This is THE Mask that i have been pondering for the longest time if i really should get it for this 1 single reason - its hefty price. Being in the 3 figure range, i would not have picked up this item if it wasn't for the $40 voucher that i redeemed from Sephora.
Described as the mask that releases oxygen molecules that penetrate into our skin and detoxifiers, a quick fix for dull and tired skin. To be honest i was not prepared to shell out a bomb for the product for the mere description above, but this mask was much raved about in quite a number of forums and it is the star product of Bliss, plus i am rather intrigued by the thing about releasing of oxygen molecules....
And so, there we go... i took the plunge......
A Closer look at the claim stated on the box.
The viscous pinkish pearl liquid mask before all the reaction starts.
The oxygen in the mask starting to "act up".
Packaging-wise, the white plastic feels a little hefty compared to other 100ml masks, it comes with a small pump that dispenses the mask little by little each time depending on the amount you need, so no worries about spillage or over dispensing, which is good in my book. There is no gap around the pump so i suppose it is air tight, which is also a plus too as the integrity of the product is maintained after each usage with no fear of contaimination.
Scent-wise, it has a slight citrusy lime-sorbert kind of fragrance which is not too overpowering. I am fairly ok with that, just felt its a tad too weird, making me craving for lime sorbert...lol...
Texture-wise, it comes in the form of liquid with rather thick consistency that spreads quite easily over the skin.
So far, so good......
Now, the final test.....
I pumped a little each time, trying to figure exactly how much of the mask is required to cover my entire face and this is where the not so good part begins to show... As i started the application, the mask starts to show signs of "releasing oxygen" almost immediately upon contract of my skin ( the liquid starts to turn milky, i can feel and see little bubbles foaming), so as i was dispensing and applying the mask, i am trying to spread it evenly across my face and at the same time battling against the foams building up.
The application is too messy for my liking. When i am finally done with the application, i can almost see a rather thick layer of foams (that releases oxygen molecules, i presumed) formed, feeling all that tickish bubbling action and hearing it in action too...(i kid you not).
Approximately 5 mins after the froth forms and all that action done.. i rinsed the mask off. I don't really see any reviving of my skin, perhaps a little bit brighter.. yes... but to be honest i can't really tell if the oxygen molecules are really pentrating into the skin.
I did some googling and this is what i have found- Oxygen is supplied to the skin through internal circulation but there are investigations carried out that have shown the possibility of penetration of oxygen into human is through topical application. (see
http://www.journalof/surgicalresearch.com/article/s0022-4804%2809%2900566-6/abstractr for more detailed information).
To be fair, i put on the mask 2 times a week (instruction: a max of 3x weekly) for 3 weeks... so far everything seems to be like what it was before. I do not see any noticeable brightening or reviving of the skin, maybe i did not use it long enough for the results to show. Perhaps i will give it another go one day, at least while the bottle lasts. Waste not, want not.
Conclusion, if it wasn't for the voucher, i would not have bought it, despite the numerous tries i did at Sephora i wasn't convinced to purchase it at the full marked-up retail price at Sephora. The product is not able to justify its price tag in my books, so its a no-go for me. However, if you really really want to try it for yourself, i would say- start a spree with your girlfriends and get it directly from Bliss or ask a friend in States nicely to help you with the purchase.
Priced at S$105.00 for 100ml, only at Sephora (Singapore).
Main Ingredients: Aqua, mehtyl perfluoroisobutyl ether, sorbitol, cocamidopropyl betaine, methyl perfluorobutyl ether, sodium laureth sulfate, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, fragrance, cyclohexasiloxane, limonene, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassim sorbate, xanthan gum, coco-glucoside, sodium PCA, tocopherol, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract.