at the time but none of them had the technology that Clarisonic had, and those other devices definitely weren’t being recommended on a widespread level. Over the years after the Clarisonic launched, I’ve tried and reviewed several cleansing devices, including the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, which I loved and used for a long time, and the Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System, which I loved a little less. None of them received the same amount of hype as the Clarisonic, and for good reason. Clarisonic is a brand that only makes skin cleansing devices, so their technology is constantly updating and being reviewed. Compared to Clinique or Philips where they have multiple product lines and the device isn’t the heart and soul of their brand. Because of that, over time, Clarisonic developed new uses for its sonic technology for the skin.
And that’s where the Mia Smart comes in. The Mia Smart is not just a cleansing device, it is a beauty device for cleansing, massaging your skin, massaging your eyes, and applying foundation. With just the switch of a device head, you can use one device for four applications. The Mia Smart also has bluetooth capabilities, so it connects to your phone via the Clarisonic app. I love to customize my skincare routine, and you can do just that with the Clarisonic. I tend to find using the cleansing brush a bit too abrasive on my face, so I focus more time on my chest and neck where I could use a bit more of a deep clean. The timing of how long you use your device on each spot on your body can be customized via the app.
Each device head has a barcode at the bottom where it connects to the device, and the barcode allows the smart device to know which head is attached to it, so it knows to vibrate at a certain intensity. It will also know whether to be on for 1 minute (for a cleanse) or 3 or 5 minutes for a massage. The length and intensity of your massage can be customized through the app as well.
In addition to the cleanse, it also comes with the Uplift facial massager and the eye massager. The facial massager is made to contour to your face, and the massage is super intense, much more intense than what you’d be able to do with your own hands over the span of a few minutes. The eye massager has these two metal balls that are designed to cool the temperature of the skin around your face so that it will help reduce puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly, it comes with the foundation brush that can be used to apply and blend foundation on your face. This brush has been much raved about by a lot of Youtubers. I personally don’t love using a brush for foundation because I’m lazy and don’t like to wash brushes, but I can see how this could be useful.
The Radiance brush head has been redesigned for the Mia Smart so that it draws more impurities from your pores, along with the dirty way, out of your skin and out of the brush. The fibres on the Radiance brush are also softer. Despite these updates, and after almost 10 years of having owned the first Clarisonic device, I have to say that the new one is still meh for cleansing. I honestly feel like it is way too abrasive on my skin, and I prefer cleansing with my FOREO Issa or using my hands. My skin is pretty dry and dehydrated, so if you have oily or combo skin you might enjoy the Clarisonic cleanse more. I do have to say that the brush head is significantly softer than what I had back in the day, but it still feels slightly irritating on my skin.
My favourite device head is, of course, the Uplift facial massager. I rarely even switch my device head out to something else. It is fantastic to use with a face mask, or a facial oil, massaging the goodness into your skin. The sonic waves are supposed help to push the product deeper into your skin, and you also waste less product because nothing is being absorbed into your hands and later washed off. The recommended time for a facial massage is 3 minutes, but I let it go on for 5 minutes instead, focusing around my jawline and neck. While I don’t feel like it necessarily “pushes” product into my skin, I do feel like it gives my face and contours a nice massage with minimal effort.
With all of these improvements to the Clarisonic Mia Smart, the price point also dropped. The comparable device prior to everything being discontinued is the Clarisonic Smart Profile, which includes the cleansing brush heads as well as Smart technology for recognizing the difference between the different brush heads, but without Bluetooth. That device was priced at $389. Mia Smart, on the other hand, is priced at just $229, which is a pretty good deal for an all-in-one beauty device. The Mia Prima, is even purse-friendly, priced at $129 (compared to $169 for the Mia 1, which is now discontinued).
That being said though, I feel like the Mia Smart is definitely not as well built as the Smart Profile. While I’ve never owned a Smart Profile, I have held it in store and it feels substantially heftier. Even compared to the Mia 2, the Mia Smart feels a little cheap. The good to this is that it is very light, and if you were to hold it up to your face up to 5-7 minutes per session (cleanse, face massage, eye massage, then foundation brush), your wrists aren’t being tortured.
Finally, do I recommend the Mia Smart? Yes and no. If you already have a cleansing routine that works for you, you may not need the Clarisonic. I certainly don’t. What I do enjoy it for is the facial massage abilities, and then once in a while I may use it to exfoliate my face since I already own the device. The price point now is much more attractive to more consumers, so if you have the budget for it, especially come Sephora VIB sale time, you may want to pick one up to try. Do you absolutely need it though? Not really.
Product gifted by PR at a media event; all opinions are my own.