Eye masks. Yes, they are a thing (news to me!). Yes, they make you look like a ninny. But do they work? I admit, I was rather dubious when skincare brand VIICode got in touch and asked me to try out their range of Oxygen Eye Masks. When used 2-3 times a week, these gel-like babes claim to get rid of dryness, puffiness and dark circles – otherwise known as the Unholy Triumvirate of Eye Misery. And the bane of my “make me beautiful naturally” existence.
Well, I suffered through the ridicule (“You look like you’re attempted very sad looking war paint” – thanks, Stag) and tried these bad boys out. My thoughts? Spoiler alert: I am a VIIcode eye mask convert. And I will forever sing it’s beautifying praises.
Eire The Cynic Discusses: Masks
As ya’ll know (yep, I’m Southern now), I’m a big ol’ cynic when it comes to the beauty industry. In fact, you’re probably sick of me talking about it by now. Here’s something you don’t know, though– the area of skincare where I’m the Biggest Cynic Of Them All? Masks.
Fo serious guys. Have you ever used a mask that actually does something to your face – besides making you look like you’ve smeared various food objects on your skin, of course, like a small child? Admit it: you secretly have always wanted to know the glorious sensation of scooping peanut butter out of the jar and spread it all over your skin.
Okay, I digress. Masks, though: I use them, of course, because I am a total beauty sheep and will do everything that is supposedly good for me. But believe they’re actually doing something? Nahhht so much.
That is, until I entered into the new-fangled world of Eye Masks. I assumed nothing could penetrate my perma-sleep-deprived, hangover-looking peepers. I’ve written whole blog posts about it. But these eye masks? Winners.
What are these VIICode Oxygen Eye Masks All About?
Okay, okay, I’ll stop rambling your ear (eyes?) off with “They’re great!” but tell you why.
Firstly, I should caveat: the Oxygen Eye Masks are less of a traditional mask, more of a sheet mask. Meaning, you peel the paper pads with the treatment on them, place them under your eyes, and badda-bing, you’re set to go. No mess, no cleanup, which I looooove.
VIICode Eye Mask Pro-tip: store the masks in the fridge for an even better result.
What makes them different than others? They’re designed to be used for up to 8 hours at a time. Meaning – yes, you guessed it – you sleep with them on. The first night I tried this, I was a little … shall we say hesitant. “Weirded out” is probably the correct term. But honestly, once you get over your fear of sleeping with something on your face (“IT’S A BUG, IT’S A BUG”… “No, it’s just my eye mask”), it’s super comfortable.
That said, if you just can’t get over that feeling, you could also wear them during the day for 2-4 hours. However, I found the best result to be using them as a night treatment and waking up with bright, glorious eyes.
The point is, the reason they work is because that cooling, gel-like nutrient goodness is seeping into your eye area for a long time, allowing the magic to really happen. And the magic does happen. I seriously noticed a difference the mornings I woke up after wearing the Oxygen Eye Masks. My eyes looked… plump. Awake, bright. Words that takes a little miracle to be attributed to my face.
The Verdict: Would I Buy These Again?
Cautionary tale alert: becoming addicted to the VIICode Eye Masks will cost you. A box runs at about $55 (but, luckily, you can get $5 with my special code!). However, you only use these masks around 2 times a week, meaning a box can last you a good while. I’d save them for special occasions (ahem my wedding I will have beautiful eyes to gaze into thanks).
But, if you’re looking for an eye treatment that does everything it claims to and more: then look no further.
And luckily for you lovely lot, VIICode is offering all Wolf & Stag readers $5 off any purchase site-wide! Use code Eire before July 31st, 2018.
*This post was sponsored by VIICode. However, this sponsorship was contingent on the fact that I tried and liked the Oxygen Eye Masks. I more than liked them: I loved them. Therefore, all opinions, ramblings, musings and recommendations are completely my own.