Saturday, November 5, 2016

FOREO LUNA™ mini 2 Save the Sea | Review

Foreo LUNA mini 2

Soon after I purchased my Clarisonic Mia 1™ in 2012 (Read: How to Deep Clean a Clarisonic), alternatives to this popular cleansing brush began to enter into the ring. I have been so intrigued by the FOREO brand for years, and I was literally jumping up and down when I received this limited edition "Save the Sea" FOREO LUNA mini 2 for review. 

The LUNA mini 2 ($159 CAD) is a stylish cleansing device made of unique silicone touch-points that are suitable for all skin types. The promised results include a deep, gentle cleansing routine that feels like a mini-facial with every use, as pores are cleansed of blemish-causing impurities. Its T-Sonic movement removes 99.5% of dirt and oil, plus makeup and dead skin cells. This will enhance the absorption of skincare products and diminish the appearance of pores to refine skin texture. The ultra-hygienic silicone is quick drying and nonporous to prevent bacteria buildup. The device is 35x more hygienic than nylon-bristle brushes, like on the Clarisonic.

Foreo LUNA Review
Swedish beauty brand FOREO partnered with GreenWave and SEA LIFE Trust to re-launch this successful cause-related campaign. This special edition LUNA mini 2 supports ocean conservation and marine rehabilitation. I love the minimal packaging, which really adds to the eco-friendly mantra. The user manual is only offered online - linked here

Save the Sea

My feelings are mostly positive towards the LUNA mini 2, though I don't think it could fully replace my Clarisonic. The device is 100% waterproof, and one full charge lasts for five months when it is used 2x daily. The 10-Year Guarantee and 2-Year Limited warranty are pretty great - you can see the authenticity card in the photo above. For the price of $139 USD or $159 CAD (@ Foreo.com, Sephora, Murale) this is a great way to support GreenWave and SEA LIFE Trust as 100% of net proceeds will be donated to these charities.

FOREO review
Finer bristles can be used on the T-zone, and firmer bristles (backside) can be used on the cheeks

When I use the LUNA mini 2, I generally reach for a more gritty face wash or mask. I never use my Clarisonic Mia 1 to remove face masks, since the plastic bristles are super exfoliating as-is.

This cleansing tool works great with the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub (review) and in the video below I used Neutrogena's 3-in-1 Blackhead Eliminating Cleanser & Mask.

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I love how the LUNA will suds up my cleanser and retain water better than the Clarisonic. It fits well in the hand, though you do need to do a lot more manual work to move the firm brush around the face.

Foreo Luna vs Clarisonic Mia

PROS
  • Gentle and efficient - you can use the LUNA mini 2 around your eye area, and it pauses every 15 seconds to help time your routine
  • Compact, lightweight, hygienic
  • Futuristic design and a high-quality battery: no need to carry around the charging cord
  • One-time purchase - no replacement brush heads at $30 a pop

CONS
  • Not as soft and comforting as the Clarisonic brush
  • Though the silicone is soft, the shape of the brush is bulky and it doesn't form to the contours of my face
  • The buttons are not easy to press and I don't understand the speeds - when is it on high or low? I'd prefer one consistent speed like the Clarisonic Mia 1
  • I want to plug my LUNA into the wall to charge - only a USB cord is provided

Foreo Luna vs Clarisonic Mia

Should you be feeling buyers remorse if you once splashed out on the Clarisonic? No. I still love that toothbrush clean scrub of the Clarisonic, and I much prefer how the hardware feels in general: magnetic charger that has a wall adapter, clicky buttons, and one strong speed. The FOREO LUNA is the perfect travel companion (a hyped up version of the little pink tool I featured here) and I love how it removes my face masks.

The Sephora Beauty Insider sale is going on now, which makes it the perfect time to try out FOREO's remarkable cleansing tools. 

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