Monday, July 15, 2024

The 19 Best Under-Eye Masks for Puffiness, Dark Circles, and Wrinkles

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Best For Quick Results

Topicals Faded Under Eye Masks

Faded Under Eye Masks

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Best For Quick Results

Topicals Faded Under Eye Masks

Every cool girl on Instagram has a photo with these pink-printed eye masks and i’ts not just for aesthetics. Underneath the design is a cooling formula packed with everything to brighten, depuff, and soothe the eyes, including niacinamide, caffeine, kojic acid, and more.

Topicals rating: 4.9/5 stars

A Topicals reviewer said: “When I tell you the compliments I received after using these came so quick! Friends, family and even coworkers were commenting on how bright my eyes were and how my skin glowed. I recommend placing them in the freezer before application because the cooling effect is everything.”

Pairs per pack 6
Key ingredients Niacinamide, transexamic acid, kojic acid, caffeine, arbutin

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Best Value

The Hollywood Eye 24K Golden Under-Eye Mask

24K Golden Under-Eye Mask

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Best Value

The Hollywood Eye 24K Golden Under-Eye Mask

Credit: The Hollywood Eye 24K Collection

If you love indulging in spa night on the regular, this pack of 24K Gold and hyaluronic acid-infused eye patches will have you covered. Amazon reviewers mention they visibly help plump and smooth skin, and are non-irritating.

Amazon rating: 4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I love using eye masks, as it makes me feel very pampered. These are inexpensive and pretty effective. I have large bags under my eyes that seem less harsh since using these twice a week. Would recommend!”

Pairs per pack 16
Key ingredients Collagen, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera

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Best For Early Mornings

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

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24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

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Best For Early Mornings

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

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Alexa, play “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars. These eye patches actually contain 24K gold, which has skincare benefits like firming and lifting. Meanwhile, hydrolyzed collagen helps airbrush out any fine lines, and caffeine shakes out that heavy feeling on your lids from an early morning.

Amazon rating: 4.4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “These are the bomb!! Left them on for two to three hours yesterday, and the wrinkled, hollowed-out circles under my eyes were gone! (I’m 55, so these wrinkles are not a temporary situation). I’m leery of product claims in beauty items, but these suckers are worth their weight in gold! (See what I did there?).”

Pairs per pack 30
Key ingredients Collagen, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, gold

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Aman x 111Skin Nourishing Gold Algae Eye Mask

Nourishing Gold Algae Eye Mask

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Aman x 111Skin Nourishing Gold Algae Eye Mask

Pros

This uber luxe under eye mask will give the most sensitive skin on your face the pick me up that it needs. The marine-like formula contains gold flecks that adds the perfect amount of hydration and lavishness to your skin care routine.

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An ELLE Editor says: “These under eye masks get rid of puffy under eyes in 20 minutes flat. I love how the mask just hugs your under eye area—it may take a moment to position it, but once it’s on, you can relax or do chores around the house without worrying about it moving.” Danielle James, Beauty Director ELLE.com

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Best For Puffiness

Patchology FlashPatch™ Eye Gels

FlashPatch™ Eye Gels

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Best For Puffiness

Patchology FlashPatch™ Eye Gels

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The unique jelly-like texture of these eye masks leaves a soothing, cooling sensation, providing relief after a long day. Caffeine fights puffiness and promotes circulation, as two antioxidant-rich plant extracts combat fine lines and encourage radiance.

Dermstore rating: 4.1/5 stars

A Dermstore reviewer says: “When I’m having puffiness under my eyes, within minutes of putting these gels on, I’m back to normal. My under eyes have never felt more smooth or bright.”

Pairs per pack 30
Key ingredients Caffeine, green tea, collagen

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Best For Wrinkles

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask

Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask

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Best For Wrinkles

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask

Credit: Elemis

These gel masks only take a few minutes to make crepey, thin skin look firmer and smoother, thanks to a hydration-boosting cocktail of hyaluronic acid and two forms of algae.

Amazon rating: 4.5/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I have tried a million different under-eye patches, creams, and eye serums—from expensive to cheap. I use these once a week with a cheap eye cream in between. Constant compliments. They brighten and remove wrinkles. Nothing better on the market. Worth the expense!”

Pairs per pack 6
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid

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Best For Dark Circles

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

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Best For Dark Circles

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

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Dark circles vanish and under-eye skin tightens in just a couple minutes after wearing these eye masks. They’re made with a range of amino acids and peptides to hydrate and improve skin texture, as well as aloe to soothe inflammation and Camu Camu extract, which is rich in brightening vitamin C and believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Pack a couple on the plane for your redeyes and no one will know you’ve suffered a long flight.

Amazon rating: 4.6/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “They visibly depuff my eyes! Easy to use and apply; they aren’t too slippery or fold over on themselves like some do. My dark circles are hereditary and pretty stubborn to diminish, so I can’t really speak to that, but the fact that they flatten out my under-eye area makes it much easier for me to apply concealer flawlessly! Will definitely keep buying!”

Key Specs

Pairs per pack 1
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid

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Also Great For Dark Circles

Pixi BeautifEYE Brightening Eye Patches

BeautifEYE Brightening Eye Patches

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Also Great For Dark Circles

Pixi BeautifEYE Brightening Eye Patches

Perk up tired eyes with an energizing blend of vitamin C, licorice, and ginseng. Note that these are paraben-free and great for all skin types, too.

Target rating: 4.3/5 stars

A Target reviewer says: “My eye bags constantly look like I haven’t slept in days (senior in high school things:)), but with these, my under eyes brightened after just two uses. These are now going to be a part of my daily routine, and they leave my skin super hydrated.”

Pairs per pack 30
Key ingredients Vitamin C, licorice, ginseng

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Best For a Quick Fix

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, 8 count

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, 8 count

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Best For a Quick Fix

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, 8 count

An ELLE beauty editor favorite, these refreshing crescents are packed with an inordinate amount of moisture, softening fine lines and plumping deep sockets in 10 minutes flat. What’s most unique about these is that they feature Icelandic Complex, a proprietary blend of natural ingredients sourced from Iceland designed to replenish nutrients that stress depletes from the skin.

Kevin LeBlanc, ELLE’s Fashion Associate, swears by these eye gels, “I’ve traveled with these masks for years, and they conquer my jetlagged, puffy eyes every single time.”

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Best For Under-Eye Bags

florence by mills Swimming Under the Eyes Gel Pads

Swimming Under the Eyes Gel Pads

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Best For Under-Eye Bags

florence by mills Swimming Under the Eyes Gel Pads

Created by actress Millie Bobby Brown, these violet under-eye masks are Y2K-approved. They’re shaped like the cutest little whales and help banish dullness and dehydration in a flash via coconut extract and hyaluronic acid. Also featuring niacinamide, they help boost the skin’s natural barrier so it can better retain moisture.

Target rating: 4.6/5 stars

Our Beauty Director, Danielle James, says: “I always have these in my bag when I’m flying. Airplanes dehydrate the skin. I throw these on mid-flight to rehydrate and protect my undereye area. It’s so soothing, and there is a lot of product on the gel patches. The whales are so cute, so at least as I’m getting strange looks, it’s aesthetically pleasing.”

Pairs per pack 30
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid, coconut extract

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Best For Sensitive Skin

Yes to Cucumbers Depuffing Under-Eye Masks

Cucumbers Depuffing Under-Eye Masks

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Best For Sensitive Skin

Yes to Cucumbers Depuffing Under-Eye Masks

Credit: Yes To

You might not be at a spa with cucumber slices on your eyes, but this is the next best thing. These masks are nourishing, calming, and safe for even the most sensitive wearer. Pro tip: Pop these in the freezer for extra cooling effects.

Amazon rating: 4.2/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “At 71, I’m still careful about not using oily products on my skin, which would cause a breakout. This gel is cooling, takes only a small pea-size bit patted under my eyes each morning, and has kept my eye area looking fresh.”

Pairs per pack 8
Key ingredients Caffeine, cucumber extract, aloe vera

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Best Hydrating

ULTA Under-Eye Patches

Under-Eye Patches

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Best Hydrating

ULTA Under-Eye Patches

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Let’s be honest: Your eye cream can only do so much. These under-eye patches are ultra-hydrating thanks to a blend of vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate, an ingredient derived from hyaluronic acid that can attract water deep into the skin. Essentially, they will leave you prepped and ready for makeup or a day full of meetings.

Ulta rating: 3.7/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer says: “I use this on all of my clients, and they ALWAYS love the way it feels! It’s cooling and hydrating and doesn’t have an intense smell. I’ve found it works with most sensitive skin types as well as normal to combination skin types. Highly recommend, especially for the price!”

Pairs per pack 15
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid, vitamin E

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Best Reusable

Dieux Forever Eye Mask

Forever Eye Mask

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Best Reusable

Dieux Forever Eye Mask

Forget about constantly refilling your stash with these delightfully reusable patches that have taken TikTok by storm. Made of soft, medical-grade silicone, they’re packed with potent ingredients like niacinamide, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid to visibly soothe, brighten, and plump. Bonus: They’ll also help lock in your favorite skincare products for even better results.

Dieux rating: 4.8/5 stars

A Dieux Skin reviewer says: “Makes me feel like I’m getting the most out of my eye cream. Love that I can use the eye masks over and over.”

Pairs per pack 1
Key ingredients Glycerin, peptides, niacinamide

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Best Splurge

Joanna Vargas Skin Care Bright Eye Firming Mask

Bright Eye Firming Mask

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Best Splurge

Joanna Vargas Skin Care Bright Eye Firming Mask

Credit: Joanna Vargas

Give your eyes a much-needed break from being strained by screens with these refreshing patches, which moisturize with a boost of hyaluronic acid and reduce puffiness courtesy of chamomile extract. Meanwhile, the inclusion of peptides helps combat discoloration and thinning skin.

Amazon rating: 3.7/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “They are easy to use, feel cooling, and absorb right into your skin without any greasy residue. They produce visible results. My crows feet were much smoother after the first use, and the skin around my eyes looked refreshed and replenished.”

Pairs per pack 5
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid, peptides

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Best For Brightening

Derma E Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches

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Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches

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Best For Brightening

Derma E Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches

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Credit: Derma E

You put vitamin C on your face to deal with hyperpigmentation and dullness, so do the same for your under eyes. Plus, a jolt of caffeine in these works to banish puffiness. If your goal is to make everyone around you think you sleep for eight hours a night, these will do the trick.

Ulta rating: 4.2/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer says: “I absolutely LOVE these gel patches! I start my morning off with these after I cleanse my skin; they feel sooo nice and are such a calming way to start your day. I leave them on for the time suggested, and the serum does make my under eyes noticeably brighter, soft, and hydrated.”

Pairs per pack 30
Key ingredients Caffeine, vitamin C

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Best Retinol-Infused

Loops Eye Mask

Eye Mask

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Best Retinol-Infused

Loops Eye Mask

Pop on this niacinamide- and retinol-infused mask to help smooth the appearance of fine lines. Fun fact: These also contain pearl extract to give you an enviably radiant finish. You can compost the eye patches and throw the tray into the recycling bin when finished replenishing your under-eye area.

Loops rating: 4.5/5 stars

A Loops Beauty reviewer says: “What a noticeable glow around my eyes after using these! They get rid of the puffiness, and I’m obsessed with the results. Officially a fan.”

Pairs per pack 5
Key ingredients Niacinamide, retinol

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Best For Selfies

Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Moisturizing Eye Mask

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Best For Selfies

Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Moisturizing Eye Mask

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These star-spangled eye masks are infused with sodium hyaluronate for thirsty skin and peptides to smooth fine lines. Additionally, they have a light, clean scent.

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An Amazon reviewer says: “These are super moisturizing, and I love the smell! My husband says I look like I’m in a Lady Gaga music video when wearing them.”

Pairs per pack 5
Key ingredients Peptides

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Best Hemp-Infused

Mellow Eyes Hemp Infused Eye Patches

Mellow Eyes Hemp Infused Eye Patches

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Best Hemp-Infused

Mellow Eyes Hemp Infused Eye Patches

Credit: PÜR

Don’t stress. Just throw on some of these hemp-infused eye masks and watch your worries drift away. These masks help hydrate and calm the sensitive skin near your eyes, thanks to green tea extract. The sweet kiwi smell might just trigger your cravings, too.

Amazon rating: 3.9/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I have very puffy eyes in the morning, and now that I’m 50, they don’t go away, even with caffeinated eye cream. I’m happy to say these eye patches actually work! I was skeptical, but they’re a new staple in my skincare regimen.”

Pairs per pack 30
Key ingredients Niacinamide, caffeine, cucumber extract

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Best Biodegradable

Live Tinted Rays Copper Eye Masks

Rays Copper Eye Masks

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Best Biodegradable

Live Tinted Rays Copper Eye Masks

Credit: Live Tinted

If you want your under eyes to be as bright as a ray of sunshine, these are for you. The key ingredients are copper peptides, which work to boost collagen and elastin production for plumpness, as well as banana extract and hydrogel to brighten, soothe, and nourish. Not only do they look super cool, but they’re also biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about contributing to waste.

Ulta rating: 4.4/5 stars

An Ultra reviewer says: “Even my partner complimented how bright and toned my under-eyes looked after I used these. To be fair, he saw me wearing them, but he is brutally honest if he doesn’t see a difference. They do, indeed, make your under-eye area almost shimmer, and the skin tightens up nicely during your session.”

Pairs per pack 1
Key ingredients Copper, bakuchiol

What are the most common under-eye complaints?

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“Dark circles are multifactorial and can be due to loss of fat from aging, veins that are creating that dark appearance under the skin, and/or hyperpigmentation from chronic rubbing,” says Dr. Lal. “After dark circles, the next big complaint is wrinkling and crepiness. This is due to skin thinning as we age. Sun damage also contributes to skin thinning.”

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Tatjana Freund

Fashion & Luxury Commerce Editor

Tatjana Freund is Hearst’s Fashion & Luxury Commerce Editor, covering beauty, fashion and more across multiple brands. Previously, she worked at ELLE.com and Marie Claire. She’s a fan of whiskey neat, podcasts that give her nightmares, and one time Zoë Kravitz laughed at a joke she made. 

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Senior Commerce Editor

Sam Peters is a Senior Commerce Editor at Hearst covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Her writing has appeared in WWD, Footwear News, Real Simple, PopSugar and Bridal Guide, among others. She enjoys unpacking the latest trends and testing and reviewing some of the most innovative, emerging products on the market. 

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Beauty Commerce Editor

Nerisha is the beauty commerce editor at ELLE.com, covering all things beauty (and fashion and music). She has a penchant for sneakers and nude lip glosses, and spends way too much time re-watching 90s sitcoms.

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