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I Bought This $20 Clarisonic Dupe, and My Skincare Regimen Has Never Been The Same

No Thought, Just BoughtNo Thought, Just BoughtBefore making most purchases, we meticulously research all of our options, wait for deals, and try to make an informed buying decision. But sometimes, we just buy things on a whim, and end up loving them anyway. No Thought, Just Bought is a space to share the impulse purchases that exceeded our expectations.

At the age of 28, I have a very love-hate relationship with my skin. There are days when my skin looks as close to perfect as it ever can be. Then there are days where, if I don’t wear makeup, people think I’m dying. I wish thre could be a balance between these two extremes, but there isn’t, my skin is binary. And so I often get stuck in that loop where I put on a foundation when my skin is bad, but then my skin gets worse because my pores get clogged. It’s a problem.

In my quest to not have the skin of 16-year-old, I’ve tried countless serums, toners, face washes, and masks over the years. Something I’ve wanted to try, but haven’t, is a Clarisonic, because I absolutely refuse to spend $200 on a face brush. I know people swear by it, but I just don’t have the cash to shell out for something like that.


When I saw the PIXNOR Waterproof Face Brush on Amazon last July, I thought it looked just like a Clarisonic, only it was a fraction of the cost at just $20. I ordered a PIXNOR ASAP and figured if I didn’t like it, I’d just take advantage of Amazon’s lax return policy.

PIXNOR Facial Cleansing Brush | $20 | Amazon
PIXNOR Facial Cleansing Brush | $20 | Amazon
Photo: Amazon

Unlike the Clarisonic, the PIXNOR is battery-powered. Also, the PIXNOR comes with seven brush heads, which is a big deal considering any additional Clarisonic brush heads are sold separately. The seven you get in the box are:

  • Makeup sponge – To remove makeup
  • Exfoliating head – To gently exfoliate
  • Rolling massage head – To massage the face and body
  • Coarse Brush – For daily deep cleaning
  • Soft Brush – For general cleansing
  • Ultra-Fine Brush – For gentle cleansing
  • Pumice stone – To remove callouses (presumably on your feet)

I’ve never actually used the pumice stone because I have a hard and fast rule of not using things on my feet that I use on my face and vice versa, and, uh, I do not have callouses on my face.

For the most part, I use the soft brush for general cleaning. The device itself is waterproof so I can easily use it in the shower and don’t have to worry about it shorting out. The coarse brush, meanwhile, is my go-to for washing off a face mask. It gets all of the little bits of mask out of my pores that simple rinsing cannot. And the exfoliation head has proven to be useful when I double it up with an exfoliating cleanser.

I’ve never actually used the makeup sponge brush head, as I feel the ultra-fine brush does a great job of removing any makeup left behind by my Neutrogena wipes. The rolling massage head was my favorite to use when I could literally feel my under-eye bags. I can’t say if it actually helped get rid of mine, but it sure made my skin feel better.


Now, I’ve never owned a Clarisonic, so I can’t say if the PIXNOR cleansing brush is actually better, but it is certainly a great option if you’re living on a budget. For 20 bucks, it was a simple decision to purchase, and I’ve never looked back.

Ana works as the senior commerce editor at The Inventory. Her dream job is to make her senior Yorkie, Tyrone, Insta famous.

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