I noticed when writing my year of ipsy post that I hadn’t reviewed these eye mask from February. I found the pictures that I took for that review! I’m not sure why I didn’t write it up until now. February/March was the peak of finishing my class and looking for a new job, so maybe that’s why it fell through the cracks.
My photo editing app refused to open or save these guys, so read this review knowing that both past me AND my current phone do not want this review to see the light of day. The universe must think this is particularly controversial.
It’s not, really. Eye masks barely work. We’ve established this fact, right? If they do anything its plumping up the area around the edge of your eye bag so there’s a less prominent crease. This is also how current plastic surgery (fillers) options go. They don’t suck things out, they plump the rest up.
Anyway. The product:
I picked it as a points sample because I like masks and The BioRepublic ones I previously got from ipsy didn’t feel like rubbing battery acid on my face.
I looked up Syn-Tacks(TM) because I genuinely love figuring out what these weird proprietary things are. I love that it has the word “tack” in it. Doesn’t the word “tack” just make you want to put this on the delicate area under your eye? Please hire a naming consultant.
The official science word on Syn-Tacks is that after two months of use, skin is 23% more compact. There’s a cool electron microscope image from a study on my link in the above paragraph.
I didn’t wear these eye masks for two months, so they didn’t do anything.
Weird* that the packaging doesn’t tell you that their star ingredient only works after two months.
*Not weird at all.
Here’s my before face. Note that I’ve clearly slept more since the last time I tried eye masks for the blog.
And wearing the BioRepublic masks:
I’m pulling a face because they’re very slippery. I had to move them back up for this photo.
Or is the face because I’ve just noticed this?
Each mask is actually a little stack of individual sheets. Maybe this keeps them so moist? If I had known that before I was using them, I would have tried to pull them apart and get more uses out of them. Unfortunately, the thinner eye didn’t do a much better job of staying up.
I took them off and gave up after this. They wouldn’t stay put for much longer than 30 seconds.
I would only recommend masks like this for the relaxation factor, and these don’t even manage that.