Masque*ology by Beauty Architect Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask
The claim: Masque*ology by Beauty Architect Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask is a synthetic-mesh single-use, under-eye mask saturated with advanced revitalizing ingredients that creates a gel-like texture that contours to your eye area, leaving them refreshed. Key ingredients include hydrolyzed collagen to improve the elasticity of the skin and collagen production; caviar to nourish skin cells; pearl powder to prevent pigmentation and renew skin cells; and algae for detoxification. Masque*ology reduces puffiness and helps brighten and refresh the under-eye area.
Cost: $24 for a pack of three
Where: Select Sephora stores and www.sephora.com
These are slippery little buggers. Getting them into the right position is a bit tricky, although a little practice helps. The lightweight gel mesh slides easily and coolly upon the skin, It's a refreshing sensation after a toss-and-turn night. The mask does not dry out like many do. This one remains wet. In fact, the instructions suggest dabbing more of the gel under the eye area for added benefit.
I learned it's best to spend the 20 minutes of treatment in a more prone position, keeping the mask from sliding down toward the cheekbones and away from the eye area. And, isn' that the best way to recreate a spa experience? Just relax, and let the puffiness disappear.
I have chronic dark circles under my eyes that I attribute to lack of sleep, fair skin, allergies and genetics. (Thanks, Mom!) All or none of those theories may be rooted in fact. Anyway, I'm constantly trying creams, potions, tonics and serums to refresh that area.
I've never tried eye masks until these from Masque*ology. I'll confess to being a bit squeamish at the thought of putting caviar and algae — two of the ingredients — on my face, but if that was the price for perkier peepers, I was all for it.
I wasn't disappointed. In addition to smoother skin, I noticed less puffiness around my eyes, which, generally, seemed brighter to me. After I put on a light coat of foundation, the rejuvenation was even more apparent.
At $24 for three masks, these treatments will be a luxury more than a habit, but the 20 minutes that the mask takes to work is great for mental revitalization, as well. That's certainly an unintended, yet welcome, perk!
Someone first commented on the blue tint under my eyes when I was, oh, maybe 4 years old. Thanks to my skin tone, I don't need runny mascara to have raccoon eyes on bad days. And, as my favorite under-eye gel was discontinued, I was eager to try Masque*ology by Beauty Architect's Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask.
After all, something you don't have to apply every day means less time and thought involved. But I didn't expect it to be so slippery just out of the pouch, and, first, almost dropped it on the sink, and then had it slide about until I got it properly positioned. The second and third steps in the instructions were easier, relax for 20 minutes, and remove.
I noticed it was tingly, to the point that I expected it to be red when I took it off. That wasn't the case, though, and while I can't say my eyes were less puffy, there was less blue, which lasted for about a day and a half. I might not use these on a regular basis, but if I needed to look my best for a special occasion, the gel masks would be a good choice.
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