Monday, 29 September 2014

Clarisonic Opal (Review) – It’s All About Eyes

If you use eye cream regularly, you’ll know the application drill: apply sparingly and tap gently in to the delicate skin around the eye area until fully absorbed.

No matter how many times I hear this, I can still be a bit heavy handed with my technique. I don’t mean that I rub and pull at my skin; it’s just that my patting can be a bit over zealous. Actually, sometimes it’s hardly patting/tapping at all, more like smoothing cream on with my index finger instead. Oh dear!

My rather sporadic (OK, I fess up, lazy) approach to applying eye cream is what first got me interested in the Clarisonic Opal. Yes, you heard me right, the Opal. If you’re a beauty device geek you will undoubtedly be familiar with the Clarisonic cleansing brush, and probably even own one (lots of us do!).  But the Opal has rather remained in its shadow – it’s not even that easy to spot on the Clarisonic website! Rumour has it Clarisonic is developing a new version, so perhaps that’s why?


The Clarisonic Opal is a device for applying topical skincare to the eye area. It uses the same sonic technology as the Clarisonic brush but for infusing rather than cleansing. It employs a gentle micro-massaging technique to gently infuse topical skincare into the outer layers of the dermis.

Clarisonic claims that topicals work more effectively applied via sonic infusion, than with manual finger tapping (see diagram below). The device comes with an anti-ageing ‘sea serum’ (also available to buy separately), but there is nothing to stop you using your own favourite eye products, which is what I do. 


According to Clarisonic, sonic infusion benefits include:
•Immediately hydrates and leaves the skin feeling refreshed
•Noticeably firmer feeling skin
•Reduces appearance of bags
•Gentle for daily use
•Can be layered with your own eye cream
•Refines skin texture

For me, another bonus is knowing that my technique is spot on, every time! No pulling or tugging, just a continuous gentle massage that isn’t going to stress that delicate skin.

You apply a small amount of serum (or cream if you wish, though serums penetrate the skin better) to the Opal’s applicator tip, place the tip against the skin and switch the device on. When the device starts to gently vibrate, you move it in small circular movements from the outer eye area to the inner, in and out until the Opal stops automatically, which is after 30 seconds. Repeat for the second eye.

I’ve used my own Opal for a few years now. What do I think? Well, I can’t hand on heart say for sure that is has reduced my lines, or made my skin firmer. I’ve never used it in isolation to conduct a proper test. But I do absolutely love it.

I use it daily, in the evening to apply eye serum.  It feels relaxing on the skin. It’s quick to use – it takes just 1 minute to treat both eyes. For me it also removes the worry around applying skincare correctly. The downside I see is cost. I paid £175 for mine, though do shop around as I’ve seen it available for less recently (again, suggesting a new version is on the horizon).  Also, you should replace the applicator tips every few months – replacements cost £12 for 4. 

More info the Clarisonic Opal here.

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22 comments

  1. I've never heard of Clarisonic Opal before but I like how details your review is. I will certainly be looking into it. The cost is a little much but it seems to be good.

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  2. I have never heard of Clarisonic before either, but I think I know what I'm getting my mum for Christmas now! x

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  3. Never heard of this before. Bit steep but does sound durable for it's cost xx

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    1. Expensive yes, but I use it every day and I've had it for about 2 years now. It's showing hardly any signs of wear and tear, so for me it was definitely worth the price tag. Tx

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  4. ooh i've not heard of it either but this sounds great! I like the little diagram you've included as well :) x
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  5. Tracey: I always want to also believe in all those gadgets and devices- especially anti aging ones. This one sounds also very intriguing! I can not believe you have it already since a couple of years because I have never even heard of this before! It is so hard to tell, which products work because how should we know, how we would look if we have not used it? ;-) But it is worth a try- at least there is no harm to it- except of harming the wallet! And yes; you are so right- there seems to be so different brands in the UK and US! Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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    1. I totally agree Sissi. It's impossible to know which gadgets and creams are working for certain. There are so many other factors at play, such as diet and exercise. But yes, beauty is a hobby as well as something we do to keep our skin looking tip top. Tx

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  6. I have never heard of this device. It sounds interesting, but I am not sure if it justifies the price. £175 is quite a lot of money for something that is not obviously giving a lot of benefit… Maybe I should read a bit more on how exactly it works. If it really makes the skincare products penetrate that much deeper as it is claimed in the picture then it might be worth investing into it…
    Min x

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    1. Yes it's pricey but using it means I am always applying my eye creams and serums correctly, and not doing so can damage the delicate skin around the eyes. That justies the purchase for me :) Tx

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  7. Its the first time I see this interesting Clarasonic!
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  8. Great idea for making sure your application is correct! #UKbloggers

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  9. oooh very interesting, I've never seen one of these before

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    1. I'm not sure why this Clarisonic product has such a low profile. I really love it. Tx

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  10. Glad to hear about this--sounds great! I always forget to tap when applying my eye cream, but have heard to do so. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. I know. Technique is often everything, lol! Tx

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  11. I hadn't seen there was a version for eyes. I don't think I would pay the asking price though x

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    1. I know, it has such a low profile. Yes it is pricey but if it's something you use as much as I do then price is not such an issue. If I added up the cost of all the cheapish gadgets I've bought over the years and then quicky binned because they're rubbish it would amount to a lot more than £175, lol! Tx

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