Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Review:
This was a cream I have been wanting to try for ages as I have read a lot of flattering reviews of Belif and my friend has been swearing up and down that Belif is the reason for her blemish-free complexion. This cream is more of a lightweight gel moisturiser and great for those with oily / combination skin.
Belif claims to have re-created a formula whereby this cream acts like an explosion of a water bomb to relieve the skin from modern age daily pollutants. As it is of a gel consistency, it dries relatively quickly on the skin – good for those mornings when you are in a rush to get out of the house and need to apply your makeup at breakneck speed.
♥ Supplies instant moisture to the skin without a sticky / greasy feeling
♥ Creates a protective barrier to seal in the moisture.
♥ Pore minimising Free of synthetic preservatives / fragrance / dyesProvides a +70% increase in skin hydration levels.
Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, SD Alcohol 40B, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Cyclomethicone & Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Malachite Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, PEG-150, Carbomer, Tromethamine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Stearic Acid, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, Cholesterol, Ceramide 3, Triethanol Amine, Trisodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, Citrus Aurantifolia, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool.
How to Use:
As the last step in your night time skincare routine (second last in your daytime routine with sunscreen being the last step), apply to face and neck. Gently massage it into your skin for maximum absorption.
My Skin type: Oily / Combination: Oily T-zone, Dry U-zone; sensitive skin
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Review:
The container is a sturdy plastic bottle with a black screw-on cap that sort of reminds me of a little top hat. The name of the cream is emblazoned on the white body in clear black fonts. I am not sure why they decided to brand themselves as Belif – it makes me wonder if they actually meant “Belief” but made an epic fail in terms of spelling or whether it was deliberate. Regardless, spell it how you like….what matters the most is what lies within.
The main herbal ingredient in this cream is Lady’s Mantle which contains copious amounts of tannin, a compound also found in red wine, chocolate, tea to name a few. As per the Belif’s website, it mentions that the tannin found in Lady’s Mantle has “excellent skin tightening and purification efficacy” as tannin is known to be an astringent that tightens pores.
This herb can also protect the elastin fibres (required for skin elasticity) on the skin. Weirdly, nowhere in my research did it claim that the Lady’s Mantle had moisturising or hydrating properties but I did come across various folklore mentioning how women back in the early days believed that the dew collected on the Lady’s Mantle leaves could help them remain beautiful and young forever. That is probably where the “hydrating” properties of this cream derives from.
I started using this cream sometime back in August so about 2+ months now but only as a night cream. This is my first time using a gel-type consistency moisturiser and initially, I was not too sold on this whole light-weight gel formula.
For me, the first thing I could smell was alcohol. Once absorbed into the skin, the smell would soon disappear but first impression (whiff!) on opening the tub of cream was not a good one. Though, I did like the pale-bluish colour of the cream.
Besides the boozy aroma, another gripe I had with this cream was that it did not come with a spatula to scoop out the contents. As a general rule, I always make sure my hands are clean when applying my skincare but somehow, dipping my fingers into the tub’s contents each time feels like I am polluting something pure. All in my mind I guess but it still loses marks in terms of hygiene.
So, guys, make sure those digits of yours are clean before reaching into the pot for the cream. I have only used it during the warmer months and have woken up the next morning with my skin feeling just average (as opposed to the soft, bouncy feeling I have experienced with other moisturisers).
I am also not entirely sure how well this cream will fare during the winter months when I have the radiator on in the night. I suspect my skin might not like it too much as during winter I will probably need a more heavy duty night moisturiser.
This cream is probably alright for daytime use during winter months and both day and night use during the warmer months. In terms of pore minimising aspects…nada, zilch, zero, nil. Maybe my pores are beyond redemption *sigh*.
Due to the presences of alcohol in the cream, it definitely does not sit for long on the skin. Any residue dries up pretty quickly so it is perfect for when you’re in a rush but you still need to apply your makeup.
Despite all the hype surrounding this cream, I was quite disappointed with it. It didn’t have the oomph-factor I was hoping for. To me, it was just average and with the sheer number of competition in Asian Beauty products, you need to be more than “just average”.
I still refuse to believe that Belif (bad pun alert! ☺) is a lost cause and am definitely willing to give it a couple more chances as I have my eye on their moisturisers that come in pump bottles and I still have an unopened Belif eye cream. So we shall see how that goes. Stay tuned for more Belif reviews!
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