I’ve recently mentioned on this blog that I have struggling with a series of breakouts lately. During one of my many trips to Sephora I came across the Foreo Luna collection. I had seen them at Sephora, but I have a Clarisonic Mia 2 so I couldn’t justify spending on another cleansing device.
For those of you who aren’t as familiar, both the Clarisonic’s and the Luna’s use sonic technology to clean your skin. Basically, they are very quick pulsations of the brush that claim to clean your skin more thoroughly than your hands or other tools (like a brush that doesn’t pulsate).
Although I’ve had my Clarisonic for a couple of years now, I haven’t always used it consistently. And this is totally going to be #firstworldproblems but it was always annoying to use. Water and soap would drip off the handle unto my hands and forearms until reaching my elbow and spilling on the floor. I don’t know if anyone else knows what I am talking about, but it was a pain. Water would drip everywhere and it was bulky so I didn’t use it as often as I should have.
Even while dealing with all these breakouts and knowing that thoroughly cleansing my skin was important I only used my Mia 2 once or twice a week. So finally, I bit the bullet at Sephora and bought the Luna Mini 2. I’ll at some pro’s and con’s to both below before giving my final verdict.
- There are various brush heads available for the Clarisonic so you can buy different ones depending on your skin concern.
- Perhaps because of the design, I find it easier to reach certain areas of my face with my Clarisonic, particularly the sides of my nose and upper lip.
- I find that I get more foam from using a Clarisonic, I know that foam/bubbles don’t necessarily mean something works better, but it certainly makes it easier for it to glide around my face.
- Like I mentioned above, I find that the Clarisonic is very bulky and water drips all over the place when using it.
- You have to replace the brush heads every 2-3 months (perhaps more often if you use it a lot).
- Bacteria can grow on the brush head if you don’t clean it carefully.
- It is not very travel friendly.
- The design is very small and flat so you can hold it with your thumb and two fingers so its much less bulky than using a Clarisonic.
- The brush part is actually made out of silicone which has two benefits for me: it doesn’t absorb or hold as much water (and therefore doesn’t drip all over the sink) and you don’t have to replace any brush heads.
- There are two sides, one with smaller bristles and one with larger bristles
- Very travel friendly.
- I find it harder to reach certain areas of my face because of the flat shape.
- Even when using the same cleanser as the Clarisonic I find that I don’t get as much foam/bubbles when using this. The feeling of the bristles is a lot less dense than the Mia 2.
I’ll start by saying that both are great cleansers and I will keep both of them. The reasons I’ll even pick one over the other is simply a personal preference.
Hands down I prefer the Luna Mini 2. Primarily because of it’s design I actually find myself using it every single day. And although the Clarisonic does a great job, there is no point if I never use it. For me, the Luna is more practical, there is no mess, it’s small, it doesn’t need to be charged as often, I don’t worry about replacing any parts and it easily fits in my make up bag.
If you don’t own any of them I would go for the Luna Mini. There are a few different ones so make sure to look at the size and what version it is. But, if you already have a Clarisonic and the shape doesn’t bother you, then no need to buy anything else. They are great. Also, if you prefer the brush head on the Clarisonic but don’t like the shape, you could try the Mia Fit which recently came out. I haven’t tried it but based on the new design it seems like it would solve the problems of the Mia 2.
UPDATE: Exactly two days after I wrote this post my Luna died. As in, completely died… Not sure what happened to it, but I could tell a couple of the little wires that are visible at the bottom were fried. I returned it at Sephora without any issues. I am still quite surprised since I haven’t heard this happen to anyone else (I even dug through reviews) but given it’s short life I decided not to repurchase it. My opinion stated above still stands, but I would make sure if you buy it that you buy it from a store that has good customer service so you can return it if the same thing happens to you.