9 Jun 2018

Review: Belif The White Decoction – Ultimate Brightening Essence

I'm gonna share a sad news with you guys - after using up 50ml of the Belif Brightening Essence, I still don't find it effective or impressive at what it claims to do! So yes, this is not meant for me!

I promise you guys that this review is gonna be sweet and short.

I received 5 bottles of 10ml Belif The White Decoction – Ultimate Brightening Essence as Gift with Purchase of numerous Belif hauls, which I think is enough to makeup for a full size product (10ml x 5 = 50ml)!!!

I have several other brightening serums and essences so this is not my first. Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution helps to even out my skin whereas Laneige White Dew Ampoule Essence actually brightens up my skin. I also tried LJH Propolis Ampoule, Yuri Pibu Kakadu Spot Essence and many other so I understand that it may be harder to get any actual skin brightening results now, after going through these brightening serums. I think the best it can do is dark spots fading so I was hoping that Belif Brightening Essence can fade my dark spots, but NO... I didn't notice any difference in my skin tone and pigmentation after adding this into my routine (while stopping all other brightening serums that I am using).

Back to the product.

Belif The White Decoction – Ultimate Brightening Essence is actually a gel type essence that has mica content. Like all other mica-containing product, it can reflect lights and make your skin appears lighter and luminous than it actually is. It is also milder and non-drying with its hypoallergic herbal extracts.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Alcohol Denat., Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calluna Vulgaris Extract*, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract*, Dipsacus Sylvestris 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+, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract**, Rosa Damascene Flower Extract**, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract**, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract**, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Artemisia Annua Extract, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Tin Oxide, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance++, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool

*Root White Decoction Formula (Concentrated Brightening Formula Of Powerful Herbs)
+Napiers Original Formula (Clarification And Hydration)
**Napiers Formula W (Brightening Formula)
++Fragrances Of Natural Origin


The key formula here, which is the root white decoction formula, is made of herbal extracts with skin brightening properties, like heather extract, feverfew, teasel and so on. They are supported by Belif's Original Formula (for moisturizing purposes) and Formula W (for added skin brightening properties). The Formula W includes some of the extracts that we are familiar with like lavender extract, yarrow extract, chamomile extract, and rose flower. Except for niacinamide, none of the ingredients here attract my in terms of skin brightening properties. Heather can protect the skin against sun damages but not so much in terms of skin tone brightening. Not to mention lavender, yarrow, chamomile and so on herbal extracts that are mainly for antioxidizing benefits. In short, a lovely formula full of antioxidants rich herbal ingredients but nothing practical actually. I didn't see licorice or mulberry extracts as the key components, only niacinamide. And I can get niacinamide for like RM40 from The Ordinary.


Too bad this doesn't work for me, or works too slow on my skin. But that might be attributable to the fact that I am using powerful brightening serums made of vitamin C, mulberry tree extract, arbutin and so on research-proven ingredients, so this milder brightening formula isn't strong enough to make a difference on my skin. However, I wouldn't stop anyone with sensitive skin and want a luminous complexion to try it out. It will give you instant results (due to the mica content) as well as long-term benefits (from its sun protecting and anti-oxidizing properties) if you use it long enough and avoid the sun!

A gentle skin brightening serum that I will not repurchase.

- gentle formula
- non-drying formula

- results are slow
- expensive

Extended Reading:

Review: Belif The White Decoction - Ultimate Brightening Bubble Mask

Overall impression: ★★☆
You can get this from: Belif Malaysia
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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