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How To Spot A Fake Clarisonic

Although it can be tempting to try and save some money when you’re buying a Clarisonic, we’d very much advise against purchasing a fake. Many people that have tried fake Clarisonics have reported irregular brush head spinning and the device failing to turn on at all after a couple of uses, and that’s not to mention the damage it could do to your skin. So, if you’re wondering if the model you have is actually a fake, we’ve come up with five ways to tell.

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a FAKE

Which one’s real and which are the fakes?

1. Did you purchase from a genuine authorised retailer?
If you purchased here at CURRENTBODY, or another Clarisonic authorised retailer, then the model you have will definitely be real, so you don’t need to worry about that.

2. Take a look at the packaging
Real Clarisonic packaging features a flap on the front which opens from the side, then a further opening on the inside to reveal the device. Fake Clarisonics often have the initial outer flap, but then the actual box opens from the top.

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a fake - the packaging
3. The logo
If you have a Mia 2, the logo on the back should feature an aligned A and 2. If the lettering alignment is off, your Clarisonic is likely to be fake.

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a FAKE - the logo

4. Buttons
Your Clarisonic’s buttons should be smooth, neat and easily pressed. If they’re not then you could be dealing with a fake.

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a FAKE - the buttons

5. Brush heads
Real brush heads have ‘Clarisonic’ imprinted on the plastic casing they come with, whereas fake models don’t. Genuine devices also have a clock device on the inside of the brush, which will be missing on a replica.

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a FAKE - the brush head cap

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a FAKE - the brush head

Remember that all Clarisonics are made by hand, and the technology inside them has been fine tuned over the years to ensure you get the best results. If you purchase a fake you won’t be seeing these results, and could end up wasting your money. Update: Clarisonic have now stopped printing the clock on the inside of their brush heads – do not worry if yours does not come with a clock image!

Not sure if your Clarisonic is real or fake? Tweet us a few pics and we’ll try and help!

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  1. Laura - December 18, 2014

    Hi, I got the Luxe Cashmere brush head as a gift from a friend, but I’m doubting it could be fake cause on the back I can’t see any circle clock-like iconcould you please help me.?should the icon be on the Luxe brushes too..?thanks so much

    • Holly Robison - January 8, 2015

      Hi Laura,

      I have had a quick check and the Luxe brushes don’t have a clock on the back, phew! Panic over :)

      Have a great day,

  2. RD - January 9, 2015

    Great write up, and very useful!

    Over the holidays, I received some “Sensitive” brush heads as a stocking stuffer from my aunt. There isn’t a “clock” symbol on the back, and the caps have a weird, “M” logo instead of the Clarisonic label. (It looks kind of like a stick-figure bird, if that makes sense.) Otherwise, it looks normal. Is it correct to assume that these are actually generic?

    Thanks again for doing this. Most blogs concentrate on the units themselves and not the brush heads.

    • RD - January 9, 2015

      Actually, now that I look at the caps correctly, the logo is actually the Clarisonic “face” and not an “M”. Silly me.

      Are these just really old authentic brushes, or do they use the face logo on the caps now.

      • Holly Robison - January 13, 2015

        Hi RSD,

        I’ve checked with Clarisonic, and in fact when you purchase new brush heads there won’t always be a clock symbol on the back now, so there’s no need to worry! Do you know where your aunt purchased them from? If it is an authorised retailer you’ll be fine, but it’s always worth checking.


  3. Reine - January 22, 2015

    Hi, I think I’ve bought fake Clarisonic. First, the packaging of mine got outer flap and open from the top. and also using transparent plastic base instead of white opaque. But then the logo on the back is align, except that the MIA 2 is far separated, not close as you’d mentioned (I mean between those ‘MIA’ and ’2′ words). and I still confuse about the button, coz mine looks real but quite hard to press. There’s Clarisonic logo on cap ok still ok, but then I still think it’s fake and made a research, and saw the plug written MADE IN CHINA. and the series model no written on the plug isn’t the same as on the box. OMG I really want to show you the picture (I don’t use Twitter), please if you have some time, please email me, or could you give your current email, I really wanna cry, I spend much money on this hoping that it could give me a better cleansing for my face but end up buying stupid fake Clarisonic from stupid sweeten-mouth seller who guaranteed me on this Clarisonic to be real from USA. OMG please help me, I want to send some pictures and want you to confirm mine. Please help me :”(

    • Holly Robison - January 23, 2015

      Hi Reine,

      Oh no! Our specialist Emily will be in touch with you shortly, hopefully she will be able to be advise on what best to do. Sit tight until then, I hope you manage to get it sorted.


  4. Varsha - February 5, 2015

    I would like to send u the pics of my mia2 can u tell me if it is authentic: how can i do that

    • Holly Robison - February 5, 2015

      Hi Varsha,

      If you send these to we can take a look at these for you.


      • Varsha - February 8, 2015

        Hello, i sent in the pictures of my clarisonic
        And your team didnt even look at them: just replied, if it not purchaed by an authorized dealer, then there is no way of telling: if authentic or not
        Because it looks authentic to me: just wanted to get a confirmation

        • Holly Robison - February 10, 2015

          Hi Varsha,

          There are a few ways to tell. The first is the lettering on the back. The back should feature an aligned A and 2. If the lettering alignment is off, your Clarisonic is likely to be fake. I’ve looked at your pictures and yours does seem to align properly, so it may well be real. Secondly the packaging will differ depending on whether it is genuine or not, however we only sell UK models and I see yours has a US price tag, so I wouldn’t like to comment as I know the boxes can differ from country to country. Yours does appear to look genuine, however if it wasn’t purchased from an official stockist I cannot be 100% sure.

          I hope this helps,

  5. Jen - February 10, 2015

    Just a heads up…. I’ve purchased three Mia 2s directly from Clarisonic over the past year and all three came packaged exactly as shown in your “fake” packaging photo. Box has a flap on front, but opens from the top and the clear plastic slides out with the product inside…. I dont think this is actually a sign of a “fake” …unless of course Clarisonic sold me a fake of their product on three separate occasions.

    • Maria - September 27, 2015

      Hi, purchased two from EBAY, with same packaging as yours,as ‘FAKE’.
      I had been using the first one Mia 2, almost a month.are they fake as stated?

      • Holly Robison - September 29, 2015

        Hi Maria,

        Without seeing the device I can’t say for sure, but as a rule Clarisonics bought from eBay are nearly always fakes. They aren’t an authorised Clarisonic retailer like ourselves, and the number of fakes out there seem to be increasing, and often can look real on pictures. If you’d like us to take a look you can send pictures to


  6. Catherine - February 16, 2015

    I recently got a brush head for a bit of a deal. It doesnt have the clock print on the back!! it didnt come with a box either but it claims to a legit clarisonic brush head. theres only a “5″ on the back

    • Holly Robison - February 19, 2015

      Hi Catherine,

      Some of the newer models don’t have a clock on the back, so you don’t need to worry about that! They should however come in a box if you have bought it individually. We are currently giving away a brush head with every Clarisonic bought and these do not come in boxes, however as a general rule they should. If you bought it from an authorised dealer it will be genuine, if not there is no real way to be sure.

      I hope this helps,

  7. Sarah - August 18, 2015

    I was screwed over by an ebay seller called *anastasiya2010*. Luckily, I read this article and had the information to pull myself out of the situation. Thanks for creating this! Buying from an authorized retailer is really the best way to go. I guess I can’t be stingy all the time. :)

  8. zoe - November 30, 2015

    what was the performance like on the fake mia 2 one compared to the clarisonic?? were they the same, different? one slower or didn’t oscillate and just vibrate??

    • Holly Robison - December 23, 2015

      Hi Zoe,

      The fake model doesn’t oscillate at the same frequency and feels more like vibrating. Fake models are not good for your skin and can cause spots and breakouts as opposed to clearing your skin.

  9. Diane Birg - January 8, 2016

    Have there been any problems with fake Clarisonic Pros?

    • Holly Robison - February 11, 2016

      Hi there,

      We don’t stock Clarisonic Pros, however I don’t imagine that they are imitated as much as the Mias and Arias are.


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