About NuBrilliance Micro
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on professional treatments, the NuBrilliance Micro Skin Rejuvenation System rolls evenly and gently across your skin, stimulating cells, attracting fibroblasts, and beginning new collagen and elastin production, helping to wake up and revive your skin.
In just a few minutes per day, the manufacturer tells us this will help plump areas where fine lines and wrinkles have begun to appear, gradually fade away acne scars and even out skin tone, and safely and naturally help your skin look younger, firmer, brighter, and healthier.
And not only can Micro’s roller design easily maneuver around facial contours and delicate features, but it can also be used to help fade scars and dark spots on your arms and legs.
These seem like some great benefits, but is this what you can reasonably expect once you have the system in your home? In other words, will the NuBrilliance Micro really put professional skincare in the palm of your hand, as claimed on the website?
Let’s start helping you find some answers by looking at a couple of quick basics.
What Is Microneedling & What Benefits Could It Provide?
While the term might sound complicated, Reader’s Digest’s Aubrey Almanza tells us that “Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin,” whether performed “in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon, or at home using a derma roller” like the NuBrilliance Micro.
According to Sejal Shah, MD, this virtually painless procedure creates micro-injuries that stimulate “the body's natural wound healing processes [including fibroblast production], resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging," in just a few sessions.
And while a couple of studies are mentioned in the article, we found more than one hundred on the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed, which looked at everything from the benefits of microneedling for acne scars and alopecia areata, to stretch marks and melasma.
Here’s the catch, though: RealSelf reports that the cost for professional microneedling treatments can range between $25 and $1,500, with an average cost of $625 (and remember that multiple sessions might be needed). We’ll find out how the NuBrilliance Micro compares from a price perspective in a second, but let’s first find out if microneedling can cause any unwanted side effects.
Can Microneedling Devices Like NuBrilliance Micro Cause Side Effects?
Again on RealSelf, many dermatologists report that in-office microneedling typically causes minimal discomfort, although a numbing cream can be applied beforehand, if necessary. However, they emphasize that these treatments often feature bigger, longer needles that can penetrate deeper into the skin than what’s found with at-home options like NuBrilliance Micro.
Still, Dr. Manish H. Shah, a plastic surgeon in Denver, CO notes that, “like any procedure, microneedling can cause possible complications, including bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, and pigment problems.”
Truth In Aging adds that “pressing too hard could cause added trauma to your face and if you buy a needle size too long, results will be extra painful and bloody. Then there’s the healing, people have reported their pores being larger and white heads appearing after use which go away in time. But for some, these small issues are canceled out by the reported benefits of these rollers.”
Finally, keep in mind that the process can increase your skin’s sensitivity to topical products applied immediately afterward. Speaking of which …
How Much Does NuBrilliance Micro Skin Rejuvenation System Cost?
One NuBrilliance Micro set is priced at $29.99, plus free S&H. Each order includes a travel case and the 3 Step Prep & Recovery System:
- Preparation Cleanser
- Collagen Regenerator
- Moisturizing Day Cream
To learn more about the specific ingredients found in each of these, we attempted to contact a customer support representative, although we were informed that the number was no longer in service.
Nonetheless, all NuBrilliance Micro orders come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H. To request one, the phone number listed on their website is 800-908-7978.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind NuBrilliance?
The NuBrilliance brand is manufactured by E Mishan and Sons (EMSON), an As Seen on TV company who’s been in business for more than 70 years. In addition to the NuBrilliance lineup (Micro, Elite Pro, Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion), they’ve also released recent hits like Gotham Steel Pans, Big Boss Insta Mop, XHOSE, and TacLight by Bell & Howell.
The company held an A Better Business Bureau rating, based on seven negative reviews and more than 80 closed complaints, as of 12/18/17. Most of these appeared to reference lower product quality than expected and customer support difficulties. In each instance, a company representative responded with a solution.
Are There Other Microneedling Systems Like NuBrilliance?
When searching online for variations of terms like “micro roller,” “derma roller,” and “microneedling roller,” we found dozens of standalone tools, as well as complete systems like Micro, generally priced between $20 and $30. However, we encountered some rollers by themselves for as little as $6.
Given these huge price differences, will you necessarily achieve more pronounced results by paying more?
RealSelf emphasizes that “a low price should not be the main factor when buying a derma roller. Do your research and shop from reputable sellers.” They “caution you on purchasing from online shops selling no-name rollers, although some of them may be good, I would be very suspicious if the roller is too cheap.”
Along these same lines, both HighYa and RealSelf recommend checking online customer feedback related to any brands you’re considering, before handing over your money. Do you encounter any common complaints or difficulties? If so, this could increase the chances that you’ll experience the same after becoming a customer.
Last, but certainly not least, it’s highly important to keep in mind that not all derma rollers come with the same needle lengths, since they’re intended to treat different conditions. The most common for at-home use are 0.2 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm, 1 mm, and 1.5 mm, although Doctor Jerome Edelstein, who was interviewed for the same article, notes that the 0.3 mm length is often the most frequently recommended by professionals.
How does all of this come together for the NuBrilliance Micro?
Our Final Thoughts About the NuBrilliance Micro Skin Rejuvenation System
Based on what we learned here from sources like RealSelf, Healthline, Truth In Aging, and related skincare professionals, we can’t know one of the most important factors relating to NuBrilliance Micro: the needle length.
Perhaps equally as important, without a working customer service phone number, we also can’t know the specific ingredients found in its 3 Step Prep & Recovery System (an essential component of any microneedling system), how effective they might be at delivering on the company’s claims, or any potential side effects they might cause.
For these reasons, we’d strongly recommend speaking with your dermatologist before placing an order for NuBrilliance’s Micro. They can advise whether or not microneedling will deliver value based on your diagnosis, and whether or not an at-home system or an in-office treatment might work best.
If they advise purchasing an in-home derma roller like the Micro, the company seems to stand behind it with a 90-day refund policy, so you might not lose much more than return S&H if you give it a try and end up dissatisfied.
Just make sure that you use at least 75 percent alcohol on whatever device you end up choosing following each use, in order to kill bacteria and reduce the chances of buildup and subsequent skin infection.