Using a good sleep mask is an effective way to block out light when you can’t control the source, such as when travelling.
And a specially designed relaxation eye mask can help relieve the feeling of pressure and tiredness after a long day.
I’ve tried and tested a wide range of eye masks over the last few months, both while trying to sleep and purely for relaxation.
Hopefully these reviews will help you find the right one to bring you a good night’s sleep, travel in comfort, or simply unwind and rest your tired eyes.
1. Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask
Lightweight, luxuriously soft and effective
If you need a lightweight and comfortable sleep mask that shuts out as much light as possible, the Alaska Bear is my top choice.
I found that it completely blocks out light, even if the light source is quite bright. It’s made from a soft and breathable natural Mulberry silk, which feels wonderfully gentle on the skin.
The straps are elastic and adjustable, so you can easily find the exact fit you need. The strap adjuster is small and thin, so you won’t feel it on your skin when you’re lying in bed. And there’s no velcro, so you won’t get your hair tangled in the straps.
Overall, the Alaska Bear does a simple job very effectively. If you’re looking for a contoured design, cooling or specially padded straps, you’ll find all that in the masks below.
But if all you need is a comfortable sleep mask which feels beautifully soft on the skin, and reliably blocks out light at any time of the day, that’s exactly what you’ll get with this mask.Buy from Amazon
2. Bedtime Bliss Contoured Sleep Mask
Best contoured sleep mask
The Bedtime bliss sleep mask is the best contoured mask I’ve found, with a soft, comfortable and effective light-blocking design.
It creates plenty of space between the mask and your eyes, so your eyelids and eyelashes have room to move, and won’t be squashed in place.
It’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time, even in hot weather. The straps are adjustable and don’t irritate your skin or hair. This is always a key point I look out for, so I was happy to find the mask is comfortable to wear, and you soon forget it’s there.
It blocks out light very well considering the fact that it’s a contoured type. As with many eye masks, you may find it lets in tiny slithers of light depending on the shape of your facial features. But I think they’ve done a good job of creating as good a one-size-fits-all shape as possible.
It also comes with a carry case and the excellent Moldex earplugs. So if you prefer contoured sleep masks which provide room for your eyes, the Bedtime Bliss is a great option.Buy from Amazon
3. Imak Eye Pillow
Acupressure & cooling for headaches, migraines & pain relief
The Imak eye pillow goes beyond simple light blocking, providing acupressure and cooling to the whole area around your eyes.
The exterior is made from a comfortable lycra material. It’s also considerably heavier than most other sleep masks, which you may find brings a feeling of comfort in itself.
It has ergo beads built into the mask, which provides pain relief and relaxation due to the massaging pressure of the beads on your face.
You can leave it in the fridge or freezer for a short while to get a cooling effect, again helping with pain relief and relaxation. I found it stays cool for 20 to 30 minutes on average, which seemed to be about the right amount of time to help soothe my eyes.
The weight means it stays on your eyes and blocks out light effectively. And it has a contoured space for the eyes so you can move your eyelids and eyelashes.
With the combination of acupressure and cooling, the Imak eye pillow is more than a simple sleep mask. If you suffer from headaches, migraines or puffy eyes, this is one to try.Buy from Amazon
4. 3D Sleep Mask by PrettyCare
Memory foam contoured sleep mask
The Pretty Care 3D eye mask is the only one in this review made from memory foam, yet it’s surprisingly thin and lightweight. What I particularly liked about it is that it feels soft, yet maintains a contoured shape with ample space for your eyelids and eyelashes.
It does a great job of blocking out light, and the adjustable strap has a reliable velco fastener to keep it in place. I think there’s enough on the strap to suit head sizes at both ends of the spectrum.
You also get 2 masks in the pack, along with 2 sets of earplugs. I’ve seen some complaints online that the mask comes apart at the edges faster than others, but I didn’t find that at all.
Overall, I think both the Bedtime Bliss and 3D mask are good options if you want to try a contoured style sleep mask. Personally, I think the Bedtime Bliss has slightly more space for the eyes, but it’s a marginal difference so it will probably come down to personal preference.Buy from Amazon
5. Jersey Slumber Silk Sleep Mask
Super soft with a thin slider strap
The vast majority of sleep masks seem to be made from 100% silk, and have a similar design. So it’s not always obvious what the difference is between them.
What I like about the Jersey Slumber sleep mask is that it’s thoughtfully designed to be very comfortable to use all night long if you need to.
Firstly, the silk feels super soft against the skin, providing a gentle, comforting feeling for the eyes. And it’s long and wide enough to do a good job of blocking out light.
The main plus though is the strap, which avoids any potentially hair-tangling velcro. Instead, they’ve opted for an adjustable slider strap, and made it so thin and and unobtrusive that you can sleep on your side with no problem.
If you’ve found silk masks in the past let in a little light around the nose, you might find that with this one too because the design isn’t as contoured as some others. But otherwise, this is a lovely eye mask that ticks all the right boxes for comfort.Buy from Amazon
6. Everest Essentials Sleep Mask
Comfortable silk sleep mask
The Everest Essentials sleep mask is similar to the Alaska Bear and Jersey Slumber in many ways. It’s also made from a beautifully soft silk fabric which feels comfortable against your face.
The straps are easy to adjust, and are suitable for a wide range of head sizes. There’s no velcro either, so it’s less likely you’ll wake up with your hair stuck in the straps.
The eye mask is of a good size and shape, and I find it did a good job of blocking out light. It’s quite malleable, so if you’ve had problems shaping eye masks to your face before, you might find you can block the light better with this one.
It comes with a pair of foam earplugs and a little travel case. And it has attractive packaging, making it a good gift idea for someone.
Overall, if you’re looking for a silky soft eye mask it’s a good choice, especially if you’ve had difficulty getting the right fit with previous masks.Buy from Amazon
7. Sleep Master Deluxe Sleep Mask
Total light blocking with a wrap-around design
The sleep master deluxe sleep mask provides a good balance between comfort and light blocking. It‘s made from a soft and breathable satin material which fits snugly around your head.
The padding wraps all the way around, so the thick strap won’t get tangled in your hair like basic eye masks sometimes do.
And having the soft, hypoallergenic material all the way around means it shouldn’t irritate your skin or leave strap marks.
It blocks out light very well due to the larger than usual design. So when you move your head around, light is less likely to appear around the edges.
One potential problem is that it might be a little warm to use in hot bedrooms. So if you don’t have a good fan or air conditioning to keep the temperature under control, you might want to try a different eye mask.
Overall, it does a great job of keeping out light whilst still allowing you to sleep comfortably. And with this sleep mask you can rest in the knowledge that your skin and hair will be protected.Buy from Amazon
8. Purefly Sleep Mask
Lightweight mulberry silk mask
The Purefly sleep mask has a lot in common with the Alaska Bear and the Everest Essentials. To the point that when checking them over to write this section, it took a moment to work out which one was which!
It’s made from lightweight and breathable Mulberry silk, which feels gentle on the skin. It’s very soft and comfortable, and the breathable aspect makes it much more pleasant to sleep with than the more synthetic materials.
Like the other two, it also has an elastic adjustable strap, with no velcro in sight. So long hair is safe from getting caught and matted, and it will fit any head size.
It’s actually quite large, larger than it looks in the photo, and so blocks light very well. I found there was no sign of light, which is exactly what you need.
All in all, there’s not really much to separate this from the other silk masks. It would be nice if it came with a carry case, but I can’t fault the mask itself.Buy from Amazon