Most of the other essences I’ve used feel like you’re patting water onto your face. Belif’s version, though, sinks in quickly and is super hydrating, thanks to the brand’s Hungarian Water Secret. A special blend that includes rosemary and gotu kola, an Asian herb known to boost collagen and decrease inflammation. Just a few pumps after toner left my dry skin hydrated enough to almost skip moisturiser. Something that’s hard to achieve because I’m all about layering serums, creams, and oils.
I’m pretty well-versed in the 10-step Korean beauty routine. You start with a double-cleanse, then go in with toner to remove any remaining makeup, followed by an essence to prep skin, and then layer a multitude of other products on top of one another. Although my personal routine isn’t as elaborate, I do use an essence twice a day. So when I was asked to review the Belif Hungarian Water Essence, I thought it would be another water-like product that I just slap on before the rest of my skincare routine. I’m so glad I was wrong.
This doesn’t mean I’m scrapping the rest of my routine. I have other skin concerns besides moisture, so that will never happen. But if I was running late, I wouldn’t mind just a quick cleanse, a few pumps of this essence, and sunscreen before running out the door. I’ve found that its thick texture makes it one of my more versatile skincare products. If I’m feeling really dry, I’ll add a pump to my nighttime moisturiser for some added hydration. I’ll also use it as a makeup primer if I’m not applying foundation right after my skin-care routine in the morning.