Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush: Clarisonic’s Cheap Twin (And Not In A Bad Way!)

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush

When a box of the Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush landed on my desk, I took a look at it and was rather skeptical. Hmm … this looked very familiar. Hang on, it’s the Clarisonic in a different colour! When I unboxed it, I was shocked. The similarities are truly uncanny!

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush

The contraption looks just like the Clarisonic down to the handle, brushes, charger and suggested amount of cleansing time. Just like the Clarisonic, the Derma Sonic needs 24 hours to charge prior to use. The only difference to the Clarisonic is that the back of the cleanser doesn’t have the 4 LEDs that the Clarisonic has. They feel the same when you hold each one in your hand (perhaps the Derma Sonic is ever so slightly lighter). Upon appearance, if you were to transfer the brand logo from Derma Sonic to the Clarisonic (and vice versa), you may not even be able to tell the difference between the two!

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush vs Clarisonic Plus

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush vs Clarisonic Plus

Now let’s talk about how the brush performs.

Detaching the brush heads from the handle is just like how you’d do on a Clarisonic: just press down and twist. The brushes are incredibly similar to Clarisonic’s as well. The Derma Sonic comes with 3 brushes: 2 face brushes and 1 body brush. The face brushes feel very similar to Clarisonic’s Sensitive brushes. Its body brush, however, has stiffer bristles than Clarisonic’s; thus it’s not that soft. As similar as the brushes are, you cannot attach Derma Sonic brush heads on Clarisonic’s brush. Trust me, I’ve tried. 😛

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush

The Clarisonic has a timer that will beep when the brushing time of each section is up. E.g after 20 seconds of cleansing the forehead, it will beep, telling you that it’s time to move on to the nose/chin and so on. The Derma Sonic doesn’t have a timer. You’ll have to manually count the time spent on each section of your face.

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush

Battery longevity-wise, they’re about the same. I don’t use the brush on my face daily so each charge lasted me for weeks. However, if you’re to use the body brush daily, I’d say it’s best to leave it in the charging cradle after every use.

Now if you remember, I had issues with using the Clarisonic over 3 consecutive days. My skin would be terribly dry, develop rash-like symptoms and it would peel. Most people don’t have that problem with using the Clarisonic daily (my mum and auntie sing its praises) but I can’t. As the Derma Sonic is so similar to the Clarisonic, I did not take the chance in using it daily either. I use it 2-3 times a week in lieu of a facial scrub.

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush vs Clarisonic Plus

So, how did it perform on my skin? Just like the Clarisonic. There’s no difference. It cleansed and exfoliated my skin very well. I like to apply a bit of facial cleanser on the brush head and then use the brush on my face and neck.

Other than the lack of a timer for the Derma Sonic, I can’t see the difference between the two at all. It would be nice to have a timer to beep me after every 10-20 seconds so that I’d know when to move to the next section of my face instead of having to do a mental countdown.

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush

Let’s talk price point. For the same sized Clarisonic that offers 3 speeds for the face and also a Body brushing function, you’d be looking at the Clarisonic Plus system. The Clarisonic Plus comes with 1 face brush head, 1 body brush head, 3 face cleansers and 1 body scrub. The Clarisonic Plus retails at AU$265. As for Skin Physics’ Derma Sonic system, you get equally-sized brush handle that offers 4 speeds for the face and 2 for the body. The Derma Sonic system comes with 2 face brush heads and 1 body brush head. It retails at AU$119.

The Derma Sonic is far cheaper than the Clarisonic with only a difference in a lack of timer. If you’re keen on trying the Clarisonic out but not willing to fork out so much money, I’d say go for the Derma Sonic because there’s barely any difference between the two. To be honest, I wish Skin Physics came out with this much earlier because I would have gone for it. I would have saved well over $100. That extra timer and included cleansers aren’t worth that much money anyway.

Skin Physics Derma Sonic Power Cleansing Brush

Skin Physics’ Derma Sonic Cleansing Brush is available at MYER, Priceline and selected pharmacies nationally.

What I like about it: It’s just like the Clarisonic cleansing system but at a more affordable price.

What I do not like about it: Lack of timer. Just like the Clarisonic, my skin can’t take daily use.

What do you think? Not bad, right? Much cheaper than the Clarisonic too!

Note: This product was provided for editorial consideration.

For weekly updates, news and heaps more fun stuff, do subscribe and join the awesome BA Insider community!

Join the BA Insider Community



13 comments… add one
  1. LittleMissSCB

    Thanks for this comparison Tine. I’m still deciding on whether or not I should invest in a clarisonic as it’s so expensive. Good to know there’s a cheaper alternative.
    LittleMissSCB recently posted..Her Fashion Box: May 2013My Profile

    1. Tine

      My pleasure! This is a much cheaper alternative and really, other than the timer, there’s no difference to the Clarisonic.

  2. hogsandwich

    you are a DANGEROUS LADY.

    1. Tine

      Hahaha well, I try 😉

  3. Beauty Box

    Gosh it’s so similar looking….Can they do that? I guess the Clarisonic is not patented technology… I used to use the Clarisonic daily with a sensitive brush head but after 4 years of using it, I find it a bit too abrasive so I have switched to using it every other day or every two days depending on how my skin feels, or if I put on lots of makeup. The delicate brush head is very gentle but personally I don’t think it really does the job.
    Beauty Box recently posted..How To Find Beauty Box Outside Google Reader + Preggo Update At 26 WeeksMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Honestly I have no idea. It really surprised me as to how incredibly similar they are, down to the features and even looks. The price point for the Derma Sonic is fantastic for what it can do just like the Clarisonic. Like I said, the timer doesn’t cost that much 😉

      I’m like you. I tend to use the Clarisonic when I’ve had a lot of makeup on, especially when I pile on the base makeup. Feels like I need to scrub the crap out of my face, literally! 😛

  4. Sonia

    I just bought one of these and love it. I have used Clarisonic before but this is better and ALOT cheaper! I got mine for $115 from and got some free sample cleansers to use with it too which was nice!

    1. Tine

      Woohoo score! 😀

  5. Lisa

    I have purchased one from the web site and upon opening it, I charged it as instructed but then when I when u use it, it doesn’t seem to spin as much as I would of though or at all, it just seems to vibrate. Is there any way of knowing or seeing a properly working brush in action before I return mine?

    1. Tine

      It should be spinning, not just vibrating. Try searching for reviews on YouTube to see how it’s supposed to work. If it doesn’t spin, I’d say return it.

  6. Lisa

    *went to use it…

Leave a Reply

Share your latest blog post with us!

Scroll To Top

Not another bloody pop-up! I know. But now that I've gotten your attention (because this is how I roll *ahem ahem*), come join the BA Insider community! Sign up for a weekly newsy letter for your beauty and lifestyle fix. Straight to your inbox.

Because I love you for reading this and not closing the pop-up just yet, you'll also receive a FREE Skincare Cheat Sheet where I share some of my tips for taking better care of your skin. Let's keep that gorgeous mug of yours glowing!

We hate spam as much as baked beans. We also won't share your details with anyone because we're selfish like that.