23 Oct 2016

Comparison Review: Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb vs. Moisturizing Bomb


Those of you who follow my Instagram and Blog will often hear me talking about Belif Aqua Bomb - my true holy grail moisturizer. Today, I'm gonna walk you guys through this miraculous water bomb in a jar, and compare it to my another highly raved sister product - the Moisturizing Bomb.

If you haven't read my overview on Belif, it's basically a Korean cosmetic brand inheriting the spirit of traditional herb processing method and philosophy from the British medical herbalist Duncan Napiers. If you go to UK, you can still Napiers clinic operating throughout the country and its products are shipped worldwide to countries including Malaysia.

In addition to utilizing the efficacy of herbs in their products, Belif is also great in the way that they carefully select only the best herbal ingredients using the best formula. There isn't any harsh preservatives, additives, dyes, fragrances and animal origin ingredients in here. Belif also never advertises through TV or celebrities endorsement. Their popularity is gained through the spread of words, where performance speaks for itself.

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Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb


Seriously, if you ask me to pick only one product out of all I have, I would definitely go for this. It is a miraculous product that can satisfy basically most of my needs - being a light-weighted, hydrating, non-sticky, yet moisturizing, skin purifying, and soul healing miraculous water bomb. I might only need a hydrating watery toner and a cleanser to stay comfortable all day long!


Basically, the Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb is a gel cream-type moisturizer. It is made of Lady's Mantle with purifying and healing properties. Its light-weighted texture makes it perfect for those with normal to oily skin, including sensitive and dehydrated skin. It is also great for summer time and morning use.


The texture is just like watery gel but you'll feel that this is packed with moisture. Although it also has sebum regulating function, it dries down slightly tacky with a moisture-barrier on top instead of matte. The tackiness will go away quickly within a few minutes but you'll still feel that your skin is well moisturized and protected.


As you can see, the texture is really bouncy. But once you spread it onto your skin, it will burst into two layers of aqua troops, one goes deeply to hydrate your inner skin layer and the other stays on top to seal and protect.

Seriously, I've never found something so unique that can hydrate, moisturize and balance at the same time without stickiness and skyrocketing prices. No wonder my mom says "this is the cream that is 5 times cheaper than the most expensive cream she has used, yet more than 5 times better in terms of hydrating, balancing and purifying".

INGREDIENTS

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

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

The Aqua Bomb uses a lot of solvents (including denatured alcohol), surfactants, emollients and humectants to makeup its unique chewy, hydrating and moisturizing texture. However, rest assure that most of them are safe ingredients as indicated in the CosDNA assessment. Although there isn't any preservatives or harsh chemicals inside, individuals sensitive to alcohol and fragrances should still patch test before applying this on their face. So far, none of my friends whom I recommend this cream to, including those with sensitive skin, has ever reported any adverse reaction.

This product contains a lot of herbal extracts and skin-benefiting ingredients. A vast majority of them are antioxidants with the ability to repair environmental damages and revert aging. Most of these herbs also have anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and anti-microbial functions to soothe and calm the skin while preventing the formation of acne and blemishes. Some herbs have additional benefits like sebum balancing (calendula flower, lady's mantle), pores minimizing (raspberry leaf), moisturizing (oat kernel) and elasticity-improving (horsetail).

The formula as a whole has indeed convinced me that this is a great moisturizer for normal to oily skin suffering from dehydration, blemishes and inflammation. Normal skin can use this as a daily moisturizer as well.

Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb


Despite my deep love for the Aqua Bomb, I did not share the same passion for the Moisturizing Bomb even though the latter is the number 1 best-selling Belif products in Korea. Formulated with Comfrey leaf, the Moisturizing Bomb is clinically proven to retain moisture for up to 26 hours. Given its efficacy, one must be curious why I don't love it as much as I do for the Aqua Bomb.


The reason is simple: I don't find its texture as appealing.


The Moisturizing Bomb has rather buttery and creamy consistency. Unlike my another favourite moisturizer Blithe Pressed Serum Chaga Tundra, this one doesn't sink in as quickly and as residual-free. It will spread smoothly on the skin, leaving a silky, protective and moisturized layer, but it is the layer of "somethingness" that I don't appreciate about this cream. I find it too overwhelming for daily application.


However, if you have normal to dry skin, living in a harsh and cold environment, and enjoy cream with richer consistency without the stickiness, then you'll definitely love this cream. It is rich but not greasy, relatively quick absorbing compared to other cream with the same consistency and works really well to moisturize and protect the skin. Flaky, irritated, mature and dry skin will enjoy this the most.

bouncier and richer

INGREDIENTS
(CosDNA Analysis)

Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Triethylhexanoin, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteayl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Nepeta Cataria Extract, *Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, *Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, *Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, **Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, **Viola Tricolor Extract, **Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, **Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, **Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Chelidonium Majus Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Tromethamine, ***Frgrance, Citronnellol, Limonene. 

*Napiers Original Formula. 
**Napiers Moisture Formula. 
***Fragrances of Natural Origin.

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

Just like Aqua Bomb, the Moisturizing Bomb is packed with a rich blend of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and anti-aging herbs. It also contains a lot of "texture ingredients" like solvents, humectants, emollients, emulsifiers and so on to make up its rich yet non-greasy texture. Unlike Aqua Bomb, this doesn't contain any alcohol, only some mild alcohol derivatives.

Among all herb extracts, three major ones stand out:
  • comfrey leaf extract is a great skin healing and soothing herb which is said to help "knit" cells back together after abrasion. It contains allantoin to treat wounds, burns, eczema, acne and so on. Allantoin is also a great antioxidant to stimulate cellular growth and renewal, revealing softer and younger skin.
  • lady's mantle is a skin purifying and soothing miraculous herb with other properties like anti-oxidizing, sebum regulating, skin conditioning, and hydrating. It is also astringent without the drying part of most astringent.
  • macadamia seed oil is a rich but non-greasy emollient used in alternative to silicone to smooth and soften the skin. It contributes greatly to the silky, rich yet non-sticky texture of the moisturizing bomb.

This cream also contains soybean ferment and bitter orange extract to gently exfoliate and brighten the skin. It also has anti-acne and pores-minimizing astringent ones like calendula flower, catnip, pansy, raspberry leaf and lady's mantle to treat signs associated with mature skin and non-oily skin type- troubled skin.

COMPARISON: WHICH ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE?


To recap, Aqua Bomb is a light-weighted, refreshing, cooling, hydrating and moisturizing gel cream with sebum regulating and pores minimizing properties. It caters younger, and normal-to-oily skin, and is most suitable for use in hotter climate. It is deeply hydrating and healing with purifying herbal extract that reminds me of lemon. Since it is super light-weight, it is good for all skin types including dehydrated and acne-prone skin. My holy grail moisturizer since 2015. I have finished 3-4 tubs despite my obsession in chasing newer and fancier skincare products!

The Moisturizing Bomb, on the other hand, is a buttery, creamy, soothing, nourishing and moisturizing emollient-cream without uncomfortable greasiness or stickiness. It will work best for those with normal to dry skin or anyone living in a harsh and cold environment. Flaky, mature and troubled skin (not due to sebum production, but more on hormonal imbalances and skin sensitivity) will find this really helpful to calm and soothe their skin problems. Although I don't enjoy this cream as daily moisturizer, but I find it extremely helpful whenever my skin is irritated or unhealthy from hormonal changes, work stress and sleep deprivation. It will calm and protect my skin, helping it to recover faster than it normally does!

In conclusion, I love Aqua Bomb and like Moisturizing Bomb. Aqua Bomb is my Queen and Moisturizing Bomb is the concubine I talk to during bad mood days LOLS.

Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★★
texture: ★★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★☆
efficacy: ★★★★★
overall impression: ★★★★★ (my holy holy grail)

Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★☆
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★☆
efficacy: ★★★★
overall impression: ★★★★ (very good and I really enjoy it)

You can get this from: Belif Malaysia | Hermo | Testerkorea 
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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