Our Rating: 3 stars

I was saving my trial package of the Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit ($30) provided by the good folks at TIA for a special occasion – or a moment of true desperation. That moment arrived one Monday. I’d experimented the week prior with the TCA Clearchoice Peel, which left my face feeling particularly dry. And, like everyone else I know, I was struck by ridiculous spring allergies thanks to everything blooming in the sudden hot weather, so my eyes were sore and miserably puffy.

After taking a look at the bags in the mirror, I reached for the Chella kit. I thought it would be more of an ordeal to use, but it was straightforward to open up the packaging, saturate the pads with the activator lotion, and apply them under the eyes. Like Marta I worried that I’d have to lie still to keep the pads in place, but they actually adhere very well. While I used the 15 minutes’ treatment time to stretch out on a couple of yoga blocks, I could have been doing anything routine without a problem. After removing the pads, I applied the provided eye cream as instructed.

Perhaps anything that encourages you to close your eyes and relax for 15 minutes is a good thing – for me, the only negative about the treatment experience was the pronounced chemical smell, which I found unpleasant (I wish I could describe it better for the TIA readership, but it reminded me of a hair salon). But the treatment definitely provided an immediate lift. It does refresh and de-puff, and my eye area looked firmer and smoother.

Nothing is going to make long-lasting difference after just one outing, and I didn’t expect anything more than the temporary effect I got from the eye mask. I don’t know whether repeated usage could in fact deliver permanent benefits. Marta’s August post discussed the notable and distinctive ingredients in the activator serum in detail, and perhaps they really would provide a lasting effect over time; I don’t know. (And since four treatments retail for $45, there are probably better and cheaper eye products to incorporate into a regular regime.) My take based on one use is that the Chella mask is a good pick-me-up, in both senses, refreshing the eye area and bringing down puffiness. I’d certainly use it to deal with occasional problems caused by allergies or lack of sleep, or to get ready for a big event, but I don’t think I’d expect more.

Ingredients in Eye Zone Matrix Anti-Fatigue Mask: Collagen, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Peg-40 Sorbitan Peroleate

Ingredients in Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Activator: Water (Aqua), Pthychopetalum Olacoides Extract, Panax Ginseng (Pfaffia Paniculata) Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Glycosaminoglycans, Ergothioneine, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, (Bioskinup Contour 3r) Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone