Is It Worth The Hype: Foreo Luna Mini

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I picked up the Foreo Luna Mini during this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I’ve been using it for about two months, so if you want to know my thoughts and an in-depth review of it,

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If you know me, you know that I am very into skincare. I love trying new cleansers, moisturizers, masks, skincare devices – basically anything skincare related. Unlike my sonic cleansers, such as the Clarisonic and Soniclear, the Luna Mini doesn’t come with a detachable brush head. Instead, it is made entirely of silicone and the brush head never needs to be replaced. I was hesitant to purchase a Foreo because it is quite expensive and I was already happy with my sonic cleansers, but like with all sales, I got sucked in. The Foreo Luna Mini is priced at $99, but during the sale, I paid $74. The regular sized Foreo Luna is $199.

Before I get into my thoughts, here’s a little bit more about how the Luna Mini works and the technology behind it.

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All Foreo devices use a technology called Transdermal Sonic Pulsations (T-Sonic Pulsations). The T-Sonic Pulsations help unclog pores by removing 99.5% of dirt and oil from the skin. They are also all made of rounded silicone touch-points that glide across the face as the device pulsates. Since it is made of an extra-gentle silicone, it is gentle enough to use daily. The silicone is also quick-drying and resists bacteria buildup, so there is no need to change the silicone brush. Some of Foreo’s models are both a facial cleansing brush and an anti-aging device. The Foreo Luna Mini is solely for facial cleansing.

Foreo recommends using the Luna Mini for 1 minute every morning and night. Every 15 seconds, the Luna Mini will pause momentarily to indicate when you should move onto the next area – so you do 15 seconds on the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Once you are done, clean the device thoroughly with warm water.

Now onto my review of the Luna Mini

When I first received the Luna Mini, I was pretty surprised by the size of it – it was a lot smaller than I had expected. My first thought was that it would be perfect for travel because it is extremely compact. Upon using it, I found it a little awkward to hold, but over time, I got more accustomed to the shape and became more comfortable using it.

The biggest drawback of the Luna Mini and Foreo devices in general is that you cannot use clay-based, silicone-based, or grainy cleansers. Since my AM cleanser is clay-based, I can only use the Luna Mini at night. I also prefer devices to shut off by themselves, but the Luna Mini does not – thankfully is does vibrate three times to let you know that your 1 minute cycle is up.

The first few weeks I used the Luna Mini, I noticed small bumps popping up on my cheeks. They weren’t pimples or breakouts. They seemed more like bumps from being irritated. These bumps eventually went away after two weeks. Other than the slight irritation on my cheeks, the Luna Mini did not cause any breakouts. In fact, I had an active breakout when I first started using it, and it seemed to help the breakout heal faster. The silicone brush head is more hygienic than the traditional brush heads of my sonic cleansers, so I feel more comfortable using it when I have active breakouts.

Over the course of two months, I found that my breakouts were less frequent and if I did get a breakout, they never lasted more than a few days. I also traveled a lot during the months of August and September and since I bought this device on every trip I went on, I found that it kept my skin from breaking out. I saw some difference in the texture and overall complexion while using the Luna Mini, but I can’t say it performed better than my sonic cleansers. While it’s not as exfoliating or deep cleaning as my sonic cleansers, it does leave my face feeling soft and smooth.

After reading and hearing all the positive reviews about it, I was expecting a lot more than just soft skin. I was expecting to be wowed, but the Luna Mini left me feeling lukewarm. To me, the Foreo Luna Mini is NOT WORTH THE HYPE.

I wanted someone else’s opinion on the device, so I made my boyfriend try it for a few days and he was also very unimpressed. He did say it left his face feeling softer and smoother, but it wasn’t enough to compel him to buy a Foreo of his own.

I think the Luna Mini would appeal to people who have acne prone skin, sensitive skin, or have a lot of active breakouts because the silicone bristles are more hygienic and gentle compared to the traditional brush head of a sonic cleanser. For me, however, I didn’t see a need for this device in my everyday routine, especially since I am perfectly happy with my sonic cleansers. Although I am not blown away by the Luna Mini, I will continue to use it and keep it in rotation with my other skincare devices, but I will primarily be using it for when I travel.

If you’re interested in trying the Foreo Luna Mini, click here.

Have any of you tried a Foreo device or wanted to try it? Let me know!

Stay Chic!

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