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 an  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!

Review: NuFACE Trinity

My first official review is a big one. Go big or go home, it’s the American way. The NuFACE Trinity is a device that is supposed to ‘train’ your facial skin to be firmer, by subjecting it micro-currents (yes, that’s electricity) which in turn help to promote collagen regeneration. Obviously this is for the 30+ crew. I believe it was originally marketed towards men and women over age 50, however now it is being promoted to those of us in our 30s as well. The idea is that not only will it help to firm up skin that is beginning to age and lose collagen, but it will help to prevent sagging in the future.

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

Don’t go and buy it just yet. There are caveats, and they are sizable. Let’s go over the key points, because if you object to any of the following, this review is tldr;

  • It is expensive. My set came with the original Trainer attachment, and the ELE targeted trainer and some of the gel. From a 3rd party distributer, it ran about $300. The IR Wrinkle Reducer attachment is an additional $150. Ouch.
  • It is a big upfront time investment. Minimum of 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 60 days. Using all 3 attachments, my daily time investment was 20 minutes a day. This is not a joke.
  • Longterm time investment, 2-3 days a week, to keep results.
  • The primer gel you must use with it, is $30 for 5 oz. I went through 1+ tube for my initial 60 days. I would estimate that the long-term routine would be about half of that.

If you said yes, I’m totally cool with all of those key points, then you are as crazy as me. Read on!

The Machine and it’s attachments


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The futuristic NuFACE Trinity. Fixes your face and helps you communicate with alien life forms.

Left to Right: NuFACE Trinity, Trainer, ELE, Wrinkle Reducer

The NuFACE Trinity et al, looks like a futuristic personal defense weapon. And when you use it on your face it blinks and makes noise. My hubby kept asking me if I was getting signals from the mother ship. It honestly does not feel that solid and well put together, but it fits well in my hand. Let’s go over the pros and cons.

Pros

  • One device, several attachments so you can target different issues without buying separate devices.
  • Rechargeable via sitting it on a base that plugs into a two prong outlet.
  • Holds a charge through several 20 minute uses.

Cons

  • One device, several attachments. Changing out the attachments feels clunky, and they do not always connect well with the base device. I had to remove and reattach on several occasions. It always feels a little loose and misaligned. I think this should be a magnetic mechanism, so everything aligns well.
  • The device does not always align with the rechargeable base.
  • You have to keep the Facial Trainer and ELE free from oil, so you really need to clean them with rubbing alcohol after each use. It says you can use a water dampened cloth, but they recommend rubbing alcohol.
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Recharging dock and adapter

Using the NuFACE


As I stated above, you have to use this 5 days a week for 60 days. I adhered to a 20+ minute routine, that utilized all of the attachments. Though there are immediate effects (reducing puffiness and superficial firming/lifting), I did not experience lasting results until after week 6.

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

PRIMER

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This is a thick, clear gel (I never used the 24k gold primer). You generously spread it on, but do not massage in. It is simply a layer that allows the metal attachments to glide over your skin and conduct the electricity. Do not skimp on it. A thin layer will cause you to feel too much of the electricity. Believe me, that sucks. Also, if it gets dry, you have to add more, or lightly moisten it with some kind of water based spray. Otherwise it won’t glide, and again, you will feel the pain. I applied and ‘massaged’ my face in two parts, chin to temples, and then forehead/brow. You remove the gel afterwards with a damp cloth. I washed it off, because I didn’t want it to be part of my skincare product routine.

Trainer

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This is the basic attachment. You glide both balls over you skin, in upward movements, or hold it in place. The device beeps in 5 second intervals to signal when to move to another place. The basic routine from chin to forehead should last about 5 minutes. It feels great, and weird. The cooling metal rolling over my skin immediately helped to reduce puffiness and fluid in my face. The electrical pulses felt like barely perceptible static electricity. If my primer was dry or too thin, it was VERY perceptible static electricity – which is a no-no. I do a bit more than the basic routine, to help target my cheekbones, under my chin, and forehead lines. From the reduction of swelling, and what I am guessing is the electricity, my face looked more firm, smaller, and more lifted. Of course, it only lasted through the day, until week six.

ELE

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After I finished my entire face with the Trainer, I attached the ELE. I only used it on my brow and between my brows. I have monolids, and as I am aging, they are puffier and droopier. It is extremely important that you never apply the NuFace directly to your upper eyelids below your orbital bone. Overall, this was the area where I saw the fewest results. My eye shape may or may not have something to do with the lack of results.

Wrinkle Reducer

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This attachment uses red-light technology to penetrate deeper into the layers of skin to help stimulate collagen and elastin production. It supposedly helps to reduce wrinkles below the surface of the skin, instead of topical treatments that apply only to the outer layers. It’s a very odd experience, because of the bright, constantly flashing red lights. The device will beep every 3 minutes to indicate when to move to the next area. It can get warm after continued use, so if you use it on many areas of your face, you will need to let it cool off for a minute before continuing. I used it in my forehead wrinkles, under my eyes, and on my fine smile lines. That is 15 minutes! I started out doing this in the morning after the Trainer and ELE. The last 2 weeks, I switched to using it at night, because I had not realized I could use it after applying my skincare products. It helps them to absorb and allegedly increase the effectiveness of those products.

Results

Let’s look at my completely bare skin before and after photos! I just want to say, how excited I am to reveal my morning, tired, makeup-free face to the world in my second blog post. It can only get better when you start at the bottom, right? Hehe. I have many friends who say, well, you don’t look like you are in your late 30s, but…that is after applying full makeup. Mid-week, without enough sleep, and in the morning , I don’t look 20, that is for sure.

Also, I really apologize for the dark ‘before’ photos. I should have used a flash, since it was mid-winter and still dark outside at 7 AM. I tried to brighten them a bit during post-processing.

BEFORE

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Before: Left side of face
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Before: Right side of face
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Before: Forehead – lines from too many WTF? expressions

AFTER

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After: Left side of face
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After: Right side of face
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After: Forehead – Expression lines are reduced in center of forehead

Do you guys see the difference? The lower half of my face is significantly firmer and lifted. My jowl area and under my chin is firmer and less flabby. Smile lines are reduced. My brow and forehead is smoother.

Not joking, I now get carded when I’m not wearing anything more than minimal concealer and some eyebrow groomer. For those of you with more aging concerns, I think the results will be magnified. I’m going to continue using this 2-3 days a week. I will report back in about 6 months.

Sneak peek: This is the next device I’m going to check out. VERY EXCITED!!
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How about you guys? Have you tried the NuFACE, or any other devices? How did they work out for you? If you have any more questions, just let me know. Have a great weekend!