Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

Review: Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

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Let me introduce the yummy makeup remover balm from the Korean skincare brand Belif, the Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm and tell you all about my experience with it (it’s a good one!).

I know, I know, I rarely do cleanser reviews on here. I’ll admit it, they are not the most fascinating category of products for me. But when I find one cleansing product that does the job, and that is also great to use, I feel like I have to dedicate a review to it! So today, let me introduce you to the super delicious Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm from the Korean skincare brand Belif…

I love double cleansing every night. There’ s no better way to get rid of all the dust and impurities of the day, as well as makeup and residues of sunscreen that are designed to stick to the skin!

I’ll take this opportunity to remind you once and for all: no, wearing makeup every day doesn’t damage your skin, as long as you religiously remove it every night 😉

And if you want to remove your makeup perfectly without damaging your skin, double cleansing is definitely ideal.

As a reminder, double cleansing means that you first remove your makeup with an oil based product like an oil or a cleansing balm that will dissolve all the pigments, sunscreens and fine pollution dust. And I promise it won’t “grease” your skin! These products are water soluble, which means their texture changes on contact with water, so they can be rinsed off more easily without leaving a greasy residue.

The result: the skin is completely clean without being damaged, and it’s also free of impurities that can end up irritating it.

Makeup removal is definitely a step that can be very pleasant. This is where the texture of the products used will make all the difference!

I really appreciate the practicality of oils, but it’s true that balms always have a sensorial aspect that is almost impossible to beat… If, on top of that, they also smell good, it’s just sublime!

Perfumed cosmetic products are not very popular these days, for many (good) reasons, but I must admit that for me, with my skin not being particularly sensitive to perfume, the prospect of using only fragrance-free products is a bit depressing…

So, the Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm was just the right touch to bring some luxury back to my routine! Let me introduce you to it.

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The brand Belif:

You have probably already seen the brand Belif in your Sephora without knowing that it was a Korean brand, am I wrong?

It’s true that Belif doesn’t put much emphasis on its Korean origin… And even more so if you look at its brand history! Surprisingly, the history of the skincare brand Belif began in the 19th century, in 1860 to be precise. It’s at this date that the legendary botanist and herbalist Duncan Napier opened his herbal clinic in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Lemme be clear, Duncan Napier didn’t create a skincare brand to use in his clinic. In fact, 150 years later, the huge Korean group LG (yup, LG like the TVs), which was probably looking for a concept to create a new skincare brand, looked at Duncan Napier’s formulas and decided to use them to create the skincare brand Belif.

As a result, Belif uses Duncan Napier’s herbal and botanical plant blends in the formulation of its products. Of course, they are combined with all the technology of a cutting-edge Korean cosmetic laboratory from the 21st century, as you can imagine!

But the Belif brand prides itself on always emphasizing herbal ingredients in its formulas, and they also combine the knowledge of Duncan Napier to choose plant extracts from all over the world (and not only from Korea as is often the case with conventional Korean skincare brands).

Belif isn’t claiming to be a “clean beauty” brand. They’re a conventional skincare brand that uses natural plant extracts in their formulas.

Their most popular range around the world and the one that put the brand on the map is Aqua Bomb, based on hydration and which counts about fifteen different products (at least in Korea).

And today, we’re going to take a closer look at one of the latest releases in their Aqua Bomb line, the Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm!

Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, product presentation:

This product released a little less than a year ago is a moisturizing makeup remover balm, developed to effectively dissolve makeup and impurities while leaving the skin clean but still moisturized!

One of the great strengths of the Belif brand is undoubtedly the texture of its best-selling products. And for this balm, the brand was inspired by the silky and comforting texture of their hero product The True Cream Aqua Bomb, their moisturizing cream for dry skin.

Belif has created a beautiful cleansing balm with a texture that transforms in three steps: first, an oily balm that you massage into your skin, then it becomes a cream that gradually liquefies into a silky oil.

Its unique texture (the brand calls it a “sherbet” texture) is super soft on the skin and leaves no oily residue after rinsing. The brand says that one cleansing step is enough with this product, but you know me, #moreismore, so I always do a second cleanse afterwards. But I guess if you don’t wear much makeup, one step might be enough with this product.

They focus the formula around oil-based ingredients that help dissolve the makeup and impurities, but also other moisturizing and soothing actives to preserve the skin’s barrier.

These include:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, a derivative of coconut oil and glycerin, quite nourishing,
jojoba oil, which is close to the skin’s sebum and helps to keep the skin barrier in good condition during cleansing.
– soothing plant extracts: nettle, Lady’s Mantle, calendula, marshmallow, lotus flower, oat
– moisturizing Aloe Vera,
– anti-oxidant turmeric,
– and also a lot of essential oils which have a fragrance purpose here. I don’t have any problem with essential oils, especially since it’s a product that you rinse off, so I don’t think it sensitizes the skin too much, but of course, it depends on your skin.

The essential oils make a big difference to me when it comes to my experience with this product, I’ll explain below!

Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, my experience:

I’ve always been curious about super renowned luxury makeup cleansing balms like Emma Hardie, for example, but their price tag has so far stopped me.

This Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Balm seemed like a great middle ground option to me! It’s not cheap either, but it’s still significantly cheaper than other fancy makeup removing balms 😉

For me, Belif is really a range that screams sensoriality. I know that’s not necessarily what the brand communicates about, but still, all of their products are a true pleasure to use and this one is certainly no exception!

Yes, it contains a lot of essential oils, but for me, they are part of the experience… They are clearly the ones that give this unique freshness to the product.

The texture is also quite exquisite. That balm 🡆 cream 🡆 oil transformation effect is really a very pleasant experience to feel on the skin! (I elaborate on how I use it further down the page if you check the instructions guide 😉 ).

But then again, that fresh feeling this balm leaves on the skin is really the cherry on the cake, IMO. The freshness on the skin lasts a little less if you use a second cleanser afterwards like I do, but still, you can feel it a little bit after the second rinse, and it’s honestly divine!

I don’t have sensitive skin and essential oils have never been a problem for me (especially since we’re talking about a product that rinses off, they don’t stay on the skin). But I can still tell you that the product doesn’t irritate my skin at all when I use it, and that it’s possible for me to use it to remove my eye makeup without any issue. It doesn’t sting my eyes at all.

If you’re like me, and sometimes need a little boost to motivate you to remove your makeup at night when you’re tired, the prospect of using this oh-so-pleasant product is a great incentive!

Typically, balms tend to “stick” on the skin more when you rinse them compared to makeup cleansing oils. That’s why brands often recommend using a damp cloth to remove them. But personally, I’m not a fan of this removal technique. I always prefer to rinse with my hands, because I find washcloths too aggressive. I’m never sure of the hygiene of the things and it means more laundry to do every week lol.

Well, good news, this Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is very easy to rinse off with just your hands! No need to use a wet cloth if you don’t feel like it 🙂

And it removes all my makeup perfectly, including my waterproof products like my mascara. Everything dissolves under my fingers as I massage it. A real treat!

The jar is 100ml; I know I’ll finish it a bit quickly (this is always the case with makeup cleansing balms compared to oils) but I also know I’ll really enjoy it until the end!

In conclusion:

This Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is a brilliant discovery! It confirms my love for this brand and also for this Aqua Bomb range (I told you about their gel texture cream in this article last summer if you’re curious 😉).

It actually made me want to try their moisturizer, The True Cream, which is richer and for dry-prone skin! Now that my skin is betraying my age, with its greater need for comfort, I think I should probably really like it too 😉.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a super sensorial and pleasant balm that also does the job of makeup removal perfectly, and you don’t feel like spending a fortune on it, take a look at this Belif cleansing balm. It’s worth it! And on top of that, it’s available at Sephora, which is always convenient (I added the link for you 😉).

The Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm retails between $30 and $35 for 100ml, depending on the retailers.

Product Review in detail

Summary

Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

"Melt away makeup with a hydrating cleansing balm. Born from the DNA of Belif’s cult-favorite The true cream–aqua bomb, Aqua bomb makeup removing cleansing balm is an explosively hydrating three step texture transforming (balm to cream to oil) cleansing balm that completely and gently removes all traces of makeup while leaving the skin smooth and moisturized."

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Recommendation

A

Feels and performs great!

Price

$30 - $35

Details

Packaging
Texture
Scent
Feeling on the skin
Formula/ Ingredients
Efficiency/ Result
Value For Money
Availability

+ Pros

- the texture is sensorial and pleasant to use,
- the aromatic scent, very "spa-like", super nice,
- the formula is really soft, and doesn't sting my eyes,
- it's very effective and removes makeup and UV filters well,
- it rinses off easily without leaving a greasy effect on the skin,
- it leaves the skin supple and hydrated, it's not stripping at all, quite the opposite.

- Cons

- I would have preferred a more practical tube packaging, but I know it's not always possible with balms,
- the price, not cheap for the quantity.

product name

Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

brand name

Belif

size

100ml

made in

South Korea

packaging

A white plastic jar with a black cap, very simple and sleek.

fragrance

Very aromatic, like the rest of the Aqua Bomb range. I love it!

texture

A sherbet-like balmy texture that melts quite quickly on the skin, turns into a cream and then liquefies and become an oil when you massage it into your skin.

For Who

All skin types, all ages.

Concerns

To remove the makeup (including waterproof products), sunscreen products and pollution dust (you can’t remove them with a cleansing gel, it’s better to use oil to “break” them).

Method

I use the Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm in the evening at the very beginning of my skincare routine. I always do a double cleanse when I wear make-up and/or sunscreen. My cleansing balm is my first step in the double cleansing process.

I take a dime size amount of product and apply it to my face, neck and eyes, on my dry skin. The balm melts quickly on contact with the skin and it becomes like a cream first, then more liquid, like an oil. I massage it gently with my fingertips to dissolve makeup and impurities.
I rinse my hands and run my wet hands over my face, neck and eyes so that the product can emulsify (= I gently massage my skin in circular movements). It turns into a fine milky emulsion. I finish by simply rinsing it off with lukewarm water. I find it rinses off very well. It doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin after rinsing. I don’t need to use a wet cloth. Which is good for me because I’m not a big fan of washcloths to remove makeup on my face. They are always a bit scratchy, even the softest ones.

For the second step of the double cleansing, I then cleanse my skin with a gentle foaming product (like the Cerave one, for example).

Key Ingredients

The formula is focused around oil-based ingredients that help dissolve makeup and impurities, but also other moisturizing and soothing ingredients that preserve the skin’s barrier.
These include:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, a derivative of coconut oil and glycerin, quite nourishing,
jojoba oil, which is close to the skin’s sebum and helps to keep the skin barrier in good condition during cleansing.
– soothing plant extracts: nettle, Lady’s Mantle, calendula, marshmallow, lotus flower, oat
– moisturizing Aloe Vera,
– anti-oxidant turmeric,
– and also a lot of essential oils which have a fragrance purpose here. I don’t have any problem with essential oils, especially since it’s a product that you rinse off, so I don’t think it sensitizes the skin too much, but of course, it depends on your skin.

Ingredients

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Methylpropanediol, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, 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, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract.

Ingredients not included

– Mineral oil,
– Alcohol,
– Silicones,
– Dyes,
– Synthetic fragrance.

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