Eye to Eye

If five-minute com­puter breaks and palm­ing aren’t enough to re­lax your tired eyes, try soothing them with a mas­sager.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper | Road Test - BY SA­MAN­THA ANN YOUNG.

OSIM UGALAXY $258, from Osim and www.osim.com

THE FIT This luxe mas­sager fit­ted snugly and kept the light out. THE MAS­SAGE There are two mas­sage in­ten­si­ties – low and high. The mas­sage was very com­fort­able on low, but the squeez­ing be­came more in­tense on high. I liked how the pres­sure tar­geted my tem­ples and the area around my eyes. I could also turn on a vi­bra­tion mode dur­ing the mas­sage, but the de­vice kept slip­ping off my face be­cause of it. Us­ing the “light” set­ting, it felt like I was wear­ing gog­gles that changed colour – cre­ative but un­nec­es­sary as I wanted to close my eyes dur­ing the mas­sage. It is the only one that plays am­bi­ent mu­sic through speak­ers at the sides – very soothing al­though the mas­sager emit­ted a loud buzz. Like the rest, it can warm your eyes as it mas­sages. THE CON­TROL The wired con­trol runs only on bat­ter­ies (un­like the oth­ers tested, which also work when plugged into a power socket), mak­ing it the heav­i­est in the line-up, as the bat­ter­ies are stored in it. How­ever, the but­tons are easy to fig­ure out. OTHER FEA­TURES It’s fold­able and comes with a sleek, semi-hard case. It also has a timer op­tion for five-, 10- or 15-minute ses­sions. VERDICT A so­phis­ti­cated, al­beit loud, de­vice that gives a pow­er­ful, tar­geted mas­sage. 8

EBENE BIO-RAY EYE THER­APY & CON­TOUR LIFT­ING MAS­SAGER $129, from BHG, John Lit­tle and OG

THE FIT The eas­i­est to wear – I just strapped its elas­tic band with a Vel­cro strip around my head.

THE MAS­SAGE It gave the light­est mas­sage but the strong­est vi­bra­tions. There are five mas­sage in­ten­si­ties, but the pres­sure was mild even at the high­est level. If you like a more in­tense mas­sage, add the vi­bra­tions, which come in 15 rhythms and are pow­er­ful enough to make your cheeks shake. The low and high heat op­tions warmed the tops of my eyes com­fort­ably.

THE CON­TROL It took me some time to fig­ure out how to ad­just the set­tings.

OTHER FEA­TURES It comes with a pack of dis­pos­able eye masks to drape over the mas­sager’s eye pads – use­ful for keep­ing the de­vice clean. A timer op­tion lets you choose be­tween 10-, 20- and 30-minute cy­cles.

VERDICT An easy-to-wear mas­sager that gives a mild mas­sage on a longer cy­cle. 7.5

GER­MAN POOL EYE MAS­SAGER ME11 $99, from www.hon­ey­bay.com THE FIT A snug fit, but a small gap be­tween the gad­get and my nose let light through. THE MAS­SAGE There are three mas­sage in­ten­si­ties – the mas­sage was fairly com­fort­able at level one, but the pres­sure was stronger at the higher lev­els. The pres­sure was also more in­tense on my lower fore­head, while my un­der-eye area felt un­der­worked. It’s the only one with­out a vi­bra­tion mode, but has heat op­tions (low and high) that warm my fore­head com­fort­ably. THE CON­TROL With only power/heat and mas­sage-in­ten­sity but­tons, it is the sim­plest to op­er­ate. There are no timer op­tions – you get a stan­dard 15-minute mas­sage on a de­fault low­pres­sure and low-heat set­ting. OTHER FEA­TURES The de­vice can be folded in half, so it’s space-sav­ing and travel-friendly. VERDICT A ba­sic, easy-to-use de­vice that gives a mod­er­ately com­fort­able mas­sage. 7.5

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