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Failed to cast a spell, but certainly left me feeling bound

For my admittedly-innocent purposes, this eye mask just did not do the job. That is, it certainly did its job of blocking out light, but it did so at the cost of my comfort. Despite being soft and pretty, it was just too tight for my head and actually gave me a headache. For those who don't mind a bit of pain and want to use this for fetish/BDSM, it MIGHT suit you, but I still suspect you would do better to look elsewhere.
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Pros:
Pretty, simple design
Soft material
Blocks out light
Cons:
Very tight fit (not adjustable)
Not really washable
Uncomfortable
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

This eye mask is part of Coquette's "Spellbound" collection, which according to Coquette, is comprised of "beautifully rich, luxurious and demure looking corsets [that] have been designed with a light bondage twist that incorporates the company’s exquisite corsetry with a subtle hint of fetish." In other words, the Spellbound Collection is fetish-light, nothing too far off the beaten track for Coquette, but just a little bit adventurous. This aspect of the collection translates into this piece, the eye mask, as you could use it in either an innocent or vaguely naughty way: simply put, you can use the eye mask traditionally (as I have done) to block out light when you're trying to sleep OR as part of your bondage/fetish routine. For either purpose, the main intent of the item is to keep you from seeing what's around you, and it certainly does that adequately.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bdsm
    • Everyone
    • Sensory play
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom / on a bed
    • Play party
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

The design of the eye mask is very simple. The packaging describes the item as follows: 1 PC Satin eye mask with double strap detail. This certainly covers it. You have your basic eye-covering mask, and it is secured to your face by a double strap (that you lift over and behind your head). The straps are NOT adjustable.

The craftsmanship is medium - not super cheap looking, but not exquisite either. The straps, while thin, do not look like they are in any danger of ripping or snapping. The mask itself feels pretty flimsy.

Coquette calls it a "satin" eye mask, but it is really 50% Acetate/50% Nylon. It's certainly very soft - the front of the mask (that does not touch your skin) feels more like satin, while the back (the part that lies against your face) has an almost velvety feel. The front is silver, and the rest of it (trimming, back, and straps) is black. It's simple, but very pretty.

The mask is one size fits all. I have trouble getting to sleep if there's any light in the room, so I've frequently used sleep masks before. As a result, I was very surprised at how tight the Eye Mask was. I don't have an abnormally big head (though some of my friends might disagree), so it was really strange to have this fit so poorly. I can understand a tight fit to block out the light effectively, but this was ridiculous. The mask felt like it was squeezing my head, especially my eyes and the back of my head where the double-straps rested. I could feel myself actually getting a headache because of the pressure, so I had to take it off after a while - NOT pleasant!
    • Discreet look/design
    • Ill fitting
    • Stylish

Performance

I wanted to like this mask - I really did - but as I described above, the too-tight fit just made it too uncomfortable for extended wear. I can see this maybe being a plus if you are using it for BDSM/fetish, but for a more traditional use, this just did not do it for me.

In my opinion, this just goes to show that companies should stick to what they do well, and Coquette should focus on its lovely corsets.
    • Does not work well
    • Easy to put on / use

Care and Maintenance

The back of the mask has THREE attached small tags that are sewn in. One of them just says "Coquette," the other says "O/S" (one size), and then the third has care instructions. I have really sensitive skin, and these tags drove me crazy, so I had to cut them off the mask. Here are the care instructions they provided: "Exclusive of trim, hand wash only, hang to dry." We are also told that the mask was made in China. I really don't know how you could hand wash the mask but NOT the trim, so I'm guessing this is not really washable. This is a major shame, really, because (as I mentioned before) the mask arrived smelling strongly of the paper packaging it came in. Typically I just store my sleep masks in the underwear drawer, and this would be no exception (if I decided to keep it, which I doubt I will). I certainly will not be storing it in its packaging!
    • Easy to store
    • Hard to clean

Packaging

The eye mask arrives packaged in a very pretty letter-size slipcover with full color, gorgeous images of the model that are seen on EF. On the front, there is a close up of the model wearing the sleep mask and the words "Spellbound Eye Mask." On the back, that information is repeated again in more detail in both English and French. You simply lift up the top of the package and lift out the eye mask. I sort of wish the mask had been wrapped in some sort of tissue paper, because it smells strongly of paper/packaging when first removed. As a result, I would not recommend keeping the packaging for storage. I did not seen any indication of whether it was recyclable or not, though I would assume so because it is just heavy paper (so far as I can tell).
    • Minimal
    • Recyclable
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  • Allstars316
    Allstars316  
    Thanks for the review!
  • timelady
    timelady  
    Thank you!
  • js250
    js250  
    Great review--curious washing instructions form the company....
  • PropertyOfPotter
    PropertyOfPotter  
    Thanks for the review! I almost grabbed this, but I'm glad I didn't. It doesn't sound like it would have worked out for me.
  • surreptitious
    surreptitious  
    It's a shame that it's so tight! I really do like the look of it.
  • timelady
    timelady  
    Thanks all
  • ImaGodiva
    ImaGodiva  
    Great review, thanks.
  • SassySam
    SassySam  
    thank you for the review
  • timelady
    timelady  
    Thanks!
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    Thank you!
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    Bme  
    TY
  • timelady
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    Thank you for commenting!
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