Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Belif Hungarian Water Essence and Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

First post in a long time. I apologize for the long absence. It's been a tough few months. My face can be full proof of that as it's been out of control lately. I've experienced problems on my face that I never expected to see. One of them is dry spots. I've always been a combination type skin, and if I had to choose between oily or dry, I was definitely the oily type.

When I got my 2 dry spots on both my lower cheeks during my cold a few months ago, I thought it was going to go away once I felt better and was more hydrated. Well, be it stress or ageing, those two 5cm diameter spots never went away. So when I bought the full sized version of Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist from Sephora and needed to stack more things for free shipping, I decided to try Belif's two famous hydrating creams. I got a sample of the Belif Aqua Bomb shown here on the right (the other, more powerful Belif Moisturizing Bomb, I will review later). I also happened to get the Belif Hungarian Water Essence sample back when I was in Korea. Since they were both for hydration, I decided to use them together.

Description (from

Hungarian Water Essence
  • This essence contains hydration secrets of the legendary Hungarian Water that enabled Hungarian Queen Elizabeth to maintain her beauty into old age. This product is applied cool like a spritz of water, and clings to the skin lightly without stickiness, prolonging suppleness and softness
  • After applying toner, pump 2 to 3 times in your palm and apply gently over the face, moving along the skin surface
  • Herbal ingredients include rosemary (boosts microvascular circulation, keeping skin tone clear and healthy. By removing active oxygen, it prevents oxidation of skin tissue) and gotu kola (helps alleviate skin aging while protecting the skin)
The True Cream - Aqua Bomb
  • With Napiers aqua formula containing Lady's Mantle, often called "a woman's hydrating herb," this refreshing gel cream supplies instant moisture to the skin while forming a protective layer that wraps the skin in comfort
  • Lady's mantle is a herb that helps soften the skin with its natural properties to remove dry, scaly, and flaky skin, while controlling excess sebum, resulting in tighter pores and less oily shine. Also acts as an excellent moisturizer. 
  • After using essence or emulsion, dispense a sufficient amount, gently apply and spread
My impression:

The Hungarian Water Essence is really like water, with slightly, barely noticeable thicker consistency. I spread it over my face after using the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner toner. Then afterwards I use the Aqua Bomb. This one has a milky, semi-slimy consistency. It feels sticky on your face once you put it on but the next morning I didn't find it to be a problem.

I used these 2 hydrating products solely for to "cure" the two dry spots. Unfortunately, they didn't do the trick. They helped in taking away the dry spot once I put these two things on, but once I washed my face, or just after a long day, those two spots came back and skin would be flaking off my face.

Short review, because it just didn't work for my dry spots. Hungarian Water Essence's product description claims that keeps my skin tone clear and healthy. I didn't think it calmed down my red spots at all (and oh man those red spots have been going crazy the past few months from stress and bad sleeping hours). The Aqua Bomb also didn't control excess sebum or tighten my pores because they were as big as ever and causing little red bumps! I've had a rough few months so I'm definitely not blaming the deterioration on my face on these two products, but at the same time these two products definitely didn't make anything better. It just hydrated, but not enough to make an effect. Onto the Belif Moisturizing Bomb!


These 2 products purely hydrate, nothing else
Not sticky and clings onto skin lightly as it claims
$42 for 75ml for Hungarian Water Essence and $38 for 50ml of Aqua Bomb on sephora

Quality: 2.5/5 because for a products that sell purely on moisturising it doesn't do anything for dry spots!
Value: 2/5 because it's extremely expensive compared to other Korean brands

Repurchase? Nope

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