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Save Vs. Splurge: Cleansing Brushes Edition!

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I am a deep person. I mean, I have met Adele when she was rolling there. I am that deep. So nothing about my life is shallow. I will throw myself off the deep end to learn the ropes of my job. I will be knee deep in work, and multi-task. I am the still waters that run deep. I even have a friend named Sandeep. I do go all out. So, obviously, I am not going to cut corners when it comes to cleansing my skin. I want deep cleansing for that as well. No surface cleaning for me. I want to go all out.

I want my pores clean, unclogged and small. Which is why, I don’t settle for just makeup removal. No, I am not that basic. To truly take off makeup, I go with a cleansing brush.

First of all, these aren’t ordinary brushes, so they do cost a pretty penny. But most of them will last you more than a couple of years. Think of them as an investment. The one thing that we get asked the most about cleansing brushes is if they’re abrasive or bad for skin. The truth is they aren’t. In fact, they really pull out the gunk from your skin, and leave it a whole lot cleaner. But, and this is a big but. Most of them have a purge phase that leaves your skin looking like you’ve just hit puberty. Rest assured, it is just that, a phase.

Now, because we are all about the choices, we have two options for you to pick from. The splurge and save version. The Clarisonic Deep Pore Facial Cleansing Brush is not officially available in India yet, so we had to skip that. But we’ve got two top picks that work just as well.

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Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (Rs 12650)

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush has a unique drop shape, which means the brush head can be manoeuvred around tricky areas like around the nose. Now, the brand recommends using this for one minute on your face, a few seconds on the cheeks, chin and forehead. Basically, you can’t over-cleanse your skin. This comes with a stand that can also recharge the device. Reviews claim this would hold a candle to the Clarisonic. Some, however, think the bristles are too soft to pack a punch. Brushes like these tend to last a long time, and if you are looking to invest in skincare, this is a good pick. Plus, this comes with a routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising.

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Natio Electrical Deep Cleansing Face Brush (Rs 3000)

If you aren’t willing to drop an entire month’s salary on a cleansing brush, this one from Natio is a good option. This one is battery-operated, so keep those in stock. You can even adjust the speed, so you do have plenty to play with here. Here’s the rider though. The bristles are plastic, so they make not make for a fantastic experience. In fact, for aggravated skin, you might want to skip a few days of cleansing. However, this does pick up makeup well, practically leaving no traces of it. We think it’d be a welcome addition of your skincare regimen.


Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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