Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Influenster: Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Powered Contour Cleansing System Review

One of the items I was most excited about using from my Voxbox was the Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid! Powered Contour Cleansing System! This system contains a cleansing brush and a shine controlling cleanser.

A quick background on my skin: I have dry/combo skin. I get dry patches on my forehead but my nose and chin tend to get shiny. I also have sensitive skin. It will breakout easily and gets red if I touch it too much.

The brush is really nice. The silicone bristles are a little rougher on my skin than I thought they would be but not painfully so. It does a great job of exfoliating without feeling like I’ve just taken sandpaper to my face. The small size is great for getting around my nose and temples. It also makes it more travel friendly than my Clarisonic.  I did use this to remove my makeup a couple of times but I wouldn’t recommend it. If I didn’t rinse my brush every couple of seconds it would start to feel like I was just smearing it around. Just something to note, after I used this my face was always really bright red. It didn’t hurt but it was noticeable enough that my boyfriend would ask me why my face was so red.

The cleanser is a thick and creamy consistency without lathering too much. It promises to keep shine away and I felt like it did a pretty good job of that.  It didn’t have a very strong scent to it; to me it just smells like soap. Mostly with cleansers, I’m looking for something that cleans without leaving a film and doesn’t break me out and this met both requirements. I’m actually considering buying a full size to keep in my beauty stash.

How does it compare to the Clarisonic? Honestly, they are two separate things. If you were hoping this was an affordable dupe to the Clarisonic, the answer is no. This vibrates and the Clarisonic oscillates and, in my opinion, that makes them perform very differently. The different bristles on each brush mean they both do the job in a different way. I do enjoy them both but I won’t be giving up my Clarisonic anytime soon.

As with any brush, they are not every day tools. You could over-exfoliate which would do more harm than good. At most, I would use a brush every other day but most of the time, I’m only using these tools twice a week.

I enjoyed this set and definitely recommend this. I feel like it would work with a variety of skin types and it’s really inexpensive for how good it really is. The kit retails for $12.99 and the full size cleanser is $6.99. If you can't find it in stores yet, it can be purchased at the Fresh Effects website or on Amazon. I will keep using the brush and probably buy a full size of the cleanser.

I received this for free from Influenster for review purposes. My opinions are entirely my own. 

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