Our main takeaway: A tried-and-true classic that’s in a league of its own.
Includes: One brush head and one charging station. The Mia Smart is compatible with all Clarisonic brush heads, including the cleansing, anti-aging, exfoliation, and makeup ones.
Settings: Three—Daily Cleanse Mode and Gentle Cleanse Mode, as well as a Smart Mode, which allows you to select whether you’re cleansing, firming, massaging, or applying makeup in-app. LED lights on the brush handle indicate which mode you’re using.
The details: There’s a reason why Clarisonic is a top-of-mind brand for facial cleansing devices. It is the priciest device we tested, but in this case, you absolutely get what you pay for: Nothing else even comes close to the Mia Smart. It’s a souped-up version of the Mia 2, our previous winner that is now discontinued, meaning it has the same great cleansing abilities as Mia 2, but way more features.
Its technology is different—and better—than the competition. The Mia Smart's brush doesn’t rotate a full 360 degrees on a loop, but rather gently oscillates in a way that feels almost like a vibration. It’s gentle but still leaves the skin feeling thoroughly clean without stripping or irritating the skin. Bristles are soft on the included Daily Radiance brush head, yet the one-minute cycle left my face cleansed and smooth.
If you’re not switching modes, the Bluetooth technology isn’t very useful, but if you have any of the other brush heads, it’s easy to connect your device to your phone and select how you’d like to use the brush. For example, you can select the exfoliating brush head in the app and choose an exfoliation routine that works for your skin (spending more or less time in certain areas of the face). The app is a bit confusing, as there are so many options, but if you take away the “smart” aspect of this brush, it’s easy and, dare I say, fun.