Review: ZIIP Beauty

Okay guys. My review of the ZIIP Beauty device is wayyyyyyyy overdue. Procrastinate much? Yes. I can make excuses (used regularly for a few months, then stopped, and just started again about 5 weeks ago….blah blah blah), but none really holds up under scrutiny. I suck!

Bottom line: It works, immediate results, and long-term. YAY!!!

Yeah, seriously. It works! So if you are in the market for a high-end beauty device, it is a great option! An overview of things to keep in mind:

  • It is really expensive. The introductory set is $495. You get the ZIIP device, a micro-usb charging cord, a travel pouch, and a bottle of the conducting gel.
  • It is a moderate time investment. Minimum of 12 minutes a day, 2 days a week, for about 5 weeks. Not laborious, but also not for the lazy.
  • Longterm time investment, 2-3 days a week, to keep results.
  • The conductive gel you must use with it, is $129 for 5 oz. Using 2 times a week, I went through 1 bottle in 3 months.
  • If you already own the NuFACE Trinity (review here), purchasing the ZIIP would be a bit redundant IMHO. In this review I will compare the ZIIP to the NuFACE Trinity as well as independently review the ZIIP.

If you are cool with all of this, and/or just have plenty of disposable income…Read on!

The Machine


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Image: ZIIP Beauty device and conductor gel

The ZIIP Beauty device looks well, futuristic, but low-profile, and pretty sleek. I mean it will still draw funny looks from the non-beauty obsessed, but all in all, it will look good on a vanity. Let’s go over the pros and cons.

Pros

  • One device. Other than the power button, there are no moving parts. Nothing to break or lose. Feels well-built.
  • Rechargeable via a plain ol’ USB to micro-USB cord.
  • Holds a charge through multiple 12 minute uses.
  • Extremely easy to travel with. Mine went on a three week journey through Japan and South Korea.
  • Beeps, buzzes, and has status lights so you know where you are in the routine, and if you are properly applying it to your skin.
  • Has anĀ  app with “Electrical Cocktails” that can target different beauty concerns.

Cons

  • One device. No IR attachment, or smaller prongs for specific areas.
  • The standard routine is long, and if you aren’t paying attention, you can easily forget what number ‘stroke’ you are on for each specific area of the face.
  • On some areas of the face, the very low profile of the metal conductors can feel a bit awkward, and takes some getting used to.
  • When you unplug the cord after charging, you must remember to also power it off.
  • This is kind of picky, but the travel pouch is VERY snug. I use a different padded pouch when traveling with it.
  • As of this posting, there is no trial use or guarantee. So if you do not like it, that is $495 down the drain. Ugh.
  • The app is IOS only! When I first purchased this 9 months ago, the website stated that an Android app is in the works. I contacted a representative, and apparently it is still in development, but their is no release date as it costs $85000+ to develop it on Android. Now I have some experience with app development, and I have found that once an app has been created on one platform, the next platform is somewhat simpler. This is due to the fact that all of the functionality basic UI design and servers have been set up, so you are trying to replicate existing functionality, and have testing results to compare against…but I digress. The bottom line is: I am stuck using only the out-of-the-box functionality unless I buy an iPhone or iPad. This is extremely annoying.

Using the ZIIP


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The space age, luxury ZIIP Beauty device

As I stated above, you have to use this 2-3 days a week for 5 weeks. I used it on the standard 12 minute Energizing mode twice a week for about two months. The results were similar to the NuFACE Trinity. I think the immediate firming and depuffing is a bit better with the ZIIP, and frankly, it is a pleasure to use.

Let’s go over the general steps and what the overall experience is.

Golden Conductive Gel

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Golden(?) Conductor gel

This is a thin, silky gel. It says there is gold in the formulation, but who knows? I use three pumps for each use. 1 neck, 1 for each side of my face. I cover everything, except my nose (including my lips and eyelids!). It is non-irritating, and does not dry out too quickly. You must apply it to clean skin. I suggest applying it to freshly washed, damp, but not wet skin. After using the ZIIP, you rinse and continue with your skin care routine. You wipe the gel from the device afterwards, using the included cloth.

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Branded microfiber cleaning cloth and travel pouch.

 

Energizing Cocktail

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Cute power button!

The Energizing Cocktail is the what is loaded on the ZIIP when you first buy it. As stated above, I do not have an IOS device, so this is the only Cocktail I was able to test. It is effective though, so I can’t complain there. You will receive an illustrated insert that gives you a rundown on the order of movements and tips. I would suggest viewing the video on the ZIIP Beauty website though. I think it does a much better job of demonstrating how to use it.

It is quiet. The device has two white lights that glow when you are making proper contact with your skin. If you lose contact, the device will pause the routine until it is corrected. I LOVE that, because, sometimes I’m tired and sloppy. It will buzz every 5 seconds – the length of each stroke/movement. One thing you should keep in mind is to minimize lifting it away from your skin between strokes. The website video shows this, while the insert does not.

My neck area is the only area that can be a bit sensitive when using it. Not enough to hurt, but I get an involuntary muscle twitch now and then. The only area that took some real getting used to, was around my eyes. It’s hard to explain, but the low profile of the metal conductors just feels odd when using it around delicate areas like my eyes. I never had a mishap, but it felt, sort of dangerous for the first few weeks.

Results

So I only have after photos, because, well, before I was using the NuFACE, and the results are similar. I have gained a couple of pounds since reviewing the NuFACE, and I think it shows in my face, but the ZIIP has helped retain my skin firmness. My forehead and brow furrow have improved. I swear, my forehead birthmark is more faint, but I’m not certain. I love that I can also treat my neck, so while I do not have photos from before, I noticed a BIT of improvement there.

BEFORE

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NuFACE Trinity: Left Side of face
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NuFACE Trinity: Right side of face
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NuFACE Trinity: Forehead – Expression lines are reduced in center of forehead

 

AFTER

I left the conductive gel on my face for these photos, because it is January, and the air is so very dry and cold. Sorry for the shine and pores!

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ZIIP Beauty: Left side of face – fairly firm even with weight gain!

 

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ZIIP Beauty: Right side of face – again, fairly firm even with weight gain!
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ZIIP Beauty: Another jawline shot
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ZIIP Beauty: Forehead and brow furrow, showing more improvement
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ZIIP Beauty: Bonus, you can treat your neck!

CONCLUSIONS

I really like the ZIIP. I find it is convenient, well-built, and more of a joy to use than the NuFACE. I hate the cost of the conductive gel, but I like seeing the continued improvements to my skin firmness. It is super easy to travel with, as it is small, and can be charged with any micro-usb cable. While the results are similar, if I had to do it all over again, I would not have purchased the NuFACE, and bought a used iPhone, to take advantage of the app.

If only it treated sun damage and redness!!!! It’s okay to dream!

How about you guys? Have you tried the ZIIP, or maybe even the NuFACE as well? Let me know what you think!

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