Who isn’t intrigued by beauty gadgets? They’re innovative, high-tech and they do things that your fingers and washcloths could never, ever do. When it comes to cleansing brushes, the FOREO Luna is completely different to your average brush with bristle head attachment. It still cleanses your face, but it has soft silicone touch-points that make attachments unnecessary. (Read: That means no more extra costs.) Plus, the reverse side helps fight the signs aging.
FOREO recently launched the Luna 2. If you have been wanting to try LUNA and don’t know where to begin, or you have an original one and you’re wondering whether you should stick with the original or try the newest version, we decided to compare them to help make your decision a little easier.
First of all, let’s talk price. At Sephora, the original Luna will cost you $169, while the Luna 2 sells for $199. Both Luna come in different versions for specific skin types. The different colors aren’t just for style, they denote what skin type they are for. The Luna is available for sensitive/normal skin, ultra-sensitive skin, combination skin, and then is even one specifically for men. The Luna 2 is available in the same categories, except there is a separate brush for normal and sensitive skin an no ultra-sensitive. Note that there is also a Luna Mini and a Luna Mini 2, but those are smaller, more budget-friendly versions so we are just going to be compare the Luna and the Luna 2. Furthermore, note that in the photos, I am comparing the Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin (pink) with the Luna 2 for Combination Skin (blue).
Both brushes use T-Sonic pulsations for a gentle cleanse and exfoliation. The pulsations go through the silicone touch-points and help to remove dead skin, clean pores and boost the efficacy of your other face products. Both brushes have 8,000 pulsations per minute, but the Luna 2 boasts up two times the T-Sonic power of the original. It may not be obvious when you test them individually, but when you test both brushes at the same time, you can feel the strength of the Luna 2.
The original Luna has eight different speeds while the Luna 2 has twelve. You probably won’t find that you will need to switch speeds once you find one that you are happy with, but it is nice to have a couple of different intensities to tailor to your skin care routine.
One of the biggest physical differences between the two Lunas is the the size of the brush area. Both Lunas are made out of a nonporous silicone that is non-abrasive. However, the Luna 2 has a second generation brush head. As you can see from the photo, it is 50% bigger than the original. Furthermore, the touch-points are longer and softer. The Luna 2 also feels slightly heavier in your hand.
The reverse anti-aging side on both brushes produces lower frequency pulsations that reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles when applied to wrinkle-prone areas. Similar to the cleansing side, the Luna 2 has a much larger brush. When you are using the anti-aging side you will notice the larger size right away because you can target a larger surface area at once. Go on, count the rings.
Both the original and new version have amazing power. You can get up to 450 uses per charge for both of them. As for the charging ports, both are completely waterproof so they are safe to use in the bath or shower. You charge both with the included USB cable and they no time at all to charge.
Both Lunas have the same simple operating instructions. First, you wet your face and apply your cleanser. Next, you press the middle to turn on the brush, and use the plus and minus to adjust the speed. You massage it in circular motions on the cleansing side. Both Lunas vibrate after 15 seconds to indicate what stage you are at the minute cleaning. You hit the middle button, to pause it, then when you have washed your face, you hit it again to activate the anti-aging mode. Both also have indicators every 12 seconds in this mode, then the brush will stop after three minutes to prevent over use.
Finally, the warranties on the devices are the same. You get a two-year limited warranty and a 10-year quality guarantee. Both brushes come with authenticity cards that you can register your Luna on the FOREO website.
Verdict: If you have the original Luna and it is working great for you, you do not need to run out this second to buy the Luna 2 this instant because it has not been completely revamped. The original is still an excellent brush and will give you a superior clean compared your fingers, cloths or other brushes.
If you are a Luna newbie, it is worth paying the bit extra to get Luna 2. It has all of the same great features as the old brush but with more power, a more personalized device and larger cleaning surface.