Clarisonic Mia 2 v. Foreo Luna Play

2017, March

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I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System (£120.00) on and off for about two years now and I’ve always been a massive fan. When the Foreo Luna Face Scrub Brush & Anti-ageing Device (£129.00) came out I was a bit sceptical since I like the Clarisonic so much. I wasn’t sure whether the Foreo would top the Clarisonic and I didn’t want to invest in a full size device just to compare the two. The Foreo Luna Play (£29.00), however, is much more afordable so I decided to test the travel version first. I’ve used it for about six weeks now so I’ve got a pretty good idea on which one I prefer.

I do realise that this comparison is not completely fair since I’m not comparing full size devices but I’m trying to be as objective as possible. If I hadn’t already had the Clarisonic I’m pretty sure I would have bought the Foreo because it just makes much more sense – the price is pretty much the same, Foreo is easier to clean and you don’t have to repurchase a new brush head every few months like you do with the Clarisonic. The Foreo also needs to be charged less frequently. However, I’m so glad I went for the Clarisonic because my skin responds to it so much better than it does with Foreo. I use the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head  (£25.00) – the Sensitive Brush Head (£21.00) that was originally included with my device was a bit too harsh. I like how easy it is to alternate between different cleansing needs when you use Clarisonic – you just pop on a new brush head. If you want the Foreo to suit different skincare needs you need to buy a whole new device so Clarisonic is definitely more flexible.

Something I noticed straight away with the Foreo was that it dried my skin and I’m not really sure why, it just doesn’t make much sense for a device to be doing that. I initially used it with the Foreo Celestial Melting gel (Night Cleanser) (£35.00 for a set) and I was convinced it was the cleanser that was drying my skin. But the same thing happened when I used it with the Lancome Gel Eclat Clarifying Cleanser (£23.00/125ml) which has never made my skin dry in the past. It might be that I need a different Foreo device and I don’t think the travel versions differ in terms of the skin type suitability but at the moment given my experience I wouldn’t go for a full size Foreo device.

The travel version also doesn’t have a set cycle to tell you it’s time to move on to the next area of your face but from what I understand you do get that setting with a full version device. A full version Foreo also has two speed options instead of just one so both full version devices are identical when it comes to set speeds and cleansing cycles.

Yes, the Clarisonic requires a continuous investment because you will need to buy new brush heads but for me it’s worth it. I also understand how it can be inconvenient because you have to charge the Clarisonis much more frequently and it takes 24 hours to complete a full charge but it doesn’t really bother me that much. You just plug it in and leave it, it’s not like you’re required to do anything else while it’s charging.

There is no argument that the Foreo Play wins in terms of the size – it is much more travel friendly and that’s what I will use it for from now one. I will go back to the Clarisonic for an everyday use at home.

I hope this was helpful if you’re thinking about buying one of these.

Have you tried any cleansing devices? Which one is your favourite?

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