I’ve been asked about Foreo’s sonic cleansing devices more times than I can count, so I’m glad to say I finally have the Foreo Luna Play Plus ($75 AUD) in my hot little hands!
I’ve been trying out the Foreo Luna Play Plus in my cleansing routine for the past few weeks. Unlike other vibration-based cleansing brushes, the Foreo tools use little silicone knobs. On the Luna Play Plus, the knobs come in two sizes: there are larger ones at the tip which are meant to be used on the T-zone, and smaller ones around the rest of the tool that are meant for the rest of the face. The Foreo Luna Play Plus comes in 7 colours, and I have the fuchsia model.
It’s much smaller than I expected, smaller than the palm of my hand, so it’s super purse-friendly and travel-friendly (the exact dimensions are 64 x 60 x 28 mm, and it weighs 60 g). But don’t let the small size fool you – it’s very efficient at cleaning!
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To use the Foreo Luna Play Plus, you apply cleanser to your face, then turn it on (there’s a single power button on the reverse side). The tool has what Foreo has branded “T-Sonic pulsations”, which delivers 8000 pulses per minute. You glide the Foreo Luna Play Plus over your face in circular, outward motions for one minute (conveniently there’s a built-in one minute program). It’s recommended that you don’t use clay or silicone cleansers or scrubbing grains with it to avoid damaging the silicone, and that you don’t use it for more than 3 minutes at a time to avoid irritation.
The silicone is non-porous, which means it doesn’t contain any holes that will stay moist and harbour bacteria. It dries quickly too, and it takes no time to get cleanser residue off the knobs, unlike with cleansing brushes that usually need a bit of coaxing. It’s completely waterproof as well for peace of mind. The Foreo Luna Play Plus runs on a single AAA battery, which is meant to last for up to 400 uses and 180 days standby.
Some people have mentioned in their reviews that they’ve noticed their skin being less clogged since using a Foreo tool. I haven’t really noticed any difference in my short trial period, but my skin has been nice and clear and unproblematic the whole time!
Pros of the Foreo Luna Play Plus
I think the main selling point for me is the fact that silicone doesn’t breed bacteria very well, even if you’re lazy like me and prefer to leave your cleansing tools in the shower! You also don’t need to replace the brush head, which can get expensive for other tools.
While I generally prefer tools that are rechargeable for environmental reasons, the long-lasting battery (assuming it gets anywhere near 400 uses) means that disposable AAA batteries might actually end up less wasteful than a charger over the lifetime of the tool.
I was initially skeptical of the small size, and didn’t think something so small could clean well or quickly… but I was wrong! One minute feels like a really long time while using this tool since I feel like I’m done after 30 seconds. The small size makes it really easy to store in the shower, and useful for taking along for overnight stays too.
At $75 AUD, this is the most budget-friendly of the higher-end cleansing tools.
Cons of the Foreo Luna Play Plus
Doesn’t Feel Like It’s Doing Much
Foreo have clinical data to show that it removes 99.5% of dirt and oil, and while I know this in my head, it doesn’t feel as scrubby as a cleansing brush, and you can’t see anything on the silicone, so it’s more difficult to believe (though all my double-checks afterwards with cotton pads have found that it’s clean, although I do use a cleansing oil first).
Weaker Physical Exfoliation
If you’re looking for physical exfoliation, this probably won’t be enough. I’d recommend a cleansing brush instead, or a peeling gel, or any of the other physical exfoliant options.
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I’m really enjoying the Foreo Luna Play Plus, and it’s probably the cleansing tool that fits best into my lazy-but-ambitious routine. It’s a nice way to get a face massage in as well! If you like cleansing tools, you’re likely to like it too. If you’re not sure if you’ll like the silicone nubs, you can try out a manual silicone face washing pad first before going electronic.
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13 thoughts on “Foreo Luna Play Plus Cleansing Tool Review”
Thank you for this, Michelle!
I, myself, have the Foreo Luna Go in Tosca (for oily skin).
It works for me for the first week because I use it twice a day (it is gentler than Clarisonic so I became addicted), my face was so silky smooth and then suddenly my face broke out! Do you have any recommendation on using this baby? Thanks!
Hmm I’m not entirely sure – I didn’t have this issue at all. Do you already physically exfoliate? It could be purging or you could be using it too much, or it could be something else entirely.
I have been debating getting this brush after I ditched my Clasrisonic two years ago. It was just too hasrh and din´t go well with my skin anymore and I was always weary of it breeding bacteria. The fact that this is made from silicone calms me, but I am not sure if I really need a mechanical cleansing tool in my life.
Hi Michelle, can I use a cleansing oil alone and still get clean skin without a follow-up water based face wash?
Your articles on oil cleansing and micellar water were so helpful to me. I loved the little drawings – they made it easier to understand how things work! I’m wondering if I should consider cleansing balms to work in a similar way (and thus, I would want to use a foaming cleanser afterwards).
Thanks for all your helpful info and in advance if you see and reply to this question!
Yep! Should be fine 🙂
LOL. “Lazy but ambitious routine.” An apt description of my approach to everything.
Hahaha yes! I try to pretend to be a diligent skincare addict but the truth is… I’m lazy asf.
Hi! Thanks for doing this review, Michelle. I just wanted to inquire as to whether you’ve had any continued success using the Luna, and also, whether or not you’d tried using it with a cleansing oil in addition to liquid cleanser.
I haven’t yet – I started trying out a few new things and didn’t want to combine too many other products at the same time!
Hi, did the screws of the device rust?
PMD Beauty has their Clean and Clean Pro Device that I’ve been looking into, but I can’t find anything on their SonicGlow technology and patent-pending ActiveWarmth technology :\ Would love it if you eventually checked this one out!
Hello, thanks for your useful review. I heard that the screws may rust as water can trip in or we use it in the shower. So is the Foreo play plus still waterproof? Can it be used in the shower? How do you use the Foreo so that the screws don’t rust? I hope you would answer my questions. Thanks 🙂