There’s so many gimmicky products out there, so when I put the Réduit Uni device to the test, it’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Given the opportunity to try some of the latest beauty tech is always fun, but to be honest when I first saw the Réduit Uni and its tiny capsules I wasn’t all aboard the train just yet. Mostly because it sounded too good to be true.
Essentially, the device uses innovative magnetic misting technology to apply product to your skin and hair. The fine mist reduces the particle size to 50 times smaller than traditional hair and skincare products, making it much easier to absorb.
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For reference, I have extremely low-porosity hair, meaning that my cuticles overlap and it’s very hard to get product into the hair shaft; it usually just sits on top and looks oily. So when they said fast absorption I was VERY interested.
To tell if you have low or high porosity hair you can try the water test. Simply pop a strand of hair into a glass of water and if it floats it is likely low porosity and if it sinks it’s probably higher (in the middle would mean middle porosity). High porosity hair usually dries quickly while low porosity takes ages.
On arrival, the Uni device was a lot smaller than I was expecting, which is a complete blessing because my beauty shelves are literally overflowing. It’s a simple, rechargeable system but it did take me a second to figure out, with the help of their online website and resources.
Essentially you have the Uni device, which you click a ‘Hairpod’ or ‘Skinpod’ into and simply press the on button to begin the misting treatment, which lasts around 30 seconds. You move the device around the area you want to treat in circles, and it offers a small buzz every five seconds to remind you to move on to another section of your skin or hair.
Let’s talk science! So we know the device creates very small misting droplets so that the skin and hair can absorb the active ingredients more easily. The special diffusion system also means that the droplets spread pretty evenly across your skin, unlike other sprays and mists which can be patchy in their coverage.
Réduit means ‘reduced’ in French and the Swiss-made device is also focused on being environmentally friendly. For instance, the tiny pods contain the equivalent of around 100mL of product and are completely recyclable, so you’re getting a lot of bang with very little packaging required.
The brand’s CEO, Paul Peros was also behind the success of Foreo, the cleansing tool designed to help clear dead skin and remove 99% of makeup – so there’s some serious beauty heritage and knowledge behind this new device.
So – what did I think?
I’m a big believer that the proof is in the pudding. For instance, I decided to use the Precision Conditioner Hairpod on my third-day ends, which were rather dry and lacking shine.
I was nervous that it would be an oily texture, but somehow my hair didn’t feel wet or sticky after use, just healthy, smooth and lightweight. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but if you have long hair and suffer from dry ends then you’ll love this product. 10/10 from me.
I was also a big fan of the Shine Diffusion pod which is designed to give your hair a healthy vibrancy and tame flyaways. I used it on damp hair after washing it and the results really impressed me.
While I loved the haircare, I wasn’t quite as taken away with one of the skincare products – the Precision Shield, which ‘protects and soothes your skin after exposure to environmental aggressors, saltwater, wind and hydrates during sun exposure’. It’s designed to create a barrier on the skin, and I definitely felt a residue, it’s just that that’s not generally a feeling I enjoy.
So – if you’re considering purchasing the Uni I’d suggest doing your research on what pods are right for you and your skin type. For example, I also tried the Pearl Diffusion Skinpod, a hydrating and brightening treatment featuring the internet’s fave, Niacinamide, and I was completely taken aback by how beautifully glowy my skin looked after using it.
Now, one important thing to remember is that the Uni device and pods aren’t particularly cheap. The device itself comes in at $159, and the pods range from the $40’s and up (AUD).
- Pearl Diffusion: $69.90
- Precision Conditioner: $49.90
- Shine Diffusion: $49.90
Whether or not that is affordable for you will depend on your own finances, but I would say if you are happy to invest in your skincare the Uni is a really great device to try out.
Not only does it have great results, but there’s another quality about it that’s really special. In our busy lives we can’t often get to the dermatologist and its pretty time consuming doing 15 minute sheet masks that leave your skin feeling really wet and tacky.
With the Uni you get that lovely pampered feeling of both experiences, in just 30 seconds or so. I found I would look forward to that time in the day when I could click in my pod and get misting and I was much more regimented with my skincare while using it because I was excited about it.
I liked to use it after my shower as a part of my skincare routine with a cup of hot Green Tea and my favourite Netflix show. What a great way to wind down and have some ‘me’ time.
For more info about this innovative skincare and haircare product visit the website.