Finally writing up my experience and my FOREO UFO review of 1st generation after testing it for a full year. Also explaining the whole technology behind so you know what you’re getting with it. The Swedish brand just launched a UFO 2 in early 2020, and my full review on that one is coming soon as well.
1. Product description
UFO is a smart masking device, that connects Korean sheet masking expertise with Swedish technology.
The device replaces multiple treatments you get in salons for home usage. It has:
- Cryo-therapy (only UFO device has it, UFO mini doesn’t)
- 3 types of full spectrum LED lights – red, blue, green
- T-sonic pulsations (enables ingredients to sink deeper into the pores)
- Sheet masks with potent ingredients developed by Korean skincare experts
Imagine how much you save with an at-home device. Just one facial in the United States costs $200. And try to add all other treatments on top. Then it pays off already with the first usage. Wicked.
The device is made of high-grade hygienic silicone, like other FOREO devices, and it has a metal plate that transmits the cooling/heating and T-sonic pulsations.
It’s also 100% waterproof and cleaning is super easy.
It has 2-year warranty.
I want to be detailed in my FOREO UFO review therefore I will explain all to you.
LED lights explanation and benefits
Red LED light – Diminishes signs of aging for younger-looking skin. Often used treatment by celebrities, hugely popular in LA salons and spas.
Blue LED light – Reduces the appearance of imperfections. Most commonly used for acne treatment, dark spots.
Green LED light – Brightens a dull complexion and evens skin tone.
Heating and cooling technology explained
- warms to soften and open pores, infusing mask ingredients deeper
- helps boost skin’s radiance by loosening sebum on top of the skin
- cools skin to give it a lifted and firmer appearance
- shrinks appearance of pores
- anti-inflammatory and reduces puffiness
T-sonic pulsations explained
- relaxes muscles tension
- improves micro-circulation
- facilitates absorption of active ingredients
- reduces appearance of soft lines and wrinkles
- reduces puffiness
It is connected to the FOREO App, and there it guides you through your treatment. Once you scan the sachet code it provides you with a special treatment sequence made especially for that mask, a combination of thermo or cryo-therapy and LED lights and pulsation intensities. Also you can always personalize it through the app if you wish to change something.
After you have saved all your types of masks on the device you can then continue using the device without the app, just need to press multiple times till you get to the LED ring light for that particular mask you want to use.
Compatiblity with masks: all types of FOREO UFO masks. Only UFO mini version is not compatible with certain types of masks (doesn’t support Matte Maniac and Shimmer Freak). Types of masks collections currently available:
- Day and Night
- Advanced Collection – various treatments based on specific skin needs: H2Overdose, Matte Maniac, Glow Addict, Youth Junkie
- Farm to Face Collection – focused on organic ingredients: Manuka Honey, Coconut Oil, Acai Berry, Green Tea, Bulgarian Rose
- Intensive Caviar Fusion
Colors: Mint, Pearl Pink (the one I have), Fuchsia
Charging: One charge lasts 40 uses. Which is not as much compared to other FOREO devices, but considering the different technology and that it has to produce significant power to heat and cool and pulsate it’s reasonable. And it’s definitely still enough for me for 3-4 months not needing to recharge it.
Price: $199 (varies in different countries and retailers). Masks prices start from $9,99 for a pack of 7 masks.
Always check the UFO best price on Amazon.
It comes in a sturdy see-through plastic box.
The UFO box contains
- UFO device (silicone device + plastic attachment ring)
- Plastic stand for your device to let it dry in the air and stand out in your bathroom 🙂
- USB charger
- 1 sample UFO-activated sheet mask “Make My Day”
- Short manual – make sure to download the FOREO devices manuals online
Fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Size is what I would say medium for FOREO devices. Here’s compared with LUNA mini 3.
It’s a big heavier than the LUNA range, probably cause it does have more technology in, but not that considerably. I love carrying it with me in the carry-on baggage and do the masking on the plane, so it’s completely fine. 🙂
4. Usage and effect
The UFO treatment takes 90 seconds for the basic Day and Night masks, and can be slightly longer for some other masks. Compared to 15-20 minutes needed for regular sheet masks. It’s a huge save in time for skincare, especially if you compare to spa or salon treatments.
You remove the plastic ring, place the sheet mask and secure the mask with the attachment ring, and start the treatment. After it’s done you just need to run the device under water for a few seconds and wipe it with a towel. See the steps how to use in the slideshow:
I do it after I cleanse my face with a LUNA device (see my LUNA mini 3 review).
- Press the button on the device to turn it on.
- Press once more to activate the Make My Day treatment, twice more to activate the Call It a Night treatment, and so on through each mask that you previously saved in the memory through the app. For example, if “Matte Maniac” is on slot 3 in your app, press the button to turn UFO on, then press 3 times to activate that mask treatment.
Alternatively, you can scan the mask sachet through the app and the correct treatment for that mask will commence.
- The treatment routine will begin after 10 seconds of a blinking pink light
- Glide throughout your face during 90 seconds treatment, and neck if you want to, avoiding the eye area (Note their Shimmer Freak mask is meant to be used for the eye area only).
- If you want to repeat the treatment once more right after the first one, just press again the button at the top within 30 seconds.
What is definitely huge plus compared to regular sheet masks is that you really see it works, it sinks into your skin leaving no sticky residue. This is because of the T-sonic pulsations that get it deeper into skin layers and the combo of the heating or cooling of the device. So the effect is not just on the top of your face, like with usual sheet masks, and it doesn’t wear off the next day. Your face just soaks it all up and all other technology helps the active ingredients work its magic below.
I guess like with all other masks each person has its favorites. For instance, I prefer the “Call it A Night” over “Make My Day”. I just see my skin feels better from using the former. And then I have a friend who swears the latter helps with daily hydration and less sebum production.
So it’s definitely a matter of trying out different masks and finding the right ones for you. The effect depends on the type of mask you choose to use. If you want minimized pores and matte appearance, choose “Matte Maniac” mask. If you have super dry skin choose “H20 overdose” UFO mask etc.
Cooling/heating effect – I must say I was a bit worried my sensitive skin won’t be so happy with the heating effect. And even though I do feel the heat stronger than others would it’s really not that hot. It is perfectly comfortable, and my skin is not red after using it because the treatments usually also end with the cooling of the metal plate so that calms it down. You can also adjust the type of treatment through the app if you want it differently.
Pro tip: I use all my treatments on my neck and chest too. Have seen the lines get smoother, and this area definitely needs more sensitive care than a regular body cream.
5. Opinion – FOREO UFO review
As my complete opinion and FOREO UFO review – I would give this device 5 out of 5 stars *****
For those who can afford it it is definitely an investment you should make. Also, it’s worth saving up to get one. Especially if you spend a lot of money on spa or salon treatments, it will be better to get something you can use at home and save that money from future treatments in years to come.
I know you probably stumbled upon here to find out if this is just a gimmick, but it’s not. The FOREO have really improved the basic sheet masks and made it more effective. With the device’s technology it actually works deeper in your skin. And raving reviews are really true because masks finally give you a long-lasting effect.
Even though I think the device price should be lower, as they can earn more on the masks subscription in the long-run, for me the biggest win is on the savings compared to salon treatments. When you put it in that perspective it’s a no brainer.
I loved the fact that masks are priced the same as any other Korean or other drugstore sheet mask. But much more effective in my experience. So basically you just invest once in the device, and then continue having a low expense in the future with much more potent masks than regular ones combined with the power treatments of the device.
Also to mention they have great bundle offers on UFO and masks on their official site, or you can get it on Amazon with Prime shipping, so it’s good if you want to stock up and save loads on masks (you should). They now introduced option to save if you buy more masks at once and it’s a great deal.
Pro tip: I use each sheet mask sachet twice. So it lasts twice as long. There’s enough essence in for two uses minimum. I just reverse the sheet and use it again in 2-3 days.
The feeling while and after using is amazing. It calms you down, revitalizes your face, and works like a nice spa massage. A perfect professional level spa treatment at home everyone needs these days after a hard day’s work or after putting your kids to bed. You deserved it so you should treat yourself, invest in your skin to keep looking great.
Finally, the design. It’s just out of this world. Every single person that went into my bathroom asked me what it was. It’s stunning. Thanks FOREO for making me feel and look like a million bucks!
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