In the world of fancy skincare gadgets, first there was the Clarisonic and it’s many editions, followed by the Foreo LUNA and it’s various incarnations. Both cleansing systems make one’s credit card shudder with fear so enter the $45 Instrumental Beauty Sonic Cleansing System. If you’ve been wanting to up your game, but can’t stomach a purchase in the hundreds, keep reading to find out if I found an affordable Foreo LUNA dupe.
The greatest difference between the two devices is definitely price. The Instrumental Beauty Sonic Cleansing System retails for $45 and with code SCHOOL10, $35. The Foreo LUNA Mini retails for $99 with larger versions ranging from $140-$199.
In terms of size, the Instrumental Beauty Sonic Cleansing System is definitely larger than my Foreo LUNA Mini. It feels more like a cleansing brush in your hand due to it’s handle. It has a slightly cheaper feel overall, mainly the button. Like my Foreo LUNA Mini, it is made of waterproof silicone, has 2 speeds, 2 different size zones too and charges via USB.
Now, before you get too excited, there are some differences of course. The Foreo LUNA Mini pulses to remind you to move onto the next part of your face and pulses again to tell you the minute is up. The Instrumental Beauty device doesn’t pulse or automatically shut off. It has a 1 year warranty, whereas the Foreo LUNA devices have a 2-year limited warranty and a 10 year quality guarantee.
In terms of power, the Foreo is still mightier at it’s highest speed. It’s 8,000 pulsations per second are a noticeable upgrade. The Foreo holds a charge for a truly impressive amount of time. I started using mine back in December 2015 and have yet to recharge it. It can be used 300 times before needing a charge. I haven’t used the Instrumental Beauty device long enough to know how long it holds it’s charge but have read “for weeks” from other users.
Perhaps in attempt to stave off imposters, Foreo introduced the Foreo LUNA Play, which offers you sonic cleansing at a $39 price point, but here’s the kicker–only for 100 uses with it’s non-rechargeable battery. It’s essentially disposable. That seems incredibly wasteful and if you really want to try a Foreo but aren’t sure you’ll like it, buy it at Sephora who has an excellent return policy.
If you’re not ready to spend $100+ on a cleansing device, I do recommend the Instrumental Beauty Sonic Cleansing System as a very suitable alternative. I would definitely consider it to be a more cost effective dupe for Foreo products. If you don’t think you’ll be using this type of device daily, it might make more sense to save your money and go with Instrumental Beauty, but for long term use, I still prefer Foreo’s warranty, charge hold time and power.
I hope that this review and comparison has been helpful and as always, feel free to ask questions! Thanks for reading!