I’ve been using e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream to wake up my under-eyes every morning for the past few months. It’s an excellent lightweight product that sinks in quickly, making it ideal to use under makeup. While it’s great for use in my morning skincare routine, it’s not quite hydrating enough to use at night. Just like with my moisturizers, I prefer a heavier eye cream at night to allow that delicate skin to absorb as much moisture as possible while I sleep.
Most of the eye creams I’ve used are very lightweight like the one from e.l.f. When I heard about Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, I thought it might be just the thing I’d been looking for to use at night since other reviews stated it’s a thick gel texture and Versed claims that it will cool, calm, and hydrate under-eyes. My hope for this product was that it would be very moisturizing and occlusive enough to hold in that moisture overnight. I don’t have dry skin, but I try to keep my under-eyes well hydrated because they can sometimes look crepey when I wear makeup. That skin is so thin, it always looks better when it’s plumped and hydrated.
You might notice in the photos that my tube of The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is smaller than the standard 1 oz. size. Mine is only 0.5 oz. and was purchased in a limited edition set that is no longer available.
Product claims directly from VersedSkin.com
Sometimes that solid eight hours of sleep a night just doesn’t happen. This is the solution for all those times when it doesn’t. With provitamin B5 (a hardworking member of the B-complex vitamin family) and vitamin E, this gel mask nourishes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes. All the while cucumber juice cools and depuffs, and caffeine calms swelling and redness. It really is the fix for whatever eye woes may befall you. Keep it in the fridge to amplify its cooling, calming sensation—you may even let it stay while you sleep for a chilled overnight treatment. No matter how you wear it, your eyes will never not appreciate it.
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Other product details
- Price: $17.99
- Net weight: 1 oz./30 ml
- Made in Thailand
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Appropriate for all skin types
- Free of gluten, soy, fragrance, parabens, silicones, and sulfates
- Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
- Recyclable packaging
- Shelf life: 6 months
- Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
- VersedSkin.com ships to the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, the UK, Australia, and partially to the EU (unfortunately there is no further explanation given for shipping to the EU).
- Overall rating: 9.6/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
- Hydration: 10/10
- Team player: 10/10
- Ingredients: 8/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Packaging/ease of application
This eye mask is packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, which does a pretty good job of protecting the product from light and air. The opening is a bit larger than most eye creams I’ve had that are packaged in squeeze tubes, but given that Versed recommends using a pea-sized amount, I think that makes sense.
This product is easy to smooth under the eyes and can be used in a variety of ways. As I had hoped, this eye mask does have a thicker texture than most eye creams, even though it is a gel. While it is called an eye mask, I use it like a regular eye cream at night. I apply it either before or after my moisturizer at the end of my P.M. skincare routine. I use a little less than the recommended amount since I use it daily instead of only using it as a mask as needed.
If you plan to use this eye mask as an actual eye mask instead of an eye cream, you may prefer to use it in the mornings. Versed claims that this product depuffs, and I think that is probably true since I have read reviews that it does indeed help to reduce puffiness! My theory in using it at night is that it will prevent puffiness at least partially so I’ll wake up without “extra baggage.”
This eye mask really is exactly what I hoped it would be when I ordered it. I already mentioned that it is indeed a thicker product than most eye creams, but it is also hydrating and occlusive. It feels slightly cooling and hydrating immediately upon application, and it does not all soak in immediately. Since it is so thick and the emollient ingredients hold in the moisture, this eye mask keeps the skin around the eyes hydrated all night (or day, if you leave it on all day).
As I said previously, I don’t use this product as an actual eye mask, but since that is its intended purpose, it must not take long for the skin to soak up a lot of moisture from it. The instructions for using it as a mask state that it’s only necessary to leave the product on for ten minutes, then the excess can be wiped off. That tells me that this product is very efficient (a lot of masks are to be left on 15-30 minutes)!
It’s very important for skincare products in a morning skincare routine to work well with each other since they will often be worn under makeup, but I also expect my night time skincare products to layer easily. It’s frustrating when products are difficult to blend in or when they pill up. Fortunately, The Fix Emergency Eye Mask plays very nicely with all other products that I’ve used with it. It’s normally the last or next to last step in my night time skincare routine (applied before or after moisturizer), and always applies smoothly over everything else.
For the purpose of this review, I tried using this eye mask as my eye cream this morning to see how it would wear under makeup. I only used a small amount so it wouldn’t cause anything to slide around. The product absorbed nicely and both my color-corrector and foundation applied easily over it. My makeup has stayed put and looks just like it would over my regular morning eye cream. “A+” team player!
My favorite category to review with skincare products is always ingredients, but I found that this product’s ingredient list is a little more complicated than what I usually see in the products that I review. I’ll start by listing all 35 ingredients below:
Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, 1,2-hexanediol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, cucumis sativus (cucumber) juice, coenzyme a, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, bupleurum falcatum root extract, caffeine, citric acid, ascorbic acid, rosa canina fruit oil, tocopherol, panthenol, trilaureth-4 phosphate, carbomer, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, propylene glycol, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, saccharide isomerate, peg-8, sodium citrate, polysorbate 20, biotin, sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium lactate, sodium sulfite
That’s quite a list, huh? There’s a good number of skin-loving ingredients in that list, but the majority are what I’d call “neutral,” including a couple that may have special benefits to the skin (none that are proven). I’ll provide brief descriptions of the proven skin-loving ingredients first, because that’s what we really want to know about, right? 🙂
- Natural moisturizer
- Cucumber juice
- Contains amino acids and an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties
- Coenzyme A
- Skin conditioner
- Palmitoyl tripeptide-1
- Reduces deep eye wrinkles and increases collagen
- “Famous” peptide known as Matrixyl 3000 when coupled with Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (see below)
- Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
- Reduces inflammation which slows degradation of collagen
- Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid)
- Purest and most researched form of vitamin C
- Potent antioxidant
- Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) oil
- High omega fatty acid content (linoleic, linolenic, and oleic acids)
- Has antioxidant and skin-regenerative properties
- Tocopherol (vitamin E)
- Strengthens skin barrier
- Panthenol (provitamin B5)
- Tocopheryl acetate (another form of vitamin E)
- Strengthens skin barrier
- Not as well absorbed as pure vitamin E
- Propylene glycol
- Helps active ingredients to penetrate the skin
- Saccharide isomerate
- Plant-derived moisturizer
- Binds to the skin longer than other moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated longer
- Sodium lactate
- pH regulator
I’m very happy to see all of these ingredients included in this Versed eye mask! I do wish that more of them could be at the top of the list. There are only four ingredients in the top ten that I have labeled as “good” (see the top four ingredients listed in the bullet points above). The other “good” ingredients are spread throughout the list and it’s likely that some of them don’t actually provide much benefit since their concentrations are low. Still, it’s great to see so many moisturizing ingredients and those peptides which are very helpful in preserving youthful skin.
All of the ingredients that I didn’t include in the bullet points above, I have labeled as “neutral.” Most of them support the formula in some way (i.e. texture enhancers and preservatives) while others simply aren’t proven as effective skincare ingredients. There are three ingredients that don’t have proven benefits to the skin: bupleurum falcatum root extract, caffeine, and biotin. Bupleurum falcatum root extract may have soothing and antioxidant properties, but there is not yet enough research to support those claims. Caffeine, which is a popular ingredient in eye creams, may have soothing and antioxidant properties, but again that hasn’t been proven. Caffeine also has a constricting effect which may improve the look of redness, but it could also be sensitizing. Lastly, biotin is often taken as a supplement for stronger nails and hair but it has no proven benefits to the skin. I don’t think any of these three ingredients are likely to cause problems for most people but I think they are unnecessary.
Overall, I am pleased with this product’s ingredient list. There’s a good number of skin-loving ingredients and most of the “neutral” ingredients make sense.
Since Versed is a drugstore skincare brand, $17.99 might seem a little bit high for this product. There are a couple of things that must be taken into consideration, however. First, this product is meant to be an eye mask rather than an eye cream. Masks usually are a bit more expensive than daily-use skincare products.
Next, the size of the tube is very generous! This is the only eye mask I’ve ever owned besides eye mask patches, but when compared to the size of most eye creams, it’s about double the size (1 oz. vs. 0.5 oz.)! It’s important to remember that Versed recommends using a pea-sized amount, but even if using that much every time, this tube provides enough product for a LOT of uses. If you plan to use this product as an eye cream (using a little less than the recommended amount) like I do, it will probably last you around six months which is much longer than most eye creams. When taking all that into consideration, I think the price is more than fair.
Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is a brilliant product. I love how versatile it is! To recap, it can be used as intended (as an eye mask), but it can also be used as an eye cream in the morning or at night! Versed even suggests using it in the shower or while on a plane for extra hydration and de-puffing. I’m not sure if I’d ever use it either of those ways, but they’re interesting ideas!
Since this eye mask doesn’t contain any fragrance or other common irritants (with the possible exception of caffeine), I think it would be a wonderful addition to just about anyone’s skincare collection!
Do you ever use an eye mask similar to this one? Or maybe you prefer using a heavier eye cream (or mask) at night like I do? Let me know your favorite products for these purposes in the comments below. 🙂