My Magnitone has been a favourite gadget of mine for a few years – you’ll rarely find me not using it as part of my cleansing routine and I was pleased to hear that they’d launched their new Barefaced 2 device – and was very pleased when I had been invited to pick one to put to the test. I’ve had this since September now, and over the course of moving etc it’s been put thoroughly to the test and compared against previous models too.
The Barefaced 2 comes in two different shades – White and Pink, I decided to go for pink as I thought it would be less inclined to look a bit grubby after a heavy session of removing makeup. The shape of the device has been changed up slightly too. It feels lighter than the previous device despite being more of a solid shape where before it had an hourglass shape, personally I found that easier, and more comfortable to hold – this device feels a bit chunkier and it’s slipped out my hand a few times as I feel like I have less of a grip on it. Now I’m used to it however there have been no further drops *touches wood*.
So what’s different about the Barefaced 2?
The brush has been upgraded to offer three different modes in one, a sensitive gentle cleanse, deep cleanse and an ‘PulseLift’ toning mode. Previously whilst there was toning heads – the modes on the device were blended together, but it’s easier to know by pressing once, twice or three times for what mode you are in.
Annoyingly they’ve changed up the brush head ‘connector’ before you had to push down and twist to get a brush off or lock back into place, this one is quite stiff, but it pop on and off with a tough tug. So if you have brush heads from an older brush spare, you can’t transition them to version 2.0. Personally I found the twist and push motion a little easier to deal with and it felt like it was more robustly attached.
The brush comes with two different heads as standard, the PoreFect daily cleansing brush head and the Tone It Up Silicone head. So you have everything you need in one box to get you started and using the brush to it’s full capacity.
The best addition they’ve made to this box is the little caddy that comes with it. I have this in my metal shower storage and it sits happily – it feels more clean as it’s no longer prone to having stuff drip onto it, and at the back it has a hole, which had me puzzled for a little bit – until I realised it was for putting your second brush head in, so you always know where it is and it’s easy to pop out and switch between the two. A genius little upgrade.
The brush has a slightly more luxe finish than it’s predecessors rose gold detail around the edge of the device, and a rose gold button in the centre. Previously it was a rubber button and it does add to the finish. There are three lights which surround the central switch, pressing more than once will take you through the different modes, and you can see easily by light whether you are on mode 1, 2 or 3. What I’ve also found great with this is that it flashes red too when it needs charging – very handy to have a visual reminder to put it on charge.
Just like past models, the brush comes with a handy beep which goes off every 20 seconds. This helps with making sure you don’t over-cleanse areas and makes it easy to know when to move on between your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead.
The two heads leave you with different options. The classic brush is great for the majority of cleansers – I don’t love any cleansers which create bubbles too much with these brushes as I find they foam too much and then tend to go up my nose! But cream cleansers or ones which gently sud work perfectly with the bruistle brush. There are a few options I like to use the rubber toning head for – it’s great for cleansers which have ‘bits’ in such as the Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleanser – which features seeds which become wedged in the bristles, but it works nicely with this, Alternatively it can be used in the toning mode which has a massaging effect and works lovely with serums, creams and oils. I tend to keep and use mine more in the shower – so I rarely take it out, but I do still use the toning mode with cream cleansers.
I think if you already have a Magnitone and it doesn’t need replacing, then this doesn’t offer enough that’s new to warrant replacing it, unless it’s a gadget you absolutely can’t live without – but this would make a lovely little upgrade to an existing device or a new investment. Alternatively it would also make a marvellous gift in the run up to Christmas. It’s £89.99 via the Magntione website which you can find here or at a steal for £54 via boots here.
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Item sent for review from the Magnitone team. Thoughts are based on my own experience with the brand. Post contains affiliate links.