I was very happy to be afforded the opportunity to test Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex ($136). I love modern peptides, and I love natural formulations full of vitamins. This product has all of these things.
Unfortunately, my sample was teeny tiny, so I had to choose a small section of my face to test it on to make it last the course. I chose my ever-troublesome under-eye area and crow’s feet, where I managed to make it stretch to three and a half weeks using it morning and night as instructed. So please bear that in mind I cannot comment on any overall lifting properties -- just the local effects on this area.
My first impression of the product was one of slight surprise. Its ingredients list is quite complex yet the product itself looks, feels and smells fresh, like a thick, clear, peachy-colored aloe vera gel. Turns out there may be a good reason for this, which I will explain shortly.
It applies very nicely to the skin, soaking in well and leaving a satisfying, lightly moisturized feeling. Many serums can feel drying around the eyes, but Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex does not at all. I actually looked forward to applying it each day. I also found it non-irritating. I had no reactions with this sensitive area.
Looking at the ingredients list, I can see that the primary peptides are the pair which together constitute Matrixyl 3000: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Matrixyl 3000 appears to have some credibility when used at a minimum concentration of 3%, or preferably 5 to 8%. I could find no information about what percentage the Bello Moi Multi Peptide Complex contains.
Then, the clanger. I took a closer look at the ingredients list to remind myself of all the other peptides and vitamins that had attracted me to the product. And there they were, but all of them came after sodium hyaluronate. This means that they must be there only in trace amounts, below 1%.
How do I know this? Sodium hyaluronate is a wonderful thickener and moisturizer that’s used at a maximum concentration of 1%. Any more than this and a serum begins to solidify. So, it’s a huge clue when analyzing formulae. Every ingredient listed after it must be there in only token, ineffective amounts below 1%.
For the Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), that’s a good thing in my view. This is a nerve inhibitor designed to limit muscle contraction — something that I definitely do not want all over my face and the maddest of all formulation trends in recent years, in my humble opinion. I’m quite happy for it to be there at an ineffective concentration!
But the others? All that lovely vitamin C, copper, niacinamide, apple extract, CoQ10, gotu kola… really? It appears that these are included only for show — to be able to make a label claim and pitch the product. Of course, these wonderful ingredients will do no harm and, as a complex, might do a little good. But still, it’s misleading to claim in advertising that these ingredients have UV protection, cell regeneration, circulation, firmness and elasticity properties, then fail to include them in amounts that will achieve any of these effects.
This really, really turned me off. It also explains why the product looks and smells mostly like a thick aloe vera gel; it probably is. It also brings its hefty price tag sharply into question. Yet, I’m still oddly torn. It feels nice on the skin. Perhaps it has enough Matrixyl 3000 in it to be effective long-term…but who knows?
In terms of my own results, I’m not certain whether I noticed anything. Perhaps it helped my under-eye wrinkles a little. I have used Matrixyl 3000 before, so it may be hard to clearly observe results on me from this. I think yes, it did do a little bit of good, but nothing dramatic in the short time I used it.
In conclusion, I think this might be a really great Matrixyl 3000 gel, conferring the benefits of that active in a fairly natural, non-irritating, pleasant-feeling gel base. It has the bonus of tiny amounts of lots of really great ingredients, which probably won’t do much good but might do a little. The price tag and advertising, though, need review.