Eye cream. Some people love it, others feel like it’s a waste of money. Me? I’m in the first camp. I have very sensitive eyes and find that many moisturizers that do great on my face often sting my eyes. For that reason, I prefer to use a dedicated eye cream. So what do I think of Belif’s Moisturizing Eye Bomb? Read on to find out.
Disclosure: This product was gifted to me by Influenster. This post is not sponsored. This post does not contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
First up, let’s take a look at the ingredients. Then I’ll tell you about my experience with this product.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, HDI/TriMethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Sucrose Polystearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, PCA Dimethicone, Panthenol, Triethylhexanoin, Cellulose, Ceramide NP, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, 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**, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Glycereth-20, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Gucoside, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymwer, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyproline, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil+, Rosamarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil+, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower OIl+, Citral, Citrannellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool. *Napiers original formula. **Napiers moisture formula. +Fragrances of natural origin.
Since this is such a long product list, I’m only going to go over some highlights.
Squalane and glycerin- awesome ingredients for moisture. Squalane is a light, yet highly effective emolient. Glycerin is a humectant that helps to draw moisture into skin cells. It also helps to give the skin a smoother feel and appearance.
Calendula Officinalis and Nepeta Cataria are just two of the antioxidants in this product. Topical application of antioxidants helps to keep skin looking healthy and youthful.
Belif’s Moisturizing Eye Bomb also contains a number of anti-inflammatory ingredients including Centella Asiatica, Avena Sativa, Baptisia Tinctoria, and Stellaria Media. Anti-inflammatories are exactly what they sound like: they help to soothe irritated skin. This is great for anyone who frequently suffers from redness and other forms of irritation around their eye area.
One thing that might be a deal-breaker for some people is the inclusion of a few fragrant ingredients such as orange peel oil and rosemary leaf oil. Research has shown that fragrance, whether natural or synthetic in origin, can irritate the skin. I choose to use products that contain both natural and synthetic fragrance because I don’t feel it’s a significant enough drawback for me, but I always like to mention fragrance because I know there’s a lot of you out there who prefer your skincare products fragrance-free. For this product in particular, the possible irritants are so far down the ingredient list that there’s little to be concerned about because it’s unlikely that there’s a significant enough amount present to make an impact.
Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with the ingredients in this eye cream. It’s worth noting that the main ingredients in this eye cream are totally common and can be found in numerous other eye creams, including ones available at the drugstore. What sets this eye cream apart from others (in terms of ingredients) is the numerous extracts that provide a range of anti-aging benefits. However, while it’s a great way to make sure all your bases are covered, the downside is that including so many extracts makes it difficult to include them in high enough percentages to guarantee effectiveness. This doesn’t mean that any product with a lot of ingredients is ineffective, just that trying to shove so many ingredients into a formula essentially reduces the potency of the ingredients that are lower down on the ingredient list. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but I’m trying to keep things simple, so that’s the explanation we’re gonna go with.
The scent of this product is going to make or break this for a lot of people. It has a strong herbal scent that some people may find unappealing. If you’ve used Belif’s Aqua Bomb or Moisture Bomb, then you’ll already be familiar with this scent, it’s pretty much the same as the Moisturizing Eye Bomb.
If you’re not accustomed to Korean skincare, this may be an unfamiliar smell to you. It’s not the typical patchouli/lavender/etc. that is often used in Western beauty products. It’s the kind of herbal that you might associate with tea leaves or describe as “earthy.” You will definitely notice the scent when applying the product, and possibly even for a few minutes after if you’ve got a keen sense of smell. Personally, I stop smelling it as soon as it has absorbed into my skin.
I find the scent to be comforting, but not everyone is going to feel that way.
I have to say Belif nailed the texture. It’s creamy but lightweight and it sinks in quickly. It does leave a little bit of an almost balmy texture behind, but it’s the type of texture you only notice if you touch it with your fingers. It’s like the skin absorbs the product, but leaves a smooth, silky texture over top. If you’ve used a sleeping pack like Origins Drink Up Intensive or Too Cool For School’s Pumpkin Sleeping Pack, it’s like a toned down version of that feeling. The Moisturizing Eye Bomb immediately makes my skin feel smooth, hydrated, and protected. The texture also makes it a great product to use under concealer.
While it may not be a groundbreaking product, I do love this eye cream. I felt that Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb made a huge improvement in the texture and hydration level of my eye area. Instantly, my skin felt more hydrated, and surprisingly it actually continued to feel more hydrated throughout the next day, even after I had washed my face. After consistent use my skin also felt softer and bouncier. I rarely believe the claims that cosmetics companies put on their packaging, but in this case, I feel that Belif’s claims that the Moisturizing Eye Bomb improves elasticity and provides intense moisture for up to 26 hours are actually true. This marks the 3rd Belif product that I’ve tried, and so far all of them have held up to their claims, which is part of why I consider Belif to be such a dependable brand (for my skin at least, your mileage may vary!).
Remember when I said the texture of this product reminded me of a sleeping pack? Yeah, I’ve totally used this all over my face. It’s not as occlusive (meaning ‘barrier forming’) as a product that was actually designed to be a sleeping pack would be, but if you want something that’s lighter than a typical sleeping pack or are just lazy and want a ‘one and done’ product you can put all over your face, this could totally serve that purpose.
One of the biggest problems I have with eye creams is having them slide around and get into my eyes, even when I’m careful about not applying them too close to my immediate eye area (you should be applying your eye cream around your orbital bone, the warmth from your skin will help it to spread to your eyelids). I’ve been using this eye cream for about 2 months now, and it’s never slid into my eyes or irritated them in any way. It also hasn’t caused me to develop any milia (the little white bumps that you can’t seem to get rid of, they most commonly form around the eye area due to a buildup of keratin in a sweat gland) so that’s a definite plus.
The one thing I don’t like about this product is the jar packaging. I don’t like having to dip my finger into the jar because A) it’s unsanitary and B) it gets under my nails, which is one of the grossest feelings ever. I would much rather have this in a tube or even a pump bottle.
Although I love this eye cream and have had an excellent experience with it, it’s not something that’s so revolutionary that I would tell you it’s a must-have. I think if you love Belif products in general and/or you know your skin responds well to their formulas (mine does!) then this is probably worth picking up. If this is outside your budget, don’t stress it. You’re not missing much.
Purchase: $48 for 0.84 oz/25 ml at Sephora
You’ll like this if…
- You love Belif’s other products
- You’re willing and able to spend a lot of money on your eye cream
- The #1 thing you want from an eye cream is hydration
- You enjoy herbal scents
Skip it if…
- You saw the $48 price tag and thought “hahahaha… NO.”
- You can’t stand herbal scents or are prone to fragrance-induced headaches. It’s not a sharp fragrance that I would describe as “headache inducing” in the average person, but I know there’s a lot of you out there that can’t handle strong scents at all. If that’s you, unfortunately you probably won’t enjoy this product.
- Your primary concern is something like brightening or treating wrinkles (improved hydration and elasticity will help with that, but it’s probably not going to provide all of the benefits you’re looking for)
- You refuse to use jar packaging for anything, ever, so help you god
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