EyeDews Undereye Masks

Shu Uemura, Moisture Zone Eye MaskThis story actually starts with Shu Uemura (back when they had a counter at Neiman Marcus… sigh). Shu used to make this fantastically luxurious product called the Moisture Zone Eye Mask.

Basically, each (single-use) packet contained two cloth undereye masks soaked in magic elixir. According to their product pages, that serum contained vitamin E, provitamin B5, strawberry extract, ceramides, lavender, rosemary, rosewood, and Depsea water. It promised to hydrate, reduce puffiness, and “relieve tired eyes.”

It smelled vaguely like cucumbers, it was cooling, and I know it worked, because the first time I was given a sample (Shu often had them out for events), my packet contained only one mask. So I was accidentally forced into trying it on just one eye.

After wearing it for ~10 minutes, the “treated” eye looked significantly better than the “control” eye: less haggard, fresher, more awake. I was slightly embarrassed to walk around with just one “good” eye.

The Moisture Zone masks were expensive: $43 got you a box of 12 packets. So they became my emergency treat. When I had to wake up and be somewhere way too early in the morning, and my eyes felt like they had grit in them, I’d put on a pair and let them work their magic. I saved them for special occasions.

Well not only is Shu no longer carried in U.S. stores, but they revamped their eye mask. The new product is called Depsea Moisture Replenishing Eye Mask, and I’m sorry to say I haven’t tried that formula.

EyeDewsNevertheless, when I received an email from a company called EyeDews, I was thrilled. Would these replace my Moisture Zone masks?  They sent me a pair to try.

Instead of the cloth mask, EyeDews are clear, floppy, slightly stretchy, jelly masks. The scent is similar to Shu’s… but unfortunately, that’s where the resemblance ends. The EyeDew masks were so heavy, they slid down my face (unless I held them in place… making them impossible to use while doing anything else). They also produced no visible results (I repeated the one-eye test).

After all that, it seems relatively minor to say that the shape of the mask also wasn’t a good fit for my face. The “kidney bean” curve is too sharp, too deep. It didn’t fit my eyes very well.

EyeDews contain vitamins E and C, Co-Q10, aloe, and lavender oil. They are approximately $5 a pair (they get cheaper the more you buy). They’re available in some brick and mortar stores (and that list is clearly still growing), but if they aren’t sold near you, they’re also available online, through EyeDews’ website.

EDIT: I spoke to a rep at EyeDews, and she suggested that I might get a better fit turning the mask around (narrow end toward the nose; wider end toward the cheekbone). She also said “squeegeeing” the mask (sliding it between index and middle fingers) before applying might reduce sliding. She also said you may also get improved results by refrigerating your mask before applying.

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2 Responses to “EyeDews Undereye Masks”

  • Laura says:

    I’ve tried an eye mask like this before, the name escapes me but it was a drugstore brand. Anyway, I had to lie down while using them and I think it’s probably the same deal with these. they’re for “relaxing” :-)

  • Suzanne Choe says:

    You might want to try DHC’s eye mask patches. It’s only $8 for 6 pairs and is a hybrid cloth/gel patch. I love DHC’s skin care line and it is a great alternative to Shu Uemura

    http://www.dhccare.com/DHC/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=398

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