Here is a Clarisonic Plus, purchased on eBay.
I purchased this myself. With my own hard earned cash… not realising that fake Clarisonics existed.
The first thing I noticed when I un packed the Clarisonic was that the brush covers had no “Clarisonic” embossed onto them.
They also feel different, not very, but the quality is slightly lower.
The prongs inside are metal, so that is encouraging.
There is a small plastic bit, on the outside of one of the lights.
I can see a pretty large scratch on the bottom, also there is dirt marks on the base.
The only thing I can see odd with the packaging is that the 3 small ones are 2010, and the larger skin refiner is 2009.
The skin refiner is also not full, and the seal was not on properly and is sort of stuck in the lid..
All of the skincare products have little to no smell. The skin refiner has no beads. All of the seals were not properly attached, they were just floating on top.
I washed my hands with one of the products and they felt dry like I had used a really cheap hand wash in a restroom -_-
Here are the brushes. If they are fakes, they are very good ones! The only thing I noticed is that the body brush was very hard to attach to the Clarisonic. Obviosly there is no “Clarisonic” on the covers.
This is the base, as you can see if you click the images to get a larger preview, the base is obviously not new, there is damage to the bottom of it, marks on the front and sides.
Here is the box, the box seemed fine, a bit low quality perhaps. The printing is slightly blurry. The date on it says 2009.
I charged the Clarisonic over night, in the morning it was still flashing.
When you turn it on it makes the usual sound, 3 beeps, and a normal sounding buzzing noise. After 20 seconds had passed, there was no timer beep, it did not pause either.
I looked up the Timer function online. In the PDF of the documents (which weren’t in the box) it said there are different modes, “hold down the power button for 2 seconds and release to change the mode.”
I have tried lots of holding the button down methods, and there is no change in what it does… bummer!
All the modes seem to work, there is just no Timer.
I have been using it for a few days, it cleans my face very well, I obviously am using my own skincare products.
When you attach the body brush, it makes the usual different sound, it has the 2 modes, turn slightly or just vibrate.
I have used it in the shower, and it seems ok, cleans well.
After using it for around 10 minutes however, it makes some strange beeping noises, sometimes the mode buttons do not work, it won’t stop, it won’t turn on or it thinks the face brush is on when it has the body brush attached.
I don’t believe the system is a fake, I think it is most likely a model that someone has sent back to get a replacement, as it’s functions are erratic, as if it needed fixing. I do think that the brushes and skincare products are fake. I don’t want to think about what is in the skincare bottles. Could be anything.
I came to this conclusion because if the system were fake, it would still be new, and the charging base is very obviously NOT. There are also marks and small scratches that you could probably see after clicking the images. Also the system never fully charges, it just continues flashing.
I will keep using this until I have saved up enough cash to buy one from Myer, which is a bit like Sephora in Australia.
UPDATE 7th Oct 2012
It stopped working 2 days ago. I charged it and left it incase it came back to life. It didn’t. So I thought I’d open it to see what condition it was in inside.
Click for larger image.
As you can see, it is rusted, very rusted. It has either got too wet, or the batteries have finally given up.
Did I just take pictures of my old Clrisonic Plus? No.. I was sold this 2 weeks ago as new!
Did I ask for my money back? Yes, Did I get a response? No, Does eBay care? No
I think its pretty sad..
Thanks to a commenter, Alison, I can now see that the ‘L’ in CLARISONIC on the device itself is not perfectly spaced in between the C and A. So not only is this an older faulty model, it is also Fake!! Why couldn’t they have just sent a fake one, why an old fake one… -_-