The eye mask trials continue with wilmaschumann European Skincare

While I love eye mask and use them frequently I have a habit of reaching for my two favorites, Grace + Stella Energizing Eye Masks and Klorane’s Coneflower eye masks and forgetting completely about any other eye mask that comes into my world. As a consequence I receive eye patches in subscription boxes and think ‘oh I love eye masks’ and then I put them in with my sheet masks and never reach for them.

So I decided to set my favorites to the side and delve into the single sets to see if any of them deserve to be listed with my favorites and reordered. today’s set are the Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads from Wilmaschumann European Skincare. They are a the soft jelly style eye masks, which I actually prefer. It is strange seeing them in white though. I think it is because the Grace+Stella are gold and Klorane is blue. I’m just not used to seeing the white.

According to the site they are…

An intense, hydration-boosting treatment for the eye contour area with 100% pure collagen. Will visibly and effectively improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce puffiness. Contains soothing and hydrating ingredients. Clinically and Allergy Tested.

Key Ingredients: Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Corn Gluten Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Rosa Rugosa(Rose) Flower Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin.

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pre mask

Not much to go on and I am not sure if that is the full ingredients list as the only ingredients I could find were listed as key ingredients. The fist thing that hits you when you take these eye patches out of the package is the scent of rose. It is strong, it is in command and it does not fade. If you do not like rose, turn back now. If you do like rose then I hope you really like rose.

Personally, while I like the scent of rose in most things, this is a bit strong for me. Seriously, I pulled the eye patches out of the package and the excess serum dripped down. My first thought was ‘oops I spilled the perfume.’ which should give you an indication of how strong it is.

mask on

if you can get past the scent then the eye patches apply well. They are cool to the touch and stayed in place while I worked on my computer. There was no slipping (sometimes this kind of mask can be a little heavy, mostly with sheet masks and less so with the eye patches).which I appreciate. while I may take a little extra time off for my masks on Fridays, during the week if I use a mask I tend to do so while working at my desk, or after work hours. If those around you don’t mind the scent of rose then this is the perfect desk eye mask.

post mask, there is definitely some depuffing going on

I will say that the longer they sat the colder my under eyes felt. It was as though they were freezing my under eye area, but in a good way. Since I often use fridge cold Jade rollers to depuff my under eyes I was kind of pleased with the feeling. when i removed the Hydrating Collagen Eye Patches, I was also pleased with the way my eyes look. My hair was sacrificed to the gods of the winds today and is another story.

My under eyes feel refreshed and even though they weren’t majorly puffy, there is definitely some improvement. These under eye patches from Wilma Schumann do work well. In essence they do what they say they are going to do. For me though it is going to come down to scent. It is just such a strong rose scent that I’m not certain I would reach for these masks. For me the overwhelming perfume of rose might be a deal breaker. They are good enough eye patches though that I might be tempted to buy a full sized pack which contains five masks and try them out to see if I could get through the five masks or if I start to find excuses not to reach for them. Because for me that is the thing, sometimes a product is good enough that I can ignore the scent and keep using it. Other times even though I know a product is good I will slowly talk myself out of reaching for it because I don’t want to deal with the scent. These are kind of on the edge. They are good, but I suspect I’ll find myself reaching for another set that is just as good, but doesn’t have the rose scent. if you love rose, this might be your go to. If you hate rose, avoid this set of eye masks. As for me purchasing them, I’ll have to go with a cautious maybe.


Dragon’s Blood for Eyes and Lips with Rodial

Eye masks are one of my favorite at the desk skin care items. I tend to use them when I’ve had a sleepless night, when allergies hit or when I just need a quick pick me up. They are easy to use and kind of a quick skincare treat.

However I have noticed that despite recieving several eye masks from different brands in various subscription boxes, I tend to gravitate to only two, Grace and Stella and Klorane. So I have pulled all of the non-Klorane and Grace and Stella eye masks together and am working my through them one at a time to see if they are worth adding into my collection, or if I should just let them go.

In my collection I have a box of Rodial Dragon’s Blood eye masks. There are three in the box. Oddly I couldn’t find the box of three anywhere, but the individual masks are listed on the Rodial Site for $6 each. Since I was reaching for the Rodial eye masks, I decided to go ahead and pull out the Rodail dragon’s blood lip mask and try that out at the same time. Both are designated as items that hydrate and tone and as it is currently winter, my lips could always use more hydration. According to the Rodial website…

These innovative cooling bio-cellulose gel eye masks are great for providing hydration to the delicate eye area, whilst also helping to reduce the visible signs of puffiness to help the eye area look brighter. These individual eye mask sachets are ideal for taking on-the-go, for your eye pick-me-up. It’ll become your new travel essential!

Rodial

The Lip mask is listed as $7 per pair and it is described as…

very juicy paper masks

Achieve the perfect, fuller looking pout with these replenishing bio-cellulose lip masks that give a moisture boost and comfort and soothe the skin for smoother looking lips. Containing restoring dragon’s blood extract and hyaluronic acid to plump the lips through hydration, these masks will mould to your pout and take your lip game to a whole new level.

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Now Rodial and I have a bit of a checkered past. I absolutely adore their Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel. I bought it on sale, used it and then when it ran out, took the container apart so that I could use every last drop of product. It was fantastic and well worth the $107 price. And yes, there are very few moisturizers I will say that about.

the lip mask came folded and was very hard to get open.

On the other hand I hated their sheet masks. In general I find that the products they bottle are fantastic and top of the line, while their single use items aren’t fabulous. I liked their serums and cleansers (although none of them inspire the adoration of the sculpting gel.) But none of their sheet masks have worked for me.

The reason is the paper. The paper they are made from is the same bio-cellulose that these eye and lip masks are made of. In general the paper is too stiff to adhere well to the curves of the face. It just doesn’t want to curve. It wants to stick out in it’s pre folded lines. The masks are also so loaded down with serum, which I think is their way of getting around the non-bendy paper, that they drip everywhere.

not the most convenient masks and wanted to peel up a lot

I was hoping that in smaller pieces, eye and lip masks, this would be less of a problem. The eye and lip masks are overloaded with serum so the slip and slide all over as you try to put them in place. I thought this boded well as they were certainly saturated. And it is a good serum. The problem is that after a few minutes on the face, they tend to dry and pucker up. The eye masks had only a few bubbles of air and did work better than the lip mask.

The longer it sat the more often it popped up and ha tp be pushed back into place

The lip mask ended up sticking to the sides of my mouth and my chin. They barely touched my lips at all. I kept having to press them down in the center and still, they only remained in contact if i held them. While i suppose I could hold my hand over my mouth for fifteen minutes like a five year old with a secret he desperately wants to tell, it isn’t ideal. the thing is, the serum in these masks is really a good serum. I like it a lot, which makes it a little frustrating that it isn’t going where I want it.

The eye masks are better than the lip masks. I will keep the other two and use them, even if I won’t repurchase them. The lip mask is a total wash out. In the future, i will purchase the Rodial serum and leave all of their sheet masks, face, eye and lip behind.

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Trying out some bling with the Soon Golden Eye 24 K gold Patches

I love eye patches. They are adorable little under eye masks capable of perking you up and depuffing the under eye area. Or at least the good ones are. There are two I reach for consistently and that I repurchase. One is a long time favorite and it is the under eye masks from Grace and Stella. In allergy season they are my saving grace and I always keep them to hand for deputffing and perking my up while my allergy meds are working in keeping my air ways clear. Sometimes my allergy medicine can male me feel a little drowsy and I find they are a great topical way to combat that feeling.

in package

Lately the Grace and Stella eye masks have been joined by the Klorane eye masks. They aren’t as energizing but they de puff a little bit more and really help the bags under my eyes deflate when I have had a sleepless night. Insomnia and I are old friends. Mornings after a no sleep night get Klorane eye masks and allergy season is dominated by Grace and Stella.

while I love both brands (and will always repurchase from them) I have started accumulating a collection of single pairs of eye masks from different brands. They tend to come in subscription boxes. I always ooh and ahh because I love eye masks. And then I reach for my two standards and forget to try out the singles.

on face

So now I am making an effort to try them out. I think I have about ten pairs so I will be using them once a week to try out the non-regular use eye masks to see how I like them. The first pair I took from this collection is the Soon Golden Eye 24K Gold Eye Mask. Soon sells them in a jar of thirty sets for $54 or a 10 pack for $28. According to their website this 24K gold hydrogel mask…

Prevent collagen loss, and renew skin with our 24K gold eye patches. Formulated with 24K gold to slow collagen breakdown and reduce fine lines, and niacinamide to brighten your under eyes, our biodegradable hydrogel eye patches leave your under eyes firmer and brighter. In our opinion, it’s way better than bling.

Soon

I’m not entirely certain gold actually does anything for your skin, but it is definitely pretty. And I like that it is biodegradable. Or at least the eye patches are. The plastic they come in, might not be as earth friendly.

In general I like the hydrogel formula for eye patches. I generally find it makes them stay on well so I can wear them while working at my desk. These came out of the package easily, applied well and stayed in place the entire fifteen minutes I wore them.

post mask, eyes refreshed, but one use isn’t going to give much in the way of long term skincare benefits

They are a bit more highly fragranced than I care for but it isn’t an unpleasant scent, just a little on the perfum-y side. There wasn’t a lot of excess serum, just enough to saturate the masks and keep them in place, not enough to drip down the cheeks.

Once the masks were removed I looked at my skin. It feels hydrated, but I didn’t see a lot of depuffing going on and not a lot of brightening. Nor do they have the energizing appeal of the Grace and Stella eye masks. Theses Soon 24K Golden Eye masks feel good and I think with repeated use I might see some reduction in fine lines, however I am not a fan of the perfume and they are a bit pricy for something I am just okay with. I think for me to purchase these on the regular I would have to love them. I like them and would happily use them again, because my under eyes do feel moisturized and somewhat refreshed, but I don’t love them. I am however happy to have tried them and look forward to seeing what other eye patches are lurking in my collection.