Review: Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

Hello, my friends! Today, I have a review of the Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, a moisturizer I’ve been using for the last 6 months. Last year, Belif was a brand I had heard about on IG but never really looked into, until my friend Stashy brought this brand to the forefront when she told me this was one of her favourite products of 2018.

When I needed a new moisturizer in April, I was looking for one that would be light enough for summer, but still keep my dry skin hydrated and be moisturized enough for the fall and winter. As I was scrolling through the Sephora website looking for a moisturizer I might be interested in trying, I remembered what Stashy said about enjoying her Belif moisturizer, so I started doing some digging into the brand. It turns out that Belif is readily accessible at Sephora!

I hear a lot of people talking about the Aqua Bomb, which seems like a dupe for the hugely hyped Tatcha Water Cream (I haven’t tried either, but the textures seem similar to me). The Moisturizing Bomb is a thicker version of the Aqua Bomb, and I don’t hear quite as many people talking about it, but I knew that the thicker texture is something my dry skin would need. Now that I’ve been using it for six months and I’m almost out of the moisturizer, I’m ready to do a review!

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THE BASICS

Moisturizing Bomb has a cushiony, whipped texture and has been clinically tested to provide the skin with long-lasting, intensive, 26-hour hydration. The formula, a unique blend of time-tested apothecary herbs, includes comfrey leaf, a botanical with powerful hydrating and soothing properties. The lightweight, whipped texture envelopes skin with comforting, long-lasting moisture. This uniquely indulgent moisturizer has been clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture.

Belif is a Korean brand, and all of its products are made in Korea. The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb retails at $50 for 50 mL, and can be purchased at Sephora, YesStyle, the Belif website (they have a Canadian website!) . The Moisturizing Bomb is formulated without parabens or sulfates, and is perfect for normal to dry skin.

As a reference, I have normal to dry skin, and I sporadically get dry spots, particularly in the winter. When looking for a moisturizer, I’m looking for something that’s highly moisturizing without feeling heavy or sticky, and sits well under makeup.

THE PACKAGING

The Moisturizing Bomb comes in a pretty standard looking plastic tub. The packaging itself is not particularly fancy or aesthetically pleasing, but for me, I care more about the performance of the product anyways. I know a lot of people don’t like their moisturizers to come in a tub because it’s not sanitary, but I don’t mind it. I just wish that it included a spatula, like many brands do now. I use an old one from another moisturizer I finished last year!

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THE FORMULA

The consistency of the True Cream Moisturizing Bomb is somewhere between a gel and a cream in that it’s heavier than a gel moisturizer, but more lightweight than a traditional cream moisturizer. As someone with dry skin who is used to wearing thick moisturizers, I really enjoyed this consistency. It saw me through the summer, when the weather was hot and I wanted something light, but my skin has also been loving it now that the weather has dropped significantly.

Unfortunately, this moisturizer contains fragrance. It has a subtle energizing ginger scent, which comes from the orange peel oil, lime oil, and rosemary leaf oil in the  ingredients. The scent itself is not bothersome to the senses, and I actually really like it, but fragrances aren’t great for our skin.

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THE PERFORMANCE

I don’t know about 26 hours of hydration since I wash and reapply my skincare roughly every 12 hours, but the Moisturizing Bomb certainly gives my skin enough hydration to last for these 12 hours. This truly feels lightweight on the skin, which is so nice for the summer – it doesn’t feel heavy in the hot weather. In the fall and winter, the lightweight texture is heavy enough to keep my skin hydrated. It’s rare that a cream works well for both summer and winter, but this one does. If I want a little boost of hydration at night, I’ll layer on a facial oil or sleeping mask on top.

Another thing I love about the Moisturizing Bomb is that it sits well under makeup without moving around or pilling. It doesn’t make my skin look greasy, or make my foundation sit on top strangely.

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INGREDIENTS

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.

THE SUMMARY

Pros:

  • Keeps dry skin moisturized all day
  • Great lightweight texture

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance
  • Comes in jar packaging (with no spatula included)

Overall, I really love this moisturizer. It’s extremely moisturizing on my skin without feeling sticky or heavy, and I can wear it under makeup. I know I shouldn’t be using a moisturizer with fragrance in it, but fragrance is a sensorial experience for me and I enjoy it. I’m definitely interested in trying more Belif products now! Have you tried any Belif products? What did you think?

9 thoughts on “Review: Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

  1. Lovely review! I am so curious to try the brand, but I don’t think my skin will like the fact that it’s not fragrance free! I personally don’t mind the jar packaging, I find it aesthetically pleasing to the touch but well

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  2. I absolutely love this moisturizer and have gone through one large tub plus a few mini’s. The Aqua Bomb is good too but more suited for oily skin since it’s a gel. You’ve described all the benefits perfectly! And I do enjoy the scent too 😉.

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  3. This is definitely a brand that I’m interested in trying if made readily available to me. Having said that though, I am on a bit of a no-buy probably a pointless comment!

    I am also not a fan of fragrance in my moisturiser especially. It’s so off-putting! But sometimes it cannot be helped.

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  4. Yeah, I’m glad you tried this. I LOVE this stuff! And thanks for the shout-out. 😉

    It’s so good that I can forgive it for the scent (but not so secretly, I do enjoy the zesty smell). And yes – this wear perfectly under all of my foundations, which is so rare! One negative for me is the unnecessarily bulk of the jar – there some excess plastic around the middle to make the jar appear larger or something? I was so happy to see that Belif is now carried by Sephora. Prior to that, it was only available at The Face Shop (which is now rebranded as Nature Collection – I’m so confused).

    I’m currently using the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator as my daytime moisturizer – have you tried that one? It’s great too! It’s also a cream-gel texture and marketed for dry and dehydrated skin. It wears great under makeup AND it’s unscented.

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    • Oh also, the Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye cream is great too! It is my current daytime eye cream and I even have a back up jar since I’m running low. It has bumped the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye off the rotation for now. 😉

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      • WOW, I can’t believe it’s bumped the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery eye cream out of your rotation! That’s actually one of the other products I really want to try from Belif, so it’s great to know you like it!

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    • I love the zesty scent too, even though I know we’re not supposed to be wearing fragranced skincare. It just feels so much more luxurious when moisturizers have a scent (that is not cloying!)

      Haha, it’s funny that you mentioned that Belif used to be available at The Face Shop recently, because I literally only just found this out maybe two weeks ago! You bring up a really good point about the excess packaging, I totally forgot to mention that! When I got to the point where the jar gets larger, I thought it would be filled with product – nope!

      You know, I have not tried Clinique skincare in YEARS! If it’s marketed towards dry skin….I need to try it! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. […] This has probably been my favourite moisturizer discovery in the last few years, so much so that I recently ran out to repurchase it when my skin was freaking out and with severe dry spots – I knew this no-BS moisturizer would help repair my moisture barrier. It’s lightweight, yet it’s deeply hydrating, even for dry skin. I have a review of the Moisturizing Bomb here. […]

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