Hey lovely ladies,
I am switching gears today and reviewing a skincare product for a change. This one is from a fairly new brand on the block – Belif. They are predominantly known for their True Cream Aqua Bomb , which has been reviewed on IMBB before. My review today is on the True Cream Moisturising Balm. Let us find out more about it…
Which skin type is it good for? Normal, Dry.
What it is: A comforting moisturizing cream that provides skin with intense hydration, leaving it supple, smooth, and deeply nourished.
Solutions for: Dryness, loss of firmness and elasticity. The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb is a comforting moisture cream that provides the skin with intense, soothing hydration. Clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture, this uniquely indulgent formula leaves skin soft, supple, and deeply moisturized. This formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including comfrey leaf, a powerful hydrating agent. The cushiony cream format is designed to ‘burst’ when applied, releasing a flood of moisture onto skin, and then absorb completely without stickiness for a healthy, smooth, supple appearance. It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. This dermatologist tested product is free of mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients. The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb was the number one selling product in Korea’s highly competitive selective beauty market across all categories.
US $38 for 1.68 oz/50 ml.
My Experience with Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb:
Packaging: It comes packaged in a sturdy plastic tub. The tub is fairly hefty. While the packaging itself is fuss free, and easy to store, the sizeable weight of the tub may find it inconvenient for travel.
Fragrance: The first thing which hits you is the fragrance. It has a lovely, refreshing, slightly citrus fragrance which is quite distinct. Yes, skincare should not have fragrance added to it. As per the ingredients list – the fragrance is of “natural origin,” however, the bottom line is that it needs to have been there. People who have sensitive skin would probably need to avoid this product. Since my skin seems to be tolerant to fragrance, I do not have a problem with it and quite like it!
Texture: Unlike the True Cream Aqua Bomb, this is not a gel-based product, instead, this is a cream-based product. It is not too thick or too light either. If I think of thick face creams, the one which comes to my mind is Estee Lauder’s Revitalising Supreme Cream. Instead, this one is more like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream or Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief.
Skin Type: I think this product is more for normal, dry to combination skin. For oily skin, I would suggest Aqua Bomb instead – it is more lightweight and has a gel-based formula. For sensitive skin, I would not recommend either because of the fragrance.
Purpose: The product can be used morning or evening. It’s purpose is to provide moisture and hydration. There is no other claim made by the Company regarding it – no SPF, no anti-ageing benefits, no spot reduction, no pore diminishing, etc, etc, etc. It is a moisturiser. Period!
Efficacy: Despite being medium thick in texture, it spreads extremely easily and gets absorbed readily. It works well for the intended purpose. I was a tad bit skeptical that it might not work for my oily/combination skin, but it really does. Don’t know if it was the cool temperature of the weather or just the texture of the product, it does work well. I use it in the morning and night post my treatments/serums – as the last step. I did try replacing it with an oil which I was testing; however, I found the oil too heavy for my skin. So, I still use it but mixed with this, so a dollop of the cream mixed with a couple of drops of facial oil also works well.
Using this, keeps my skin adequately moisturised, hydrated and nourished. I do not feel the need to apply it again during the course of the day. Also, it works very well under the makeup. I do not see it impacting the wear time of my makeup. And considering that it isn’t really a gel formula, the product does not give extra shine to your face. It absorbs really well.
Pros of Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb:
- Fairly lightweight texture.
- Absorbs easily.
- Skin feels hydrated, soft, supple, nourished.
- Spreads easily.
- Does not break me out.
- Rich in antioxidants.
- Does not add shine to the face.
- Helps improve skin texture and radiance.
- Hydrates skin very well – will work for dry, normal or combination skin.
Cons of Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb:
- Extremely pronounced fragrance.
- Non-availability in India.
- Tub packaging.
A 4.5/5 product.
It is a lovely product and works well for my skin. I love the texture and the fragrance, both. Having said that, is it a must have? Is it not dupable? It is! It is replaceable with any of the other options that I have mentioned earlier. Also, since it is a dedicated moisturiser and not something with an extra benefit of say anti-ageing, pigmentation reduction, etc., makes it even more easy to dupe. So, while I will totally enjoy using it, will I be tripping over myself to buy a backup – not really!
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