Beauty devices have been around for hundreds of years (check out these terrifying yet fascinating vintage beauty tools for proof), but the market is only increasing. In fact, according to the research, facial cleansing brushes made up around 40% of the at-home skincare devices market in 2011—and it's been growing ever since. What consumers find so cool about face brushes is that the rotating or pulsating bristles offer a much deeper, more thorough clean than makeup wipes or your hands. Clarisonic's famous marketing claim is that its brushes work exactly six times better at cleaning than your hands alone.
Speaking of Clarisonic: That's probably the face brush brand most beauty consumers are familiar with, but it's not the only one. Curious to find the best makeup brush for you? Keep scrolling for the seven best face brushes—priced from $25 to $199—and all available on Amazon.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin
Specifically designed for acneic skin types, Proactiv's cleansing brush has soft, tapered bristles made out of antibacterial silicone, which mildly coaxes impurities out of the skin without irritation. The brush heads rotate continuously at 360 degrees and you can choose from two speeds.
Best for Sensitive Skin
This palm-sized futuristic-looking device is made of antibacterial silicone and uses sonic pulsations, not spinning action, to cleanse the skin in just 60 seconds (so it's great if you're prone to irritation). The product has eight adjustable intensities and three zones of varying thicknesses, so you can really customize the experience. It has over 250 Amazon reviews and almost a perfect five-star rating.
Best for Skin That Has a Mind of Its Own
If your skin can't decide whether it wants to break out, get super irritated, or is doing kind of okay, this little set gives options—specifically a gentle daily brush head, a deeply exfoliating one, and a silicone one. The products rotate at two speeds and come in a convenient carrying case—all for under $30.
Best for Fancy People Who Want Something Versatile
Clarisonic's newest offering is for the true beauty junkie: Not only do you get the brand's iconic sonic cleansing action, but you can also swap out the brush for a firming facial massage head, an eye-depuffing head, or a makeup application head (each sold separately). The product also comes in a holiday set with other skincare goodies included, which would make a perfect gift.
Best for Removing Makeup
Another one that uses pulsation instead of rotation, this powerful little brush head has inner and outer circles that can vibrate 220 million times per second, which can jiggle any bit of makeup, dirt, or dead skin cells out of your pores. As one Amazon reviewer writes, "This thing is the best. My face feels so clean after I use it. Using it twice a day has improved my skin a lot and for some reason, it makes my skincare routine fun? I don’t understand it either—but I just really enjoy using it."
Best for Aging Skin
This handy kit comes with a battery-operated facial cleansing brush with a brush head, two replacement heads, and two gentle and fragrance-free cleansers. Overall, Amazon reviewers are happy with the mild, yet effective exfoliation. "This little tool is not too gentle, not too harsh. I love it," one user writes. "There is a noticeable change in my skin's condition."
Best for Travel
This cleverly designed little brush is rechargeable, free-standing, lightweight, and compact, meaning it's perfect for travel. It has two brush heads and three speeds, and according to the brand, you only need to use it for 60 seconds to get the clean you need. It'll beep every 20 seconds letting you know to change areas on your face. As one reviewer writes, "This product gets my face so clean, and I love that it had three settings. I use the highest setting on my forehead and chin/nose and the lowest on my cheeks.
The size is perfect too and will be easy to take along when I go on trips. Pretty good price when comparing too!"
Best for Those on a Budget
If pricier name-brand face brushes aren't in your budget, but you want to try out the technology, give this $25 one a go. The kit comes with so many goodies, including the handheld facial cleansing unit, a big brush head to use on your body, a small one for microdermabrasion, a sensitive-skin brush, and pumice stone attachment for your heels and feet. Many Amazon reviewers are impressed with the quality (and quantity) for the cost. "I can't believe the price of this brush device," one reviewer writes.
"I love it."