Friday, October 30

Magnitone BareFaced Cleansing Brush

I know, I'm reallyyyy late on the cleansing brush bandwagon, and let me be the first to admit that I just wasn't sure about parting with my pennies for one. So when I met the lovely people at Magnitone and they kindly gifted me the latest brush, I was over the moon and couldn't wait to tell you about it. Is it as good as people say? Is it genuinely worth the money? How often are you likely to use it? Read on to find out!

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Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Face Brush - £70.00*

What is your skin like before using the brush?
I have very dry, eczema-prone, sensitive skin. I have an allergy to some perfumes. I use less than a handful of skincare products and like to stick with fragrance free where I can. I rarely get breakouts or spots and generally, although I have to be careful due to my sensitivity, my skin is quite good. 

Which products do you use?
I've always used the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish to wash my face, along with a muslin cloth. More recently, I've been trying similar product from Bee Good & Sephora too but I lean towards my Liz Earle to use with my brush.


Which Magnitone do you have?
I've got the Green Magnitone BareFaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Face Brush. It retails at £70 and is available directly from their website, or Boots currently have £10 off online.

What does it do?
It contains a Vibra-Sonic technology which is basically a combination of sonic oscillations and pulsed vibrations to work deep in the skin, remove dirt out of pores, tone and boost micro-circulation. It also has a second mode called PulseLift Toning, to supercharge vibrations and provide a toning skin massage.

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How does it feel whilst using?
Extremely soft! The vibratations aren't harsh at all. In fact, you can barely feel them. The brush has a 20 second timer and 1 minute stop, which beeps to prompt you when to move for your t-zone, cheek and neck. It's 100% waterproof to use in the shower too.

How did your skin feel after?
After my first use, I was actually a little disappointed. It must have lifted all the dirt to the surface and I came up in little red rash-type bumps. They weren't extremely visable but I could feel them around my chin and nose. I double checked with Magnitone and they suggested I get myself a pack of the Silk Bliss Brush Heads (currently on order!). They reassured me that it's perfectly normal, it's just my skin's way of adjusting to a new and deeper method of cleaning. Therefore, whilst I wait for my new brush head, I've been using it 2/3 times a week instead of daily, focusing on the t-zone where I need it most, and ignoring the 'beeps' it recommends when you should switch. Instead, I don't press as hard, even though it's tempting to want to scrub, you must let the vibrations do the work! These changes have worked MUCH better for me and just goes to show how everyone is so different.  After one month of adapting and testing the product, I can honestly say that it leaves my skin feeling really clean and I don't feel the need to use a harsh face scrub anymore. Welcome to my skincare routine, Magnitone!

Do you take your makeup off with it?
I actually prefer to use a micellar water or wipe first to take off the majority of product, before going in with my Magnitone.

What's the battery like?
I've been using mine for 1 month, around 8/9 times, and I haven't needed to charge it yet! If you're using it daily, I'd say it would probably last around two weeks. It has a little light that flashes when charging and solid when full, with an easy USB charger which I use with my iPhone plug. Therefore, I would have liked to have seen a plug included too but it's not a big deal.

Is it portable? 
Absolutely. I wouldn't hesitate to pack this on holiday or a weekend away with me. It isn't heavy at all and comes with a little clear bag to travel with too.

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Does it come with warranty?
Like all expensive gadgets, I always take the time to check it has warranty, just in case it stops working. Luckily, this comes with 12 months and the option to opt-in to their free MyMagnitone Membership, which gives you £5 off as a welcome gift. I've already used mine to get my extra brush heads!
 

Would you recommend it?
If you're looking to take your skincare to the next level and deep clean the skin and pores then yes, I would recommend. It is expensive but in comparison to many others on the market (Clarisonic starts at £99), it's actually very reasonable and despite being gifted for this review, I would purchase it. Plus, Magnitone they just won 'Best New Electrical Product' in the Pure Beauty Awards 2015!

I also just wanted to take the time to say how impressed I was with the customer service. After my little break out, I used their online chat/messenger (emails to brands can sometimes take ages and I'm very impatient!) and explained my situation. I got some great advice and had an advisor called Jenny refund my order for Sensitive Brush heads, change the stock levels, provide me with a new welcome code and then this allowed me to re-order the Silk Bliss ones instead, as she felt these would suit me better. I was so impressed, she had no idea I was writing this review and was super efficient and helpful. It reassured my faith in the product and I'm now excited to try the new Silk Bliss heads, whcih I will report back on soon!

What do you think? Do you own a cleansing brush?
You can purchase a Magnitone online here.


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