Mini Brand Review: Bliss Skincare

Mini Brand Review: Bliss Skincare

A few weeks ago I was lurking the TrendMood Instagram page like the thirsty gremlin I am and saw that Bliss had launched a bunch of new products and I was drawn to 3 products in particular: the Makeup Melt Cleanser, In The Honey Mask, and the What-A-Melon Mask. My spidey senses were tingling and told me that they formulated some of these to be dupes to very popular products, namely the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, while they were rebranding. Did these products live up to the high expectations that I've placed upon their poor, helpless souls?

 Or maybe not so... DUN DUN DUNNN.

Or maybe not so... DUN DUN DUNNN.

Makeup Melt Cleanser ($12)

I was seriously stoked when I found out Bliss had created a possible dupe for Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. I can be quite frugal when it comes to my cleansers and literally will not spend more than $20 on one, so $18 PLUS shipping for the Milky Jelly is clearly pushing it. Meanwhile, Bliss is sold in places like Target and Ulta so you don't really have to pay extra for shipping which means you'll really only be spending $12 for the Bliss cleanser.

Key ingredients:

  • Rose Flower Extract - To help soothe the skin.
  • Hydrating blend with Xylitol - Don't know how to pronounce this but apparently it's a blend of moisturizers to help prevent water loss in the skin.
  • Pro Vitamin B5 - Vitamin known to help strengthen the skin's moisture barrier.
  • Shea Betaine - Mild cleansing agent with a shea butter base to help clean the skin and reduce irritation. 
  • Apple Amino Acids - A natural surfactant derived from my favorite juice ever, apple juice, to gently cleanse the skin.
  • Oat Amino Acids - Helps to soothe skin and add moisture.

Now the sad news is that it's not quite the dupe I was hoping for. The texture and results it gives is okay but pales in comparison to Milky Jelly's capabilities and results it gives. I repeatedly make this comparison because Bliss was clearly trying to copy Glossier, from the name and down to the packaging. So it's only fair. If you're not familiar with the Glossier cleanser, the texture is just heavenly. It's honestly one of my top 5 favorite cleansers ever, I still have never tried anything like it. The consistency of it is a hybrid of a conditioner and a thick pudding. It has a gel texture but it's also thick and very hydrating and softening. I love it because it's also strong yet gentle enough to be used twice in a row as a first and second cleanser. 

Bliss unfortunately missed the mark with this product in my opinion. The cleanser is not nearly as thick, hydrating, and conditioning as the Glossier cleanser. Instead, it's more of a soapy and runny texture that doesn't leave the skin feeling that great. It doesn't necessarily dehydrate my skin or anything but it also doesn't leave my skin better than it did before, you know? I like a cleanser that leaves my skin feeling healthy and hydrated, but instead the Bliss cleanser makes me feel like I just simply washed my face and it didn't really nourish the skin that much. I've come to find out the reasoning behind that which is the pH level of the cleanser.

The pH of the Bliss Makeup Melt Cleanser is a whopping 7.2 according to GoalsToGetGlowing on Instagram. She tested the pH with a digital pH meter so this isn't heresy, sis brought the receipts and it is very real. In comparison, the Glossier cleanser is way more gentler and softer on the skin, sitting pretty with a smooth pH of 4.5. I won't get into the details of pH in cleansers because it's entirely too much on its own and there's plenty of detailed scientific posts about it like this one, as well as a database of cleansers and their pH. But just know that you'll always want your cleanser's pH to be on the acidic side and no higher than around 5.6.

Though it's not doing any visible damage to my skin right now, I don't see myself using this too often because I don't like using alkaline cleansers on my face since it disrupts the acid mantle and can do damage in the long run. However, there are people out there that still use high pH cleansers and things like Dove soap (which is lowkey terrible, idc what your grandma says) and are just fine so I guess it's up to you and how your skin reacts to it at the end of the day. The golden rule with skincare is that it's entirely individualistic and your mileage may vary, so advice you see about things like pH and which products to use for certain skin types are usually science-based but they are also general guidelines to follow. I personally, however, will not be taking chances with using a high pH on my skin because mostly I don't like the way it makes my face feel anyway. This cleanser is also not the best makeup remover especially for eye makeup since I still had a slight raccoon situation on my eyes after cleansing.

Do I hate the cleanser? No. Do I love it? No. Overall it's so-so, I'm just disappointed because it was clearly modeled after Milky Jelly. If you're gonna copy a product, at least do it right ya know? Zamn. But if you're looking for a basic cleanser that won't strip the skin, this could possibly be an option for you. 

What-A-Melon Mask: Reviving & Destressing Overnight Mask ($16)

I don't usually use overnight masks since I personally never saw the point of it, but I decided to try this because I love skincare that's named after and smells like food. Because I'm greedy. This mask claims to revitalize worn-out skin and reveal a "dewy complexion" as well as rehydrating the skin for more supple skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Watermelon Fruit Extract - Helps improve moisture barrier and prevent TEWL (trans epidermal water loss), great ingredient for people who find themselves with dehydrated skin often and have trouble keeping hydration and moisture in.
  • Magnesium Aspartate & Copper and Zinc Gluconates - To help rebalance the skin and protect from free radicals with electrolytes. It's basically like gatorade for your face I guess.
  • Rice Bran Extract - To prevent irritation and redness, which I can tell didn't do its job and I'll get to that in a second.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate - The friendly cousin of hyaluronic acid, this is the actual version of hyaluronic acid that brands use in their products. Many companies use hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate interchangeably which can be confusing but they are two different things, since actual hyaluronic acid is found in our bodies and can't be absorbed into the skin because of its large molecular size. Whereas sodium hyaluronate is able to be applied topically and absorb into the skin, aiding in increasing hydration levels because of its ability to hold more water in the skin.
  • Cucumber Fruit Extract - For moisturizing the skin.
  • Avena Sativa Oat Kernel Extract - Also for moisturizing the skin and getting rid of dullness.
  • Timiron Halo - Never heard of her, but it's the reason this mask makes me look like Tin Woodman's daughter. I'm quite annoyed at the fact that they felt the need to include a "strobing powder" in a face mask, as it doesn't have any benefits for the skin and seems very gimmicky. 

The good thing about this mask is that the smell of this is literally mouth-watering, it a sweet but fresh scent, it smells the way you would expect some sort of watermelon candy to taste like. And if you don’t know what most watermelon candy tastes or smells like, that means you need to disregard your dentist’s advice and listen to me and eat more candy. 

 You can find these at your local papi store :-)

You can find these at your local papi store :-)

After getting past the divine smell of this mask after I opened it, I was surprised to see the color and texture of it. I was expecting it to be a baby pink gel texture like the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Mask, or maybe some shade of reddish pink, but it’s a very light pink, almost white, and when applied (on my skin at least, since I’m dark) it looks like a sheer metallic white color.


Once dried down, it reminded me of those glittery Glamglow masks, aka one of the dumbest skincare products on the market right now. It makes me look like some sort of intergalactic alien, which I'm not mad about because I am indeed out of this world. Ba dum, tss.

The bad thing about this mask is that it didn’t wow me at all and it makes my skin burn for a few minutes after application as well. Obviously pain and discomfort, even if it’s brief, isn’t ideal for a face mask that claims to destress the skin so I’m definitely side eyeing this product. Though it does dry down, some of it tends to rub off of my skin completely while sleeping and sort of rolls off the skin when you rub it which is kind of messy and annoying. I also didn't experience any dewy skin from using this and I really don't think that will be possible for anyone in general since you'll have to wash it off, and any perceived dewiness from the mask will go down the drain once your face is clean. 

Because I don't like wasting my money and hate wasting product as well, I guess I will continue to use this in my routine though from time to time to help maximize the rest of the products in my routine by sealing them in at night with this. Even if that means subjecting myself to the sensation of a thousand prickly needles in my skin every now and then.  

In The Honey: Mega Moisturizing Lavender Honey Mask ($16)

This mask.. she’s the mother I never had. She is the sister that everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. Truly. I was pleasantly surprised by this mask and it’s my favorite purchase out of the 3, hands down. It smells of lavender and has a very thick gel texture, think honey without the stickiness.

 Excuse the scratches, I'm a board certified cat lady.

Excuse the scratches, I'm a board certified cat lady.

Key ingredients:

  • Acacia Honey - Super duper hydrating and full of antioxidants. When I went through my natural skincare phase I used manuka honey a lot for spot treatments for pimples and as a face mask to help get rid of my dark spots and I loved it. It worked so good at soothing those sort cystic pimples I had and helped decrease the size overnight. Honey is such an underrated skincare ingredient!
  • Honey Extract - Improves moisture in the skin and has brightening properties.
  • Propolis Extract - Propolis is a baaaad binch. It has great properties to help heal the skin since it's antiseptic and helps soothe the skin when it's irritated. It can also help with acne and skin inflammation. We stan.
  • Squalane - Not to be mixed up with squalene, squalane is an ingredient that's naturally found in our bodies like hyaluronic acid and helps to prevent moisture loss in the skin.
  • Cocoa Seed Extract - Rich in antioxidants which is always a good thing, you can never have too many antioxidants in this polluted ass environment. 
  • Lavender Oil - "Known for its antioxidant and skin-calming properties."  ...

I do not like lavender oil, or any other essential oil, in skincare. I'll get to that later though. 

I left it on for about 30 minutes and my skin was glowing afterwards and was so smooth, I couldn’t believe it. My skin was more hydrated, bright, and plump. I was shooketh. This is definitely one of the very few face masks I’ve used that give immediate and satisfying results so I’m excited to use this 2-3 times a week from now on. I usually don’t bother with face masks in general because the cynic and skeptic in me believes they’re all scams and really just give placebo effects. But also I'm really impatient when it comes to results. The only kind of face masks I pay attention to is moisturizing/hydrating face masks because results are usually instantaneous which is what I want from a mask. If I wanted results over the course of a few weeks, I’d just buy another acid product, ya get me? 

My one caveat with this mask is that I suspect the lavender in it actually irritates my skin a bit. It makes my skin burn a little upon application but that goes away after a few minutes, and the results are nice enough that I'm willing to put up with the mess because beauty is pain. I'm not well-versed on the benefits of lavender oil in skincare but I truly don't believe there are any (contradicting, yes, OOO she's a mess!) because I'm strongly against using essential oils on the face period. They do more harm than good really, and they're known to cause irritation, increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun, and can be phototoxic. Now that I do know, so I don't really care too much to hear about its alleged benefits because the aforementioned is some very serious stuff that comes with serious health risks.

I'm gonna be honest here, though, and say I don't quite understand why skincare brands even bother putting lavender oil in their products?? Yes we know lavender oil is known for calming and soothing the soul but it doesn't have the same effect when you dilute it with a bunch of other ingredients. You don't have to put it on your face to receive its calming properties, it's aromatic so all you really have to do is get like Bruno Mars and sniff it. Throwing lavender oil in skincare products for "destressing" and "calming" purposes it utter bullshit and I wish brands would stop it. It's literally irritating, like physically. Irritating. 

The curious skincare junkie in me will probably try out a few more products in the future despite being disappointed by 2 of the 3 products I bought because there could be some more gems in that line like my beloved In The Honey mask. Let me know if there's any products y'all recommend from Bliss cause I'm still feenin'.