I am always on the hunt for a good and detailed review of everything that I am considering to purchase, and therefore I want to help the rest too so they can find useful information. I’ve focused on reviews of the Swedish brand FOREO’s products, as I love those and keep buying and testing everything new they come up with. So here’s a first glimpse into their low-cost version of the LUNA facial cleansing brush – my FOREO LUNA fofo review.
1. Product description
LUNA fofo by FOREO is a smart facial cleansing brush and a skin analysis device.
In addition to silicone touch points that are used for cleansing your face in addition to T-Sonic pulsations that help cleanse your skin deeply, on the back side it has a skin analysis part.
This is their first device ever with a smart skin analysis sensor (24k gold plated dots) on the back for measuring skin hydration and overall skin health. It’s connected to an app so you can see your results, and it helps you then adjust the cleansing routine on the fofo. That meant for me more gentle when I should go to my cheeks, and stronger pulsations on the T-zone as I need more cleansing there.
These brushes are popular, and a much better choice than a nylon brush, because of these:
- silicone antibacterial bristles (water and any dirt comes off easily and does not stick like with nylon brushes)
- no need for replacement brushes ever
- gentle on the skin because of silicone but cleanses deeply with sonic pulsations
- skin analysis sensor – amazing price for a 2 in 1 smart gadget
- waterproof (even though first versions had some leakage issues I never had that with mine. I carefully dry it with a towel and it doesn’t sit in a water puddle after use, which I assume is what those who had an issue did)
- 2 year warranty
Price: $89 (may vary in different countries). Free shipping worldwide is offered on their site so I would highly buying there since that’s the only way to be safe you’re buying an original. Here’s a safe https link to the FOREO LUNA fofo on Amazon shop
Colors available: Pearl Pink (the one I have), Black (Midnight), Yellow (Sunflower Yellow, Purple, Fuchsia, Aquamarine, Mint
Charging: It needs 2 replaceable AAA batteries. You get up to 400 uses from new batteries. Which is more than 1 year to use, and that’s stunning.
FOREO is well known for making the most of power so all of their devices have a high amount of uses from a single charge. You unscrew this little flap at the bottom (which is sealed and is waterproof) to replace the batteries.
Fun fact: Product name comes from the “pet name” FOREO’s Chinese customers have given to the brand. They could not say FOREO so easily so they called it simply “fofo”. And then as a nice gesture to their fans they named their next product like that. 🙂
Fun fact no 2: In Romania fofo is not a nice word, so over there it is branded as LUNA play smart.
It comes in a transparent plastic packaging.
Inside you find:
- the LUNA fofo device (which already comes with initial set of batteries)
- USB charger
- short manual (you can find full FOREO product manuals online so no need to waste resources on that, which I think is cool, sustainability is in the core of this company)
- magnet (you can put it on your fridge) with a coupon code for a one-off discount for any future purchase (20%)
There is no extra bag to keep it in after usage or for travel like in other versions of LUNA devices in the range. But I’ve seen many utilize the packaging plastic box it comes in to carry it with them on travels as it’s pretty sturdy and small, or just put in your usual travel bag next to your toothbrush. Just make sure to not leave your LUNA in there when wet!
See comparison with the “medium size” LUNA mini 3 on the pictures below.
It’s smaller than LUNA mini 3, but not as small as LUNA play (non-rechargeable).
LUNA fofo and LUNA play plus are of same size, but the difference is that the latter does not have the smart sensors, it’s only used for cleansing.
4. Usage and effect
I’ve been using the LUNA fofo for a year so I had enough time to talk about my impressions.
LUNA fofo does
- clean your skin deeply
- leaves a clean and baby smooth skin
- improve microcirculation
- show if your skin needs extra attention, if it’s dehydrated, though the skin analysis on the back of the device and the app
- customizes your skincare routine of the device by adapting settings from the skin analysis sensor reading
It will definitely give you smooth skin results and improve the microcirculation. It shakes it all up with sonic pulsations so it eliminates the puffiness. This really helped in the morning after eating some bad or salty food that got me bloated and looking like a puffer fish in the morning.
I tested both with a harsh cleanser and a mild one and the result was always a smooth skin.
If you’re often outside like me and you wear sunscreen, this device will help remove that fat layer of sun cream from your pores. I could not find a way to deeply cleanse my skin before the fofo so this was a revelation.
Tip: I know they say you should make circles while cleansing your skin, but just be careful to not pull down but make those waves up or pull skin up. This way you are going against the gravity which won’t pull your skin down.
For this FOREO LUNA fofo review I would give this device 3 out of 5 stars rating ***
Having that said, I was very pleased with the LUNA fofo. It does what it advertises. But after trying out other stronger and more expensive versions I did see the LUNA fofo did not have that much power and the effect was slightly weaker after using this smaller battery powered one.
I think it’s perfect for a beginner and someone who likes to have a novelty app connected device. I would not recommend this for more mature skin. For that better go for LUNA 2 or LUNA 3. Also see here which FOREO product should you get by type of skin and need.
I would honestly always say it’s better to invest in the top devices in the LUNA range (LUNA 3, LUNA 2, LUNA mini 3, LUNA mini 2). But knowing not everyone’s budget can support it, this really comes as a second best choice.
Considering you will only have to get new batteries once a year, and no need to replace the brush you’re already getting an amazing bang for your buck.
This was the first device I bought, and it served me really well before jumping in and getting a LUNA mini 3. Also it’s perfect travel size so I tend to carry it to my trips when I need to save on weight for plane baggage. With such a long lasting battery I never have to worry about charging it and I keep enjoying having amazing skin everywhere.
I really love the smart skincare analysis it does. I really noticed different results the sensor reading and the app gave me when I was travelling so my skin got dehydrated from the plane. Even though it’s not the greatest in terms of options it gives you from the reading, I think adjusting the cleansing routine and seeing your hydration levels is already an amazing feature. I really don’t expect to have my vitamin levels checked from a skincare device or other mumbo jumbo, so for this price I think it’s amazing.
If you’re on the hunt for an affordable and a brush that gives you more options to take care of your skin, this one is for you.
Since Clarisonic is going out of business, of course for evident reasons above, FOREO has a special offer for anyone jumping the fence. If you decided to make the switch to a LUNA before you run out of replacement brushes or the Clarisonic fails on you, you might be interested in the special deal, a $39 credit coupon for the FOREO LUNA purchase.
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