Magnitone London Barefaced! Facial cleansing brush: Vibra-Sonic™ Daily Cleansing Brush

I’ve been eyeing facial cleansing brushes for a while now, ever since they exploded onto the beauty scene a few years back… I could scarcely afford the Clarisonic at an eye-whopping £155 (for the Clarisonic Aria)- and still can’t- I would be immensely reluctant to drop that kind of money on something I was unsure about.

I scoured Google for reviews and comparisons, hoping to find a more affordable alternative, and the Magnitone repeatedly flagged up as a good competitor- some reviews even claimed it was gentler and more effective. The price on Amazon was £50, a third of the price- which I decided was pricey, but not too pricey if it did leave me with toned, baby smooth skin!


Magnitone Lucid cleansing brush, mint, facial brush
Magnitone Lucid cleansing brush in mint

I recommend purchasing it on Amazon– it is £20 cheaper than the price on the Magnitone London site. The delivery person just left it outside my front door, in full view of the street. How is that even allowed though? I don’t have a concealed front porch this year and I wish we still did- it was so handy for leaving parcels out for collection and you didn’t need to arrange for redeliveries quite as often.

The facial cleansing brush arrived in a very pretty box, with all the essentials- charger, USB, ziplock bag, and a one year warranty card that you register on their site.

Unpleasant delivery aside, I tried it out that very night and it left my face feeling oddly tight and toned. I had to apply moisturiser immediately since it was almost uncomfortably tight, but I guess that’s the difference for you. I already currently use a foam cleanser to get to all the dirt in my pores, but that probably wasn’t quite enough.

The description on their site states:

“Vibra-Sonic™ Daily Cleansing Brush deep-cleanses pores, tones and beautifully conditions your skin. For skin that deserves to go BareFaced! wherever, whenever. A combination of sonic oscillations + pulsed vibrations to deep-cleanse, massage and tone your skin at the same time, just like a mini workout.”

There are two modes on the facial brush- a normal one, and a toning mode that vibrates in short bursts. There is also an automatic timer that prompts you to move when you’ve been at a spot for too long, and after a minute it switches off completely.

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First-time users may experience breakouts as the gunk is cleared out, like I did, and it cleared up a little after three days. I routinely get bad hormonal acne, and this cleansing brush did leave my face feeling smoother and softer, but didn’t entirely eliminate all my acne woes. Granted, I have only been using it for a little over a week, and I will update this post after observing for a few more weeks.

The battery has good lasting power- I did not charge it at all when I got it, and it is still going strong! I just leave it in my bathroom and take it in the shower with me, and use it with my makeup remover and facial cleanser to take off makeup (it is entirely waterproof, so no fear of water damage!).

I like to use this with the innisfree green tea cleansing foam, as it is a thick paste that foams up beautifully with the brush and doesn’t leave the brush dragging over your bare skin (which might be too much for people with sensitive skin). It targets acne-prone skin as well, which is perfect! If your skin feels sensitive after using the brush regularly, make sure to apply lots of moisturiser, ensure there is enough cleanser and water, and reduce usage to 2-3 times a week or once daily until your skin gets used to it.

Be warned that you should avoid the sensitive eye area- I accidentally dragged it over my eyes once and lost about four eyelashes (laughs), and you don’t want it tugging at your delicate eye tissue either.

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the results for the price I paid for it- and it is worth scouring eBay to see if anyone is looking to sell theirs for cheap. My friend got a secondhand one that was pretty much brand new at only £25! She paid an additional £14 to get two backup brush heads (for sanitary reasons, but you can well disinfect it yourself). There are other brush options like a larger brushhead for body use, and changing between them is very easy.

I hope this review was helpful- especially when you are dropping £50 on something, you want to do as much research as possible before purchasing it. Do let me know your experiences with this product- has it helped you just like mine did? 🙂


  1. May 4, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Thanks for sharing. This was very helpful!

    • May 4, 2017 / 12:05 am

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by, hope it helped 🙂

  2. May 5, 2017 / 4:51 am

    I have been dying to try this!! Prior to using this brush what types of exfoliants did you typically use? Also, have you tried a konjac sponge?

    • May 5, 2017 / 5:08 am

      I’ve got a face brush from Primark (not automated) which I liked so I made the step to getting the Magnitone after! I have used face scrubs from Lush, general drugstore brands, and I have used a konjac sponge- but stopped since I’m living in the UK now and can’t be bothered with buying a ton since it needs changing every 1-2 months. I like how konjac sponges feel but I didn’t feel like it properly cleaned everything- I think without a brush, the best way for a gentle but effective cleaning would be to use a foaming net/ cleansing foam that properly foams up- it’ll reach all the tricky finicky bits. I really like this brush partly because I can use it to take my makeup off, something I always spend loads of time and money on.

      • May 5, 2017 / 5:19 am

        Ah you’re so informative!! I’m in the US so while replacing the sponge isn’t as big of an issue the price can really add up! I can see the brush being a wise addition to my makeup-removing arsenal. Have you used the brush with an oil cleanser??

        • May 5, 2017 / 5:29 am

          I would recommend using it with a foaming cleanser or something that will foam up well to reduce drag- especially if your skin is sensitive/ when you first start using the brush. You could mix it with bar soap I guess. I usually use jojoba oil to remove eye makeup before using the brush 🙂 if you’d like to get cheap konjac sponges, try the aliexpress app. It’s a shopping app from China and shipping takes ages, like 2-4 weeks, but it is so affordable. You can get konjac sponges for like £1! I would buy them in stores when I was in Singapore since it was really convenient but getting them online is definitely a lot cheaper.

          • May 5, 2017 / 5:35 am

            I ask because I use cerave non-foaming cleanser so I will have to search for a good foaming one. And I will definitely check out aliexpress. Thanks!!

          • May 5, 2017 / 5:50 am

            Well everyone’s skin is different so if that cleanser is already great for your skin then maybe try to use it first and see if it’s suitable! If I’m not wrong the YouTuber jahannra makeup uses the brush directly with just coconut oil in the morning- my skin gets irritated if I don’t use some sort of foaming soap, or cleansers that are very drying, and that’s why I stopped using exfoliating cleansers/scrubs ? everyone was raving about the Lush Dark Angels mask but it dried my skin out so much! It was so dry and irritated 🙁 I really wanted it to work for me.