Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask
belif's Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask gets so much right that we wish we could give it our highest rating. Unfortunately, there are a couple of stumbles that keep it just out of range, though it's still impressive.
The first thing we like: this comes in clever packaging that avoids the pitfalls of overly saturated sheet masks that drip everywhere. It comes in a plastic sleeve that contains the cloth in the top half, and a "pouch" containing the skin care solution in the bottom. Simply fold the sleeve into three segments (there are instructions on the package on how to do this), then give it a squeeze, and the pouch pops open to release the solution onto the mask.
This packaging is not only convenient, it allows you some amount of control over how much solution you get on the mask.
Aside from that, it's standard sheet mask protocol: smooth it onto your face, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove it and allow the rest of the solution to absorb into skin. You're left with skin that appears immediately hydrated and refreshed, and feels plumped and moisturized.
Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask features tried-and-true skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients like glycerin, niacinamide, panthenol, jojoba oil, and even a ceramide. It's a mix that can do the job when it comes to this mask's claims.
Our only issue with this sheet mask is that it also contains fragrance and the fragrance ingredients citronellol and limonene. They're towards the end of the ingredient list, and this doesn't have a strong smell, but they still can cause skin irritation, so it's something to keep in mind.
Otherwise, this is one of the stronger entries into the sheet mask market we've seen, and one of belif's best products.
- Clever packaging avoids cloth mask getting oversaturated with solution.
- Mask makes skin feel immediately hydrated and refreshed.
- Contains skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients like glycerin and niacinamide.
- Contains fragrance ingredients which can irritate skin.
Owned by South Korean corporate giant LG (yes, the electronics company), belif is a natural skin care brand whose main selling point is the fusion of the sensibilities of Korean skin care – sheet masks and essences are featured prominently - with the philosophy of an old-fashioned European apothecary.
The result is an offering of skin care products that is best described as hit-or-miss. Most of them contain a mix of herbs based off “Napier’s Formula,” a blend of herbs concocted by Scottish apothecary Duncan Napier in the mid-19th century. Anecdotal stories tell of its miraculous effect on skin, though there’s no hard research showing this specific blend of ingredients is better than any other beneficial skin care ingredients.
There are some good products with a robust blend of antioxidants to be found, but most of belief’s lineup contains fragrance (or additional fragrance ingredients), and the brand usually packages its moisturizers in jars (which puts beneficial air- and light-sensitive skin care ingredients at risk because of exposure to both). Were it not for these two missteps, we’d be much more enthusiastic to recommend this brand as an option.
You can find out more about belif by visiting the brand’s website at https://www.belifusa.com/.
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