When I heard that Bliss was revamping their skincare line I was excited to see what they would do! A couple of weeks ago their new range of affordable and playful skincare products finally popped up in Target stores across the country. Soon after, bloggers began featuring Bliss products on their Instagram. Reviews seemed overwhelmingly positive. Being a fellow beauty blogger, I had to get in on the action. A few days ago I stopped by my local Target to pick up a few items. In the end, I went a bit crazy, grabbing five or so items. The brightly colored playful pastel packaging was hard to say no to! I'll speak about the other products in a later post but for now, I'll focus on the one I was most surprised and excited to see, the Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser. This was clearly inspired by the popular Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I thought I'd found a drugstore dupe! As it turns out, it wasn't quite the same. Keep reading to find out why!
Straight away I noticed that the Bliss Makeup Melt packaging was almost exactly the same as the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. The millennial pink label and the white plastic bottle were dead giveaways. The only difference is the pump design, as you can see. When I looked closer at the labels on both I noticed a few more similarities. Both cleansers are cruelty-free and made in the US. Both have about the same amount of product, 6 oz. (Though Bliss has slightly more at 6.4 oz.) Both claim to dissolve makeup with or without water. But Bliss says you can use theirs with a cotton pad for makeup removal, a method I haven't tested out. Both have affordable price points. The Bliss Makeup Melt comes in at $12, while the Glossier is slightly more expensive at $18. That's where the similarities end!
First, let's talk consistency since these are supposed to both be jelly cleansers. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is a thick, milky (duh!), almost stiff gel. The milky gel turns clear when spread out. It's also non-foaming. When I massage this on my face with water the cleanser feels almost cushiony, if that makes any sense. Maybe velvety is a better descriptor? It instantly soothes and calms my dry skin! The Bliss Makeup Melt, on the other hand, is a watery, thin gel that isn't as milky in color as the Glossier cleanser. It has minuscule bubbles, too. This foams up when massaged. Not a lot though. What disappointed me the most was that it doesn't have that luxurious velvety texture. I would say that the Makeup Melt is more similar to a thin gel than a jelly.
Before I dive into describing and comparing the scents of each cleanser, I just wanted to state my opinion on fragrances in skincare. The more skincare products I test for this blog, the more I realize how sensitive I am to fragrance. My skin, for one, does not appreciate most skincare products with heavy scents. They irritate my skin! However, oddly enough, some products that do have strong fragrances don't bother me like the Fresh Beauty Rose Deep Hydration Toner, which has a powdery rose scent. It's not just that heavy scents irritate my skin. I find many unpleasant and sickly. Citrus is a huge no-no for me! Anything sweet too. What I'm trying to get at is that fragrance is a huge part of the reviewing process for me. If I don't like the scent, more often than not I won't enjoy using the product! That being said, the scents I dislike might be another person's favorite. It's all very subjective!
Back to the review! The Bliss cleanser has such an overwhelming chemical rose(ish) scent. The bottle says that it has roses in it but I don't smell roses. Frankly, this reminds me of a cheap soap you'd find in a sad public restroom. Not quite what I want to apply on my face... (I swear I'm not actively trying to hate the Bliss Makeup Melt.) The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser has a subtle rose scent. So faint that I only realized it had a fragrance when I decided to write this review. In a way, it reminds me of silly putty. I know that's an odd comparison, but I'm sticking with it! It's very mild, in any case.
Finally, the results! What we've all been waiting for! Unfortunately, yet again the Bliss Makeup Melt did not impress. I found that it left an unpleasant soapy residue on my skin, which is my biggest pet peeve with cleansers. If a cleanser leaves any sort of residue on my skin, it immediately goes on my shit list! No thanks! I also found the Makeup Melt a bit drying on my skin probably because its a foaming cleanser. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser leaves my skin calm, soothed and, most importantly, residue-free. I've never found it stripping. If anything my skin feels hydrated. The Bliss Makeup Melt also doesn't have the velvet cushiony feel I love. While both cleansers are meant to be makeup removers, I never use them to do that. Instead, I swear by my triple cleanse method. Cleansing oil, micellar water, cleanser. Overkill? Maybe but I find that using this three-step process does wonders for my skin's health. Fewer breakouts and clogged pores! I just don't find regular cleansers to be effective at makeup removal on their own. I can't say which one is better because I wouldn't recommend either for makeup removal!
I think it's clear by now that the Bliss Makeup Melt wasn't a success. I didn't enjoy my brief experience with it. In fact, I plan on returning it as soon as possible. No point in keeping a product I don't enjoy! Though it was so obviously meant to be a dupe for the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, the Bliss Makeup Melt isn't quite the same. At all. The texture is more like a liquid gel than a jelly. It also doesn't have that luxurious pillowy sensation when massaged into skin. It doesn't help that it smells like cheap soap and leaves a soapy residue on my skin. This was a bit of a fail. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser still reigns supreme!
Have you tried the Bliss Makeup Melt yet? Do you enjoy it or do you find it as disappointing as I do? Let me know about your experience with the cleanser in the comments! I'm sure there are many who will like it. I know a few bloggers on Instagram mentioned that they enjoyed this cleanser. Everyone's skincare preferences are different!