Review: Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask ★★★★☆
Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask is lightweight cream that’s meant to be left on the skin overnight to reveal a luminous, refreshed complexion. It’s formulated with black truffle extract, one of the world’s finest delicacies, and visible capsules of amber, pearl, and gold powder to awaken instant and visible luminosity. This versatile mask can also be used instead of a moisturizer in your usual skin care routine to give an additional boost of hydration and brightness to skin.
Black Truffle Extract – Energizes and renews skin.
Amber – Conditions skin.
Pearl – Brightens skin.
Gold Powder – Helps skin to appear more radiant and luminous.
Does not contain:
Animal origin ingredients
At first glance, this looks like a stellar product. White truffle is a rare commodity and to have that in a skincare product sounds fancy. It contains a special enzyme called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) that has been shown to isolate free radicals and prevent them from doing damage, which makes for smoother skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. However, it’s listed pretty far down, after ingredients like alcohols and PEG. Since oat is listed so high up, why not call it an oat brightening mask?
Also, there is no way of knowing how much white truffle is included in the formula. After all, it is a company’s right to keep their exact formulas a secret.
Quick sleuthing on Napiers.net revealed that Napiers Basic formula contains oat seed, marigold flowers, raspberry leaf, wild indigo root, catnip flowering tops and chickweed herb. It was created by Duncan Napier, a respected botanist and herbalist.
50 ml of sleeping mask came in a sturdy plastic squat jar with Belif’s signature packaging shape where the screw-top black lid is slightly narrower that the rest of the body.
I appreciate the inclusion of an inner lid to further prevent air from getting in and speeding up the oxidization process. It even comes with a tiny tab for ease of removal!
Upon removing the inner lid, I was greeted with Belif’s signature herbal scent. It is one of the more pleasant smelling herbal scents with notes of ginger. I wish they made the scent into a fragrance, I’d totally throw my money at it.
Unlike most products that come in a jar, this did not come with a spatula. I had to use one of my own. No complaints on my part because being a product junkie means having a separate drawer of spatulas ranging in all shapes and sizes.
The picture above shows the amount I use in a single PM routine. It’s about a third of the length of your pinkie. I tested it with half the amount and the effects were the same so the additional product was just for added hydration.
The mask has a gel-cream consistency with tiny orange beads suspended in it. These orange beads have the size of a pin head and are made of amber, pearl, and gold powder. They don’t seem to smudge out or dissolve when I spread the product on my skin. They just sit on top of my skin till I wash it off in the morning. So I’m not sure what benefits these beads provide.
What really amused me was how the gel-cream transformed into a watery-gel upon contact with the skin. It was such a breeze to spread out and did not disturb the gazillion layers of skincare products I had underneath.
Immediately, my skin had a cooling sensation and felt slightly more hydrated. However, the hydrating layer disappeared fairly quickly so this is not one of those sleeping masks that provides moisture throughout the night. On the plus side, side sleepers like me do not have to worry about the product getting onto the pillow.
I’ve been testing this out for the past 3 weeks on alternate nights and did not experience any sensitivities. Upon the second use, there was already a noticeable brightening effect on my skin. Every time I use this product, I’ll wake up with even-toned skin that lasts 2 days. What it lacks in the hydration department is made up for in the brightening department. This left me going back for more, armed with an ultra-hydrating PM routine beforehand. As someone with sensitive skin, acids and vitamin C are not viable options for addressing dullness and hyperpigmentation.
Judging from my current usage, I foresee this jar lasting 3 months or more on me. Oily skin types might be able to get more use out of it since the added hydration is not needed. It is definitely value for money if you’re looking for a brightening sleeping mask.
My mom has dry skin and deals with age spots. She has already claimed ownership of it. Still, nothing can beat my and many other people’s favorite sleeping mask, the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX. Check out more Belif reviews here.