REVIEW: Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser

It has been just over 3 years since I did my last review of Belif products! Once upon a time, their True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb was my go-to moisturizer, and the True Cream Aqua Bomb surprised me as a lovely gel moisturizer. When I received their Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser, I was excited to see how hydrating it would be since the formula is supposed to have similar hydrating ingredients to the Aqua Bomb!

As mentioned in my previous review, Belif is a Korean brand that combines traditional herbal processing methods based on British herbalist Duncan Napier from the 1860s (Napiers is now a herbal medicine company that supplies their “original formulas” to Belif), with their own innovative extracting method.

This product was sent as a PR Sample. My thoughts are my own, always *casts does patronus*


DESCRIPTION

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 A gentle jelly-to-foam cleanser with the same explosive burst of hydration as belif’s cult favorite The True Cream Aqua Bomb, that gently removes all traces of makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of moisture.

– Sephora.ca

Formulated with the same hydrating properties as The True Cream Aqua Bomb, the cleanser provides a refreshing burst of hydration while cleansing the skin. Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser is formulated with amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents that gently remove makeup and impurities, and don’t strip the skin of moisture. 

– Belifcanada.ca

Amount: 5.41oz/160ml
Price: $34 CAD / $28 USD


INGREDIENTS

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Water, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Cocoate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract+ **, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract**, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract**, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract**, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract+, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract+, Nepeta Cataria Extract+, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract+, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract+, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Malachite Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil++, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil++, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil++, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil++, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral.

*Napiers original formula. +Napiers moisture formula. ++Fragrances of natural origin.

INCIDecoder
Skincarisma Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser vs. Aqua Bomb True Cream

HILIGHTED INGREDIENTS:
Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, Coco-Glucoside – surfactants derived from coconut, considered to be more gentle than the traditional surfactants on the market such as SLS and SLES.
Glycerin: Humectant and skin-identical ingredient.
Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract (Lady’s Mantle), Malachite Extract – antioxidants.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract – antioxidants, soothing.

I attempted to measure the pH level 3 different ways, and it seems to be within the 6-7 range (sorry for the shoddy photos):

Based off of Skincarisma’s compare tool, around 46% of the Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser consists of the same ingredients to their True Cream Aqua Bomb. That does not mean however that the 2 products will perform similarly, especially since a cleanser well… washes off. Nonetheless, they’re potentially beneficial ingredients in relation to making this a non-stripping cleanser in general.


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Opaque tube with squeeze spout.

Texture: Clear jelly.

Fragrance: Slightly sweet citrus.

Application: Nickel-size amount, light lather on face and massage for 1 minute. Slightly foams. Pat excess water off with a face towel, but still leaving skin feeling slightly damp.

Feel: Glides easily on skin without feeling sticky.

Instant Results: Cleanses well if not wearing any waterproof makeup or SPF, skin does not feel tight between lightly patting off excess water and moving on to leave-on products while having damp skin. When I dried my skin completely, my face felt noticeably tighter than if I were to use another cleanser prior.

Long-Term Results: Skin barrier is not compromised, doesn’t feel sensitive.


FINAL THOUGHTS

PROS:

  • Despite the price, it comes in a large tube and a little goes a long way.
  • Glycerin is the 2nd ingredient on the list.
  • Skin barrier does not feel compromised after use (when I just remove excess water from my face).
  • Skin feels softer.

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • Even though it has a handful of ingredients similar to what’s in the True Cream Aqua Bomb, I still feel like I have to follow up with a hydrator after use because it’s not enough.
  • Would’ve really enjoyed this cleanser more if it wasn’t foaming like Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser – I feel like I would’ve experienced a more hydrating feel to this cleanser had they gone that route.
  • If my testing is correct, the pH of this cleanser is a bit too high for my liking. I can still work with it better than other high pH cleansers I’ve tried.

CONS:

  • Stings eyes.
  • If I fully dry my face with a face towel, I do experience a tight feeling rather quickly.

Overall, the Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser for me is okay. It feels nice, performs well as a morning and/or second cleanse, and leaves my skin feeling soft. Despite the price, a little goes a long way so you won’t run out too quickly if you decide to give this cleanser a try.

WHERE TO BUY:

Avon
Sephora *
Ulta *

* Links are affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase through it, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

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