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This $27 Serum Has Officially Replaced My Spendy Favorites

Being an editor in the beauty world for over eight years has meant skincare plays a big role in my life. Over the last year of hardly seeing anyone or doing anything, it essentially became my best friend and fourth roommate. (If I'm including my dog, which obviously I am.) My relatively low-key five-to-six-step routine graduated to 10 to 11 steps. I've tried weird masks and tools and regularly swap my eye creams and serums just because I can. Waking up has become exhilarating: Am I going to be looking at a red and blotchy complexion or something more glowy and bright? The suspense and excitement of it all keep me going… and trying a lot of products.

One of my more recent ventures includes the new Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Serum ($25). I've been using it for about two weeks, morning and night, and I'm thrilled with the results I'm already seeing. It serves up vitamin C in the form of 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid—a stable, non-irritating version that offers optimum absorption. When combined with Bliss's patented tri-peptides, you've got yourself a collagen-protecting and super-plumping formula that actually delivers a brighter, firmer face.

What I love most is the texture. It's lightweight, absorbs really quickly, and almost has a cooling effect when I apply it. I only need two pumps to cover my face, and it never leaves my skin feeling sticky. It just adds an extra-dewy boost, which is perfect for when I want to apply makeup. This serum packs a serious punch and gives you a lot for only $25—proof that a product's efficacy has nothing to do with price and everything to do with the formula. 

Shop the Serum and the Rest of the Bright Idea Collection

You already know the scoop on the serum: It serves as a quick-absorbing formula that will seriously help diminish dark spots over time.

This moisturizer has the creamiest, most cushiony texture ever, and I'm totally here for it. As if vitamin C and tri-peptides weren't enough, this also features green tea extract to protect skin against free radical damage.

This eye cream is super luxe-feeling. It's rich and hydrating and helps reduce fine lines with regular use over time.

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