A review of the newest product from Clarisonic
I love gadgets. I love beauty. So beauty gadgets are like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup to me; wonderful separate, fabulous together. My favorite beauty gadget of all time is the Clarisonic. I will sing its praises to anyone who will listen (and often do). So, when I heard that the folks behind the Clarisonic were releasing the Opal Sonic Infusion System, I knew I had to give it a whirl. But I wondered, will this proudly share Clarisonic’s spot in my beauty gadget hall of fame? Or will it be sent to the gadget graveyard like so many other of its predecessors? (Epilady, I’m looking at you.)
The Opal ($245) is for use on the eye area and uses the same technology as the Clarisonic; sonic vibrations. But rather than cleaning your skin, this infuses serum, one that’s right in the cap, deep into the outermost layers of the skin. That’s right, it comes with a serum and that is the only product they recommend for use with the Opal (more on that later).
After applying a drop of serum on the soft, gel-like applicator tip, the Opal vibrates for 30 seconds, sounding much like a dentist’s tool, but luckily feeling much better. It mildly shakes the skin around your eyes (and your eyeballs if you get too close, which you are not supposed to) and the sensation is rather soothing. They say you will see instant results, and I’m happy to report that I did. My eye area looked noticeably more hydrated, therefore; less wrinkly (see for yourself below).
Did my wrinkles look any better than they did after a plain ol’ finger application of the same serum? Kind of. Not a huge difference, but a bit. But here’s the thing, I think with time you really would see a difference with this. Think about it, if the Opal is getting the product deeper into your skin, the product is definitely going to work faster, and probably better. I do believe in beauty gadgets, I do, I do!
Now about the anti-aging sea serum that comes with the Opal. I have to admit, my first reaction to the statement that it was the only product to be used with the Opal was annoyance. I think I even groaned. Though that quickly faded after I tried it and realized I like it quite a bit. Like my favorite serums, it’s not greasy, soaks in quickly and has an impressive list of extracts (many marine based, as the name suggests). But I guess I’m a rebel, because if I’m told not to do something, I instantly want to do it. And I did, I used the Opal with other serums and was equally happy with the results.
Price wise, the serum is relatively reasonable in the scheme of high end skincare. Replacement cartridges are $100 for two (and the Opal also comes with two). Each cartridge is an approximate 45 day supply, when used twice daily. As nice as the sea serum is, honestly, I prefer a multi-tasking serum that can be used on my whole face.
So, should you buy this? Take a look at the photo of my smiling eyes to make your final decision (after one use, on scary makeup-free skin). A bit better, no? There’s no denying that $245 is a big chunk of change. But if you have a penchant for beauty gadgets, and seem to be fighting a losing battle against crow’s feet, I think it’s a worthy investment.
The complete Opal system includes a carrying case, charger, 2 serum cartridges and a replacement tip. Buy it at Sephora.
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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