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It’s been a hot minute since I tried something new from Blithe, but I had such a great experience with their Energy Citrus and Honey Patting Splash Mask that when the opportunity came up – I had to take it. The products in this brand spotlight/review post were sent to me by StyleKorean as part of their Try Me Review Me program – this is a monthly open collaboration where they select a generous handful of beauty content creators to test out specifically curated beauty boxes.
If you’d like to join in next time, make sure to follow their Instagram because that’s where it all gets announced! For now though, let’s chat about what’s in this box.
This is the Blithe Try Me Review Me box and features four of their most popular (and unique) products: there is the Patting Splash Mask in Soothing & Healing Green Tea, Pressed Serum in Tundra Chaga, Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence and the Vital Treatment 8 Nourishing Beans. All of these are actually new to me (though I have used a different Splash mask before) so I think that I’ll need much more extensive testing to write a full review! However, I do want to share my initial thoughts and observations.
About the Brand
Blithe is a brand that formulates with a modern, urban lifestyle in mind. They aim to create innovative products that are multi-purpose with fast effects, being suitable for people with busy lifestyles – which is me, usually. In addition to that, they work with a concept that they call ‘Anti-Polluaging’ -believing that stress and harmful environment factors (pollution, dust, heavy metals) are causing skin to sensitise and age prematurely.
All of these factors come together in the brand’s three step skincare routine – purification, recover and recharge. This involves their Patting Splash Mask (which is the first of its kind and absolutely unique to Blithe), their Recovery Vital Treatment and also the Pressed Serum, which is a blend of serum and a face cream.
To supplement this, they also have their Inbetween line (consisting of the Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence, Hydro Priming Cream and Instant Glowing Cream) which is intended to both protect and prep skin for make up.
Overall, the brand is really about protecting skin from environmental and lifestyle stressors, which I personally think is really important in this day and age. Their products tend to be more expensive for a kbeauty product (prices start at around USD$25 for an eight pack of Blue Zone Sheet Masks and go up to USD$45 for the Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum), but also have a really good reputation to justify it!
This Patting Splash Mask is a Blithe innovation – they’re the first ever to do it! It is inspired by “the Korean bathhouse tradition of splashing botanical steeped water onto the face after cleansing to tone and brighten skin”. Essentially an in-shower treatment, it is a highly concentrated liquid mask that removes fine dust and dead skin cells in just fifteen seconds – and without irritation too.
I have used the Energy Citrus & Honey variant in the past, which I loved and rated highly. However, it didn’t recommend it for sensitive skin as I found the formula very strong (it actually causes the dead skin on my hands to peel).
This Soothing & Healing Green Tea version is actually formulated for irritated and acne prone skin though! It’s a lot gentler but still gives some beautiful results. According to the product description, this is formulated with green tea extract, salicylic acid and tea tree leaf oil, working to soothe and calm skin. It also claims to clarify pores and help rebalance oils.
For instructions on how to use this product (and some first time thoughts on the learning curve), check out my original Patting Splash Mask review too!
Since my first review of this, it seems that they’ve updated the unit carton from a clear plastic box to this elegant cardboard design – which I much prefer! This new box is made of a nice quality board with a matte cello finish and some spot UV (glossy) accents. The overall design is modern and actually reminds me of some high-end Western brands too.
I like the simplicity of the front (see first photo), which has the illustration of the green tea leaves. This design actually leads to a gorgeous full colour image of the product on an illustrated background (second image). There’s just enough detail on this to be eye-catching but not overly gimmicky. There’s also some nice attention to detail too; for example, the inside of the unit carton printed with the same geometric pattern from the bottle.
Opening it up, the bottle has the same design as the other Patting Splash Masks (which I have previously stated that I adore), but this one has a deep green colour. The quality of this is great! Even the older bottle I have looks pristine (no print scratches or anything) and I like that the lid is easy to use as a measure too.
Overall, I am very happy with the packaging now. I liked it before too but my only criticism was the original plastic box, which has now been fixed. The product looks high end and is a perfect balance between being ‘fancy’ and with a clean design.
As expected, I really loved this product! I had high expectations because of previous experiences and this one managed to fill out all of the criticism I had (which, to be fair, wasn’t much).
From the first application, you can feel (and see) that skin is smoother, with redness calmed and pores clarified. However, I wasn’t as shocked as I was with the Energy Citrus & Honey, which had such an incredible brightening effect that it stunned me. This was comparatively gentler. Although it contains a concentration of Salicylic Acid, I had no irritation or sensitivity and my hands didn’t peel like it did with the Energy variant.
I’m still not sure if it’s 100% suitable for sensitive skin but I’m more comfortable recommending for you guys to try it out!
For me personally, I think that I am more likely to repurchase the Energy Citrus & Honey just because my skin is tougher and likes strong formulations. However, the Soothing & Healing Green Tea is still brilliant. I’ll continue to use it interchangeably (and will be recommending it to people)!
Here’s the verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
- PACKAGING | 5/5
- PRICE POINT | 2/5
- SCENT | 5/5
- APPLICATION | 4/5
- SOOTHING | 4/5
- CLARIFYING | 5/5
- REBALANCING | 4/5
OVERALL RATING? 8.3/10
THOUGHTS? This one got a higher rating than the other but, to be honest, I just think that all of the Patting Splash Masks are brilliant! I’ll highly recommend to check them out and, if you’re concerned about sensitivity, the Soothing & Healing Green Tea is the one to go with. If you want some intense brightening benefits though, you really cannot pass on the Energy Citrus & Honey.
This variant has addressed all of my past concerns except for the price. At USD$29 for a 150mL bottle, it’s definitely on the pricier side. However, if you’re going to invest is one Blithe product – let it be this one!
Vital Treatment 8 Nourishing Beans | USD$42.90
The second step for the Blithe three step skincare is the Vital Treatment, which is a “restoring solution containing 45-80% of natural root, seed and bean extracts to strengthen the skin’s foundation and improve the skin constitution”. It claims to penetrate deeply into skin to create a ‘transparent’ complexion – which is really another term for that glass skin look that so many people crave.
The one that I’m trying out is the 8 Nourish Beans variant. It contains eight different beans (such as black and regular soybean, carob bean, mung bean, kidney bean, lentils, red beans and peanuts) to target wrinkle reduction, elasticity and vitality. The liquid part of the formula helps to rejuvenate dull skin, whilst the little Vitamin E filled balls (or ‘pulp’) delivers additional nourishment to help slow signs of aging and invigorate skin.
Other variants that are available include the 9 Essential Seeds (for brightening and hydrating) and the 5 Energy Roots (Moisture and vitality). After I finish up this bottle, I may look into trying out the 9 Essential Seeds next as it seems best suited for my skin concerns.
The Vital Treatment comes in a brown cardboard unit carton, with a smooth matte finish. It has a simple print design with the white having a very slight deboss and the geometric pattern carried out to the inside of the box. The material quality is nice and I like the vibe of it. The overall design is nice and neat, though nothing too memorable.
Opening it up, the product comes in a frosted plastic bottle. The cap has a nice matte finish and the Blithe logo printed on a clear gloss. It twists on and off smoothly, and I like that you can see the product clearly. The print matches the unit carton and there’s a nice cohesiveness to the packaging.
However, I did find this difficult to dispense. This bottle is the type where you should be able to pour the product out to your palm or a cotton pad. It’s commonly used for essences. However, the texture of this is a lot thicker than I expected; it doesn’t really ‘pour’ out of the bottle. I think that having a pump dispenser would have been a lot better.
As previously mentioned, I definitely have trouble dispensing this product. Aside from that though, I quite like this formula! It has a very pleasant fruity scent; it seems a bit strong at first but actually dissipates on application. The texture is thick and slightly viscous, but absorbs easily into skin. It’s brilliant if you want to layer up your essences or want an immediate boost of hydration.
This Vital Essence can absolutely deliver that ‘glass skin’ look – however, you will be wanting to use this as a regular part of your routine for that effect. It also claims to have anti-aging benefits, though I’m not able to test that so quickly so will update this later on too! Overall, I enjoy using this so will continue to do so.
SO WHAT IS IT?
A fast absorbing essence to rejuvenate and help slow signs of aging
- PRICE POINT | 2/5
- PACKAGING | 2/5
- SCENT | 4/5
- ABSORPTION | 5/5
- HYDRATION | 5/5
- REJUVENTATION | 3/5
OVERALL RATING? 7/10
THOUGHTS? I liked using this and I think the immediate benefits are really nice. I especially like it as part of my morning routine, since it absorbs so quickly. However, it is expensive and hard to dispense, so I think that there are better products to try.
If you’re just after good hydration, I would recommend the Missha First Treatment Essence instead – it’s equally as lightweight and easy to layer up, but with a nicer price tag.
Pressed Serum (Tundra Chaga) | USD$45
Out of everything from the Blithe range, the Pressed Serum is probably the second product that I was most interested in (after the Patting Splash Mask) – I’d never used a serum in this sort of formula. This is the final third step to their skincare routine and is essentially a serum and cream hybrid. It comes with four different variants: Velvet Yam (enriching hydration), Gold Apricot (radiance and brightening), Crystal Iceplant (calming and hydrating) and Tundra Chaga, which is the one I have to target nutrition and firming. All f them have a non-sticky and fast absorbing formula, but varying textures too.
According to the product description, this is “fortified with chaga mushroom extract, which is cold-processed to preserve the mushroom’s optimal nutrients. The extract is combined with a blend of fermented oils—including olive and argan— to provide the skin with lasting hydration while protecting against harsh climates and pollution. It minimizes visible signs of aging and pollution, nourishes, and supports skin without heaviness.”
The main points are:
- It is Blithe’s innovation as the world’s first solid serum
- Improves elasticity and reduces wrinkles
- Improves skin texture through correcting water and oil balance
- Moisture retention
- Protects from environmental damage
- Absorbs well with maximum nutrients
This is specifically recommended for people with elasticity or wrinkle concerns and those who want something intensely nourishing between seasons (or harsh weather changes). It’s also recommended for people who are just starting their anti-aging routines.
The design of the unit carton is pretty much the same as the Vital Essence – they also have the same colour too so I assume that’s because they both fall under the anti-aging routine. Again the design is nice and the quality of the material is good too – nothing too spectacular, but no complaints here.
Opening it up, the tub for the Pressed Serum is also made of a frosted plastic – though this one isn’t see through and has a pink internal printing. The cap is made of the same matte finish plastic and also has a good quality. The tub also comes with a mini spatula (pictured below) which fits well on the inside of the lid – it’s a minor detail but I like it! This would be an easy one to take for travel.
Overall, the aesthetics and quality of the packaging here is nice. It has a clean and modern feel to it – not gimmicky at all. I like its simplicity and being able to differentiate all of the other variants by the subtle internal colour is nice too! The Pressed Serums are also available as a deluxe collection and you can see how they look good together.
You can see from the above photo that the texture of this product is very nourishing and creamy. The key to this product is that a little really does go a long way. I use a pea size amount for my entire face; the formula has a way of melting into skin and leaves a dewy finish.
The Pressed Serum actually does absorb quite well so I’ve able to use it both day and night. I especially like it as part of my evening routine – skin feels soft and well hydrated in the morning! I’m not able to determine it’s anti-aging benefits but can confirm that it did improve moisture retention. I also noticed some improvement in skin texture but not dramatically.
The ingredients list contains some oils, in particular hydrogenated vegetable oil – it’s safe to use in skincare but does have a Level 3 on COSDNA as an acne irritant. I didn’t have any reactions personally, but would more so recommend this for dry to combination skin without acne concerns.
Here’s the verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
A serum and cream hybrid with nourishing and elasticity improvement benefits
- PRICE POINT | 2/5
- PACKAGING | 5/5
- ABSORPTION | 4/5
- MOISTURE RETENTION | 4/5
- TEXTURE IMPROVEMENT | 3/5
OVERALL RATING? 7.2/10
THOUGHTS? I’d be interested to try out the other variants of this which may be more suited for my skin concerns (since I don’t really use any anti-aging products at the moment). The product is doing me well though and I’ll continue to finish it up. The main complaint that I have for this product is the cost – it’s innovative, but I’m not personally sure that its enough to justify the price tag.
I would recommend trying out the 10mL mini first – the price is proportional and, since a little goes a long way, it’ll be enough to test out.
Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence | USD$33.50
And with skincare done, the next step (and the last one I tested out from Blithe) would be makeup prep. In a way, this product is as much a skincare product as cosmetic because it actually works to protect the skin as well. Perhaps working with the Blithe concept of multi-use product, this one is both an essence and a make up primer!
The Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence is a lightweight product that “creates a sheer, protective layer on the skin’s surface to lock in moisture, prevent makeup from clogging pores, and combat environmental stressors from wreaking havoc throughout the day.” It contains Squalane and Ceramides to nourish, hdyrate and strength the moisture barrier, as well as fermented soybean, rice, and ginseng extracts to brighten and add instant radiance.
This is a product that can be used with or without makeup but I definitely tried it underneath my foundation. It has three main claims, or ‘properties’:
- Film: Absorbs quickly on application and protects skin with a light film, so there is no need for a seperate essence or primer
- Glue: Intensifies colours and increases wear time with the exclusive skin coating film technology
- Eraser: Helps makeup to remove easily, as if stripping off a coating film so there is no makeup residue
It’s important to note that although this product talks about a ‘film’, this is not a pore filling primer. It does absorb in like an essence and does not contain silicones.
The packaging design for the Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence is different to the skincare – but I love it! This one also uses a smooth, matte finish cardboard for the unit carton and has the slight deboss for the white text.
However, I love the use of the bright pink and purple – it gives the product a more trendy and fashionable look in comparison to the other products, whilst still being in-line with the Blithe brand. It also has a black gloss print on the top and a neon pink internal, so the packaging is a lot bolder and eye catching.
This is also reflected in the bottle design, which has a black dropper cap and a pink tinted glass bottle. It’s a simple and compact design – the white text has a good print that doesn’t scratch off and the material is lightweight enough for travel too. The dropper applicator is also a decent quality – not too filmsy nor too thick.
Overall, I like the design and aesthetics of this. It actually encourages me to use it more and would be something that I’d happily gift someone. It’s pretty and it’s exciting! I’m very glad that they went with a brighter approach for this line.
I’m used to using more cream-like primers, so having something with an essence texture is very different. You don’t need to use a lot of it, since the formula spread easily, and I like that it fully absorbs into skin too. It’s hydrating on skin, but there’s no tacky finish – overall, it’s quite natural. You don’t notice that it’s created any ‘film’ over your skin and there’s no pilling.
The product claims to amplify pigmentation, allowing others products to show up true to colour. I felt that my foundation applied with a little more coverage than usual but it isn’t dramatic enough to really notice. The longevity of it was absolutely improved though – my foundation didn’t cake or break up at all.
Removal wise, make up was also quite easy to remove. My foundation is waterproof so I still had to use a foaming cleanser, but there was no residue left afterwards. I’m not sure if this is a compliment to the cleanser or this essence though!
Here’s the verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
A essence type product that protects and preps skin for makeup
- PRICE POINT | 3/5
- PACKAGING | 5/5
- ABSORPTION | 4/5
- INTENSIFIES COLOUR | 3/5
- IMPROVES LONGEVITY | 4/5
- REMOVAL | 4/5
OVERALL RATING? 7.7/10
THOUGHTS? I enjoyed this product a lot! In comparison to a lot of the other primers that I’m used to (hydrating or pore filling, typically), I like that my skin actually felt good after removal. The longevity was surprisingly good too; considering that the essence felt like nothing on my skin, I didn’t have high hopes for it. I stand very corrected.
This is absolutely a product that I would recommend, especially for people who enjoy lightweight makeup and want to be caring for their skin throughout the day too.
And they’re the products that I tried out from Blithe! Overall, I really enjoyed most of what I tried and I’m especially in love with the Patting Splash Mask and the Inbetween Makeup Prep Essence. The only real issue that I have would be the price point – it’s not that expensive in comparison to the high end Western brands that I usually purchase, but kbeauty is usually more affordable.
Have you tried out anything from Blithe before? Let me know in comments or on Instagram because I’d love to find out different experiences! And if you’re wanting to get anything from this review, or the brand in general, absolutely check out StyleKorean.