Foreo Iris eye massager review / Does it really work?

Foreo Iris eye massager review smart beauty eye massage treatmentForeo, one of my favorite brands of all time, continuously makes amazing devices.  Foreo’s Luna 3, UFO 2, and the BEAR all being staples, my curiosity turned to the Foreo Iris.  Will it be a staple in my routine?  Does Foreo Iris really work?  This is one device from the brand that doesn’t require intensive app functionality and it is pretty much a plug and play and the charge lasts forever. 

Will this help us get rid of fine lines, crow’s feet under the eyes or help get rid of puffy eyes? So get into breaking down how to use this device and what it does!

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Full name of product:
Foreo Iris

Limited edition/ Permanent?:

Description of product:
“The uniquely designed and ophthalmologist approved IRIS eye massager utilizes alternating T-Sonic™ technology to reduce the visible signs of crow’s feet, dark circles, and bags under your eyes. IRIS also dramatically improves the absorption and efficacy of your favorite eye cream or serum.

Inspired by the lymphatic eye massages practiced in Asia, the innovative IRIS enhances the visible benefits of this technique beyond the capability of fingertips alone. Its unique T-Sonic™ technology features 2 modes, each designed to gently massage and smooth the eye contour. 

Alternating T-sonic technology
Inspired by the lymphatic eye massages practiced in Asia, the innovative IRIS enhances the visible benefits of this technique beyond the capability of fingertips alone. Its unique T-Sonic™ technology features 2 modes, each designed to gently massage and smooth the eye contour.

2 Innovative modes
Inspired by the lymphatic eye massages practiced in Asia, the innovative IRIS enhances the visible benefits of this technique beyond the capability of fingertips alone. Its unique T-Sonic™ technology features 2 modes, each designed to gently massage and smooth the eye contour. 

Ultra-hygienic silicone
Body-safe, hypoallergenic, and free of BPA and phthalates, IRIS is made from nonporous, medical-grade silicone that resists bacteria buildup.

Extra-gentle solution
Body-safe, hypoallergenic, and free of BPA and phthalates, IRIS is made from nonporous, medical-grade silicone that resists bacteria buildup.”

$128.00 USD/ $159 CDN

Where to buy:

Color versions available:Mint, petal pink, magenta, black

Foreo iris eye massager review how to use

Foreo iris eye massager how to get rid of eye bagsWhat do you get inside the Foreo Iris box?

Opening up the Foreo Iris box is like unboxing a new Apple product.  The packaging is always sleek and gorgeous.  Inside is the Iris device and to the left is hidden all the essential stuff!  There is a traveling pouch, USB cord (which everyone always loses because the battery life is so amazing), manual, quick start guide, and a foil packet sample of the Foreo serum serum serum.  I just wish the travel pouch would be color coordinated to the color of your device :'(.  Yes, I’m being spoiled and picky.

Foreo iris eye massager review how to get rid of puffy eyesHow do you use the Foreo Iris?

Before starting, make sure to sync your Foreo Iris to the Foreo app.  Even though you don’t need the app to operate the device, it won’t turn on until you register it so make sure to do so!

Foreo Iris eye massager is designed to mimic the tapping motion of using your fourth finger to stimulate the blood flow underneath your eyes while helping with the lymphatic drainage under the eyes to help reduce puffy eyes. Foreo’s patent T-sonic pulsation to push the skincare deeper into your skin.  A full routine lasts 1 minute (30 seconds for each side) and is recommended to be done twice per day. To turn on the device, simply hold onto the indented circle and it will turn on automatically.

There are two modes to this device, spa mode which uses a tapping motion with delicate pulsation, and pure mode which only uses the tapping motion.  There are 8 intensities which you control by holding either the minus or plus sign on the device.  When you turn on your device, the first mode will automatically be the spa mode (tapping and pulsation).  Simply hold onto the button to change to pure mode but I always just use the spa mode.  There are also 8 intensities that you can control by holding onto the “-” or “+” sign.

When using this device, I always make sure my under eyes have some eye serum or cream before starting to aid the Foreo Iris to glide smoothly and to help push in the product.  Note you don’t have to use a Foreo specific eye cream, you can use whatever your favorite eye care products.  Currently, I’ve rediscovered the Laneige eye sleeping mask since it is easy to apply and it is on the watery/ lightweight side and doesn’t soak into my skin as quickly, which gives me some wiggle room.

Foreo iris eye massager how to charge Iris device

All of Foreo’s devices are fully waterproof and the Iris is no exception.  To charge it, simply take the provided USB charging cable and plug it into the back.

Foreo iris how to use lymphatic drainage under eyesDon’t worry if it looks like the cable isn’t fully in, it is supposed to be like this.  One charge is supposed to give you 50 eye massages, which means if you were to massage your eyes twice a day, it will be another 25 days until you need to charge it again!  If your device is low on battery, the bottle of the device will flash a white LED light.

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How to clean your Foreo Iris device?

All of Foreo’s silicone is medical grade and anti-bacterial, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it after every use!  Just rinse the device with water and soap and let it dry until your next use.  Do not use any sort of cleaning product that contains alcohol, petro, or acetone as it will damage the silicone and cause wear and tears.  Avoid using clay-based or silicone-based serums as well and never leave the Foreo Iris in direct sunlight or expose it to high heat.

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Foreo Iris before and after

The big question for all of us is if the Foreo Iris actually helps or is it a gimmick.  I can sit here and tell you how great it is, but it is better if you have proof, am I right?  Here is my bare face with nothing on, not even lip balm which my lips seem to need badly in this photo.  As you can see, I don’t have much fat under my eyes as I have quite an angular face.  Any bit of darkness makes me look more tired than I really am, especially at night when I’m getting ready for bedtime.  I can’t test the Foreo Iris out for its de-puffing function since I am so skinny in the face, but I will have to try it on my boyfriend then next time I go up north.

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Here is a closer look.  These pictures were taken around 5 pm at night, so my dark circles aren’t at their worst.  Still, there is quite a bit of darkness consisting of redness and purple blood build-up.  There are different types of dark circles including:

brown dark circles: hyperpigmentation, post inflammation, allergies, overexposure to sunlight, frequent eye rubbing, inherited genes
black dark circles: lack of collagen/ elasticity, accumulated fatty tissue
blue dark circles: bad circulation, stress, smoking, lack of sleep, thinning of skin, iron deficiency, dehydration, illness, prolonged use of computer/ smart devices (so guilty of this)

I would classify my dark circles under the blue dark circles category and the cause would most likely be bad circulation, lack of sleep, dehydration and prolonged use of the computer.  I feel like I’m getting called out HAHA.  Whatever type of dark circles you have, it is always good to keep the blood flow going!  I’ve been quite neglectful of my under eyes since I don’t really know what to do with it and tapping product with my fourth finger is no fun at all.  I’ve also tried using those small metal applicators but I see it drag the skin underneath which isn’t ideal at all!

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Unlike the other Foreo devices, the Iris eye massager doesn’t have a step-by-step routine to follow, so I just did this common-sense one? It says to not use the device on your eyelid or eyeball (like massaging directly in your eyeball is ever a good thing), only use it under your eyes and above your eyebrows.  Again, one full routine is 1 minute for both eyes but I personally like to do 1 minute for each eye, 30 seconds for one undereye, and 30 seconds above my eyebrow.

I start off by having the tip right below my tear duct, going downwards a bit, and then bring it above my cheekbones and repeat.

Foreo Iris review lymphatic drainage for face and under eyes The back of the Foreo Iris is curved and hugs your cheeks perfectly while the upside-down U shape taps interchangeably.  I like using it with the pulsation on (aka. Spa mode) since I do find my blood circulation improves afterward.

How to get rid of forehead wrinkles Foreo iris eye massager reviewFor my brow bone and forehead, I take the tip of the device and run it from right to left. This massage will help release some tension above the eyebrows and can help slow down forehead wrinkles over time. If I’m feeling extra, I put some eye cream on my laugh lines and massage using an upwards motion.  I’m a side sleeper as well as a frequent smiler and can already see those lines settling in.  

The Foreo Iris eye massager gives you the same benefits of shiatsu eye massage, delivered to you in a faster and more convenient way so you can squeeze it into your busy schedule.  Shiatsu is a type of massage therapy developed in Japan.  It is derived from the Japanese term “finger pressure”, applying pressure to specific points to stimulate the area and help with “chi” (vital energy).  If you want to learn more about the benefits of shiatsu, watch this video of a Japanese esthetician giving a shiatsu eye massage and which points she targets to help with the overall health of your face and body.

Lymphatic drainage before and after foreo iris how to useHere is the after!  Before (right) and after (left).  You can see quite a big difference with the darkness and it isn’t the lighting since I try to have the studio lights as even as possible.

Foreo iris review before and after under eye bags Here’s a closer look.  Keep in mind my under eyes are still a little bit red from the massage (my skin is quite sensitive and pale, so it always looks a bit red even when I cleanse my face.  And yes, my eyelids are very uneven LOL.  I’ll point it out before you do, thank you.

How to reduce dark circles under the eyes foreo iris reviewLet’s see what it looks like under a different lighting situation and in the morning when I wake up.  Here I am in natural sunlight, right after waking up.  I swear my under eyes look much more severe in person LOL.

Foreo how to get rid of eye bags permanently Foreo iris reviewHere’s kind of a better look.  Again, it is that red and purple darkness that really bothers me and I don’t like to use concealer as it makes me look crusty and dry most of the time.

Foreo iris under eye massager reviewMassage, massage, massage.  Foreo truly just makes unlikeable skincare routine that much more enjoyable and easy to do.

Foreo iris lympatic drainage before and after review

And voila!  I personally feel very refreshed after the routine and I do find my blood flow to be a lot better.  I should really see what difference it could make for my mom if she uses this device but she might never give it back like all the other devices I’ve let her try.  Goodness…

Does the Foreo Iris eye massager work?

Although my before and after pictures don’t look that different nor am I at an age yet where the difference would be more dramatic, I do really enjoy using the Foreo Iris.  The under eyes, alongside haircare, have always been a neglected part of my routine and this device reminds me to take care of each part of my face.  This well-thought-out device truly mimics the tapping motion and makes the process much quicker and painless while adding the pulsation motion which a human can’t mimic.  Overall I think this is an amazing device to have and would be worth the long-term investment for your skin.  The Foreo Iris is truly like having a spa at home which you can treat yourself to morning and night!

Yes! I’m even thinking of getting one for my mom.

Stars given out of 5:

*Sponsored by Foreo, honest opinions (but you already know I love the brand so this review isn’t a surprise).*

Make sure to check out my other Foreo device reviews!
Foreo UFO 2 review
Foreo BEAR + BEAR mini review
Foreo Luna 3 + Luna mini 3
Foreo Luna 3 men

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