The best under-eye masks for those SOS moments
Dark circles? Never heard of them
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / January 13 2020
When you wake up looking like you haven’t slept a wink, you need to call for backup – because sometimes a dab of eye cream can only do so much. On these days, cooling under-eye masks are the jam. Easy to use and convenient as hell, these self-sticking patches belong in every skin care kit. Pop them on in the morning and fool everyone into thinking you weren’t binge-watching Netflix until 2am. Suckers.
Looking for some of the best under-eye masks in Australia? We’ve done all the hard work for you.
Good for: Dark circles
It’s more than the super cute packaging that’s got us hooked on these masks. Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches are designed with gelified algae and saturated with a coconut oil-infused serum. These guys are the absolute bomb for dark circles, and will have your eye area looking smoother, refreshed and brightened after this 15-minute treatment. Bye, bags!
Good for: Puffiness
The morning after a long night, Lancôme Advanced Génifique 360° Eye Mask is the best under-eye mask for the job. The 360-degree shaped hydrogel mask (side note: you look/feel like Catwoman in this thing) contains the same amount of bifidus extract found in half of a bottle of Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl™. It’ll instantly smooth swollen, puffy eyes and is pretty much the closest thing you’ll get to looking like you’ve clocked in eight hours of sleep.
Good for: Fine lines
If you’re looking for something that’ll keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay (everyone), these New Zealand-born ActivLayr 5 Second Nano-Collagen Boost Under-Eye Patches deliver instant results. They’re formulated with marine collagen nano-fibre technology for skin tightening, and also feature hyaluronic acid and Sauvignon Blanc grape seed extract to help with hydration, elasticity and redness. Within five seconds this under-eye mask will minimise the depth of lines and wrinkles for fresher, more youthful-looking peepers (yep - they work crazy fast!).
Good for: Hydration
Frequent flyer? Pack these under-eye patches with you when you’re about to hop on a flight. Perfect for nixing dryness, Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patches are great for a quick fix. They’re made with a super-nourishing formula that contains hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration, and also help with smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Good for: Stressed, tired eyes
If you’re stressed at work, you’re probably also getting very little sleep. (Yay!). As a result, your skin is probably looking a little worse for wear – dull, dehydrated and puffy. For this, you need something like Estée Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask. It’s packed with anti-fatigue ingredients, like soothing aloe vera and hydrating cucumber. Sure, it won’t help you with deadlines, but at least your skin will look good.
Good for: Firming and tightening
If firming and tightening is the name of the game, give your eye area a serious treat with Wrinkle Schminkles Eye Smoothing Kit. Made with a medical grade silicone, this reusable eye mask works to lift and firm the skin, while reducing fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. It’s an overnight treatment, so simply pop it on before you go to bed and stick it back on the plastic storage sheet in the morning (you’ll get about 10 uses per pair – pretty good!).
Good for: The ‘gram
The Aceology Anti-Aging Gold Eye Mask is almost too pretty to use. Almost. It’s gold, sparkly, and makes for a great excuse to take selfies, plus, the peptide-rich formula is great for tackling dull under-eyes. Use these gel pads in the morning, pre-flight or pre-event for juicy, supple and refreshed eyes.
Looking for more tips for tired eyes? Check out four treatment options for getting rid of under-eye bags.
What’s your favourite under-eye mask? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.