If you do wear some form of makeup almost everyday like moi, you’ll have probably experienced the feeling that your skin isn’t completely clean. Despite using a cleanser on it’s own I do still get stress breakouts, and I try new makeup very often so I’m particularly susceptible to reactions. Make up builds up in pores so easily, and I have such issues with really clearing them out. Bacteria accumulates, and break outs happen – it’s just not fair, right?
Magnitone London* kindly got in contact a month ago, and asked if I had problem skin and would like to try out a facial cleansing brush from their range. As I’d never actually used one at all before, Magnitone challenged me to a month of trialling their Barefaced* facial brush (RRP £70.00) to see how it worked on my sporadic breakouts and oily complexion!
They also sent over a Foreo LUNA Mini 2* (RRP £119.00) to use as a facial brush comparison, as it’s definitely one of the most popular on the market. Also, it’s completely different to the Magnitone brush* which makes for a great comparison when you’re looking for The One to give you that super soft, clear skin.
I decided to start with a 2 week trial of the Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush* as out of the two, this is the only one that came fully charged. IKR, I think that’s pretty essential for this type of product as people want to get using it pretty quickly.
It looks like a brush should look, with a handle and a head – but boy is it cute! The shape is really easy to hold, and I feel like you really do get a lot of control as to where you concentrate the bristles.
The Foreo LUNA Mini 2* is super compact and small, compared to it’s Magnitone equivalent. It fits pretty comfortably in the palm of your hand and is soft, and quite easy to hold on to. Plus, it’s a gorgeous shade of pastel pink. Strangely enough, the “brush” of the Foreo is simply a bunch of silicon touch-point bristles that vibrate sonically, to clean out your pores.
One clear advantage of the Foreo over the Magnitone is that the Foreo does not require you to replace the brush heads, which is something to consider if re-purchasing brushes isn’t a financially viable option for you.
In terms of facial cleanser, I stuck to the infamous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser to keep it as a controlled variable. I’ve used this for a year now, and it’s just the perfect facial cleanse for everyday use, plus it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions with my skin type. Plus, it’s 100% worth the splurge if you’re serious about getting your skin under control.
Cleansing with the Magnitone Barefaced* was ridiculously simple, and enjoyable! It uses Vibra-Sonic tech to clean your skin, which is a dreamy combination of sonic oscillations and pulsed vibrations. The rotating brush really does pulse at your skin to shift bacteria out of pores, and it definitely feels toning. I enjoyed the fact that this product has a timer for a T-Zone cleanse, and a PulseLift toning setting for massaging and boosting circulation to the face.
As you cleanse with the Magnitone, you can really see how much of your makeup you don’t remove at the end of the day. I remove my make up in two stages, with a great remover at that, so I was really surprised to see traces of foundation coming up on the brush head. However, over time, these makeup residues do taint the colour of the brush head, and mine is now pretty dirty looking. But as you should replace your brush heads every 3 months, it’s no problem!
The Foreo range uses trademarked T-Sonic technology which promises to eliminate blemish-causing impurities. And even though the Foreo* promises to have the option of “8 Speed Intensities”, I found them to be either inaccessible, or unoticable to me personally. I just couldn’t grasp the concept of changing the speeds, so I did just stick to whatever speed I happened to be using (I have no idea). The vibrations are pretty strong, and I found that it was quite difficult to cleanse my problem area, (my chin and jaw) as I could literally feel the vibrations through my skull – ewww.
As for the cleanse itself, there wasn’t nearly as much makeup residue being removed by the Foreo – and I was wearing the same weight of makeup everyday! Ummm, I’m quite unclear as to why this was happening, but it did make me feel like my skin just wasn’t getting the same deep clean compared to cleansing with the Magnitone. Also, it is pretty much impossible to get a good clean of nose pores with the Foreo – and that’s completely down to it’s shape and how small the silicone bristles are.
Which do I prefer? It’s going to have to be the Magnitone Barefaced*. For my oily skin, with blemishes, and blocked pores – it’s almost like the product was made for me. It didn’t irritate my break outs or my dry skin patches, and my skin felt super soft and squeaky clean after every wash.
Although I did see an improvement in my skin with both products, the Magnitone variety made my skin glow in a way that the Foreo just couldn’t. I’m not entirely sure of why that is, but my best guess is the gentle exfoliation of the Magnitone did wonders for my oily skin.
At the price point of £70.00 for the Magnitone & £119 for the Foreo, I personally don’t think that the Foreo is worth the extra £49. Yup, that’s even considering replacing the Magnitone brush heads every 3 months at £16.00 a pop. Especially since you can get a variety of Magnitone brush heads to suit your specific skin needs! ie. Sensitive Skin, Silk Luxury, & Pore Perfection brushes.
Have you ever tried a facial cleansing brush?
Which is your fave one?
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