Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment Review
Never let it be said that I don’t love a good skincare gadget from time to time. I’m the proud owner of a Clarisonic brush and a Foreo Luna Go but when I saw the Kickstarter for the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment device, I must admit I rolled my eyes and groaned internally. What fool would pay hundreds of dollars for a silicone puck that vibrates your sheet mask and serum around your face and how could the claims of a twenty minute sheet mask sesh be beat by a ninety second rub around? As my dear Father would say, a fool and his money are soon parted.
When the device was finally released and I started seeing paid reviews go up, I was still skeptical. There were people reporting issues with the Foreo app and bluetooth connectivity dropping out and the two available mask packs seemed geared to dry and dehydrated skin types so I wasn’t all that interested in even thinking about a potential purchase.
About a month or so ago, I noticed that Sephora had started stocking some of the new masks and I started to think twice about a potential purchase - the Matte Maniac mask was really the turning point for me but the price was still a complete turn off and then, like it was just meant to be, there comes a 20% off sale announcement and I was determined to pick it up.
A transcendent smart mask treatment, UFO combines advanced dermal technologies with exclusive Korean mask formulas for a decadent facial treatment in seconds. Experience the beauty of innovation, and transform your complexion with UFO.
For a few moments every day, UFO whisks you away into a world all your own with technology that delivers stunning results while also providing an indulgent experience for the senses. UFO’s Hyper-Infusion Technology uses your skin’s natural reactions to heat and cold as well as signature T-Sonic pulsations to ensure you get the most out of every mask treatment.
My first thoughts after unboxing
The device itself comes packaged very “sleek” and minimalist in a hard plastic case, although I found it hard to open as there were many sticky seals in various locations along the edges of the case. Inside was the device itself, the USB charging cable and a sample mask which in my case was the “Make My Day” mask. I was a bit disappointed initially as other reviews had mentioned that both the day and night time masks were included in the package but I had also picked up a full box of the night masks so I knew I wasn’t going to miss out all together.
The masks come packaged in either six or seven, depending on which ones you buy. The day and night masks are also a lot cheaper than the specialty mask packs. I picked up packs of the following masks:
Call it a Night ($15 for 7 masks)
Glow Addict Enhanced Brightening Pearl-Infused UFO Activated Mask ($30 for 6 masks)
Matte Maniac Extra Purifying Charcoal-Infused UFO Activated Mask ($30 for 6 masks)
The device itself comes pre-charged so I was excited to be able to use it straight away the night that I received it. I double cleansed as normal and applied my nightly exfoliating toner and decided to try out the Call it a Night mask. You start out by connecting your device to the app on your phone via bluetooth which is a very simple process - just open the app and hold down the button on your UFO for five seconds. You are then presented with a little spin wheel of masks with a start button in the middle which updates as you load in additional masks. Once you hit start, you’re asked to scan the barcode off the mask packaging and it loads in the appropriate “profile” to the device. The app then explains how to place the mask on to the device and prompts you to start treatment.
Once the treatment starts, the app gives you little verbal prompts along the way as to what the device is doing. Depending on the mask you’ve selected, the device may heat up or cool down and it will vibrate throughout as well as light up with different colour LEDs. It’s all very fancy, especially with the relaxing background music that it plays. After the ninety second treatment is up, you’re asked if you want to repeat the treatment.
My overall verdict on the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment Device
$395 is a lot of money to spend on a skin masking device but with the added benefit of LED therapy, cryotherapy and thermotherapy, I feel that for me it was money well spent. I have now tried all of the masks that I have purchased apart from the Glow Addict ones and I have not seen any issues in relation to breaking out, redness or sensitivity. I very much enjoy spending a minute and a half every night, giving my face a good massage!
The results so far have been quite impressive, especially with the Matte Maniac mask where I saw a reduction in visible redness and oil production immediately after use as well as what appeared to be less defined pores, which is always a winner in my book. The one Make my Day mask that I was able to sample was less of a winner, and probably suited towards more dry skinned individuals who need the extra moisture bump in the morning before they apply their makeup. Call it a Night was fantastic for nights where I might use a stronger chemical exfoliant after cleansing to really help ensure that I wasn’t over drying my skin and I think it will be beneficial when I use foaming cleaners in the summer time (the only stuff that cuts through some of my thicker summer sunscreens and heavy matte makeup).
I think I will bulk buy the Matte Maniac and Call it a Night masks when I see offers on the various sites that sell the products as I feel they are slightly overpriced, per usual in the Australian market, and I am also keen to try and cut up existing face masks that I have collected over the years to see if they can be used with the device - although you need to scan the barcode of the mask before treatment starts so I will need to make sure I keep a barcode handy in the drawer.
I’m certainly looking forward to testing out more masks in the future and I definitely think the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment device was worth the money I spent on it!