The beauty world is filled with fancy products, but few are quite as extra as celebrity facialist Angela Caglia’s Handmade Rose Quartz Self-Love Eye Mask ($140). But while the mask is total Instagram feed #goals, does it actually work?
Crystal lovers will know all too well that rose quartz is known for its calming and soothing love energy that can help promote a sense of well being, but I wanted to find out whether a rose quartz mask could relieve stress and make my eye area look brighter and less puffy. According to the information card that comes in the pink satin-lined box, the mask can soothe the skin, reduce puffiness, relieve sinus issues, close pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.
Angela Caglia’s Handmade Rose Quartz Self-Love Eye Mask
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Depuffing eyes, relieving stress, provides skin with a healthy glow
Star Rating: 4/5
Potential allergens: None
About the brand: Angela Caglia is a master esthetician who counts celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Sting among her clients. Her skincare line is dedicated to repairing your damaged moisture barrier using ethically sourced ingredients.
The Self-Love Rose Quartz Eye Mask is shaped like your typical eye mask that you use to sleep, except that it's handcrafted from ethically sourced rose quartz from Brazil. The mask is actually inspired by the calming feeling you get when you use a weighted blanket and the pampering rituals of a good self-care routine. As expected, it does have a bit of weight to it, which feels really nice after a long, stressful day.
The choice of rose quartz was also intentional. Rose quartz is also called the "Love Stone" and is meant to have calming, self-love benefits (with a dash of femininity, romance, and intimacy). And clearly Caglia was on to something—it's claimed that ancient women in Rome and Eqypt used rose quartz on their skin to give their complexions a boost of glowy goodness.
Rose quartz stays cool naturally, so it's fine to use right out of the box. However, Caglia recommends keeping the mask in the refrigerator so it’s extra cool. The weight is actually the best thing about using this mask as the gentle pressure helps to relieve tension. I suffer from migraines every so often and I could imagine this cool mask being a welcome relief when a headache strikes.
How to Use
Using this mask is pretty straightforward. All you need is some time, maybe some music or a meditation, and some tissue across your nose bridge if you're worried about indentations from the mask. Simply find a place to lay down and relax, place the mask across your closed eyes, and breathe deep. If you're into sheet masking, multi-task by applying it over your sheet mask. You can keep it on for as long as you want (yes, hours even...we've all been there), and it's perfect to use day or night. You can also flip it upside down and lay it over your jaw area to relieve any tension, perhaps from teeth grinding.
To really put the mask through its paces, I used it after a night out drinking a few too many glasses of Cava. Hangovers, regardless of how much water I chug, leave me with fine lines and puffiness around my eyes and a generally sallow- and lackluster-looking complexion. Once I got home, and after removing my makeup with my usual skincare regimen, I got into bed and rested this mask over my eyes. The hefty (for an eye mask) weight and cool temperature was instantly relaxing and soothing, I breathed deeply a few times and found myself drifting off to sleep far easier than I had in weeks. We could notch that up to the Cava, but I have been on a few evenings out recently and didn’t fall asleep as fast on either night. You’re meant to leave the mask on for 20 minutes, but that first night I think it was on my face for a good couple of hours before it slid down to nestle in the duvet beside me.
The next morning, I woke up and tentatively peered into the mirror. My eyes, which are usually marked by fine lines and dark circles in their a.m. state, were peering back at me line-free and without any of that usual puffiness I encounter the morning after the night before. The only difference in my beauty routine was the mask. I’ve used it on and off for a few nights since then and can conclude that it definitely makes a subtle difference. My eyes look brighter, and the skin around them smoother.
So yes, this mask is $140, which is pretty expensive for any eye mask, no matter how fancy it is. While it does give you positive results, there are many other affordable ways to depuff your eyes and wind down at the end of the day. Now, on the other side of the coin, if you're into treating yourself, it is a pretty cool (literally and figuratively) skincare tool to have in your stash.
In a world where a moment of self-care is a much-needed coping strategy, laying down and breathing deeply for 20-minutes with a cooling crystal eye mask is not the worst way to relax. It’s also not the cheapest. Yes, it’s bougie and yes, you could get the same line-smoothing, de-puffing results from eye gels or a face mask, but would you look like beauty’s answer to Lady Gaga circa Bad Romance? No, no you wouldn’t.