It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Foreo. I think they are a good company with great practices and even better products. And with such a good track record, they should not have a single dud, right?
For me, this is where Iris comes in. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad device. It has a job to do and it does it well. But, it's also not something that I would run into a burning building to rescue.
Though, you might. It could actually be a game-changer for you. Let me tell you what it is and what it does, and you'll get to see for yourself.
Foreo Iris is a fantastic eye massager. It fits perfectly into all of the facial contours and will in no way harm the delicate skin around the eyes. And it is very effective for banishing undereye puffiness and dark circles, even making the cheapest of eye creams go an extra mile. However, it may not be the best pick for those who don't have major issues with their eye area. At the end of the day, Iris is a bit of a unitasker. So, it would be far more practical and economical to pick another device that can do it all (ie Foreo Luna 3).
Foreo Iris Overview
The Foreo Iris doesn't resemble a flower that much. It's more like a babyproofed bottle opener. However, this ophthalmologist-approved massager is no teething toy.
This device utilizes Foreo's signature T-Sonic technology that penetrates deep into the skin. It combines it with light tapping so the Iris can offer a full spectrum of "agitation" needed for treatment.
Depending on the combination of the T-vibrations and tapping sensation, the device will allow you to access a couple of types of treatment. The first is called Pure Mode and involves the tapping motion only. It's designed to mimic the feeling of a light finger tapping massage - perfect for gentle de-puffing in the morning or helping a heavier eye cream to sink into the skin.
The second one is called Spa Mode. Together with tapping, it employs sonic vibrations for a deeper treatment. This mode is designed to maximize penetration and efficiency of all cosmetic products, stimulate the skin beyond the surface layers, and even turn back the clock by softening or completely diminishing fine lines. This mode is also supposed to provide other long-term benefits like reducing eye bags and lightening under-eye circles.
Both modes offer 8 intensities so you can customize the treatment to your needs.
Iris is very easy to use. Once you turn on the device, gently glide it over the eye area. After a minute, a light will turn on, signaling that it's time to move to the other eye. The device will automatically switch off to prevent overuse.
You'll not gain much by downloading Foreo's app if you want to use Iris, but you can still use it to register your device and stay on top of any updates.
- Fits into all nooks and crannies.
- Very gentle, yet very efficient.
- Effective in de-puffing, reducing dark under-eye circles and fine lines.
- It will make all eye creams and serums penetrate and work better.
- Pure Mode and Spa Mode available — easy to address your needs throughout the day or week.
- A unitasker.
- The battery doesn't hold up as well as other Foreo products. So, if you're used to not having to charge your device for months on end, this may get annoying pretty quickly.
Is Foreo Iris Worth It?
For some, yes. And those "some" probably have quite a few issues with the skin around their eyes.
First things first: the eye bags. Most users with serious luggage have reported significant improvements with consistent use. They have seen both instant effects in form of de-puffing in the morning, to long-term impact on volume and pigmentation.
A good chunk of users also noticed an improvement in the fine line department, mainly crow's feet and frown lines between the brows. And almost everyone I talked to that bought this device to deal with eye strain (mostly people who spend a lot of time in front of computer screens) are more than satisfied.
The second group of people who may be interested in this device is those who can't use fancy eye creams. Did you know that the more expensive a cosmetic product is, the more likely it is to contain a lot of irritants? It's mostly because of perfume, but also a high concentration of certain active ingredients.
If you wear contact lenses, suffer from an eye infection, or simply have super-sensitive skin, you know you have to pick the mild stuff. And that stuff is usually not the most effective. Enter Iris. It can boost the absorption and effectiveness of any product, so you can get more from even super cheap eye creams. On the other hand, if you've splurged on the expensive stuff, it will make it stretch out quite a bit (wallet, you're welcome).
Finally, it's for all those who found other eye massagers ineffective, or even painful. I'm looking at you, spikey rollers! Why do you even exist?
It's all about that T-Sonic magic. This is the same technology that makes Luna cleansers so efficient in pulling out all the gunk that's hiding deep in the pores. It only makes sense that it will be equally effective in pushing the product in.
Plus, the only sensation you will feel is that very light tapping - kinda like very skilled fingertips of an experienced esthetician. Certainly a far cry from solid spikes pressing into your skin.
What Should You Get Instead if Iris Is Not for You
If you want to stay with the Foreo family, Luna 3 or the UFO could be better options. Both can effectively help de-puff your whole face by stimulating the lymphatic system. Plus, they do a couple of other things as well.
Their downside is that they are a bit too wide and clunky to maneuver around the eyes. Bear Mini is slightly better in that area, but it will also give you a buzz.
Is There Someone Who Shouldn't Use the Iris?
In most cases, Foreo Iris is perfectly safe to use. But if you've suffered from an eye injury or had surgery recently, please consult your doctor first.
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