For Beloved One is a Taiwanese beauty brand with somewhat of a cult status. Its products have been mentioned on several talkshows where celebrities swear by its stuff even if they weren’t paid for it. I have tried some of its products and have always gotten compliments on how my skin looks after.
This month, For Beloved One launches a new range – Delight Fresh – of skincare aimed at keeping your skin from going insane in the summer heat. As we have learnt from another beauty brand earlier, heat damages the skin. In Singapore, the heat often cause us to sport an oily, unsightly sheen on our face. If you are not prone to breakouts, a bit of blotting with a tissue paper might freshen up your complexion a bit. But if you are prone to breakouts, the heat and the oil can lead to some massive zits making your face their summer holiday destination.
The range has a total of 4 products. A cleansing gel ($42), a toner ($28), a lotion ($48), and a night jelly ($78). For this review, I’m covering the night jelly for ONE important reason:
It can be used together with your existing skincare products. There is no need to revamp your skincare regime completely, which is what I believe most girls can’t afford to do all the time.
Appearance and Scent
The first thing I want to bring up is how horrified I felt when I opened up the jar. Honestly, I pondered for a good five minutes whether or not to put the stuff on my face at all. As you can see in this picture, it looks like chemical sludge. The bright, genie-green gel looks like something your Chemistry teacher would tell you to stay away from. Is Flubber going to jump out of the jar and start doing the Hokey Pokey?
Got past the “Is this green slime?” part? Well, let’s talk about the smell. The jelly has a medicated smell, possibly due to the fact that the range contains (1) tea tree oil, (2) an ingredient made from an Ayurvedic herb known as Brahmi, and (3) an ingredient derived from Kopara, a marine matter found in the French Polynesia atolls known for its anti-microbial properties. I described it to my friends as a “Tiger Balm” kind of scent.
Nonetheless, I took a big leap of faith and proceeded to apply the jelly onto my skin. It goes on as the FINAL STEP of your night skincare regime. After applying it, I thought I’d have to sit around the house to wait for the thing to sink in. Surprisingly, the jelly was fully absorbed before 5 minutes were up. No sticky residue, no shiny layer.
This jelly is supposed to control your skin’s sebum activity, helping rebalance its oil-water levels. For acne-sufferers, it is important to control the sebum levels without compromising on the hydration. You need to reduce the oil because that is what “feeds” the P. Acnes bacteria. You need to still keep your skin moisturised because, if not, your dead skin cells become stuck to your skin and end up clogging your pores.
This jelly controls all that and help soothe inflammation. If you have a particularly big zit, you can put a thicker layer of the jelly on the offensive spot for a more intense treatment.
DAY 1: I did my usual skincare regime and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up and blotted my face. The blotter ended up quite oily and that’s FIRST THING in the morning, without having done anything yet. That’s how inherently oily my skin is.
DAY 2: On top of my usual skincare, I applied a layer of the jelly and went to bed. The next morning, I blotted my face. The picture shows it all. There was an immediate and significant reduction in the amount of sebum my skin had produced that night. And throughout a good half of the day, my skin stayed matte and my makeup did not “melt off” as easily. My friends also commented on how my skin actually looked quite good.
At $78 a jar, the price is prohibitive. Unless my skin is embarrassingly oily or my acne situation is out of control, I would not consider buying this product. BUT if you are sick and tired of waking up to crazy angry skin (I used to and it was the worst way to start a morning), you won’t regret giving this a shot. The immediate coolness you feel, the way it calms your skin … that’s really what acne-sufferers just want to experience from their skincare. And for all you know, this could be the game-changer in your acne-treatment regime, and help you win that war against your zits once and for all.
The product was given to Material World for review, all opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.
For Beloved One is exclusively sold at Sephora (Ngee Ann City, ION, Great World City, Marina Bay Sands, Suntec, and other locations).
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and only uses blotters for beauty experiments. She does not recommend using blotters regularly. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
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