The cleansing brush market is so over-saturated at the moment that any product needs to be on top of its game to really succeed, so how does the Olay Cleansing System stack up?
The big positive of the Olay brush versus its competitors is obviously the price. The cheapest Clarisonic on Amazon is £120, with two-packs of replacement heads coming in at around £20. While Clarisonic are undeniably the market leader, those prices just aren’t accessible to everyone, so it’s nice to have a more budget-friendly alternative.
There’s also no denying that this brush does what it claims. It’s a great gentle exfoliator for daily use (although I’d advise using it less regularly if you have sensitive skin) which can also be used for more serious exfoliation if combined with something like the St Ives Blemish Fighting Exfoliating Scrub (which is one of my all time favourite scrubs, & only £3.99). It’s also great for cleansing at the end of a long day (although I’d recommend removing the bulk of your makeup first using a wipe), & there’s no denying that my skin looks brighter & more even when I’m using the brush regularly. I’ve also noticed that my moisturiser sinks in super quickly after using the brush, which is great as I’m working really hard at the moment to keep my skin hydrated.
The final big plus, for me at least, is that it encourages me to be more consistent with my skincare routine. In the past I’ve definitely been guilty of sleepily patting at my face with a makeup wipe & then falling into bed, but since buying the Olay Cleansing Brush I’ve got a lot more consistent with my skincare. I just think there’s something quite soothing about giving yourself a mini face massage before bed, followed by toner & moisturiser to complete the routine.
There’s no denying that you get what you pay for with this brush. I mentioned earlier that I’d been having some issues recently with my brush, & I definitely think these are down to the less than premium build quality. A couple of days ago I went to use my brush & it wouldn’t switch on. I wasn’t hugely worried as it had been packed away during the move, so I just assumed the batteries had gone. However, when I opened the battery compartment it was damp & there was some rust around the connectors, & now – despite having dried it out & replaced the batteries – the brush is still a bit temperamental, turning on & off as it pleases meaning I have to store it with the batteries removed. Now this is obviously avoidable if you’re super carefully to keep your brush out of contact with any water, but for a product which claims to be shower-proof to have an ineffective seal around the battery compartment just isn’t ok. The overall system is also a lot more basic than some of the pricier ones, with only two speeds on the brush & one type of brush head available, if it doesn’t work for you then tough.
Another issue I’ve found, although I suspect this is universal to all cleansing brushes, is that the brush head itself is very difficult to clean. The spinning motion means that product gets pulled down to the base of the bristles & once it’s there it’s pretty tricky to remove. I’ve found the best method is to remove the head & then hold it close to a strong tap or shower-head, but that’s obviously not ideal – not only does it risk damaging the bristles, but it also puts the brush dangerously close to all that gross stuff that lives inside taps – nope.
The final issue is one that I’ve seen raised on a couple of blogs, & that’s the suggestion that the cheaper cleansing brushes pull on the skin. The story I saw was that a Clarisonic representative had demonstrated the difference between their own brand & cheaper cleansing brushes by using both a Clarisonic & a budget brush on a rubber glove, & while the Clarisonic glided smoothly over, the other brush quickly twisted up the glove into a tangled mess. Now it’s certainly true that when using the brush, there is some gentle tugging, particularly if you use it on looser areas of skin like around the eyes – hence why I tend to avoid using it there – & I can certainly see this being an issue if you have more sensitive or mature skin, but for the average user I don’t personally feel it’s that big an issue.