Advanced Collection Treatment Masks with Foreo UFO 2

The FOREO (FOR-RAY-OH) UFO 2 (see review here) is now tied with LUNI Mini (review here) as my favorite FOREO item.   FOREO sent me not just the Basic Duo Mask collection to use, but the complete Advanced and Farm to Face Collection Treatment masks for review purposes. Many thanks to FOREO for sending me these products

Skin Type/Concerns: Oily, blemish prone, pores, aging, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles

All reviews are my own honest opinion and  I never have been asked to write copy for a brand.  This blog post might contain promo codes, affiliate and referral links, which using my links will help generate a small commission that helps support my blog at no extra cost to you. 

RECAP: What is the UFO 2?  Let’s step back a bit and talk about sheet masks.  As you know, I primarily review K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) skincare products which include facial sheet masks.  I believe Japanese brands had facial sheet masks before K-Beauty, but it was the immense popularity of K-beauty that made sheet masking a common skincare step in millions of people’s routines.   Facial sheet masks use a material ~ whether it is cotton, tencel, hydrogel, bio-celluose or others, which is soaked in essence, then you apply and leave on this full face mask for about 20-30 minutes on your face, leaving your skin softer, smoother and hydrated.  The essence is targeted for a skin concern or skin type and there are  thousands of sheet masks out on the market today.

UFO 2 takes the concept of facial sheet masks and makes it really something special.  It’s a marriage of Korean skincare experts and Swedish dermal technology.  Within 90 seconds, you will get a spa-like facial with the UFO 2.  Fun Facts according to FOREO

  • Time saver: UFO 2 turns a 20-minute mask routine into a 90-second treat, saving you more than 5 days a year  
  • Better absorption: instantly infuses serum into the deepest layers of skin, for superior results 
  • Rejuvenating skin: It locks in moisture while reducing the appearance of pores 
  • Pampering effect: Provides a soothing facial massage 
  • Evenly distributes mask ingredients across every area of the face (unlike the conventional sheets masks which create air pockets that reduce benefits) 
  • Complete Mask Treatment 
    • Hyper-Infusion Technology combines heating, cooling &  T-Sonic pulsations 
      • Thermo-Therapy (heat) mode  preps skin and enhances skin’s absorption of UFO Power Activated Masks’ ingredients.  Heats up 5X faster than original UFO. 
      • Cryo-Therapy (cool) refreshes, and instantly lifts and firms skin, shrinking the appearance of pores and puffiness. This is only in UFO 2 models
      • T-Sonic Pulsations stimulate blood microcirculation and better absorption of products, facilitating skin renewal.  Up to 10,000 sonic pulsations per minute
  • Full Spectrum LED Light Therapy 
    •  8 different LED lights provide targeted photofacials: Wavelengths 463 – 627 nm
    •  Purple, white, green, orange, blue, cyan, yellow and red lights 
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That is the first part of the smart mask treatment, now you need the UFO Power​Activated Masks!  These soft microfiber mask rounds are developed and sourced in South Korea, so you know you are getting the best of skincare technology here.  FOREO has 3 different collections to choose from ~ the Daily Duo, reviewed in my original UFO 2 blog post here, the natural collection of Farm To Face UFO Power​Activated Masks and the Advanced Collection, which contains 5 different types of UFO Power​Activated Masks that will target specific issues.  This blog post is going to go over the Advanced Collection Treatment masks. All of their dermatologist tested masks are formulated with premium quality botanical and fruit extracts and do not contain parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicones, disodium EDTA or mineral oil  

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Great News!!  FOREO has updated their app and no more scanning masks.  They updated it between this review and my Farm to Face review, so I will repeat what I wrote there.

HUGE CHANGES with their latest App upgrade!!  No longer do we have to scan in the mask’s bar code to select the treatment.  FOREO has provided all of the masks in their app and you choose the one you are using.  This is a HUGE improvement.  I was saving those mask packages and creating a folder with the bar code, in case I wanted to use the treatment for another mask ~ also, it was a pain to select the mask you were using and THEN have to scan in the bar code.  This is so great ~ I love the app is more user friendly and customizable.   

There are only 8 programmable areas on the UFO 2 and two of those are already pre-programmed with Make My Day and Call It A Night.   You can also create your own custom treatment with a time duration of your choice spanning 90 to 180 seconds and one LED light choice ~ you will chose the gold box with the gear wheel and then select your options.   You can still use it manually, making sure that you do not open up and connect the app to your device ~ you just need to remember which LED area has your programmed treatment.  

UnboxingBeauty Tip: Take photos of each mask’s barcode and save them.  I also clean the package and save those as well ~ in case I accidently delete my photos.  I upload the photos to both my iPad and iPhone, as well as keeping them on my PC ~ so I can easily scan them from the FOREO app.  The app won’t take a photo from your library, so you have to point the camera at the bar code on the photo and just scan it that way.  Why do I do this?  I might want to try the program for a regular sheet mask I have ~ I mentioned how you can use a regular, normal thickness cotton/tencel mask with this device in my original UFO 2 review.  If I have a mattiying mask, I might like to use the Matte Maniac treatment plan. 

Alas, even if you have the mask type programmed into your UFO 2, it STILL asks you for the bar code scan if you use the app ~ FOREO needs to remove that option if you already have it programmed.  You can use it manually, making sure that you do not open up and connect the app to your device ~ you just need to remember which LED area has your programmed treatment.  There are only 8 programmable areas on the UFO 2 and two of those are already pre-programmed with Make My Day and Call It A Night. 

The best way to start the treatment is to get your UFO device set up with the mask inserted before you start the treatment.  Just take the clear attachment ring off the UFO, remove the UFO Activated Mask from the packet and then place the mask round on UFO 2’s gold flat surface.  Make sure the little tab bit of the mask is over the indent in the UFO 2 device and then snap it back in place.  You will need the packet for the app

Just follow the instructions on the app ~ it is pretty easy ~ just need to turn on your UFO 2 and the app will guide you through the instructions ~ you will need to sync your UFO 2 with the app and then it wait while you applied the mask round to the device, if you already haven’t.  You will scan the barcode off the packet using your smartphone’s camera.  UFO 2 will select the appropriate treatment for the mask and you just let the UFO 2 do its thing.   Once you are done, just remove the mask round and rinse the device and ring under water ~ yes, this baby is wrapped in silicone so it is 100% waterproof

You will really feel like you got a mini facial with the UFO 2 device ~ totally different from using just a sheet mask.  I feel that this device does help “push” the essence into my skin, making it feel rejuvenated, soft and more “fresh”.  All of the Advanced Collection Masks are 2 minutes long, unlike the 90 second Daily Duo Masks.  I actually can get 4 minutes out of one treatment ~ along with the pulsations, LED lights, heating and cooling ~ I feel that the essence does penetrate deeper into my skin. 

UnboxingBeauty Tip: Getting 2 treatments out of one mask:  Each packet has a LOT of essence left in it.  Instead of dumping all that essence on the mask round, which is already soaked through, I just wait until the first 2 minutes are over, flip the mask round over and add the essence from the packet onto the round.  I then repeat the treatment again.  

FOREO FactFile UFO Activated Masks

  • Each formula is made with high quality plant and fruit extracts 
  • Korean mask experts along with Swedish beauty technology
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Made in South Korea
  • Free from silicons, disodium EDTA, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, parabens
  • The preservatives are hydroxyacetophenone and chlorphenesin
  • Each mask is paired up with its own unique UFO routine using the FOREO app
  • Advanced Collection consists of five concentrated formulas, targeting specific needs and issues
  • Advanced Collection treatment is two minutes long.

Glow Addict is a skin brightening, evening out skin with illuminating pearl extracts.  It will increase your skin’s radiance and boost dull skin. 

  • Key Ingredients
    • Pearl powder is full of amino acids and minerals and  will keep skin healthy and radiant
    • Niacinamide is a powerful antioxidant that acts as an anti-inflammatory, improves your skin elasticity, enhance the skin barrier function while evening out   skin tone and reducing post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation 
    • Dipotassium glycyrrhizate (licorice) is a brightening ingredient that also reduces flaking while smoothing your skin. It is also an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory.
    • 3-O-Ethyl ascorbic acid is a very stable vitamin C that is soluble in both water and oil. Vitamin C is a skin brightener, anti-aging antioxidant and adds in the production of collagen, plumping up your skin 
  • Essence:  Thin, watery, milky serum 
  • Scent:  Light fragrance
  • LED: Green LED: Brightens and evens out skin tone, softens discolorations and dark circles
  • Therapy: Thermo (Heat) Therapy
  • T-Sonic: Yes
  • Results:  My skin felt refreshed, no sticky or tacky residue.  I didn’t really see any brightening effects.
  • Use with: UFO, UFO mini, UFO 2, UFO mini 2 

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pearl Extract, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin , Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Glucose, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diglycerin, Decyl Cocoate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol cosDNA

H2Overdose is a long lasting hyaluronic acid treatment mask that will deliver instant hydration.

  • Key Ingredients
    • Sodium Hyaluronate is an intensive hydrating ingredient which binds moisture to skin. It is a natural substance found in the human body and it made up of amino and uronic acids, and helps retain 100 to 1,000 times its own water weight in our skin cells.
    • Aquaxyl™ :  A patented hydrating compound made from ingredients derived from vegetable origin sugars ~ xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, xylitol and glucose. Aquaxyl will also reinforce your skin barrier function, limiting water loss in your skin and preventing skin dehydration on a cellular level.
    • Ceramide are lipids (fats) which are important in helping to repair and protect your moisture barrier. They will keep your skin hydrated and plump as they retain water. Ceramides are found naturally in your body and you lose the ability to produce as you age, so adding them to skincare products helps with anti-aging
    • Panthenol and glycerin are  humectants, which retains moisture and hydrates the skin.  Humectants are also good lubricants for the skin, making skin look soft and smooth. 
    • Allantoin moisturizes, exfoliates and softens skin, making it look smooth and refined, while reducing and relieving irritation.
  • Essence:  Thin, milky watery essence.  I was surprised as many hyaluronic acid masks have a watery clear essence.
  • Scent:  Floral
  • LED
    • Red LED: Restorative, stimulates collagen and elastin production, firms, anti-aging
    • Green LED: Brightens and evens out skin tone, softens discolorations and dark circles
  • Therapy: Thermo (Heat) Therapy
  • T-Sonic: Yes
  • Results:  This mask treatment really hydrated my skin  and it did leave a slight protective barrier film.  Not tacky or sticky, this is good for a night time treatment
  • Use with: UFO, UFO mini, UFO 2, UFO mini 2

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Decyl Cocoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ceramide 3, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diglycerin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Panthenol, Allantoin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,  Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Glucose, Hydrogenated Lecithin cosDNA

Youth Junkie provides skin renewal, improving skin’s elasticity, plumping up and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Key Ingredients
    • Collagen deeply moisturizes skin, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Vitamin E is the antioxidant star of antioxidants.  It provides protection against free radical damage while helping to repair existing damage. 
    • Triple Oil Complex of shea butter, jojoba oil and olive oil provides rich nourishment to the skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
    • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 helps to improve the appearance of firmness in skin.
    • Tremella fuciformis is a white gelatinous parasitic fungus that has been used in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) for centuries. It draws water to the skin, just like hyaluronic acid, helping keep your skin hydrated and moist, plumping up fine lines and wrinkles. It is supposed to be 120% more efficient than HA, as its particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid ~ it penetrates your skin better and more easier. Snow fungus is a natural organic alternative to hyaluronic acid. It contains Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin ~ we need produce it when we get it thru exposure to the sun and also in foods and supplements. Also, snow fungus is an antioxidant, helping combat and reserve free radical damage, including lightening of hyper-pigmentation spots.
  • Essence:  More creamier than Glow Addict and H2Overdose.  Very slick and slippery.
  • Scent:  little or no scent
  • LED: Red LED: Restorative, stimulates collagen and elastin production, firms, anti-aging
  • Therapy: Thermo (Heat) Therapy
  • T-Sonic: Yes
  • Results: I actually liked this one a lot as my skin did feel more toned up and firm.  It does leave a sticky residue initially so wait for the dry down. There is a lot of essence in here so this treatment took a bit longer on the dry down than the other mask treatments.
  • Use with: UFO, UFO mini, UFO 2, UFO mini 2

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Cocoate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Carnosine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Glycereth-26, Hydroxyacetophenone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance cosDNA

Shimmer Freak is very unique in the collection of masks as it is for your eye area!  UnboxingBeauty Tip:  I close my eyes while applying the treatment as the round UFO 2 device is too cumbersome and difficult to go around the eye area.  Closing my eyes ensures that all of the skin around my eyes gets this treatment.

  • Key Ingredients
    • Caffeine helps reduce puffiness, by stimulating and improving blood circulation
    • Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) fruit  is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory proprieties, high in anthocyanins that contain 150 flavonoids. Anthocyanins help protect your connective tissue from being damaged by enzymes and they also repair damage. They are full of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help suppress oxidization and therefore, inhibit the free radical production. Free radicals cause damage and can destroy cells, which leads to premature aging. Not only do these berries help fight free radicals, but they will soothe and condition your skin. They will help increase skin elasticity, making skin more tone and firm. They also have vitamin C and A, both which reverse the skin damage caused by free radicals ~ fine lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries.  
    • Synthetic fluorphlogopite provides a pearlized effect when combined with titanium dioxide.
    • Titanium dioxide in this formula is used to help brighten up the skin temporality. 
  • Essence:  Thin, clearish essence with little shimmer sparkers ~ this is not glitter!!  The shimmer is coming from the synthetic fluorphlogopite and titanium dioxide
  • Scent:  Strong perfume scent
  • LED
    • Red LED: Restorative, stimulates collagen and elastin production, firms, anti-aging
    • Blue LED: Anti-inflammatory, destroys P.acnes bacteria to prevent blemishes, reduces overactive sebum production
  • Therapy: Cryo (Cool) Therapy
  • T-Sonic: Yes, but very gentle
  • Results: This is very cooling and refreshing.  The pulsations are very gentle and soft. The essence dries down quickly, but my skin around my eyes are still hydrated without any stickiness.  I can really see the difference, especially on my upper eye lids as they look very plumped up, and hydrated and the skin is brightened due to the synthetic fluorphlogopite and titanium dioxide in here.  This is a great treatment, despite its scent and that it has rose in it ~ my eyes didn’t react to this mask at all.  I will repurchase this one.
  • Use with: UFO, UFO 2 

Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Caffeine, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chlorphenesin, Butylene Glycol,  Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) cosDNA

Matte Maniac helps mattify and purify oily skin, while soothing and calming skin.  Supports the skin’s natural oil balance and provides pore care.  

  • Key Ingredients
    • Charcoal Draws out impurities for clean, healthy-looking skin..
    • Witch Hazel helps soothe skin while minimizing the appearance of pores as it has astringent benefits
  • Essence:  Nice thick, clear gel
  • Scent:  Slight perfume scent
  • LED
    • Blue LED: Anti-inflammatory, destroys P.acnes bacteria to prevent blemishes, reduces overactive sebum production
    • Purple LED: Combo of red and blue light ~ detox, boost radiance, speeds up healing and reduces inflammation
  • Therapy
    • Thermo (Heat) Therapy
    • Cryo (Cool) Therapy
  • T-Sonic: Yes
  • Results: I was worried that the thick gel would dry down sticky, but it doesn’t ~ this is a very refreshing mask and it does provide a nice matte finish without drying out my skin and minimizing the appearance of my pores. 
  • Use with: UFO,  UFO 2

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Charcoal Powder, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chlorphenesin cosDNA 

If you have come this far, thank you for reading!  You can see that the FOREO UFO 2 device has quite a few masks in their library and I still have some more to review!  I really like the range of the masks so far, as they seem to target just about everything including the eyes.  My favorites from the Advanced Collection are Matte Maniac, Shimmer Freak and Youth Junkie as I feel they really do live up to their claims and work best for me.  These mask rounds only work with the FOREO UFO system so you do need to purchase one first before getting these masks.   My biggest complaint is that even if I have the Mask treatment already downloaded on my UFO, it STILL wants me to scan the barcode.  That needs to be fixed ~ as I don’t understand why I have to scan a bar code if I have the treatment plan already loaded.   I should also be able to select any treatment plan on the app regardless if I only have 8 programmable areas.  Come on, it’s an app ~ it can send that information to the UFO without an issue ~ the only time when I couldn’t access a plan is if I use this manually and then I would still have 8 plans pre-set in my device.

Which brings me to the cost.  Yes, this is expensive. The FOREO UFO 2 is $279.00 USD but this is an investment for your skin.  How much does it cost for a spa treatment monthly?  I am not saying you give up your spa facials, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a daily mini treatment in the convenience of your own home?  The UFO 2 was on my list already to purchase during Black Friday, as I was ready to step up my at-home facial treatments.  I was just fortunate that Foreo offered it to me for review purposes.  This comes with a 2 year warranty, where FOREO will replace the unit free of charge ~ you just need to activate the warranty once you receive it at your FOREO account.

FOREO also has several UFO’s beside the UFO 2, which is the Star of the UFO range. There is a UFO 2 Mini, which cannot use all of the UFO Power​Activated Masks, for $179.00. The old UFO series is also there ~ UFO at $199.00 and UFO mini at $99.00.  As I never tried any UFO’s before, I cannot tell you how they would compare to the UFO 2 experience. 

When you purchase from Foreo’s site, they also have free shipping with purchases $50.00 and over.  Foreo does ship to many countries worldwide as well!  Foreo takes all different types of payments:  major credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, JCB International Asia;  Paypal, Alipay, Amazon Pay and if you live in the USA, you can use flexible payments with Afterpay.   

Each mask pack contains 6 mask rounds and they are $19.99 for one box.  The more boxes you purchase, the more you will save!

FOREO has also bundled their masks as well, so check out their full range of mask choices here.

  • UFO 2 $279.00 comes in 3 different colors: pearl pink, fuchsia, mint   
  • BEST DEAL EVER Summer Love Bundle $329.00  contains UFO 2, LUNA mini 2, 1×6 H2Overdose Mask and Micro-Foam Cleanser  (a savings of almost $100.00)  
  • Double Duty Bundle $329.00 contains LUNA mini 2  and UFO 2 (savings of almost $70.00)

 

My unboxing of all of the FOREO products sent to me for review purposes!

[ product received in exchange for an honest review ]


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