The Olay Fresh Effects Powered Contour Cleansing System is a good value in the face brush category. The entire head of its small, triangle-shaped brush vibrates (instead of the bristles vibrating individually). The large rubber bristles are usually gentle and easy to keep clean, and provide good results for those with oily skin; results are mixed for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Small, but sort of mighty. The Olay Fresh Effects Powered Contour Cleansing System is one of the best values going in the skin brush market, even though its triangular brush is small and it doesn't always live up to marketing claims that it'll remove makeup. Real Simple magazine dubs it the best face brush for oily skin, and most users agree that's the skin type it performs best with; those with sensitive skin may want to use it less frequently, and acne sufferers report mixed results. The brush itself is made of rubber bristles -- large but easy to clean -- and is shaped nicely for cleaning around your nose and eyes.
Gently does it. The Olay Fresh Effects Powered Contour Cleansing System's entire head vibrates instead of each bristle vibrating individually, and it's powered by one AAA battery (included). As you might expect, that means it's not as strong or fast as some high-end brushes -- but most reviewers say it's still gentle and leaves their oily skin feeling smooth and clean. A few say this brush dries their skin out, but that may be due to the trial size cleaner it comes with; you can substitute your own. And finally, those who get frequent acne report mixed results with this brush.
More than 600 Amazon.com reviewers weigh in on the Olay Fresh Effects Powered Contour Cleansing System, giving it an average score of 4.3 stars out of 5. Most agree that it's good for oily skin, but they're surprised to find out it has rubber bristles.
Review: Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid! Powered Contour Cleansing System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
It's not entirely clear how these products were tested; the Olay Fresh Effects Powered Contour Cleansing System is picked out of a field of 30 as the best brush for cleaning oily skin.
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About 20 Drugstore.com users give the Olay Fresh Effects Powered Contour Cleansing System an average score of 3.8 out of 5. They say it's better for oily skin and may be too harsh for more sensitive types.
Review: Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid! Powered Contour Cleansing System, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of May 2014