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Not bad, but I prefer the Tempur Sleep Mask
on 6 September 2017
I've had this eye mask for a couple of years. It's certainly better that the typical eye mask you might pick up at an airport, but in my experience the Tempur Sleep Mask is better as I'll explain later.
First of all, the Sleep Master does a good job of blocking out light. The large, padded head band nicely covers the ears rather than using elastic that tends to cut into them. I sleep with earplug in so the padding over the ears help minimize any pressure on the earplugs when sleeping on my side. The Sleep Master also looks pretty cool. First time my girlfriend saw it she commented that I looked like a Persian prince. It's made of a satin type material which is nice to the touch. However the material is where the problems begin - it's so silky and slippery that it doesn't stay in place. Tightening it up will help, but this puts additional pressure on my eyelids/eyeballs which is uncomfortable (and probably not very healthy). The other problem with the material is that it gets quite warm and doesn't breath very well leading to a sweaty face in summer.
I see some purchasers have reported problems with fraying - I too had some irritating loose fibres around the nose slot. After cutting off the strands with sharp scissors the fraying has not returned. Even after machine washing (place it inside a pillow case on a delicates cycle).
As I mentioned, my preferred eye mask is a Tempur Sleep Mask. This is made out of a more towel-like weave that provides better grip and wicks away moisture in the summer. Most importantly, the Tempur is contoured to make cavities for the eyes so that it doesn't rub up against my eyelashes in the way the Sleep Master does.
Still, although I prefer the Tempur, I sometimes switch to the Sleep Master for a change - such as when travelling or the Tempur's in the wash. If like me, you use a sleep mask every night, I suggest buying both products and seeing what suits you best. After all it's a small investment for something you wear 8 hours every night.