Soft and pillowy
Doesn't block a lot of light for its bulk
What is the Lunya sleep mask?
Lunya has been manufacturing luxury sleepwear and loungewear since 2012, gaining a following for its soft fabrics and classic, elegant designs. The Lunya washable silk sleep mask was originally created as a companion to its popular silk PJs, but the accessory is now available separately. Its purpose is to block out light and improve sleep quality, which is in keeping with the brand’s emphasis on self-care.
The mask is made from washable silk, which the company states “allows for comfort in warmer weather and… keeps warm air close to the skin during cold nights.” Aside from the fabric, the mask’s most unique feature is its three-inch-wide, silk-covered elastic band.
The masks come in seven rich colors made with dyes approved by Bluesign, a third-party group that looks at environmental sourcing as well as manufacturer and consumer safety in the textile industry. The inside is 100% polyester filling. As it says in the name, the silk mask is machine-washable in cold water (but you’ll have to air dry it by laying flat).
What I like about the Lunya sleep mask
This is a mask for people who are serious about blocking out the world but still want to prioritize comfort. I’ve owned plenty of sleep masks over the years, and their quality dramatically varies. My recurring complaints have involved flimsy bands, too-small eye cups, poor quality, skin irritation, and general discomfort.
Lunya’s mask has none of those issues. It’s cushy and thick, with a nice silky fabric that doesn’t pull on skin or hair. The quilt-like padding makes it feel substantial, unlike thinner masks that slip off throughout the night.
Part of the Lunya’s mask power lies in its extra-large size that wraps around the head and covers about half of the face. The softness and lightness balance out the size, however. The mask also covers around the ears, which helped keep my earbuds in place if I listened to anything like a podcast or meditation app before bed. The wrap-around band doesn’t block out external sound (it muffles noise slightly) but it’s a nice comfort feature.
What I don’t like about the Lunya sleep mask
Lunya claims that this mask is one-size-fits all, though it would be better if the thick elastic band were adjustable. While the mask seems to fit most customers based on online reviews, I found it slightly too snug.
The sleep mask is made for heads 23 to 26 inches in circumference according to Lunya. (My head measurement is on the lower range at 23 inches.) The band itself never pinched, but it put mild pressure on my eyes for a few nights. Fortunately, the cloud-like cushiness stopped this from becoming painful. It took about two weeks for it to loosen up and start fitting better.
In my opinion, the structured nose space could be larger, too. Part of the mask covered the top of my nose, which occasionally let light in through the bottom. I spent a few minutes readjusting it each night to find that perfect spot where it blocked out all light. The good news: The mask tended to stay put throughout the night once I did.
Is the Lunya sleep mask worth buying?
It’s difficult to find a perfect sleep mask and it’s even harder to find one that doesn’t look utilitarian or cartoonish. A sleep mask is a personal choice, but Lunya's is a solid, crowd-pleasing option. For those who need total sensory deprivation (if you work night shifts, for example), it might not be the best choice.
The Lunya mask would benefit from a few tweaks to its one-size-fits-all design, which makes the nearly $50 price tag seem steep, but the material quality is apparent. It took time to adapt to certain aspects like the nonadjustable band. Lunya’s sleep mask comes with a chic matching silk carrying purse, which makes it perfect for travel (if a bit bulky for an accessory). It would also make a beautiful gift.
All in all, Lunya’s sleep mask checks almost every box: It’s lightweight, it’s silky, it blocks out most light. Plus, it nods at luxury, and it’s aesthetically pleasing to boot.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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