Putting on Wander Beauty’s Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks started as a thing on my to-do list. “Write this review,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. I had seen them on social media but as any beauty editor knows, not everything that gets a ton of likes in a tiled post is as good as it looks. So I put them on, and was instantly struck by how cooling and refreshing they felt, and how completely awesome it was for my under-eye area to be gold and shimmery, instead of puffy and dark circle-y. What’s more, they didn’t slip and slide around, like other undereye patch masks can. Then I took a bunch of selfies, like I swore I wouldn’t, instead of writing this review.
Since then, I’ve tried them just about every workday since, during the afternoon, when I start to feel grumpy and hot and like I have a tiny headache, and for 20 minutes I feel soothed and write infinitely nicer emails. After that they start to dry up, and I know it’s time to take them off, and that’s the best part of all. I peel off the mini masks and underneath, my skin looks dewier, less puffy, and like I might not have stayed up unnecessarily late trying to fill my shopping cart with enough items to qualify for free shipping.
Which all sounds wonderful but improbable unless you check out some of its main ingredients: hydrating and smoothing glycerin, aloe leave juice, panthenol, and calendula extract. Add to that the fact that the gold foil-topped fabric serves as an occlusive agent (traps all that goodness so it really seeps into the skin), and voila! your under-eyes have been reborn. As the caption on the selfie I posted (like I swore I wouldn’t) says it all: It’s easy to think a mask made your skin look better after it makes you look nightmarish/unrecognizable first. These did and didn’t.