12 Aug 2017

Review: Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner and Hydra Balancing Milky Moisturizer


If you follow my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of Belif products. I collect Belif products like stamp, and have done a comparison review of 60 over Belif products I used in the past. I also did a very detailed review on Belif toner and emulsion set for dry and oily skin earlier. So in today's review, I'm gonna complete my Belif toner and emulsion/lotion review collection by talking about the Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner and Hydra Balancing Milky Moisturizer. They are both in green, which stands for normal/combination skin.



Lets first look at the Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner!


Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner is a lightweight liquid gel toner formulated with bergamot and sage extracts. It has the "average" consistency that will work well for most skin types so if you don't know which Belif toners to get, this should not go wrong. It is also one of the best-selling products in Belif.


The product comes in a slippery, slightly-thicker-than-water, liquid gel consistency. It is quite fast-absorbing when you pat it on your skin. Your skin will feel hydrated, balanced and moisturized after applying. I normally use this right after cleansing, on a freshly cleanse damp face. I find that this will ball up or turn tacky if I apply it on dry skin or after other products. Using this after SK-II Facial Treatment Essence or anything similar should be fine, but not Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum.

INGREDIENTS


Water, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract 8%, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methylpropanediol, Polyglutamic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Glyceryl Acrlate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, *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, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycereth-26, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Peg/Ppg-17/6 Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Octyldodeceth-16, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance**, Citronnellol, Limonene

*Napiers Original Formula
**Fragrances of Natural Origin

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

Bergamot, also known as bee balm or horsemint, which is a type of edible and medicinal herb native to Eastern North America. When consumed, bergamot herb helps to relieve insomnia, menstrual pain, nausea and flatulence. It is also a good antiseptic due to its high thymol content and can be used topically for skin problems and wounds. Belif claims that this herb carries skin balancing and purifying properties, although I personally did not find a lot of research backing its efficacy when used in skincare.

Sage leaf extract is the second most important herb used in this toner. Its usage is traceable to the Ancient Egyptian society where it is mainly used for wound healing purpose and as a fertility drug. The herb functions as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (due to its rosmarinic acid content) and antibacterial when applied topically. It is most common in the form of an essential oil. It is commonly used as a anti-aging ingredient in the form of sage oil to treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging. It is also a common ingredient in many skincare designed for individuals with acne-prone and oily skin due to its skin soothing and anti-bacterial properties. Jute leaf extract is also added to compliment the antioxidizing and anti-aging benefits of sage.

The rest are a combination of Napiers’ Original Formula, which consisted of oat kernel extract, raspberry leaf extract, calendula flower extract, chickweed extract, catnip extract and so on for skin moisturizing and calming benefits. We also have moisturizing ingredients green purslane extract, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, and many more for additional moisturizing benefits.

The ingredients list look pretty simple, with the primary herbal ingredient bergamot and sage, and Napiers Original Formula, topped with some moisturizing ingredients. The remaining are some insignificant emulsifiers, fragrances and preservative. The performance shall depend on the efficacy of the bergamot and sage extracts.

PERFORMANCE

To be honest, this doesn't stand out among all other Belif products. Both my friend and I are not particularly into this toner, we both prefer the Witch Hazel (pink) one. Even when my skin isn't as dry, I would still prefer something lighter. However, this doesn't mean that the product is not good or effective. I do find my skin is well moisturized, plumper, and stay balanced (i.e. produces lesser oil) over prolonged usage with this toner, but something about it consistency and how it feels on my skin fails to impress me. It is just not my favourite toner.

Belif Hydra Balancing Milky Moisturizer


Belif Hydra Balancing Milky Moisturizer is an emulsion or lotion in simple term. It comes in a convenient pump dispenser design. One or two pumps is enough to cover your entire face.


The consistency is pretty lightweight as a lotion. It spreads beautifully onto the skin like some kind of velvety souffle without leaving behind any stickiness. It may be a bit tacky or ball up a little bit so you gotta manage the amount you put on your skin. I think it is quite lightweight as an emulsion, but not the kind of consistency that I like (I don't like emulsion anyway, so it is definitely YMMV here). It has a very creamy herbal lemonic scent that is uniquely Belif.

INGREDIENTS


Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, *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, Corchorus Oiltorius Leaf Extract, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Panthenol, PEG-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides(CI 77491), Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, ***Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene

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

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS



There is a lot of similarities between the ingredients of both products, except that the Moisturizer has more emollient and moisturizer added to it. It also contains both bergamot and sage extracts, and has Napiers Moisture Formula in additional to the Original Formula in it. No wonder why it costs about 1.5x the original price of the Toner.

Since this is a moisturizer, we can expect it to be loaded with emollient and humectant. We have dipropylene glycol, glycerin, triethylhexanoin, hexyldecyl ethylhexanoate, and so on emollients and moisturizers, complimented by some emulsifiers. Mica and titanium dioxide is also added for cosmetic elegance purpose. No wonder why my skin appears shinier and more "genki" after applying the Milky Moisturizer.

Since we have talked about sage, bergamot and Napiers Original Formula, I don't want to repeat it here. As for those of you who are not familiar with the Napiers Moisture Formula, it is a combination of herbal ingredients - lady's mantle, pansy flower, rose flower, meadowsweet flower, and althaea root. Its main function is to provide gentle moisturizing benefits for the skin using "natural" herbal ingredients. Lady's mantle is the main ingredient in the popular Belif Moisturizing Bomb whereas rose flower has been widely used in many skincare products for additional astringent and moisturizing benefits. A lot of these ingredients are also astringent with sebum regulating and skin balancing benefits.

In short, the skeleton of this formula remains the same, but with greater amount of emollients and some sebum regulating, purifying, and moisturizing ingredients added to it.

PERFORMANCE


You can't really say anything about the performance of a lotion, but it either works or it doesn't. In this case, this Belif Milky Moisturizer works well as a lightweight, creamy but not sticky or overwhelming moisturizer. It keeps my skin moisturized and soothed with its emollient content. Pretty nice I would say if you enjoy the texture of a lotion.

CONCLUSION


I think many of you might have already read about my thoughts about the Belif Bergamot Toner and Hydra Balancing Milky Moisturizer previously, since I mentioned about them quite frequently in my previous reviews and Instagram posts. I wrote this just to offer those of you who are not my follower a better access to an honest review on both the Belif "balancing" toner and emulsion.

To be honest, these two products do not stand out among all other Belif products I have tried. There are better Belifies out there for you to discover. And even if I compare them to my other toners and emulsions, they are not particularly amazing or worth memorizing either.

The bergamot toner is just a gel-type liquid toner that feels moisturizing on the skin. Hada Labo Light Lotion can achieve similar results at less than half its price. Even Dear by Enprani Moistful Booskin works better than this. I always have better options when it comes to toners at similar price range, texture and endorsement, so I don't think I would repurchase it in the future. As for the emulsion/lotion/moisturizer, I think Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid is a much preferred choice. Dr. Wu Whitening Lotion, one of the lotions I used earlier, emulsifies better and feels like a better lotion. Even Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion feels lighter and balances my skin out better at cheaper prices.

Again, I am not banning them altogether, I am just giving you guys other options. I like them, and will continue to use them, but I just won't repurchase in the future.


Overall impression: ★★★☆ (toner) ★★★ (emulsion/lotion/moisturizer)
Repurchasing: ★★★ (toner) ☆ (emulsion/lotion/moisturizer)
You can get this from: Belif Malaysia | various Korean beauty retailers
[Disclaimer] Products are purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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