“ Brand: Bliss / Type: Face Mask / Subcategory: Cleanser / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Bliss Steep Clean „
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This is another product from Bliss which I feel is really not worth the price you pay for it. It costs £35 for 100ml from Bliss salons or their website.
They say that after a few encounters with Steep Clean, you might find yourself wondering why they'd risk launching a product that's so blindingly good at clearing blackheads it might put their facial tables out of business. It's supposed to transform even a permanently clogged t-zone into a scene of extreme clean, while helping to remove dead cells and dark spots. If you go on their website (blissLondon.co.uk), you can see all the rave reviews from customers that prompted me to buy this in the first place.
The mask comes in a white cylindrical bottle, not the tube that's shown above. It's completely opaque so you can't tell when it's running out, which is one of my pet hates with these kinds of products. Pull off the surprisingly flimsy feeling lid and you can see the pump dispenser. This dispenser differs to most as you can see it actually has 2 dispensers separated from each other, and the product inside is separated, you've got blue on one side and yellow on the other.
Before you can use the mask you have to dispense a grape sized amount into your hand and mix the yellow and blue together to activate the exfoliating enzymes. When you press down the top you have to be very precise about where your fingers are to make sure that you get an equal amount of each colour. When you mix them together it's supposed to go green (according to the instructions on the bottle), but it actually just turns a light blue colour.
The mask feels very slimy to the touch, though it's not that thick in texture. When you mix the colours together it seems to get even more slimy, but it's easy to mix (though the first time I used it I spent ages trying to make it go green before I realised that it wasn't going to). You then have to apply this horrible slimy mixture to your face. It does smell nice though, kind of fruity but very sweet. The directions say to massage it over the face and neck, paying particular attention to clogged, congested, or coarsely-pored areas then leave it for 15 minutes.
When you massage it onto your skin it turns a lighter colour until it's a very, very light blue and it feels a bit less slimy and a bit more like a regular kind of face mask. Then you just leave it for 15 minutes, during which time it stays pretty much the same - it doesn't change colour or dry up, but sometimes if I haven't quite put enough on it seems to disappear into my skin in places.
So then you come to rinsing it off, and it takes ages. Because of the slimy texture, which gets worse when you add water, it really clings to the skin for dear life. Once you've spent 5 minutes scrubbing the stuff off, then comes the disappointment.........
All this seemed to do to my skin was make it feel slightly softer, and this only lasted about 5 minutes. It had absolutely no other effects whatsoever, my skin didn't even feel that clean after using it. But, I realise things like this are supposed to give results over time, so I carried on using it in the hope that some miracle would happen, namely that it would help remove the blackheads from my nose, but no, there was nothing. I've been using it once a week as suggested on the bottle, for the last 6 months (at least it lasts a long time) and I have seen absolutely no difference in my skin whatsoever, and it certainly hasn't done anything to my blackheads.
All in all I think this is a completely pointless, overpriced and over-hyped product, but many people disagree with me on that one, go take a look at the reviews on their site and you'll see what I mean. It must work for some people (unless Bliss write their own glowing reviews of the stuff), but it did nothing for me.