NuFACE Mini vs Trinity: Which Facial Toning Device Is Better?

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Sophie Anderson

The NuFACE Trinity is a small facial toning device that has taken the beauty industry by storm. It’s considered by many users and beauticians to be the top microcurrent home treatment tools over the last 20 years.

With 5 minutes’ use a day, a number of NuFACE users report seeing a visible lifting and toning of the skin on the face and neck. Some have compared it to a ‘mini facial’ in that you get toned, smoother skin, all within a short treatment time and from the comfort of your own home.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a NuFACE device you may have looked at the options. But telling the difference between the performance of the devices and attachments can be tricky.

Here we break down the difference between the NuFACE Trinity and the NuFACE Mini, as well as the performance of the NuFACE attachments that are on offer.

  • NuFACE Mini vs NuFACE Trinity
  • What is NuFACE and How Does it Work? 
  • NuFACE Mini Review
  • NuFACE Trinity
  • My Experience with NuFACE
  • Is NuFACE Mini as good as Nuface Trinity?
  • FAQS

NuFACE Mini vs NuFACE Trinity

Both the NuFACE Mini and the NuFACE Trinity are microcurrent facial devices.

This means that they deliver a small electrical current to the skin and muscles of the face. This current can help make the face look more lifted and improve skin texture.

The main difference between them is that the NuFACE Trinity can be used with different attachments to target different areas of the face, while the NuFACE Mini cannot. It can only be used with its fixed attachment which is the standard 2 ‘silver balls’ that you see on all NuFACE devices.

While it doesn’t have interchangeable attachments, the NuFACE Mini is still a great option for many users. It’s lightweight, petite and portable and is just as powerful as the NuFACE Trinity while being more economical.

What is lacks is the flexibility to treat different areas of the face like the skin around the eyes and lips, which need a separate attachment.

The NuFACE Trinity on the other hand has the regular microcurrent attachment and 2 additional attachments that you can use it with:

These are purchased as additional extras.

Size 5” long 4” long
Price $299 $199
Facial Area Face
Neck
Lip and eyes (with extra attachments)
Face
Neck
What’s Included NuFACE Trinity Device

NuFACE gel primer (2oz)

Charging cradle

Power adaptor

NuFACE Mini Device

NuFACE gel primer (2oz)

Power adaptor

Color Platinum
White
Blush (coral)
Caribbean sea (turquoise)
Petal pink (baby pink)
Platinum
White
Intensity (microamps) at max strength 335

(400 for newest Trinity Pro)

335
Attachments 2 attachments purchased as extras:

Effective Lip & Eye (ELE)

Wrinkle Reducer

None.

For treatment around the eyes and lips you can purchase the separate FIX device but this has:

Lower output of 200 microamps
Does not penetrate as deeply as the ELE attachment.
Cost is $149

FDA cleared Yes Yes
Warranty 1 year 1 year
Reviews 4.3 stars out of 5 from 307 reviews across 3 sites. 4.5 stars out of 5 from 834 reviews across 5 sites.
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NuFACE Trinity (US)
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NuFace Trinity (UK)
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NuFACE Mini (US)
For the UK:
NuFace Mini (UK)

 

What is NuFACE and How Does it Work?

NuFACE Trinity and Mini are facial toning devices that passes a very small current of 335 microamps, through the skin and muscles of the face.

When this current goes through all of the skin’s layers, it stimulates the skin’s cells. This makes them produce more of the proteins collagen and elastin, which help skin to look plumper and more youthful.

In this way NuFACE devices can offer a look that’s more:

  • Toned and lifted
  • Smoother skin

Their founder Carol Cole was originally an aesthetician who did facial toning treatments. But she noticed that great results often needed frequent treatment in order to last.

This was her main motivation in starting NuFACE in 2005. She wanted to create a microcurrent device that women could use easily in the comfort of their own home.

How to Use NuFACE

In order to start the treatment you first apply their gel primer to the face, until the area of the skin you’re about to work on is covered.

This gel helps to conduct the electricity into the skin, and prevents you from feeling electric twinges as well.

You then glide the device over that part of the face in upward motions, moving between 3 different positions. You repeat these positions 3 times until you hear the beep. The device beeps every 5 seconds.

When you have finished the process, you then move onto the next area of the face, until you have covered the cheeks, forehead and neck areas.

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NuFACE Mini Reviews 2020

The NuFACE Mini is popular because it offers a more petite and more economical version of the NuFACE Trinity with the same power. But what do real users have to say about it?

NuFACE Mini Reviews

On average the NuFACE Mini got 4.5 stars out of 5 from 834 reviews across 5 independent websites including Amazon.

A number of reviews reported seeing:

  • Skin looking tighter within the first month
  • Increased appearance of bone structure
  • More youthful looking skin
  • The device was easy to use
  • It was lightweight for travel

One user even reported that her work colleagues had asked her if she had fallen in love, as her skin looked so much better.

A lot of users did their NuFACE treatments while watching the television and found it very convenient to use for short periods each day.

There were a few cases of users not using or not applying enough of the gel primer and getting some sharp twinges from the electric current. If you put enough of the gel on you shouldn’t feel anything as it glides over the skin.

As with the NuFACE Trinity some devices broke down or wouldn’t charge after a period of time, but most were covered by the 1 year warranty so a replacement was issued.

Here are a few NuFACE Mini reviews:

Nuface Mini reviews

Nuface mini reviews

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Can You Use NuFACE Mini Under Eyes?

While you can use the NuFACE mini on the cheekbones and area around the eyes you can’t use it directly under the eyes.

For this you need the ELE attachment (Effective Lip and Eye) which can only clip onto the NuFACE Trinity.

The reason the mouth and eye areas can’t be used with the regular NuFACE attachment (the silver balls) is because they are circular muscles so they need to be treated with an attachment that can move in the same direction.

If you’re set on a NuFACE Mini you can get the FIX device separately to use around the eyes.

This is a good solution but it does have a slightly slower microamp output than the NuFACE Trinity ELE attachment, at 200 vs 335 microamps.

The treatment from the FIX also doesn’t penetrate as deeply as the NuFACE devices so it works more on the layers of the skin rather than going down to the muscle too.

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NuFACE Mini

NuFACE Fix (separate device for eye and lip area)

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NuFACE Trinity Attachments

The NuFACE Trinity is the larger of the two devices at 5″ long.

While the original NuFACE Trinity has the same strength as the NuFACE mini at 335 microamps, the newer NuFACE Trinity PRO has a slightly higher intensity at 400 microamps.

The main advantage of the Trinity however is that you can add on different attachments so that you can treat specific areas of concern like:

  • Eye and lip area (with the ELE attachment)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles (with the Wrinkle Reducer attachment for red LED treatment )

You can purchase the NuFACE Trinity on its own, or with one of these two attachments, or with both of the attachments. They offer any combination.

If you do want an attachment, it’s more cost effective to buy the attachment together with the NuFACE device from the start.

So we’ve gone through the options below along with what you would save by getting them together:

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NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

Attachments: Standard microcurrent attachment ‘silver balls’
Treatment area: Face and neck
Price: $325.00
Special Offers: 28% off with code FAMILY: NuFace Trinity (ends 17 Oct)

This is the NuFACE Trinity device without any extra attachments. It comes with a charging stand and the NuFACE gel.

It works on the main areas of the face but not directly around the eye and lip areas.

The standard NuFACE Trinity has the same output as the NuFACE Mini at 335 microamps. But the NuFACE Trinity PRO has a slightly higher output than the NuFACE Mini at 400 microamps vs 335 microamps.

Otherwise it is very similar to the NuFACE Mini. So if you are not interested in any of the NuFACE attachments now or in the future, and you just want the device, you may want to consider the NuFACE Mini instead as it’s more economical.

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NuFACE Trinity + ELE Attachment (for eye and lip area)

Attachments:

  • Standard microcurrent attachment ‘silver balls’
  • ELE (Effective Lip and Eye) attachment.

Treatment area:

  • Face and neck
  • Eyes and lips

Price: $429.00 ($45 saving – worth $474 when bought separately)
Special Offers: 28% off with code FAMILY: NuFACE Trinity + ELE Attachment (ends 17 Oct)

Here you get the NuFACE Trinity with the standard microcurrent top (the ‘silver balls’) and the ELE attachment (Effective Lip and Eye attachment).

This is one of the more popular attachments as it deals with common problem areas such as the skin around the eyes, lips and smile lines.

So this combination of the NuFACE Trinity with the ELE attachment is the most commonly bought together.

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NuFACE Trinity + Wrinkle Reducer (red LED treatment)

Attachments:

  • Standard microcurrent attachment ‘silver balls’
  • Wrinkle Reducer attachment (red LED treatment).

Treatment area:

  • Face and neck (Trinity)
  • Full face (Wrinkle reducer attachment)

Price: $429.00 ($45 saving – worth $474 when bought separately)
Special Offers: 28% off with code FAMILY: NuFACE Trinity + Wrinkle Reducer Attachment

Here you get the NuFACE Trinity with the standard microcurrent top (the ‘silver balls’) and the Wrinkle Reducer attachment. This a is a red LED treatment which is meant to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.

While the NuFACE microcurrent treatments are generally very fast and can be done in 5 minutes, it’s worth noting that the red LED treatment takes a little longer.

Each area of the face is worked on for 3 minutes. You can continue the treatment for as long as 20 minutes which would allow work on all sections of the face.

Red LED is considered an effective treatment for the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, so it’s great that they offer this option on the same device.

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NuFACE Trinity Complete Set

Attachments:

  • Standard microcurrent attachment ‘silver balls’
  • ELE (Effective Lip and Eye) attachment
  • Wrinkle Reducer attachment (red LED treatment)

Treatment area:

  • Face and neck (Trinity)
  • Eyes and lips (ELE)
  • Full face (Wrinkle reducer attachment)

Price: $499.00 ($124 saving – worth $623 when bought separately).
Special Offers: 28% off with code FAMILY here NuFACE Complete Kit

With this option you get the NuFACE Trinity with both the eye and lip attachment (ELE) and the red LED treatment attachment (Wrinkle Reducer).

Bought together they’re offered at a bigger discount of $124 over being bought separately.

NuFACE Benefits

Many users have reported seeing a dramatic change in skin texture and tone when using either NuFACE device. As a result, it’s considered one of the best microcurrent facial devices and it’s been tried and tested in a number of trials.

The NuFACE Trinity has an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 from 307 reviews across 3 independent websites.

Most NuFACE reviewers said they were seeing visible changes in their skin. A small handful couldn’t see any difference in their skin and so they were disappointed. However the vast majority swore by their NuFACE device and happily adapted it into their skincare routine.

These users loved that it:

  • Firmed the skin on the face and neck
  • Lifted drooping eye hoods almost instantly
  • Made their face look more structured with cheekbones more pronounced
  • That it was cheaper than facials and facial toning sessions

Others found the changes subtle but visibly different in terms of firmness and tone of the skin.

A few users didn’t like that you have to use it every day as it took time. It’s true that the treatment is something you have to do every day at first. But the treatment is also only 5 minutes long so it’s really quite fast.

After the first 60 days you can also reduce the treatments to 2-3 times a week.

NuFace trinity review

NuFace trinity review

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NuFACE Trinity

NuFACE Trinity + ELE (Effective Lip + Eye) attachment

NuFACE Trinity + Wrinkle Reducer (red LED treatment)

NuFACE Complete Set (with both ELE and Wrinkle Reducer attachments)

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My Experience with NuFACE

I have been using the NuFACE Trinity for about 4 weeks after it was recommended to me by a friend.

I have mainly used the main microcurrent attachment (the ‘silver balls’) so far and I set the device to the highest level.

I recently started using the ELE attachment for the eye and smile line areas but this has only been over the last week.

Personally I’ve seen a significant difference in my face. As many reviewers have also found, my face seems more ‘lifted’ and toned. I can see some more definition around my cheekbones and the muscles of the face generally feel firmer.

I also found that my skin has become much smoother too. Before starting the treatments I used to get small spots. But since using NuFACE they’ve all cleared up and the skin texture seems much more even.

In terms of the ELE attachment, although it’s only been a week I have noticed a firming of the skin around the eyes already. It seems a bit thicker and more plump.

I have not used it around eye lids and eyebrows but in the areas that I have used it on (cheekbones, lips, eyes, forehead and neck) I do see a noticeable difference, so I would recommend it to friends and family. My mother is even about to purchase her own NuFACE as well as she’s seen the difference in my skin.

I would summarise the Pros as being:

  • Ease of use. 5 minutes in the morning or evening is really very little for something that brings you visible results.
  • Facial sculpting. I liked this effect the most as I felt my face looked more lifted and the cheekbones more pronounced.
  • Smoother, softer skin. Any small spots I had disappeared and my skin also feels smoother and I would even say silkier.
  • Younger look. I find my skin generally looks more refreshed and more youthful,
  • Painless treatment. Other than the occasional twinge, especially as you move the device towards the hairline, I haven’t noticed any pain or irritation after using it. I do use a generous amount of the NuFACE gel each time.

If I could improve anything I would say:

  • It would be nice if you didn’t have to change attachments and if you could use the same attachment for the face and eye areas. At the moment I have to switch to the ELE attachment to do under the eyes and the smile lines as these areas need a different head.

Otherwise I’ve found it a convenient and effective solution for those tell-tale signs of aging, so I’m very grateful to my friend for recommending it.

What is the NuFACE Gel?

The NuFACE gel is a water based primer that helps to conduct the electricity from the device to your skin. Without it you would feel little electric shocks, so the gel helps the device to glide more smoothly over the face.

It’s a leave-on primer which means that if you wish to you can leave it on after the treatment, there is no need to wipe it off.

As well as helping conduct the microcurrent it also contains:

  • Hyaluronic acid to keep and hold onto moisture. This helps the skin to appear more plump and hydrated.
  • Phytomoist complex – to smooth and reduce signs of fine lines or wrinkles.

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Is NuFACE Mini as good as Nuface Trinity?

NuFACE Mini is as good as the standard NuFACE Trinity for the main face and neck areas as it has the same maximum output at 335 microamps. It’s popular as a petite and portable device that gives you microcurrent facial treatments at home, at a lower price to the Trinity.

Where the NuFACE Trinity outperforms the NuFACE Mini is that it can be used with other attachments to target the area around the eyes and lips, while the NuFACE Mini cannot. As well as the ELE attachment, the NuFACE Trinity can also be used with the red LED treatment attachment (the Wrinkle Reducer).

The NuFACE Trinity PRO also has a slightly higher output at 400 microamps (vs the 335 microamps) so if you’re looking at this model this could also offer you an advantage over the NuFACE Mini.

Personally I prefer the flexibility of the NuFACE Trinity with the option of using the different attachments. This is mainly because I’m interested in the area around the eyes and on the smile lines. I also like knowing that I can use the red LED treatment attachment in the future if I wanted to.

Whether you choose the Trinity or the Mini depends on what areas of your face you want to work on. If you’re happy with the main facial areas and you want something more portable and economical, then the NuFACE Mini would be a great choice for you.

Whichever you choose, the NuFACE Trinity or the NuFACE Mini, I hope that you see the same results as I have. And that it becomes a helpful tool in your skincare routine.

Special Offer: 22% Off Until 26th October

With code SKINSTORE22

NuFACE Trinity Options

NuFACE Trinity

NuFACE Trinity + ELE (Effective Lip + Eye) attachment

NuFACE Trinity + Wrinkle Reducer (red LED treatment)

NuFACE Complete Set (with both ELE and Wrinkle Reducer attachments)

NuFACE Mini

NuFACE Mini

NuFACE Fix (separate device for eye and lip area)

For UK orders:

NuFACE Trinity (UK)

NuFACE Mini(UK)

FAQS

Who shouldn’t use NuFACE?

According to NuFACE their facial toning devices should not be used if you’re pregnant, have a pacemaker or an electronic implanted device, are suffering from active cancer or have epilepsy or if you’re under the age of 18.

Does NuFACE help with wrinkles?

The facial toning device is better for toning and firming but the microcurrent does help with the production of collagen and elastin too. Their Wrinkle Reducer attachment is used to target visible wrinkles and reduce their appearance.

What are the NuFACE side effects?

You may feel some tingling or small ‘shocks’ when using the device. This is the electrical current and is usually normal.

There are some other side effects which are unusual and quite mild. These may be nausea and drowsiness but these are rare cases.

Is NuFACE a Mini Facial?

Many users compare NuFACE to being like an at-home mini facial as it leaves the skin feeling smoother and more toned with just a few minutes’ treatment.

A few also said it was much more economical than going in for regular treatments, with just as good results.

Special Offer: 22% Off Until 26th October

With code SKINSTORE22

NuFACE Trinity Options

NuFACE Trinity

NuFACE Trinity + ELE (Effective Lip + Eye) attachment

NuFACE Trinity + Wrinkle Reducer (red LED treatment)

NuFACE Complete Set (with both ELE and Wrinkle Reducer attachments)

NuFACE Mini

NuFACE Mini

NuFACE Fix (separate device for eye and lip area)

For UK orders:

NuFACE Trinity (UK)

NuFACE Mini (UK)

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