Bellaplex is a trial-based, age-defying, nourishing, and hydrating anti-aging formulation that’s claimed to visibly decrease the volume and depth of wrinkles, increase the smoothness and softness of skin, boost collagen production, and help your skin remain young, soft, and vibrant.
As such, the manufacturer claims that Bellaplex provides dermatologist tested, scientifically advanced wrinkle reduction that represents “the future of skincare” and can help you look years younger, without injections or surgery.
In order to accomplish this, Bellaplex is claimed to contain the following “powerful” age-defying ingredients:
- Matrixyl 3000
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Real collagen
But when it comes down to it, can Bellaplex really provide the revolutionary results it claims? We have our doubts, and here’s why:
Trial-Based Anti-Aging Products
First and foremost, there has been a flood of anti-aging products sold only through free trials (more about this in a moment) over the past couple years. In fact, the problem has become so widespread that we provided an in-depth look at the situation in our article titled Exposing the Widespread Scam of Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials.
Suffice it to say that whenever you encounter an anti-aging product sold only through a “free” trial, your scam alarm should start ringing loud and clear.
Is Bellaplex’s Ingredients Effective for Anti-Aging?
Matrixyl 3000 is a proprietary ingredient formulated by Sederma that’s claimed to contain matrikines to “reverse the chronological ageing as attested by the regulation of senescence markers. Ageing skin tends to behave like young skin,” and to “reduce the cutaneous photo damage by restructuring the fragile network of the papillary dermis.” In other words, it’s claimed to make your skin look younger.
Argireline (also known as acetyl hexapeptide-3) is another proprietary ingredient made by Lipotec that’s claimed to “attenuate wrinkles and expression lines, reducing the depth by 17% in 15 days and the face becomes smoother.”
However, there isn’t any third-party clinical evidence showing that either of these ingredients works as advertised.
Hyaluronic acid is possibly effective for reducing the signs of aging, but only when injected (not when applied topically, as with Bellaplex).
Finally, “collagen is a large molecule, it does not penetrate the skin but stays idly on top of it, only to be washed off during your next shower. Traditional collagen creams are not entirely useless because collagen can hold moisture and makes a decent moisturizer. But do not expect these creams to strengthen your skin.”
What is Bellicus Pellicula?
Although the term “bellicus pellicula” is listed in several places on the Bellaplex website, which might lead you to believe it’s some sort of ingredient contained in the cream, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
Who is Dr. Michael A. Fiorillo MD?
Dr. Michael Fiorillo is a plastic surgeon based out of New York who specializes in a variety of breast, body, and facial procedures.
However, other than on the anti-aging cream’s website, we weren’t able to find any third-party indication that he directly endorses Bellaplex.
Bellaplex’s Advertising Tactics
Perhaps because of the lack of clinical evidence for Bellaplex’s ingredients (at least the ones we know about, since there isn’t a product label provided), the manufacturer uses some less-than-stellar advertising techniques that are often intended to cause you to make an emotional purchasing decision, versus an informed one.
This includes claiming that only a certain number of trials are given out per day (although this is almost never actually the case), and that the product was featured in a variety of popular publications in order to give it credit by association.
Also, these types of manufacturers will often include before and after examples that are actually the same image, with the “after” picture digitally altered to give the appearance of an anti-aging effect.
Watch Out for the Arbitration
Finally, keep in mind that by placing an order for Bellaplex, you’ll be automatically bound to an arbitration agreement, which will severely restrict your rights in the event you experience damages, including becoming part of a trial by jury or a class action lawsuit.
Other Customer Reviews
At the time of our research, there were 12 customer reviews for Bellaplex featured on MakeupAlley, with an average rating of 2.7 stars. While some customers claimed to have experienced positive results, the most common complaints revolved around small size, high price, greasy consistency, and failure to work as advertised.
There were also 38 customer reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 3.3 stars, with many of the same compliments and complaints found on MakeupAlley. Unlike some of the other trial-based anti-aging products we’ve reviewed though, most of these positive reviews appeared to be genuine.
It appears that Bellaplex has been on the market since at least 2008, as TruthInAging wrote a fairly in-depth review about the product, and claimed that it appears to “have morphed out of another product called Nexiderm,” and that “there may have been good reason for Nexiderm to go on the run and only appear in the sunglasses and wig of Bellaplex. There are a lot of unhappy people out there who bought a jar of Nexiderm and tried and failed to return it under the proclaimed 100% money back guarantee policy. There are also a lot of unhappy people who say that paid for a jar of Nexiderm that never showed up.”
Finally, among 356 complaints listed on ConsumerAffairs, many reference a close relationship between Bellaplex and Hydroxatone. In fact, if you take a look at Hydroxatone’s ingredients list in our review, you’ll find that they’re essentially identical.
From a company perspective, Bellaplex LLC (listed under Hydroxatone) is based out of Hoboken, NJ and held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite 203 closed complaints (as of 6/17/15), most of which referenced problems with the free trial (more about this next).
Bellaplex Pricing & Refund Policy
Bellaplex is only available through a 30-day trial for $1.99 S&H, for which you’ll receive a full 60-day supply of the anti-aging cream.
Then, once your trial expires, you’ll be billed two payments of $69.95 (once after 30 days and again after 60 days). You’ll also be enrolled in the company’s autoship program, which means you’ll continue receiving a 60-day supply of Bellaplex once every 2 months, and your credit card will be charged $139.90 plus $6.95 S&H each time.
Outside of the trial, it doesn’t appear that refunds are available. However, if you need to cancel your trial or your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact Bellaplex’s customer service at 800-545-8294.
Can Bellaplex Turn Back the Hands of Time?
Chopping to the point: Considering the lack of clinical evidence showing its ingredients can provide any anti-aging benefits, as well as the product’s mixed online customer reputation, it’s our opinion that any benefits you achieve using Bellaplex will be far out of line with its ultra-high price.
As such, we might recommend speaking with your dermatologist instead of placing an order for Bellaplex.
2 out 2 people found this review helpful
When I saw the advertisement there was no mention of this 30 day free trial. It was made out to be a free sample and all you had to pay for was the postage. When I received the product, lo and behold, it's a 30 day trial and you have to pay after. I've never gone for this type of advertising because most things that offer 30 days risk free don't work in the first place.
So I called them and I will be returning the product next week. Oh, I've been using it every day for a week and so far no results.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
Such a scam - never wanted it and never wanted to pay for it.
I’ll be completely honest, your product and your marketing is outrageous! I never wanted this product and now I’ve ended up paying a ridiculous amount of money trying to stop it coming out of my bank account even though I’ve tried to cancel it previously.
I wanted the hair sample, not the Beleplex and to be honest your “free sample” has cost me close to $500.
You should be ashamed of your business model and I am going to tell anyone who will listen how disrespected I feel about this. Never again.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend