Wander Beauty sells their Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks individually wrapped for convenience. One box contains six sets, bringing each pair to about four bucks. For less than your average latte you can debag, depuff, hydrate and smooth all while jet-setting…supposedly.
Find it HERE
Tested June 2020
Price: $25 (per box of 6 pairs)
I’m not a mask person; typically I find them to be messy and time consuming. Somehow the ten minutes spent with a goopy, ill-fitting sheet mask sliding off my face feels much longer than average minutes. Not to mention the flaps around the mouth get in the way so you can’t eat or really talk with one on- no thanks. I bet you’re wondering how I ended up with the Wander Beauty Eye Masks? They were a gift, I’ll admit, and I might not have tried them had they not been super shiny and beautiful- kudos to the Wander Beauty marketing team. Whoever said “let’s make them gold” is a wo(man) after my own heart!
Each individually wrapped pair of eye masks comes in a sachet containing a convenient amount of serum- enough to be moist, but not dripping. I could totally see taking these on a plane (or anywhere really). They’re thin, aka comfortable, and stay put. They stay so well in fact that I was able to complete all the rest of my makeup during the fifteen minutes I let them sit. What makes these eye masks particularly special (according to Wander) is their innovative triple layer technology. Turns out that pretty gold foil also serves a purpose: it holds in heat and moisture, helping the serum to penetrate even deeper instead of evaporating. Underneath the foil is a middle layer of elastic, and this is what I’ll credit for keeping the masks in place so well. The third layer, closest to your skin, is an “exclusive cellulose fiber that condenses and delivers key ingredients to the delicate under eye area.” I can’t say I noticed a change in the way this layer appeared before or after use. After fifteen minutes, I lifted off the patches and the white inner lower layer appeared the same.
At the end of fifteen minutes these masks were no longer wet enough to be slippery but still moist enough to slide off with the smallest amount of effort. Imagine the paper backing on a temporary tattoo after it’s been wet and left to sit for several minutes. These sort of felt like that.
What makes the masks special to me isn’t just that they’re pretty stickers, it’s the serum they deliver to the under eye area. Key ingredients include humectants, amino acids and plant derivatives. These little patches contain everything from hyaluronic acid (plumping and moisture binding) to aloe (soothing and cooling). I’m pleased to report that none of these ingredients bothered my typically very sensitive eye area.
After removing the Wander Beauty Eye Masks, my under eye area felt a little tacky and I wondered if I should follow up with eye cream (I hadn’t applied any before using the masks since I didn’t want to interfere with their efficacy). I opted not to add any additional moisturizer and went straight in with my beloved Bye Bye Under Eye concealer (check out that review HERE). Thankfully it didn’t pill or stick weirdly at all. In fact, I felt like the tackiness of the serum served as a perfect under eye primer. My concealer seemed to cover a little bit better and once I set it lightly with powder any tackiness was gone with zero creasing. Out of curiosity, I paid attention to my under eye concealer that day and it seemed to last longer without ever creasing. I’m actually so impressed with the performance of the Wander Beauty Eye Mask serum as an under eye primer that I looked to see if they sell any other eye specific products (sadly no). But this does make me want to try some of their skincare products!
All in all, not only were these a fun and incredibly photogenic experiment, they have changed my mind completely about masks, at least eye masks. I originally thought I’d say these were only a splurge for special occasions, but when I did the math and found that I regularly spend more on a latte for very mundane occasions, these seem like a better pick me up for both my waistline and wallet. Additionally, though they say these are one time use, there’s enough serum in the sachet to rehydrate and reuse a second time if you really wanted to sandwich them back between the plastic from whence they came.
At the time of my writing this, Wander Beauty is currently offering 15% off of your entire order if you sign up for their email list. With that added discount, these masks come out to $3.54 a pair before tax…how could you not?! Do I need to remind you that they’re GOLD? While I didn’t notice any lasting brightening effects, my dark circles were completely imperceptible for the fifteen minutes I had them gilded with these, surely that counts for something? I suggest you try them! Since you can do the rest of your face while they’re on, they don’t take any extra time out of your morning routine. Buy a box and mail some to friends; these would be a great stocking stuffer.