FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Review | Is It Worth It?


FOREO LUNA 3 Plus is currently the most advanced cleansing device you can get. When it comes to FOREO products, I usually get asked, Is FOREO worth the money? I had that question, too, before I started to use their devices. Now I own the FOREO UFO, FOREO UFO 2, and my recent additions FOREO BEAR and the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus. I have a very long detailed review of the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus after I took time to test the device and compile all the most asked questions for this device. So if you're planning to get the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus, I suggest you thoroughly read this post so you can make a better decision if it's worth the money you spend to own it.

Let's start with an introduction to the brand, FOREO. If you're not familiar with FOREO, it is a Swedish high-end beauty tech company founded in 2013. Their products could be found in more than 10,000 stores worldwide, including Sephora, H&M, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Barneys, Selfridges, and more. This brand is even purchasable online through Zalora or Lazada in Malaysia.

I can say I've been a fan of FOREO for a while now, and ever since using this brand, I cannot seem to turn back. Read my previous reviews on their products below:
FOREO UFO Review & UFO 2 | Before And After Result
FOREO UFO Vs UFO 2 Review Comparison

For this post, let me introduce to you FOREO's latest product, the LUNA 3 Plus.

FOREO Luna 3 Plus

This post is created in partnership with FOREO


You might be confused at first because FOREO has several LUNA devices. They first started with the FOREO LUNA; it's among the first cleansing device introduced worldwide. And after that, FOREO's LUNA variation expanded with the brand's popularity.

Currently, below are the variations of FOREO LUNA:

  1. LUNA
  2. LUNA 2 for Normal Skin
  3. LUNA 2 for Combination Skin
  4. LUNA 2 for Oily Skin
  5. LUNA 2 for Sensitive Skin
  6. LUNA 2 for Men
  7. LUNA 3 for Normal Skin
  8. LUNA 3 for Combination Skin
  9. LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin
  10. LUNA 3 for Men
  11. LUNA 3 Plus for Normal Skin
  12. LUNA 3 Plus for Sensitive Skin
  13. LUNA Go for Normal Skin
  14. LUNA Go for Combination Skin
  15. LUNA Go for Oily Skin
  16. LUNA Go for Sensitive Skin
  17. LUNA Go for Men
  18. LUNA Mini
  19. LUNA Mini 2
  20. LUNA Mini 3
  21. LUNA Play

I actually had a hard time keeping up as new variations kept launching. I'm confused about which type and what differences these LUNA have. However, I'm not going to be covering that in my post. Instead, I'll jump straight to FOREO's newest launch for their LUNA, which is their LUNA 3 Plus, and just by looking at it, you'll know that it's the next-level kind of upgrade.

What is FOREO LUNA 3 Plus?

FOREO claims its LUNA 3 Plus to be an ultra-smart device with infinite possibilities. To put it simply, it's a facial cleansing massager included with a microcurrent treatment too. It can purify, firm, and tighten in 2 simple steps. But, instead of only cleansing, the LUNA 3 Plus can firm and plump the skin. The uniqueness of the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus is their unparallel thermal cleansing and targeted microcurrent treatments. The thermal cleansing contains t-sonic pulsations and thermo-tech to provide the perfect temperature to cleanse the skin. Yes, that means this device heats up during a facial cleanse for ideal cleansing and is followed with an easy microcurrent treatment after that.

What is Microcurrent Treatment

Microcurrent Treatment we're referring to here is a facial treatment that is a popular treatment usually done is facial spas. When this kind of treatment was first introduced, it came with a huge machine; that's why only spa and beauty clinics had it, and each treatment indeed came with a heavy price tag. But technology runs fast these days; as microcurrent treatments have become a high demand over the years, people are looking for cheaper options. This is where home microcurrent treatments came into the market, and FOREO is among the pioneers that invented a home edition for microcurrents.

Microcurrent Treatments are known for their anti-ageing benefits. It contours, tones, and firms the skin by lifting the muscles in the skin with low-grade electrical current, resulting in a healthier complexion that automatically makes you look younger. This happens as the low-grade current sends gentle waves to the muscles in the face to relax overly-tightened muscles and strengthen under-worked muscles. This restores facial muscles back to their original state, which makes them facelifted, firmed and, at the same time, improves circulation, which stimulates the production of collagen.

Sounds impressive, right? Keep on reading to know what the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus has to offer.

What FOREO Claims On It's Luna 3 Plus

1. Extra-soft Silicone

The primary key why FOREO LUNA is mostly loved is their bristles. Its soft silicone bristles are incredibly gentle to the skin. It has silky-smooth silicone that's 35x more hygienic than nylon bristles and suitable for all skin types. It's also BPA and phthalate-free too. FOREO provides 2 options for their FOREO LUNA 3 Plus, which is for normal skin and sensitive skin. It's differentiated by its bristles, where the sensitive type one has softer bristles.

2. T-Sonic Pulsations

The LUNA 3 Plus is capable of 8,000 pulsations per minute at 16 different speeds, which helps remove unwanted dirt, oil, and makeup residue from the skin. To be exact, it's the vibration the device makes which almost every FOREO product is famed for.

3. Unparallel Thermal Cleansing

The LUNA 3 adds on Thermo-Tech technology, allowing it to provide a deep yet gently heated facial cleanse at the perfect temperature combined with T-Sonic pulsations and long, soft, silicone touchpoints. These are the perfect trio that takes facial cleansing to the next level.

4. Targeted Microcurrent

It gets better with their targeted microcurrent feature; it's like getting another device for free. The microcurrent treatment is available exclusively through the FOREO app. Microcurrent is gently stimulated to the skin with low-level electrical energy to help firm and plump for a youthful glow.

5. Smart Swedish Design

It's a 100% waterproof device with no replacement brush heads required. So that saves you loads in the long run, and even better is when 1 USB charge provides up to 125 uses. So you can use it without worry with water, and it saves your electricity bill too.

6. Do More With The FOREO App

FOREO is undoubtedly well known for its application. They promise various microcurrent treatments, plus the freedom to set preferred cleansing intensity, temperature, and microcurrent level to your liking. What's great is that only one app is used for ALL of FOREO's devices. So if you get another FOREO device, it'll be the same app, so don't worry about too many apps.

Product Details
Name: FOREO LUNA 3 Plus
Price: RM1490
Functions: Cleansing & Microcurrent Treatment
Variation: For Sensitive Skin / For Normal Skin
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How To Use FOREO LUNA 3 Plus

Understandably, it could be questioned how the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus works when you have to imagine it. The LUNA 3 Plus is not only a cleansing device like the previous LUNA's to make it easier. The LUNA 3 Plus is like a 2 in 1 device that also offers Microcurrent Treatment as well.

However, you cannot use both treatments simultaneously. In fact, you should be extra careful interchanging between modes as microcurrent mode should not be used when the device is still wet from cleaning mode. 

How To Use LUNA for Cleansing mode

(Works with or without the app)

  1. Remove all makeup, dampen skin and then apply the FOREO Micro-Foam Cleanser.
  2. Press the universal button again to activate the cleansing mode.
  3. Cleanse using circular movements on cheeks and forehead, gliding up and down the nose.
  4. Press and hold the button for three seconds to turn off the device.
  5. Rinse and pat your face dry.

How To Use LUNA for Microcurrent Mode

(Works only with the app)

  1. Apply FOREO Serum to clean, dry skin.
  2. Follow instructions in the FOREO app to activate your preferred microcurrent treatment.
  3. Follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

What FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Offers

One of the great things about owning FOREO products is that it comes with an app. And the perks of having an app are constant upgrades that make your device feels new again after a while. But still, their devices are not 100% dependable on the app, so it could still run at default without the app, which is considered a plus point to me.

However, using the device with the app opens the door to a whole new world of functions and treatments that will instantly make you feel your money's worth. Here's a list of what LUNA 3 Plus offers:

  • Automatic connectivity with Bluetooth
  • Find my device
  • Pre-programmed microcurrent treatment
  • Manual setting set up for cleansing (to be used without the app)
  • Manual setting for cleansing (to be used with app)
  • Manual setting for microcurrent treatment (to be used with app)

I'm unsure if all the other LUNA's have the automatic connectivity and find my device since my UFO and UFO 2 differed in these features. But these 2 features are great to have, especially the automatic connectivity with the push of a button from the app.

What Comes In the Package

  1. LUNA 3 Plus
  2. Conductive Serum 2ml
  3. USB Cable
  4. Pouch Bag
  5. Manual

Treatments Available

FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Treatments

1. Full Facial Toning (7 mins)
A microcurrent treatment that helps to improve overall facial contour & tone. Leaving skin looking firm & lifted.

2. Targeted Eye Treatment (4 mins)
An eye treatment that targets the eye contour to target the signs of ageing.

3. Laugh Line Treatment (3 mins)
Targets laugh lines to help improve the appearance of the lip area.

4. Forehead Soothing & Lifting (4 mins)
Targets the forehead area for toned, younger-looking skin.

5. Neck Treatment
A treatment designed to improve the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles caused by repeatedly looking down at your mobile devices.

Honestly, I just tried their targeted treatments a few times within a month of trying out the LUNA 3 Plus. I've tried all of them, of course, but not daily. The only treatment that I managed to do most of the time was the Targeted Eye Treatment. I'll continue giving my thoughts on my review below, so keep reading.

FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Settings

Default Settings 

The setting feature for the LUNA 3 Plus in the app is to set up your personalized cleansing routine for each area of the face which FOREO has divided into 4 parts. The forehead, left cheek, right cheek, and chin. Each area is customizable for T-Sonic Pulsations vibrations and time set to focus on each area. However, the heat setting can only be set for the whole treatment, not by part.

Once you have your desired setting and save it in the app, it is the default setting used to cleanse with or without the app.

Manual Cleansing

The 'Start Cleansing' button in the app is for facial cleansing using the LUNA 3 Plus with FOREO's app. However, I don't really find this feature practical because it's only a display of the default setting, which means, settings of the device cannot be changed through this feature. This feature mainly monitors which part of the treatment you're at; that's mostly it. It has a mirror function too, which opens up the front camera, but I have never found a reason to use it.

Manual Massage

The massage treatment comes in 2 features, for massaging and Microcurrent, which both aim as an anti-ageing treatment. The 'Start Massage' button activates microcurrent treatment if you do not want to use the pre-installed treatments. This feature allows more freedom to use the microcurrent treatment the way you prefer it. For example, if you're feeling to only massage your face, you can off the Microcurrent and just use the intensity to massage your face using the back of the LUNA 3 Plus. The same goes for both ways, or just use both features simultaneously.

My Review On FOREO LUNA 3 Plus

Setting Up The LUNA 3 Plus

The set-up was pretty easy and quick. Like the other FOREO devices, it needs to be set up at the app first and paired up with a smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity. 

First Impression Using FOREO's LUNA 3 Plus

I couldn't wait to try it! I was smiling wide when I first attempted to try it. I opened it with the APP first, then only I tried it without the app for cleansing. The microcurrent treatment is a new thing for me, so I got a bit shocked when I got shocked. LOL... get it? 

Long story short, I didn't read the instructions properly and used the device without making sure it was completely dry. Lesson learned on that, but I couldn't help it. It was such an exciting experience, and the LUNA has been on my wishlist for ages. Overall, my first impression of the LUNA 3 Plus is that it looks luxurious, and with all the options offered, you instantly feel like it's worth the spend. I certainly took a long time to explore all the features this device provided.

My Thoughts After A Month Using The FOREO LUNA 3 Plus

I don't think I'm ever going back to regular cleansing because the LUNA 3 Plus has undoubtedly made its place as a necessity for my skin's needs. I feel that my skin is thoroughly cleansed and totally clean with the LUNA 3 Plus without even stripping my skin. In addition, it removes the feeling of uncomfortable gunk on my skin after a long day, and I don't even need to use much effort to cleanse my face. 

I started to travel again, and once I forgot to bring my LUNA along, cleansing my face the following day felt unsatisfying. I felt like my skin wasn't properly clean, which put me in a bad mood to start the morning. LOL... (I sound problematic, I know). This is probably because I'm so used to the freshly cleansed face that it makes me feel uncomfortable without achieving it. 

What I like about the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus

FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Close Up

1. Wide Cleansing Area

I've been a fan of cleansing devices for years, but this is the first time I have tried a cleansing device with a wide cleansing area, and the difference is noticeable. With a wide cleansing area, I don't get much foam on my hands, especially if the cleanser tends to foam a lot. It's neater and a less messy assistant while washing my face.

2. Gripping

I love the grip of the LUNA; since it's the size of the palm, it feels like holding a bar soap while cleansing. It doesn't tend to slip, and the feel is suitable for proper cleansing. The previous cleansing device I used had a stick to hold, so water and foam usually drip to the stick, making the experience slightly unpleasing. It's not really a big issue, but I find that the grip for the LUNA is really comfortable. I'm able to cleanse longer and adequately with the LUNA.

3. Cleansing Edges Gets Easy

I particularly love how easy it is to clean the edges of my nose, which I had to put in quite an effort before. Since the LUNA has a curved shape, it makes the edges of the LUNA wide open; hence it helps to quickly clean the edges of the face, like nearby the ears, the hairline, and the edge of the nose. Honestly, this is a big difference from my previous cleansing device; as for cleansing, those parts are now more manageable and less messy. As a result, even though I'm cleansing near the edges, I don't get foam into my ears or even on my hair.

4. Can Function Manually

Before I started using the LUNA, I was worried it had to run with the app just like the FOREO UFO. Turns out it didn't have to, and I was so pleased about that. Using it with the app opens up many options for the device, but I can tend to get lazy to open it up every day. Especially on busy days and rushed mornings, I couldn't bother to open up my phone. Having it run manually makes the LUNA reachable daily. In fact, I hardly use the app with the LUNA for cleansing; I prefer to use it manually each time.

5. Customizable Default Mode

The LUNA has a default mode which you can custom according to your preference. So actually, there's no need to use the LUNA with the app once you have already adjusted it according to your preferred treatment. It took me about a week to get the perfect adjustments for my default mode. As you can see below: 

FOREO LUNA Default Setting

Currently, the above is the perfect setting for me; I really took time to get the right setting according to my cleansing style. My total duration for each cleansing treatment is 90 seconds, so it's a bit more than a minute which you may be guessing why it is a bit long. Well, ever since I used the LUNA, I've been treating my daily cleanse as a facial as well. It is indeed pleasing to use, and instead of using it rashly like I have always done with most of my facial cleansing devices, the LUNA had made me more disciplined to use it slowly and adequately with circular motions.

If you refer to the picture above, you can see that the time set for my forehead is 30 seconds which is the longest among all the other parts. And no, it's not because I have a broad forehead. I set it for a long time because I prefer to evenly distribute my cleanser on all parts of my face before properly focusing on a particular part. So at the beginning of my facial cleansing routine, I start with a little bit of cleansing the whole area of my face before moving on to each other parts. I prefer my cheek areas a little extra time because I usually get pimples at that area, so I cleanse slowly and carefully around that area.

The maximum vibration setting set is 16 for the intensity of t-sonic pulsations, but the maximum level I could take is only 13. Why? Because the vibration is quite strong and intensity over 13 makes me feel like my brain shakes, making me feel a bit dizzy. That's why I could only set the intensity at 8 for my forehead, and the strongest is at my chin area, where I usually put a little bit of pressure because I have so many whiteheads there. 

While my heat setting can go up to 50°C, the device gives a pop-up warning that heat could cause sensitivity to the skin, so since I'm still new to thermal cleansing, I feel like I shouldn't go overboard yet. However, 48°C does make me feel some slight heat while using the device. I'm not sure about how others may react to the heat.

6. Thermal Heat Mode

This is definitely one of a kind, and it feels good to have this feature. The heat helps break down particles, hence cleansing the face is more manageable and cleaner. I rarely wear makeup nowadays, so sunscreen is the only thing that blocks my skin. You know the waterproof ones could be a bit hard to wash off with water, right? Before this, I used facial wet wipes to remove sunscreen first, but I don't have to nowadays. The LUNA 3 Plus manages to remove sunscreen while cleansing, and of course, I was impressed! And the feel of the slight heat of the thermal heating is also comforting to me.

7. Easy To Clean

FOREO advises using their FOREO Silicone Cleaning Spray when cleaning the device, but I don't have it yet. So I just rinse it with water and pat it dry with my Norwex cloth. Even though I usually do a quick cleanse after using it, I never seem to see any excess soap at the bristles left out. The device is easy to clean, even if I just rinse it with water.

8. The 2 in 1 Treatment

FOREO doesn't highlight the LUNA as a 2 in 1 treatment, but it does have 2 treatment modes for thermal cleansing and targeted Microcurrent. I find this really worth the money because it's like getting 2 devices for one. The LUNA 3 Plus cleanses better because of thermal cleansing, and it's also the only LUNA with microcurrent treatment. 

However, do not expect the microcurrent treatment to be the same as FOREO Bear. 'Targeted' Treatments means smaller areas because the LUNA 3 Plus focuses on the under eyes and lines on your face. It actually makes sense as the microcurrent balls are way smaller than the FOREO Bear. Don't take it as a disadvantage because you get more treatments to choose from when you own both devices.

9. Long Battery Run

The longest I used the LUNA 3 Plus without charging was 2 weeks. During that time, I just used the device without the app. Just 2 times a day for 1 minute cleanse. When it's time to charge, it doesn't take much time for a full battery either, I didn't track the time, but I could say within half an hour or less for it to be fully charged. While charging, there is a light indication at the bottom of the device, so you'll know that it's charging. It cannot be connected to the app while charging, so best just leave it alone to charge.

10. Auto-Off

The manual says the button should be pressed and held for 3 seconds to off the device, but it auto-offs when treatment is finished. That makes things so easier, believe me. It may seem nothing new, but when you actually use it, you'll find how less of a hassle it is with its auto-off feature after each use.

What Can Be Improved

1. Vibration Hints

For cleansing, at default, the treatment is divided into 4 parts: the forehead, right cheek, chin, and left cheek. However, as I mentioned above, each part for treatment is customizable according to your preference. You can check the treatment flow if you're using it with the app; however, it gets tricky to determine which is which without the app. 

The LUNA's vibration indication distinguishes the time to change to the next part. It gives a slight vibration hint for you, so you know it's time to switch to the next part. But still, it's easily missed, mainly when you're not focusing, and you'll tend to get confused about which part is which if all your intensity levels are set the same.

What I think would be better than just giving vibration hints is visual hints instead. Since the bottom of the LUNA has a light indicator for charging, why not include more colours and let the lights indicate which part. Instead of a one-second blink which is easily missed. It'll be easier to catch on at which part of the treatment your at without really having to focus if there is a colour-changing light indicator that's always on for each part. That's just an idea I have.

2. Microcurrent Stings Sometimes

I'm unsure if what I feel is correct, but the Microcurrent for the LUNA seems stronger than the FOREO Bear, even though I have both at the lowest level. I easily get stung using the LUNA, even though I'm sure that it's completely dry before treatment. I rarely get stings with the Bear, but I get it each time I use the LUNA. 

As I said, I'm still new to microcurrent treatment, so I can't really tell if I'm using it correctly, but I always follow the guide given. Since I always get stings with the LUNA, I have been sticking to their pre-installed treatments only instead of the manual mode, which I could custom myself.

3. Faulty App

All my reviews for FOREO devices mention that their app needs improvement. Even though FOREO upgrades its application multiple times a year, it still crashes. Sometimes I can't connect my device with the app, and sometimes I have to register my device again. It tends to crash once in a while.

Did I mention before that the app makes your device seems like a new device after a while, significantly when FOREO changes the whole app interface? However, over the years, with using FOREO devices, the app did go through significant changes, and it's way better than when I first started using it. The layout is continuously upgraded for a more friendly user experience, and I'm delighted with that.

Before & After Using the FOREO LUNA 3 Plus

Before & After FOREO
Pictures were taken at the same place within the same time frame on different dates. Pictures are unedited and shot with natural lighting.

Honestly, there isn't much difference to show since I've only been using the LUNA 3 Plus for a month. However, from my experience within a month, I noticed that I've gotten lesser breakouts even though my skin is acne-prone. Since I'm a skincare reviewer, I constantly change skincare products within a month, and before this, I can get pretty bad breakouts, but I didn't get any severe breakouts except for a few pimples. The before picture on 8/10 was taken a week before I started using the LUNA; forgive me, I forgot to snap pictures of my skin condition just before starting this trial. But you can actually see a bit of difference in my skin with the after pictures, right? My skin looks calmer and plump, even with a few pimples popping up. 

Is FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Worth The Money?

I guess this is the most important question of all. As it comes with a heavy price tag. I know! It's worth half a month of our standard monthly salary, so is it really worth splurging that much for a skincare device?

My answer is still the same for all the FOREO products I own. It depends on how you value it. If you find it useful, it should be worth every penny spent, but if you purchase it because you feel you just want it, it'll be such a waste on you if you don't use it fully.

This device is like a compact facial spa with many features that could benefit your skin, so it makes sense why it's expensive. It is the only kind that combines cleansing with thermal and adds it up with microcurrent treatment. So if you think logically, you're like getting 3 devices in one. So technically, you're kinda saving more with this device.

But still, as I mentioned, it'll be such a waste for you if you just feel like you want it. You actually need to have the need for it to fully make your money worth. In the first few weeks, you may be excited and want to use all the features daily, but after a while, you'll tend to get bored and feel like it isn't special anymore. Come on, I know most of you are like that; I'm like that too. If you don't fully use what the device offers, you can get any other LUNA that FOREO offers; there's a long list of it.

However, I found that thermal cleansing is something now that my skin depends on. It just helps my skin to get cleansed better and quicker. I compared it with my previous cleansing device, and I can't go back anymore. The LUNA 3 Plus offers a better experience for me, and I love how now I'm consistently cleansing correctly, thanks to the exact timing the LUNA offers. 

The only thing I'm not so used to yet is the microcurrent treatment for the LUNA. Since I have the FOREO Bear, I honestly love the treatment from the Bear better. But hold on, wait for my following review for the FOREO Bear. I'll write a detailed comparison of both devices in that post. Then, once I'm done, I'll link it here for your next read.

Cutting to the conclusion, is FOREO LUNA 3 Plus worth it? The answer is yes to me! I may have not seen drastic changes to my skin yet, but I believe this device is worth it in the long run. Besides, my experience with it has already made me dependant on it that I didn't even let any of my family members give it a try. LOL... I'm not kidding.

More Questions About The FOREO LUNA 3 Plus.

1. Can the FOREO Luna 3 Plus be used without FOREO's app?

Yes! It has a manual mode which you can set up to run in default.

2. I have the FOREO Bear; should I still buy the LUNA 3 Plus?

Depends, but for me, it's great to have both since the microcurrent treatments for both devices are different. The LUNA 3 Plus focuses on targeted areas, while the FOREO Bear covers the whole face.

3. How often should I use Foreo Luna 3?

The LUNA 3 Plus is a cleansing device, so it should be no problem to use it each time you cleanse your face, which is usually twice a day.

I hope this post for my FOREO LUNA 3 Plus Review has helped you in any way. If there are any questions you want to ask, just drop a comment in the comment section below.