Review: Foreo Luna Mini 2 – Petal Pink

The Foreo Luna Mini 2 (RM659) was sent to me a while back, and I’ve had a few months to play with it. I’ve been using Clarisonic Plus for a while now, something I bought a few years back from Sephora and it has served me well. I think many want to know what the difference is, so I’ll talk a little about that too. I found that there are many in depth reviews about the Luna Mini 2 out there, so I won’t talk too much about the technicalities of it. I mean, I really can’t do any better than the manual (you can read it here) which has all that you need to know.

 

 

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To sum things up about this device, it is a very portable lightweight cleansing tool that you only need to charge once, for a good 300 usages. For me, that’s a year’s worth of use. No replacement of brush head needed because erm, no brush head is used and hence, no costly spending every few months. I’m looking at you Clarisonic. One brush head costs more than RM100 so if I replace the brush every 3 months, that’ll be more than RM400 a year just to maintain you. Not happy.

You charge the Foreo Luna Mini 2 through a USB port. I didn’t read the instructions prior to using and was scratching my head – if I wet this thing to cleanse my face, won’t it get into the port? Then, I read the manual and ah, this thing is waterproof.

 

 

Foreo mini luna handheld Foreo back

 

 

You press the button in the middle (photo below) and change the setting of the pulse by pressing the – or + sign. So if it’s too strong for you, press – and if you want it stronger, press +. I think that’s easy to understand, yeah?

 

 

Foreo control

 

 

There are also 3 cleansing zones on this Luna Mini 2. On this flat side, you have the smaller sized silicones which is called the “general cleansing zone”. That’s for mostly everyone, and I use it all over my face. The little part you see at the tip here is called the “precision cleansing zone” and I use it to clean the sides of my nose, those small crevices that can’t be reached.

 

 

Foreo mini luna flat side

 

 

At the back, where the silicone beads / teeth are bigger and harder, is the “deep cleansing zone”. It’s for those with oily skin, or for me, I use it on my T zone and on my chin because it’s supposed to unblock pores.

 

 

Foreo mini luna side profile Foreo mini luna curved side

 

 

Performance wise, I’d say this is very much gentler than Clarisonic. I use the sensitive brush head, and it FEELS much more abrasive than this Luna. Not that the Clarisonic is abrasive to begin with. It’s just that this Foreo Luna Mini 2 is very gentle. If you tried the Clarisonic before, and it broke you out, or your face got red, and you still wanted to use a cleansing device to clean your face, then this is a safe bet. I remember buying the Clarisonic Plus for more than RM800 so this is definitely more affordable too. That was about 5 years ago, and the Plus might be discontinued? I’m not sure, but I don’t see it on the Sephora website. I used to use the Clarisonic very regularly, but now I only use it a few days every month to exfoliate. I used this Foreo Luna Mini 2 every day and evening for a month, and it did not break me out nor did I see any sensitivity on my skin. HOWEVER, bear in mind that my skin can take the Clarisonic without averse reaction either.

On another note, I don’t know how well this device cleanses, because it feels so gentle, my mind tells me it’s not doing much. For the Clarisonic, I can feel the brush working and after cleansing, my face looks brighter, but with this, I couldn’t tell. Perhaps I have thicker skin (pun intended!) so a gentle rub won’t do. HAHAHA!

Have you tried this? Do you like it? I really want to know YOUR opinion if you have. Do you use any tool to cleanse your face? I do feel that these devices assist in a deeper cleanse, but whether or not you NEED it is very subjective. I saw somewhere that Clarisonic has a new device! I don’t see it here locally yet, and it’s not on Sephora’s website either, but that’ll be interesting to compare against my Clarisonic Plus. And FYI, even though the Clarisonic Plus works on the body, I hardly use that function. Why? One use and I’d have to recharge the damn thing. Probably because there’s a lot of surface to cover, given my size, but meh. I’ll use a bathing brush and scrub myself 😀 Also, that thing is heavy! I won’t take it to travel with me that’s for sure.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments OK? I want to know!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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  • This is definitely cuter than the Clarisonic although it looks a little awkward to hold?

    • Lily

      Oh on the contrary, it actually fits your hand perfectly and it’s very easy to maneuver!

  • I still hate myself for forgetting my FOREO LUNA in one of our hotels in Hawaii :’-( I’ve been contemplating getting a new one but I haven’t gotten around to it.

    • Lily

      Oh no! I assume you love it, since you want to get another one.

      • I got one on Thursday! 😀 Same like yours, but in hot pink.

  • Like you I got a Clarisonic Plus years ago when they first came out and used it all the time. I can’t now. It’s too harsh for my skin, so it’s in a cupboard somewhere gathering dust. I got one of these at Xmas and I like it a lot, but I don’t use it every day but I should. I find when I use it in the AM it takes care of any flaky dry spots so makeup goes on better. I got one for Marky as well and she loves it. I think it’s a good option if you have very sensitive skin.

    • Lily

      Yes, definitely! Clarisonic’s brushes are not as gentle, even if you have the softest one. Luna is definitely better for sensitive skin. After writing this review, I thought I’d take out my Clarisonic to use again, but since I haven’t used it for a month, the battery died. And I have to leave it charging for 24 hours to get a full charge!

  • I have been using Olay Pro-X since 2012/13 and it’s been good to my skin, never ever thought of buying Clarisonic because I think it’s way overpriced for what it is but I am tempted to purchase Foreo Luna 2! It’s so different and I like that it’s gentle and has anti-aging side and there’s no need to purchase replacement brushes. I’ll need to save up though…it’s $229CAD. :-/

    • Lily

      When I first purchased the Clarisonic, I did the calculation against my facials. Truth be told, I haven’t had a facial done for a good 5 years now!! For me, I think Foreo is attractive because no replacement brushes are needed. I didn’t think of that when I bought the Clarisonic. Hahaha

      • I have only had a facial done for my wedding (that was 13 years ago) is that a bad thing? It’s not only about the cost (although a facial in Switzerland costs not less than 150 USD) it’s just not something that I am crazy for. I ve always taken care of my skin on my own. (FYI I payed 120 USD for clarisonic, so even with the replacement heads there’s no competition)

  • Ahh, I see. I was confused when I saw these things floating around the internet but never bothered to look, LOL. Plus Rae blogs about all kinds of things too, so, hahahahahahaha. I love Rae.

    But this sounds pretty good! I wonder if S maybe would like one. I feel like he liked my Clarisonic more than I did, hahaha.

    • Lily

      Lol at Rae’s blog. Yes she has some interesting things that’s for sure! If S liked the Clarisonic, he might find this a bit too gentle. But if you find the Clarisonic too harsh then this is a good alternative.

  • Hahahaa I had ALOT of problems with my Foreo…. I couldn’t even figure out when it’s fully charged, and then ehh why isn’t it working??!! I can’t feel it working at all, I mean, it’s just pulsating against my face like a vibrator (did i just say that?!). And then I started getting irritations all over my face and I stopped. I just don’t even feel like picking it up now because it doesn’t feel right in my hands. Bleah. Maybe I’ll go home tonight and give it another try!

    • Lily

      Lol Linda. Yes these things do vibrate and it is apt to call them vibrators. Hahaha! Face vibrators? Lol lol. Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you, but there’s nothing wrong with the good old face cloth. Or even with just our hands.

  • Lily

    Many people seem to have that problem with Clarisonic and it’s this segment of clients who really love Foreo! That only shows there is always something out there for everyone.

  • I have the Clarisonic but have stopped using it as I find it too harsh (I’m using the delicate brush), I have very sensitive skin so good to hear about this!

    • Lily

      Many people seem to experience the same thing. If you find Clarisonic harsh, then you’ll like this 🙂

  • Yvonne Tay

    ahh I shipped the Clarisonic Plus when it first came out in the US.. and then bought the Clarisonic Aria when battery on the Plus gave out on me. I can so identify with what you said, because the Clarisonic works for me, and I can see the effects. In fact, I love using the Clarisonic whenever I need to exfoliate, but now that my skin is changing I’m thinking that it might be too harsh.. I wondered about the Foreo and read up a lot about it, but have not caved in to getting one (yet). The lack of a brush head to replace is definitely a push factor though, maybe when I get through all the heads I have on the Clarisonic. 🙂

    • Lily

      Sounds like we have similar experience. To be honest though, if this wasn’t sent to me, I wouldn’t have purchased it myself… mainly because my Clarisonic Plus is still working. I use it less now, compared to when I first bought it. Then again, after writing this review, I busted out my Clarisonic and started using it again, just to see the difference. True enough, I can’t use the Clarisonic often anymore! Maybe once in a while 🙂