Review: FOREO Luna Cleansing System

foreo luna - alternative to clarisonic

foreo luna cleansing system

foreo luna

A few weeks ago, the team from FOREO contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their new Luna cleansing system. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical — in the past, my experiences with facial cleansing devices like this (see: Clarisonic, and the drugstore Olay version, which I wrote about briefly here) have been somewhat irritating for my skin. While some people swear by using these types of things everyday, for me they’ve just caused breakouts and irritation!

But the FOREO Luna system seemed a little different. For one thing, there are no aggravating (and potentially bacteria harboring) bristles in sight. The small, hand held device is completely covered in silicone, and the ‘bristles’ are actually tiny little nodules. Instead of a rotating brush head that scrubs your skin, the Luna vibrates. Or maybe pulsates is a better word (a friend of mine who saw the Luna in my bathroom, next to the shower was basically like, “Um, is that what I think it is?” No, no it’s not!). 

But I digress. The final feature that convinced me I should give this thing a try was it’s special anti-aging mode. A load of boloney? Maybe, but all I can say is it’s become my favorite part of the Luna. Here’s the scoop: I wash my face as I normally would, then when I’m all suds-ed up, I turn on the Luna and cleanse. You can alter how strong of a vibration you want with the little plus and minus signs on the device (easy, right?). Click the center button, rinse off your face, and it’s anti-aging time. You click the center button again, and the Luna goes into this slow, pulsation mode. The idea is that you hold it up to areas that see a lot of wrinkles — around your mouth, your eyes, your forehead — and the vibrating massage helps gently relax those muscles to both improve and prevent wrinkles, naturally. Does it work? I have no idea, but I do know that after a long day, it feels really excellent on your face.

I did find that like the Clarisonic and the Olay system, I simply cannot use the Luna everyday — it’s too irritating. If I’d opted for the ultra-sensitive model, I’m curious to see if I could use it more frequently. But for now, I still use it on days when I want a deep exfoliation (for me, maybe 2 times a week or so). The Luna gets your skin sparkling clean, and leaves it silky smooth too. And some days, I’ll just fast forward through the cleansing cycle to get to the facial massage part.

I’ve also been surprised at how long this thing keeps a charge. I left it uncharged for a couple weeks, then plugged it in the other day to get it revved back up. The indicator light that blinks as it’s charging blinked for only a few minutes before it turned solid; I realized the Luna doesn’t drain much of a battery (and when I checked on their site, I realized why — it can last 450 washes before you need to recharge it). The Luna also comes with a small travel bag, so if you’re on the go a lot, you can take it with you, no charger needed.

While the price point is a bit higher than other skin cleansing systems out there (more so than the Clarisonic and definitely more so than the Olay), if you absolutely want to use a cleansing device, the splurge is probably worth it; I much prefer the feel of the Luna on my face as opposed to the bristles of the other options. Plus, one thing I absolutely hated about the brush-based systems was that I always felt like I was spreading bacteria around on my face. The Luna is much easier to clean, and resists bacteria better anyway. Add this one to your birthday/holiday wishlist, friends. Or, if you really want to splurge, ask for the one with the solid gold base (whoa)!

{Images by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese. While this is not a sponsored post, FOREO sent me a Luna Cleansing System to try free of charge.}

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  1. 7.9.13
    Meg Biram said:

    I totally want one!

  2. 7.9.13

    Ok, now I want one!!

  3. 7.9.13

    I think I would buy one just because of how cute it looks! Great alternative to a brush too. I have a small (non-mechanical) facial brush that I use to get extra exfoliation.

  4. 7.9.13
    Ame said:

    That sounds fascinating! I also have a lot if issues with Clarisonic, etc., and I can only use those once or twice a week, max. I probably would need the Ultra Sensitive option as as well.

  5. 7.9.13

    I have a Clarisonic and love it, but I’ve often thought about the whole bristle/bacteria thing. I use the same brush for about 3 months so…. It’s probably not that clean. I’ll definitely have to add this to my wish list. I’d love to try it!

  6. 7.9.13
    Ailee said:

    I broke out with the Clarisonic too – I’m not a germaphobe, but it weirded me out with the bristles + bacteria. Looks like I’ll be saving for this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7.9.13
    Peyton said:

    I want to try this!!! Thanks!


  8. 7.9.13
    Alix said:

    They should just sell this as a vibrator!

    • 5.3.16
      Cassandra said:

      No. It’s not that powerful.

  9. 7.10.13
    nora said:

    that looks awesome. i really love the mini verison. the price is steep for me but i think it would be worth it. i have never used the bristle ones because i was afraid it would be to rough on my sensitive skin. i may have to give this a try… eventually.

  10. 7.10.13

    i have been debating one of these for awhile….thinking i should go this route after your review! (i have super sensitive skins, too)

  11. 7.10.13
    Noor said:

    Oh wow this looks awesome. I have never heard of it and like you I am always afraid to put things on my face but I think I will try it.

  12. 10.15.13

    Thanks for the recommendation, definitely going to save up for this!!