My first Nuance mask was the "Pro" version. It was a wonderful mask and I fell in love with it. I lasted for a while and all was well until I went to wash the headgear. The squishy, sticky back band on the headgear became squishier and stickier, turned black, and was just oh so gross to look at. The rest of the headgear was fine.
The second was the non-Pro. I thought for the summer, the cloth would be more sane in my non-air conditioned home. The back strap was just as squishy and was again sticky. In less than a week, without me washing it, it became black and gross again. I could run my finger over it and this thin layer of some sort of coating just came off and with it, the foam underneath it did, too.
I just tried the Nuance one more time. This time, the back strap is not as squishy and is not in the least bit sticky. I rubbed my thumb over it hard and nothing came up. The material did not part even a little bit. I've worn it now for several nights and it is still holding up. It is not discolored and is still not sticky.
I have very oily skin and hair. At first, I thought it was just me but then others started saying it as happening to them. I think Phillips finally got enough complaints that they fixed the problem. About dang time!
I haven't washed it yet. I'll use it a week then give it the usual simple bath I do all my headgear. If it survives, then I'll stick with this mask. If it doesn't, then it is back to the search again. Over the years, I have gone through soooo many. Getting kinda tired of it.
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