14 Sep 2017

Review: Belif The True Cream - Water Bomb


Well, I think many of us agrees that first love stays beautiful forever in your memories, even though in reality it isn't that beautiful. That applies to my skincare holy grails as well.


I guess most of you who follow my blog knows that I am a big fan of Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb, and I am still now. But that doesn't rule out the fact that there might be many other products better than Aqua Bomb out there in the market. I am blind to those though, because Aqua Bomb is my first, so it has a divine position inside my heart. Nothing can challenge its beauty and perfection. But I can't help to notice that not all of my friends adore Aqua Bomb as much as I do. That doesn't mean that Aqua Bomb is not good, but it just happens that most of my friends who don't like Aqua Bomb find it sticky.

Well... I get it. Aqua Bomb is designed for combination to dry skin, so dehydrated and oily skins might find the product overwhelming. Normally I would stop at Aqua Bomb when my friend(s) whom I recommended Belif to finds it sticky because Aqua Bomb is the lightest cream you can find in Belif. You can't get other ones if Aqua Bomb doesn't work for you. You can of course try out the Oil Control Fresh Moisturizer, but even that one is a little bit tacky. So I am actually pretty excited when Belif comes out with this lighter and instant skin cooling Water Bomb designed for oilier skin! Because now I can extend an olive branch to those who aren't Belif-ians yet because they find the Aqua Bomb sticky!


Belif The True Cream - Water Bomb is a cream that is designed for combination to oily skin, simple as that! It is the 3rd addition to Belif's The True Cream line, and is the lightest in term of consistency among all Belif moisturizers! It is a perfect summer "pick-me-up" moisturizer and will work great for any skin types too!


The Water Bomb looks slightly different than the other bombs. It comes in a bigger 75ml squeezable bottle (although the price is similar) with a pop-open cap. It is lighter in weight and is perfect for travelling.



On the packaging, it says instant skin cooling effect by -2.8°C when tested at 35°C, which is also its main selling point. Belif also claims that this will burst into water droplets upon contacting with your skin to hydrate, cool, and nourish the skin. It has a standard 12 months shelf life.

The scent is just like the Aqua Bomb but you can smell stronger alcohol scent from time to time when you are using it. Personally, I don't have an issue with the scent.



The product is a milky (but more towards clear) gel consistency. It is really similar to Kiehl's Oil-Free Gel Cream but Kiehl's feels cooler on the skin whereas Belif's one is more moisturizing. Belif calls this "moisture popping" cream so you can imagine how refreshing it is on your skin. It doesn't dry down matte or tacky. Your skin just feels hydrated and plump, exactly how you feel after putting on a nice hydrating sheet mask.

INGREDIENTS


Water, Propanediol, Mentha Aquatica Extract, Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, 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+, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract+, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract+, Trehalose, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Lauryl Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil**, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil**, Pleargonium Graveolens Flower Oil**, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

*Napiers Original Formula (clarification and hydration)
+Napiers Aqua Formula (recharges moisture for plumpness)
**Fragrances of Natural Origins

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS



The cream shares many similarities with other Belif bombs. We still have the "Napiers Original Formula" to provide basic moisture and anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin. Newer stuffs are water mint extract and a new Belif's Napiers formula called the "Aqua Formula" that is meant to recharge moisture. Herbal extracts in the "Aqua Formula" are things like chickweed extract, lady's mantle, horsetail extract and nettle leaf extract.

Lady's mantle extract is an antioxidant, astringent and moisturizer that can regulate the production of sebum and moisture, which is quite helpful for skin with disrupted moisture barrier. Next we have horsetail extract, a herb known for its replenishing, moisturizing and healing properties. It is just like plant collagen you use to improve the skin's elasticity and texture. Finally, we have nettle that is been used for centuries to treat eczema. It also has anti-inflammatory, astringent, and anti-bacterial properties like lady's mantle.

The key ingredient here is water mint extract. It is a herb native to Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. The leaves possess antiseptic and astringent properties. I did not find a lot of research discussing the skincare properties of water mint, but peppermint (a cross between watermint and spearmint) has been widely used in skincare and medicines for centuries for its cooling and anti-inflammatory benefits. It can alleviate skin problems like rashes and dryness and reduce itchiness. As such, I believe the water mint is serving as skin cooling and refreshing tool here.

In short, this is a gel cream with the cooling water mint extract, hydrating Napiers Aqua Formula, anti-inflammatory Napiers Original Formula, and many fragrance oil. Although this stuff smells of alcohol, there isn't any "alcohol" listed in the list so I think the smell comes from other alcohol derivatives. Most ingredients are safe here, with some concerns raised on the fragrances (a lot of essential oils). Personally I don't have any issue with any of the ingredients in this cream but you should definitely patch test if you have sensitive skin!

PERFORMANCE



I have been using this Water Bomb consistently over the past 3 weeks and below are my thoughts on it.

I think this is a very lightweight gel cream that every skin type should be able to accept. However, drier skin should use an emollient cream on top of this cream because it is clearly not moisturizing enough for normal to dry skin. It has a strong alcohol scent but rest assure that alcohol isn't the main ingredient here.

I find myself using it mostly in the morning, especially before sunscreen. This provides a nice buffering effect for my sunscreen and can function as a non-sticky "sunscreen gripper". My sunscreen absorbs better with this on. It also cools my skin down before the sunlight hits. I also like to apply this in the afternoon when I am going out for lunch as I sometimes have to walk under the sun. This reduces sebum production and soothes my skin really well under the hot afternoon sunlight.

There are many ways you can use this. I like using it the most in the morning before using a sunscreen, but I sometimes also enjoy using it at night as a soothing pack. The texture is so watery that you can also skip your toner and just go straight to this instead, which is very convenient for travelling since you can leave your toner at home. You can also scoop a bit out and put it in the fridge to use it as "emergency soothing pack" whenever you have rashes or redness. Many Taiwanese girls practice this but I personally don't like to "shock" my skin with low temperature so I don't really do that.

My skin feels cooler, softer, and hydrated whenever I am using it. However, since it is super lightweight, it is not moisturizing enough at most times so I always have to top it up something heavier. Other than that, I really enjoy this and I think it is a summer and oily skin must-have!

COMPARISON WITH OTHER BELIF MOISTURIZERS


Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb 50ml / RM 170 ($3.4/ml)
Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb 50ml / RM 170 ($3.4/ml)
Belif The True Cream - Water Bomb 75ml / RM 170 ($2.3/ml)
Belif Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh 125ml / RM 160 ($1.3/ml)

All The True Cream products are designed for drier skin. They contain higher oil content and is "bouncier" in term of consistency. Although The Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh comes in similar gel consistency as the Water Bomb, it is lighter and feels "matter" on the skin hence is more suitable for oily skin with disrupted moisture barrier.

I think the consistency of the Bombs are easy to recognize. Moisturizing Bomb is more suitable for drier and flaky skin, or anyone living in warmer weather. It offers soothing emollient sensation for the skin without any greasiness or heaviness. 

Aqua Bomb is more "in-between". It will work well for normal and combination skin. This is your go-to moisturizer if your skin isn't too dry or oily. It is a lightweight hydrating gel combines with the moisturizing properties of a cream. It hydrates your skin like a gel yet seals and moisturizes your skin by settling down in a thin layer of non-sticky moisture film. 

Finally, if Aqua Bomb is too sticky for you, and Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh is too matte, then you won't go wrong with the Water Bomb. It instantly cools and refreshes your skin. It is great for summer time. All skin type can use this. Oily skin can use this morning and night whereas drier skin can use this in the morning before your sunscreen.

CONCLUSION


I have many friends who told me that they love this better than Aqua Bomb. And I get that, we all live in Malaysia and many of us have combination to oily skin! This Water Bomb combines the soothing benefits (Belif really excels in its Napiers Original Formula) and cooling effect of water mint extract to provide your skin with a sweet "ice-SPA" experience in the summer time. I have normal to dry skin so I prefer Aqua Bomb over this, but I would really recommend this to anyone with combination and oily skin, or as a alternative to those who enjoys Kiehl's Oil-Free Gel Cream!


Pros:
- lightweight consistency
- able to cool down skin temperature by 2.8°C
- portable, travel-friendly packaging

Cons:
- on the pricey side
- not moisturizing enough for normal to dry skin

Extended Reading:

Believe in Truth: A Brand Overview and Reviews of 60 Belif Products Part 4: Emulsion and Cream

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

Since 1851: A Brand Overview and Reviews of 24 Kiehl's Products - Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream 50ml

Overall impression: ★★★★
Repurchasing: ★★★★
You can get this from: Belif Malaysia | RoseRoseShop | Testerkorea
Note: This review is based on the results of using the product for more than 3 weeks hence is subjected to further revise in the case of product emptied.
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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