Would you spend $150 on a face product? (A Mia 2 review)

July 2, 2013

That’s a serious question. It feels odd to sit down and think about how much money we spend on our appearance every year. And it’s not just women, it’s men too!

While I can’t speak for other people, I know from going through a phase where the MAC makeup counter ladies knew my pay cycle, that good makeup costs a fortune. What do I mean by “good”? Well, good to me is when my skin doesn’t break out, and it doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup. Having sensitive skin makes it rather impossible for me to buy drug-store stuff. Trust me, I’ve tried. The cycle normally goes like this- see drug store product on TV, buy said product, have skin break out, hand said product to sister.

Aside from growing my sister’s makeup collection, I’ve thrown a lot of good money down the gutter chasing the holy grail (the perfect combination of price and quality). And while my skincare routine had settled down, and I had found products that work, I’ve recently found myself back in the spotlight where presentations, and running meetings were part of the everyday gig. Whether I like to admit or not, I really like putting my best face out there.

It was at this point that I found myself torn- do I get the Mia 2 (9-149) or do I start buying makeup. Keep in mind that having the type of skin that I do requires that I buy multiple shades ( I tan really easily and don’t stay the same shade for longer than 1 week). Ladies, using the wrong shades on your face looks horrible, right?

I’ve been blessed to not have to deal with a ton of acne, but I’m getting up there in age and there’s only so much drinking 8 glasses can do for me. Sidenote: my favorite food is McDonald’s fries. Yes, greasy food doesn’t go well with clear skin. Still, it was the odd breakout here and there, and  dry patches ($$ creams) that were the main culprits for me.

Guess what I chose to go with? Yep-  MIA 2! 

I’ve been using it for a month now, and I’m in LOVE. 

Clarisonic Mia2

Why you may ask? Well, here’s a review.

What $149 gets you:

– Clarisonic Mia2™ 2 Speed Brush
– International pLink Charger
– 1 sensitive brush heads
– 1 oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser
– Protective travel case

What it does: (as per the box)

Reveal the secret to silky smooth, radiantly fresh skin. Clarisonic goes beyond cleansing by using sonic technology to gently, yet deeply cleanse pores of environmental toxins, makeup, and bacteria—without abrasion or harsh chemicals. This tool removes greater than six times more makeup than using a cleanser alone and actually increases product absorption—making skin more receptive to your favorite skincare formulas and their nourishing ingredients. With daily use, the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas, and blemishes, leaving skin beautifully smooth. 

What it did for me:

It balanced out my skin. The dry patches disappeared when I used it everyday, and it allowed my moisturizer to be soaked in rapidly. It also made my skin glow. Yes, I mean, GLOW.   I did have to stop using it every day as it my skin wasn’t used to it, and I didn’t want to irritate it.

It’s foolproof as it has a 1 minute timer built in. The timer is perfect to make sure that you don’t over brush each any given area for longer than you should. It beeps after  20 seconds for both your forehead and T-zone, and 10 seconds for each cheek. It, also, shuts off automatically.

The only thing that bugged me was having to charge it for 24 hours before using it.

Men, you can use it, too! I know you like taking care of your skin, too. I’ve seen it. It’s a quick and easy gadget to make sure that you don’t break out, and have clear skin. My 22 year old brother uses it every time he’s over (come to think of it, he comes over an awful lot now). He has acne prone skin, but he swears that this is helping.

Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

  • Cost of Mia2: $149
  • Replacement brushes: $25 each (suggested every 2 months, but if used every other day can be stretched to 4-6 months).

Total: $175 first year, $50 each year after.


If I had purchased makeup instead:

  • Foundation: $39 x 3 Shades = $117
  • Exfoliating Scrub (to scrub away makeup wear from pores): $19 x 2 year =$38
  • Facial: $40 x twice a year = $80

Total: $235/year (not to mention the costs of concealer/highlighters etc)


You are reading a personal finance blog, so you know what why the MIA2 is the way to go.

This isn’t even counting the time that you save by not putting on foundation in the morning. I know that people like facials. I like being at the spa, but facials make me breakout.  Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, and questions why my makeup would cost that much, I hope you understand that it took years to find products that work well with my skin. I rather pay an extra $20 bucks on makeup than have breakouts.


Just a quick note that Amazon is not an authorized dealer so its not the best place to buy the Mia2. 


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  • Cat Alford (@BudgetBlonde) July 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I actually pay a lot for my makeup. I also have very sensitive skin, and I have a completely organic lotion foundation and powder. They are about $40 each which is cray cray but my skin looks so much better!

    • Marissa July 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I really recommend trying this then! I haven’t worn foundation all summer!

  • Thomas | Your Daily Finance July 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    The wifey has sensitive skin so if she needed it we would get it. I guess it depends on whether its a need are a simple I like this face product. I know I wouldn’t but I dont know too many guys who would spend that kind of money. My wifey usually doesnt where much make up at all and if she does its usually MAC or something cant remember the other brand.

    • Marissa July 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      MAC adds up really quickly.

  • Michelle July 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I don’t really wear makeup. I am a sucker for anything that makes my skin look good. If my skin looks good, then it improves the way that I feel about myself. Thanks for the review.

    • Marissa July 4, 2013 at 3:45 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Rita P @Digitalspikes July 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I do use herbal products as my skin is allergic. This product looks very good and I may give a try. Marissa, Thanks for sharing

    • Marissa July 4, 2013 at 3:45 am

      What type of herbal products?

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses July 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Ugh I’ve always had terrible skin and at 27 I still haven’t “grown out of it”. I’ve been using prescriptions for at least the past 7 or 8 years and I’ve finally found one that works but it’s still not 100% perfect. I’ve never heard of this MIA2 though. I might have to look into it.

    • Marissa July 5, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Its totally worth it! If for nothing else, but to remind me to make sure that I take care of my skin.

  • Alexis Marlons July 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    This looks a good product to try on. I am not really to conscious with my skin, but as I get older, I know I have to start taking care of it more than ever.

    • Marissa July 5, 2013 at 12:02 am

      I’m like that, too. I didn’t really pay much mind to it, till now.

  • Liana July 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Already I have been using this product for the past 6 months and I loved it. I have always been lazy with washing my face but this product makes me want to wash my face. It makes my skin feel clean and fresh..).

    • Marissa July 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Glad to hear it!

  • John July 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I can’t imagine my wife ever spending this type of money on a face product.

    • Marissa July 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      When you consider how much we spend on makeup- its a bargain.

  • MW July 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I have the original Mia and love it. It has replaced my $125 facials and I have not missed them. Use it 3 – 4 times a week with no problem. When the included cleanser ran out, I just replaced it with a drug store (Olay) one. Also found the brush heads have lasted longer than the recommended time. Because of my use frequency, I also clean the brush heads separate from the cleaning after use. Being that I’m not much of a makeup user at all (occasional concealer, daily sunblock, eyeliner, lipstick/gloss), I have found my skin just glows. Glad to hear you are loving yours!

    • Marissa July 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      What do you clean your brush heads with?

      • MW July 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

        I dip it in hydrogen peroxide, then rinse and wash it out with regular soap.

        • Marissa July 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

          I’ll start doing that too. I need it to feel clean!

  • Christine Pantazis July 7, 2013 at 12:29 am


    Great post! I also have a Mia2 and love it. It’s pretty amazing.
    I found that with the Clarisonic Mia2 has helped me with my breakouts, my skin is awesome and my skin feels pretty awesome.

    What I didn’t expect to happen:
    -I am using less skin cream, and skin care product
    -I am using less make up.
    Glad, you took a look the savings in your review!


    • Marissa July 12, 2013 at 12:39 am

      It comes down to a numbers game at the end of the day.