17 Best Under-Eye Patches and Under-Eye Masks, Tested & Reviewed for 2023
True story: I used to draw dark circles under my eyes in college to convince my professors that I was too tired to come to class. Seeing as I had to actually go to class for them to see my handiwork, this plan was definitely flawed, but it did help get me out of a few boring lectures. Now that I am actually perpetually exhausted, I’m a little annoyed that I was ever awake enough to run a scheme like this. Nowadays, there’s really no need to accentuate my already terrifying under eyes.
And it turns out, I’m not alone in this struggle. “First and foremost, people complain about dark circles,” says dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal. Under-eye concealers and eye creams can only do so much when you’ve woken up with dark circles, puffiness, and more pronounced lines. But before you head to the derm’s office for some under-eye fillers, try reaching for some under-eye masks instead. These convenient, self-sticking patches belong in every beauty kit for those SOS moments. Pop them on in the morning, and no one may be able to tell you were up until 3 a.m., binging a new show on Netflix. If you’re a responsible person who gets eight hours of sleep each night, they can also come in handy as a relaxing makeup prep.
Keep in mind that eye patches are great for prevention, but they can’t cure any of your skin woes. “Patches can offer some minimal to modest improvement, so it’s important to have the right expectations,” says dermatologist Dr. Omar Ibrahimi. “However, these are usually fairly well tolerated and come with minimal risk.”
The Hollywood Eye 24K Golden Under-Eye Mask
$20 at Amazon
Best For Early Mornings
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
ULTA Under-Eye Patches
Best For Dark Circles
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks
Best For Wrinkles
Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask
Below, find 17 of the best under-eye patches to help brighten and rejuvenate, including ELLE editor and customer favorites.
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