Let me get strait to the point of this post: there are better ways to spend your $54 than on Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Masks.

The world of Bliss was the first place I fell into when I began looking for skin care products some years ago.  They have a great catalog and really know how to market their products.  While they do offer a lot of fine products (for example, I've always loved their Ounce of Prevention line), I'm now realizing that there's a bit more hype and hyperbole behind their products than is deserved.

I purchased these eye pads right after they first debuted a few months ago and was excited to try them out.  The marketing copy was really effective: Like an energy drink for your eyes, this instant brightening treatment is 'eye-deal' for those who want to fake a full 8 hours of sleep. With 3 forms of glow-inducing oxygenation, antioxidant vitamin C and puff-pummeling cucumber extract, it'll leave eyes looking lively in 15 minutes flat.

The ingredients are alright.  For example, I really like the addition of sodium hyaluronate and cucumber fruit extract in the liquid, and caprylic/capric triglyceride in the mask.  However, there are way too many parabens (five, to be exact), along with some notable no-no's (such as PEG-40 and phenoxyethanol).

What's more, the product doesn't live up to it's main selling point.  Neither my nor my roommate's eyes looked any different 15 minutes after using the mask.  And we tried twice.  And even took before and after pictures.  And there was nothing! I'm not even going to post the pictures here because they wouldn't be worth it, not to mention the fact that my roommate would prefer not having some before-and-after pics of her floating around the web, and neither would I if I could help it!

In sum, Bliss' Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask is more hype and hyperbole than help for your eyes.


Liquid: water (aqua), butylene glycol, glycerin, fagus sylvatica bud extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, sodium PCA, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, PPG-26-buteth-26, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed soy protein, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, methylparaben, citric acid, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben, propylene glycol, ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride.

Mask: algin, cellulose gum, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, citric acid, sorbitol

Bliss triple oxygen instant energizing eye mask ($54, Box of 4 twin-chamber packets)