It’s been a little while since I’ve had a pot of a multi-use mask on my Face Mask Friday series, mostly down to a self-inflicted ban on buying any new ones until I’d managed to make my way through at least one of the ones in my collection. But if it comes in a beauty box, then it doesn’t count so here we are!
Bliss is a brand that I have always known very little about, other than who its creator is – Marcia Kilgore the brains behind Soap and Glory and Beauty Pie. It’s a higher (but not super luxe) end brand and it’s distribution is limited in the UK to stores like Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Harrods. All stores not near my rural location, or most people in the UK to be honest, so it’s not surprising that this range seems to be more widely used across the pond as it’s available in Sephora and Nordstrom.
Clay masks as a gal with an oily complexion tend to be one of my favourites for neutralising my skin so I was excited to see this included as the number of clay based masks in my collection at the moment are pretty limited. This comes in a lovely frosted glass jar with a screw top lid where a dark charcoal mask is filled inside it looks very sleek with simple branding across the front. The first thing I noticed was that this was pretty glossy for a clay mask which tend to be more matte, the second thing I noticed was that this had lumps in it which made me really curious as to what this mask was all about.
The title of this the Multi-face-eted mask, already suggestions that this is going to tackle more than one problem at once, so I looked up its claims and it has six anti-ageing benefits. Which are the fading of dark spots and discolouration, brighten and even out the complexion, unclogs pores and reduces the signs of them, exfoliates, nourishes and moisturises and reducing signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Most of these I would argue are problems for most skin types and ages, and I’m sure the anti-ageing claim could be an off-putting title for some.
The first thing that I noticed applying this is that it tingles straight away, it has a strong menthol like scent which smells very fresh, the mask contains 10% glycolic acid, so alongside the ‘beads’ which manually exfoliate as you wash off and massage off the skin when washing, it also acts as a chemical exfoliant which will aid in the brightening.
On first impression I wasn’t incredibly impressed with this mask, but I’m glad I’ve stuck at using this regularly as I’ve been able to notice effects over the week. My skin really agrees with a stronger dosed glycolic Acid toner, so I’m not surprised this does help brighten and smooth my skin. After removing my skin feels soft too, one thing I’m surprised about is that this doesn’t effect oil production in the days after use as much as other masks seem to, I find the proceeding day that I notice some difference, but not as much as others.
The one downside of it is that it’s a bugger to remove, it never fully dries into the skin and almost takes on a stickier texture as it dries, due to its colour it ruins flannels with one use and I struggle to remove it well with just water, it requires several flannels to get it off completely if you don’t want to risk getting it on your towel. I now limit this to pre-shower use so I can properly scrub it away under the shower.
At £35 I think this is pretty reasonably priced and is priced similarly to the likes of Kiehl’s, over the past 3 weeks I’ve used this five times and I’d say I’m around a third of the way through the pot. I find that this naturally applies in quite a thick layer which spreads a little.
Have you tried any items from Bliss I should consider checking out?