Best under eye masks for puffy, tired peepers

For perky peepers

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Ellie Davis30 November 2023
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When you’re sleep-deprived, hungover or stressed, it’s always your eyes that betray you first - and in those moments, it’s time to call in reinforcements.

Under-eye masks do as they suggest, affix in the periorbital region to give the skin some extra TLC.

Not quite as Hannibal Lecter-esque as the full mask alternative, the brave might even dare them for the supermarket where in just 10 or so minutes, you can fake that 10-hour-sleep look.

If you’re sceptical about creams and products designed specifically for your eyes, we’re here to tell you otherwise. The delicate periorbital region is said to be around 40 per cent thinner than the rest of your face, so it needs special care in the form of creams and serums. There are also fewer sebum-producing glands, which makes the area dry out more quickly and struggle to retain moisture - so pack them with the pampering that they need.

These specialised masks are designed to sit perfectly around your eyes without getting in the way of your tasks. They also tackle concerns directly related to your eyes - think crow’s feet and fine lines. Cold spoons and even cucumbers may have been your go-to in the past but today, nothing compares to the patches offered by the professionals that are packed with nourishing, skin-boosting ingredients.

The not-so-best-kept secret should form an essential part of your glam routine - Victoria Beckham constantly posts selfies on Instagram while she’s mid-masking. Keep in the fridge to double the soothing feeling. While they may not rid you entirely of dark circles (as some concerns are, in fact, genetic or can be a result of hayfever), these under-eye masks can leave you with a fresh, bright and firm appearance and turn back the clock after a fun-filled evening.

Shop the best below.

111SKIN Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask Box


111SKIN is widely regarded in the beauty industry as having some of the best masks on the market and this includes the label’s eye offering. There are eye masks in every range where each address a specific concern. The Celestial Black Diamond is for firming, the Sub Zero is for de-puffing and our personal favourite, the Rose Gold is for brightening. The packs come with eight hydrogel masks in the box and all have a satisfying cooling effect when applied. They are also all packed with concentrated powerhouse ingredients like pomegranate seed cell culture to counteract pigmentation, colloidal gold for soothing irritation and rose extract for hydration.

Buy now£75, Cult Beauty

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

Peter Thomas Roth

From the gel texture to the enrichment of hyaluronic acid, the Peter Thomas Roth Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches are immediately hydrating and soothing as soon as you apply them to your under-eye area. The patches are created to plump the skin with moisture and there's the added bonus of caffeine and arnica too that reduce puffiness and signs of fatigue.

Buy now£42.40, lookfantastic

MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Gold Eye Mask

MZ Skin

Layering on the MZ Skin gold eye masks is always going to feel like a luxurious experience - and that's before you've even relished the revitalising ingredients. The masks are enriched with gold nanoparticles that encourage better absorption of active ingredients like collagen, hyaluronic acid and seaweed. These components are chosen for their hydration, protection from harmful external aggressors and brightening tired peepers.

Buy now£22, Space NK

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Masks


When you’ve been staring at screens for the best part of 12 hours, you will want to call in the big guns to revive the periorbital area. Enter Murad and the brand’s latest launch – the Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Masks. Unlike traditional retinol-based products, you can use this day or night but are best for when the sun goes down and should always be followed by SPF.

They deliver a hit of the anti-ageing powerhouse directly to the area where lines are most often a concern to firm and refresh. The mask is infused with the brand’s signature Tri-Active Technology which is both fast-acting and kind on the delicate area. This is combined with blue agave and passionfruit extracts, known for their firming and glow-giving results respectively.

Buy now£42, John Lewis

STARSKIN The Gold Eye Mask


Luxury from the packet to the product, it is clear to see that STARSKIN’s masks are a boujee product for tired peepers. But while nailing it on the aesthetic front, it’s the innovative construction and ingredient combination that really gives this mask the wow-factor. The cellulose fabric that the product is made from effectively acts as a lock to trap in both heat and the serum for better absorption, really offering bang for your buck. The formula combines rose of Jericho - a supercharge anti-ageing hero, marshmallow for its anti-inflammatory properties, Butcher’s Broom for its illumination and Butterfly Ginger to shield against blue light.

Buy now£4.54, lookfantastic

Rodial Dragon’s blood eye masks


Rodial is beloved for thinking outside of the box with its formulations and the Dragon’s Blood range has reached cult status where the complex takes a starring role in this eye-mask that has impressive fatigue-fighting effects. It originates from the sap of the Crton Lechleri tree and is combined with hyaluronic acid to plump and firm, while delivering intense moisture.

Buy now£9, lookfantastic

Patchology Serve Chilled Bubbly Eye Gels


Patchology’s eye gels take inspiration from our favourite bubbly beverage. As soon as you apply these masks, it begins to effervesce, hydrating the under-eye vicinity. They are infused with resveratrol that is found in grapes and orange extract - both of which are rich in antioxidants and will help fight against external aggressors that may cause skin ageing. There’s also a niacinamide for balancing the skin.

Buy now£14, Space NK

Florence By Mills Swimming Under The Eyes Gel Pads


Florence By Mills was founded by Millie Bobby Brown to bring age-appropriate products to young adults just dipping their toe into skincare. These pads are perfect for pamper evenings: the masks are playfully shaped like whales, but they’re also brimming with skin-boosting goodness too. The pads are infused with coconut extract for soothing, sodium hyaluronate - a form of hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich pine extract that work in tandem to tackle tired eyes.

Buy now£34, Boots

Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Eye Masks 4 x 8g

Sarah Chapman

With thrice the power, these masks have a triple-action hydrogel construction where a potent combination of scientifically-backed actives work to combat fatigue, sagging and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. Using stem-cell technology, peptides and hyaluronic acid, the patches have a de-puffing, brightening and smoothing effect with immediate and long-term effects.

Buy now£80, Net-A-Porter

WISHFUL Eye Lift & Snatch Instant Sculpting Mask


As part of Huda Kattan’s skincare range, the Eye Lift & Snatch masks are a real treat to tired eyes. Inspired by K-Beauty, they are crafted with vegan-friendly peptides and plant stem cells for a bright eyed and bushy tail appearance in just 30 minutes. Each of the patches has been crafted to sit under the area without budging or slipping.

Buy now£4, Selfridges

Dior Backstage Eye Reviver Patches

Christian Dior Parfums

For a quick fix eye treatment with a high fashion twist, look no further than these patches from Dior that might just be the most stylish masks we’ve ever seen. Illuminate tired eyes with the potent eye serum that quickly absorbs into skin and leaves them looking radiant in just 10 minutes. Made for the ‘Gram, they are embellished with the French fashion house’s signature logo.

Buy now£23, Dior