[SAMPLE] Belif The True Cream – Water Bomb

As lazy as I can sometimes get with my skincare routine, one product I always use is moisturizer. It’s a common misconception that only people with dry skin need to moisturize – even if your skin is oily, you still need moisturizer!

My favourite moisturizer brands of all time has got to be Belif. If you’ve never heard of Belif, here’s their brand introduction taken from their website:

Meet the most truthful cosmetic brand that is formulated with superior ingredients and efficacy in the safest and most honest way possible.

Inspired by 19th-century apothecary techniques, belif offers a unique range of products that follow Korea’s intricate skin care regimen. Each effective formula uses the purest of ingredients powered by modern skin science and traditional herb processing methods.

belif delivers remarkable value to the skin by applying rich tradition and in-depth knowledge of natural ingredients. True quality. True benefit.

I think it’s quite cute how they are very upfront with labelling themselves as ‘the most truthful cosmetic brand’, and definitely a testament of commitment to delivering on their claims and promises.

I was given a sample/travel size of this water bomb after I purchased some items from TFS (yes, they’re under the same parent company).


Product description

An ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that instantly cools and refreshes skin while providing intensive hydration. 

Official Retail Price in Singapore: ~SGD60 (Qoo10)


Ingredient list

  • Lady’s Mantle: Antioxidant-rich herb with pore-minimizing benefits; helps remove free radicals from skin and aids skin turnaround.
  • Malachite: Neutralizes free radical activity.
  • Plantin: Creates moisture seal on skin.
  • Oat Husk: Attracts moisture.Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Malakite Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract**, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract**, Nepeta Cataria Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract**, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract**, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Panthenol, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-150, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance+, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool. *Napiers aqua formula. **Napiers original formula. +Fragrances of natural origin.

According to Sephora, this product is dermatologist tested and free of mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances, and animal origin ingredients. Does it live up to its promise of using ‘the purest of ingredients’? Definitely!


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Packaging: The sample/travel size packaging is different from the full-sized version, but is generally still very simple and easy to use. I really like how it directly states its functions and effects on the skin – easy to read, and straight to the point. It’s also easy to squeeze out an appropriate amount of product.

Texture: If you have oily/combination skin, you will love this. It feels so thin and lightweight that you would be forgiven for thinking this was water repackaged into a tube. It’s easily absorbed by the skin, doesn’t feel the slightest bit thick, oily or uncomfortable.

Effectiveness: Clinical tests have proven that this moisturizer provides a +70% increase in skin’s hydration levels. While I don’t have any special equipment to test this claim, I can testify that it isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.

Upon application, your skin immediately feels cooled, as though you have applied cold water on your face. It’s nothing to do with the environment temperature, but rather the formula and ingredients in the moisturizer. There is also an instant burst of hydration once it is absorbed by the skin – that’s why it’s aptly named ‘water bomb’.

Thanks to this moisturizer, I found my skin feeling less taut and dry even after sitting in air-conditioned rooms for long hours. It also doesn’t get too oily by mid-day, nor does it clog my pores. I’ve had absolutely no breakout problems while using this product, which is great for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin just like mine. If anything, my skin was at its best when I used this both in the day and at night.


Final Verdict

If it wasn’t for the price, I would have bought tons of this and stockpiled them at home for me to use forever and ever.

I’m honestly very hesitant about spending so much money on just one moisturizer. SGD60 is really no small sum. I know it’s ironic, given that I have less qualms about buying so many lipsticks, but somehow it just doesn’t feel as convincing to spend a bomb (lol) on a moisturizer.

I’m still contemplating whether to buy this after I’ve finished my other moisturizers, but if you are willing to invest in a good moisturizing product that definitely shows results for all skin types, this is the one you have to buy. I love this product to bits, and I can honestly justify the price when I take into account factors such as the natural ingredients and great formula.

Maybe I’ll buy this when I finish my L’Oréal Hydrafresh…


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Cream

I’m always on the lookout for great moisturizers (would deeply appreciate if anyone has good recommendations!), and I chanced upon this while I was drawing up my shopping list for Korea. It sounded pretty good, so it went straight into my shopping list, and eventually into my luggage.


Product Description

1. Energy from natural bedrock water
Bedrock water from the Blue Mountains, which contains natural energy gathered over thousands of years, helps to energize and moisturize the skin

2. Mineral water for healthier skin
Mineral water content helps skin maintain its optimal condition

3. Helps skin maintain more moisture, over a wider area for a longer period of time
Powerful Vitality Complex, derived from the extracts of plants that endure extreme climates, helps skin absorb and retain more moisture for extended periods

4. 72-Hour Moisture
Melts into skin upon contact and retains moisture for 72 hours

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 24.90 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance(Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Water, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Sea Water, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Callus Culture Extract, Rhizophora Mangle Callus Culture Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Callus Culture Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Phenoxyethanol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Adenium Obesum Leaf Extract

I always find these ingredient lists a mouthful, but it’s good to look out for certain ingredients as promised in their marketing. I’m assuming here that the ‘Australian Blue Mountain cave water’ is the ‘sea water’ listed, and frankly, it’s not present in high proportions.


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Packaging: Nothing very extraordinary, but I do appreciate the blue container because it reinforces the idea that it’s moisturizing – a little like LANEIGE, perhaps?

Texture: The first time I used this, it definitely reminded me of Innisfree’s Jeju Sparkling Moisture Cream. I didn’t really like the Innisfree one because it was too oily and I found myself breaking out quite a fair bit thanks to my daily usage of that moisturizer, but this is not too bad. It has a smooth texture that spreads easily across skin. Despite it being quite a rich cream, I like that it’s not overly oily because my skin is so prone to clogging. My skin manages to absorb it pretty well, which is definitely a good sign.

Effectiveness: First and foremost, a moisturizer’s job is to keep skin moisturized, so I’m pretty glad to say that it’s as good as advertised. I usually apply this cream right before I sleep in an air-conditioned room, which tends to be very dry, and wake up the next morning to skin that is still feeling quite moisturized and supple. When I don’t apply moisturizer on days that I’m feeling super lazy, I’d wake up to find my skin really oily from all the oil it secreted to keep my dry skin, well, not dry.

BUT. There were certain days that I found myself with slight acne the following morning after applying this cream at night. I’m not entirely sure if I can attribute the sudden emergence of pimples to this cream, but it’s definitely worth taking note of if you have acne-prone skin.


Final Verdict

I enjoy using this moisturizer quite a fair bit, but it still doesn’t come close to my all-time favourite – belif’s aqua bomb (which I will talk about in another post).

I think that creams like these are generally not recommended if you have oily skin (like me), even if they are marketed as suitable for oily skin. Even if they don’t clog up your pores immediately after one use, the risk is always there. However, if you have dry skin, this is definitely for you.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮