Monday, May 3, 2021

FOREO LUNA Mini 2 & LUNA Mini 3: Which One is Right for You?

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Whether you are looking to take your own skin cleansing routine to the next level, or looking to buy your mom a special gift for Mother's Day, the FOREO LUNA Mini 2 and FOREO LUNA Mini 3 offer two great options. The former is the more affordable older version, and has fewer bells and whistles, but it offers the same exceptional cleansing as the Mini 3. The latter certainly has more options, but if you are on a budget you won't feel cheated if you purchase the Mini 2 instead. Additionally, FOREO Micro-Foam Cleanser is a wonderful foaming cleanser that is very gentle and effective, and it pairs perfectly with all of the LUNA devices.

Both models feature touch points are very soft against the skin without sacrificing efficacy. They are both small enough to carry in your gym bag or your travel bag.

Unlike cleaning devices, with removable brush heads, that only clean the face, the LUNA is an ingenious two-sided sonic cleaner that offers added functionality.

The pragmatic design, which altogether eliminates the need for a removable brush-head that has to be replaced every few months, eliminates the same level of cleaning to remove bacteria buildup from the device itself. Furthermore, the all-silicone device is ultra-hygienic, and therefore resists bacteria buildup. Both version offer a 2 year limited warranty, a USB charger and a sample of Serum Serum Serum. The LUNA Mini 3 also comes with a travel pouch. 

FOREO LUNA Mini 3 ($159.00 from FOREO, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and Macy's): The FOREO LUNA 3 features a brush head that is 40% larger, than its predecessors, and its touchpoints are 25% softer and 10% longer than the earlier versions. This means that it is more effective and efficient in its ability to access hard-to-reach areas, and to clean the skin faster than the earlier versions (such as the FOREO LUNA Mini 2). This compact, and waterproof, device offers up to 400 uses on a full charge.

According to FOREO,

Upgrade your post-workout skincare routine with LUNATM mini 3. Featuring extra-gentle silicone touchpoints and 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute at 12 intensities, this ultra-hygienic cleansing device expertly lifts away dirt, oil and sweat for a fresh, healthy glow. Perfect for an active lifestyle, this gym bag-friendly device offers a 30- second glow boost mode for fast yet gentle facial cleansing, and a cute, compact design ideal for skincare on-the-go.

Directions: Before your first cleanse, press universal button once to sync the device with the FOREO app and choose your cleansing intensity.

1) Remove all makeup, dampen skin and then apply your FOREO Micro-Foam Cleanser.

2) Press universal button once for cleansing mode or quick-press twice for glow boost mode.*

3) Cleanse using circular movements on cheeks and forehead, gliding up and down the nose.

4) Press and hold button for 3 seconds to turn off device.

5) Rinse and pat your face dry.

*Device will automatically switch off after 30 seconds in glow boost mode

Cleaning your device: Always clean your device thoroughly after use. Wash the brush surface with water and soap, then rinse with warm water. Avoid using clay-based, silicone-based or grainy cleansers, exfoliators or scrubs, as they may damage the device's soft silicone touchpoints. Pat dry with a lint-free cloth or towel. After use, we recommend spraying the device with FOREO Silicone Cleaning Spray and rinsing with warm water for optimal results.
The thicker touch points found on the back of the LUNA Mini 3 provides a deep precision cleanse for active t-zones.
Top view
When the device is on, the light illuminates.
FOREO LUNA Mini 2 ($119.00 from FOREO, Ulta and Macy's): This device does an amazing job gently and effectively cleaning the skin, and I do not note any difference from the LUNA Mini 3 in its ability to efficiently clean my skin. However, I will say that if you have combination to oily skin that you might actually prefer the LUNA Mini 2 because its back side offers the larger touchpoints– which are perfect for effectively working the t-zone and breakout-prone parts of the skin.

According to FOREO,

The LUNA mini 2 marks a revolution in facial cleansing, combining FOREO’s groundbreaking T-Sonic pulsations with an innovative silicone brush design for a deeper and gentler cleanse. When channeled through smooth, silicone touch-points, T-Sonic massaging pulsations remove blemish-causing impurities significantly more effectively than washing by hand, leaving skin clearer and brighter. Deep cleansing unblocks pores and reduces their appearance, refining and smoothing your skin’s texture.

Suitable for all skin types, the LUNA mini 2's 3-zone brush features thinner touch-points to gently cleanse sensitive or dry skin and thicker touch-points for precision cleansing on the front, and broad touch-points to refresh oilier skin on the back. We recommend cleansing with the LUNA mini 2 for 1 minute every morning and evening.

Features & Benefits:

Unique Silicone Design: Even softer touch-points are extremely gentle on the skin. Ultra-hygienic silicone is nonporous to resist bacteria buildup. 35X more hygienic than standard cleansing brushes.

2nd Generation Brush Head: 50% bigger brush head for more efficient cleansing. Longer touch-points extend reach to cleanse hard to reach areas. Thicker silicone body for greater comfort and performance.

2X T-Sonic Power: 8,000 T-Sonic (transdermal sonic) pulsations per minute at 2X the power. 8 intensities for customizable cleansing.

3-Zone Brush: Thinner touch-points gently cleanse sensitive and normal skin. Thicker touch-points for precision cleansing. Broader touch-points on the reverse side address oilier skin.

Exceptional Value: No replacement brush heads needed. 2-Year Limited Warranty. 10-Year Quality Guarantee.

Smart Swedish Design: 100% waterproof for use in bath or shower. 300 uses per full charge.

Channeled through smooth, silicone touch-points, T-Sonic pulsations help to unclog pores of 99.5% of dirt and oil*, as well as remove makeup residue and dead skin cells.

Try spending around 15 seconds cleansing each zone of your face; after this interval the LUNA mini 2’s indicator will flash and pulsations will pause momentarily.



Remove all makeup, wet the LUNA mini 2 then dampen your face and apply your regular cleansing product. Turn on your LUNA mini 2 by pressing the center button.


Every 15 seconds pulsations will pause to indicate when to cleanse a new zone.

- Massage your chin and cheek using circular movements and repeat on the other side. 

- Starting from the center, massage your forehead with gentle outward circular strokes. 

- Massage the nose by gliding up and down one side, then the other. Delicately massage the under-eye region using outward strokes – we suggest reducing the pulsation intensity.

Rinse and dry your face to complete the 1-minute cleansing routine. Then, apply your favorite skincare products, if any.

Please note that to prevent overuse, the LUNA Mini 2 will automatically switch itself off if left on for 3 minutes. 420 mAh 3.7 V. Up to 300 uses on a single charge.
Top View
Left to Right: FOREO LUNA Mini 3 & Mini 2
Left to Right: Back of FOREO LUNA Mini 3 & Mini 2
Left to Right: Top of of FOREO LUNA Mini 3 & Mini 2
FOREO Micro-Foam Cleanser ($44.90 for 3.3 oz. from FOREO): This is a very gentle facial cleansing foam that effectively cleans without stripping or drying it in the least bit. It forms a very satisfying lather that is creamy, hydrating and nourishing. It rinses clean, without any residue, and is perfectly paired with any of the FOREO LUNA devices.

According to FOREO,

FOREO Micro-Foam cleanser gently removes any impurities collected throughout your day while nourishing the skin with naturally hydrating and skin-friendly ingredients, making it a great match for all skin types. This silky smooth facial cleanser promises a radiant complexion even after the first use! 

This creamy cleanser transforms into delicate micro-bubbles that lift impurities from deep within pores, gently purify skin, and remove excess oil. Its special formula, containing skin replenishing amino acids and vitamin E, helps moisturize and protect your skin so it’s left feeling soft and looking vibrant.

1) Apply a small amount to damp skin and watch the Micro-Foam cleanser create a rich lather.
2) Massage the cleanser into your skin using fingertips or, for a deeper cleanse, use your LUNA.
3) Finally, rinse your face and your LUNA with water and gently pat dry.

Dermatologist Tested | Fragrance-Free | Cruelty-Free | Vegan

Formulated Without: Sulfates, Phenoxyethanol, Silicones, Disodium EDTA, Mineral Oil.
Overall Assessment: Whether you are looking to purchase a FOREO MINI for yourself, or for your mom this Mother's Day, you can't go wrong with the Mini 2 or Mini 3. I would suggest purchasing the one that best fits your budget.

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  1. I have an older pink FOREO, either the first or second generation. Looking at these new minis, FOREO certainly has changed its design and features. I like the fact that they have silicone teeth on the back side, whereas mine has ridges. I just bought the FOREO Iris, so I can't buy another one yet, but someday. Also, I have to go to your Iris review and read about how to correctly use it. The little pamphlet with the directions that came with it has such a miniscule font that I can't read it!

    1. I definitely prefer the touchpoint on the back to the old massage ridges hat I have on my old FOREO too. There is definitely no point in replacing your old LUNA until it dies, but I do prefer the newer designs to my old one. OMG, the Iris is definitely my favorite device that they make! I am glad that my review serves as a good resource for you. It is such a game changer at the end of a long day on Zoom when my eyes are so tired!

  2. Such excellent cleansing machines. I really want the new one now but at the moment can't justify it. I think the back side looks to be the biggest difference between my very original Foreo and these new contributions. Anyone who doesn't own one definitely needs to get a Foreo.

    1. I completely agree, and I love them so much more than my old Clarisonic that died. There really is no reason to spend money on a new one, if your old one still works, but I do think that the design has undergone improvements over time. The touchpoints on the back are more effective than the old massage ridge, in my opinion, but any working FOREO LUNA is a treat to use!


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