06 January 2015

Review: Foreo Luna Mini

I've been using the Foreo Luna Mini since late October when I purchased it. I absolutely love the range of colours and couldn't decide which one to get. I had to get my husband to pick one for me, and I have to say he's got great tastes, as this turquoise colour is gorgeous.

This review is not only on the Foreo Luna Mini (Mini), but also a comparison between the Mini and the Clarisonic (in particular, the Aria - although the properties of the Clarisonic Aria mentioned in this review are similar to that of the Mia and Mia 2).

I've been wanting to try the Luna for the longest time. I mainly wanted to see how it compares to my beloved Clarisonic, as there are a few things about the Clarisonic that I didn't like. The main thing being the crappy battery life. That's is actually what attracted me to Foreo Luna. The battery lasts forever before you need recharging. It is apparently meant to last 300 uses for the mini and 450 for the Luna. Needless to say, I only have charged it once since purchasing (the initial charge).

The other thing attracted me to the Luna was that there are no brushes to replace! The silicone brush surface does not (and cannot) need replacing for the life of the product.

I purchased the mini instead of Luna mainly because of the price. I didn't want to invest heavily on a product that I may not like.

The Mini is a really travel-friendly device. It's so tiny and light - it fits in the palm of your hand (ok, I'm exaggerating here.. it's slightly bigger than the palm of your hand, but it's tiny in comparison to the Clarisonic - see image further down for comparison). The long battery life is also another pro if you're a frequent traveller as you do not have to carry around a cumbersome charger. 

Similar to the Clarisonic, you shouldn't be using grainy cleansers, scrubs or exfoliators, as well as clay or silicone based products, which may damage the silicone brush surface. Although from my understanding the reason for not using the grainy cleansers, scrubs or exfoliators with the Clarisonic differs - they don't damage the brush, but rather your skin.

Another similarity is that the Mini is waterproof, which is handy because I like leaving (and using) my cleansing devices in the shower. In case you were wondering, Foreo Luna and Minis are waterproof to the depth of 1 meter.

The Mini has two speeds. Upon activation, the first speed is higher. To change the speed to a lower one, you just press the only button on the device. The Mini also has a 3-zone brush surface, which makes it suitable for all skin types. There are two zones on the front of the mini (general and precision) and one at the back (deep-cleansing). 

It has a timer type thing (similar to the Clarisonic) - the pulsations stop every 15 seconds, indicating you should start cleansing a different zone of your face.  After a minute, the Mini pulsations pauses 3 times in quick successions indicating that your cleansing routine is completed. Unlike the Clarisonic, the Mini will continue pulsing until 3 minutes is up or you manually switch it off by pressing the button. I'm personally not keen on this, as I'm lazy and like my devices to switch off automatically. But I guess if you do prefer a longer cleansing routine, this feature is handy.

Cleaning the device is relatively easy. You're actually meant to wash it with soap and water, rinse with clean water and pat dry with a lint-free towel. As I'm lazy and leave the Mini in my shower, I normally just rinse it thoroughly with water. This is much easier to clean than my Clarisonic, as I normally have to rinse the brush head thoroughly with water, and then pull the brush head off the device and rinse the inside, as I find that some of my cleanser somehow finds its way back there.

Although I've have been (mostly) praising the Mini through this post, it is not a device that I would replace my Clarisonic with. My skin absolutely hates this device. I've been consistently getting so many pimples since using this. When the first round of pimples came, I thought it was hormonal, and then I thought my skin was undergoing some sort of "purging" stage. Bearing in mind, I never "purged" when I first started using the Clarisonic. I continued using it for the next month and a bit before throwing in the towel. 

I've been wrecking my brain trying to figure out why I kept getting so many pimples with this device. If I had to give an answer, it'd probably be that the Mini is a lot more gentler than the Clarisonic. I find that the Clarisonic gives me a deeper cleanse than the Mini, and this may be why I kept getting pimples. As such, I wouldn't recommend this to people with acne-prone skin, but rather to those with sensitive skin.

Do you use a Foreo Luna or Clarisonic, or do you use a different cleansing device in your skincare routine?
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  1. That's unfortunate that this broke you out, I've been hearing a lot of positive reviews! I think I will have to skip it then since I have quite acne-prone skin. The device itself sounds pretty cool though.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. There's such a lot of hype around this product right now! Great review :]


  3. Such a funny looking gadjet. I haven't tried it and I don't think it's for me. I have a regular soft face brush I got from Korea and it Works just fine :) Thanks for taking the time and effort to test it out for us readers :)

  4. i've been meaning to try this ever since i've heard about it over a year ago. it's sad to hear that your skin doesnt like it. i am curious though, if your skin would like it better if you just used the foreo luna and have never used clarisonic before.


  5. It's a great device for sensitive skin, I think. It's just not powerful enough for my acne-prone skin (at least in comparison to the Clarisonic).

  6. Thanks Julia! There is indeed a lot of hype. I sort of feel like the odd one out, as I haven't read many reviews that didn't rave on about the Foreo.

  7. My pleasure Rikke! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I'm glad to hear you've found a great tool for cleansing your face.

  8. That's an interesting comment, Moe. Even if I have never used the Clarisonic before using the Foreo, I still don't think I would've been completely sold on the Foreo as it broke me out continuously for the length of time I've used it, and I rarely break out from using a product.

  9. I use the mini as well& I think to that it's not powerful enough for my skin ( oily/normal/pimple) so I use it twice a day every day& it works a lil better. I have been thinking of trying something like the clarisonic, btw does anyone know anything about the 2co cleansing brush by any chance ?