Lovehoney very kindly sent me the Blinder Mask to review for them. I was excited to test this item out, since it’s a blinder mask it should then offer complete black out when in use. It’s £9.99 which in my opinion is quite cheap for a mask that should in theory produce a black out effect.
As most will know finding a blindfold that you can’t see spots of light, can’t move your head upwards and see a small amount of what’s happening and that actually fits your head; it can be like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. We all have different shaped heads, our noses are different; and that’s what makes us great, our individuality. But because of this it can be a pain in the arse finding something; one size doesn’t always fit all.
The packaging itself is pretty much the standard box that you usually get with products from the Fetish Fantasy Series from Pipedream. It’s a cardboard box, a picture of the item on a model with the description of what the item is.
As a personal preference I’m not overly keen on the Fetish Fantasy Series packaging. The Blinder Mask packaging isn’t that bad visually it just reminds me of something you could pick up in a discount store. But then I can’t really complain it’s not a luxury item and it is rather cheap.
How it looks
The item is basically a fully adjustable vinyl strap with moveable eye covers. Personally I think this is a great design purely because it should deliver a perfect fit; the vinyl strap is adjustable so should fit different head sizes, and the eye covers are moveable which should then eliminate problems with head shape, eyes and nose width.
On the inside there is a soft felt texture for comfort and there is stud detailing on the eye covers for decorative purposes. The length of the mask is 27 inches which again gives it the potential for a one size fits all.
My OH always tells me I have a huge head to fit in my Ego. …Nice!
Well this mask fits around my massive Ego filled head with lots of Velcro strap to spare, so if you’ve also got a big head you’re in luck because this mask should fit!
From the sizing it should fit all sizes of adults head because the smallest size it goes to is extremely small and a lot smaller than an average adults head, so for you people not housing an enormous Ego you’re also in luck!
The first time I put this on it felt so uncomfortable, kind of like something was squishing my eyes but I persevered with it. I’ve worn it now a few times since then and each time I’ve worn it; it got that little bit more comfortable. I’m assuming that the material just needed a bit of time to adjust around the head and being pressed up to the eyes.
So if you’re planning on purchasing one for a specific date, I’d get it that little bit earlier just so you can put it on and wear in the material a little bit and also to get yourself used to it.
If you want it so that it’s complete darkness then it does need to be tight around your head. It has a little bit of give before it’ll let in the light, because of that I can still feel a slight pressure on my eyes.
I’ve found the best way for me to alleviate the pressure on my eyes is to close them whilst wearing the mask. That makes it more comfortable to wear, and adds to it being a black out mask because you just don’t want to open your eyes, if the mask is tight enough to it’s almost impossible to open your eyes with it on.
When I have tried to keep my eyes open in the mask I found it does let in a small slither of light; nothing too big and you can’t see what is going on at all.
After having it on for a while and opening your eyes everything is a little bit blurry whilst your eyes try to adjust back to having light.
Personally, I like the mask, it works for me if I keep my eyes closed; otherwise it just isn’t comfortable to wear and well it’s cheap. As I said the current price of the item upon writing this is £9.99 so I got what I expected from it and more.