No matter how thick you apply your concealer, sometimes, nothing can hide those ugly dark circles that rear their head after long nights at the office or early mornings getting the kids to school. Dark circles and under-eye bags are rumored to be genetic, but there's no doubt that environmental factors can also impact their appearance: anything from dehydration to dilated blood vessels, allergies, or lack of sleep.
Luckily, skincare brands never cease to make strides in innovative dark circle treatments, and among the most popular are eye masks for dark circles. Acting like the modern-day version of applying cool tea bags under your eyes, these masks help de-puff, hydrate, and firm the under-eye area to reveal awake youthful-looking eyes. Curious to know which eye masks for dark circles are the best on the market? From an award-winning product with over 30,000 loves on Sephora to another with a flawless five-star review average, these are the very best eye masks for dark circles.
This award-winning product has over 30,000 likes on Sephora and 345 reviews with an average 4.4 out of 5 stars, making it the most popular eye mask for dark circles on the shopping site. It was also endorsed by Allure in 2017 as a Best of Beauty award winner.
Glowing Review: "I got these eye patches hoping to reduce the under eye puffiness which has been my constant concern after reaching 40. To my great surprise, not only did they diminish the puffiness, but they smoothed and almost erased the wrinkles around that area—a huge plus. I save them for special events when I want my skin to look flawless and wrinkle-free. They certainly deliver the result that they claim."
A close contender, these Tarte eye patches are also loved by over 30,000 and have 186 reviews averaging at 4.1 out of 5 stars. The product is also vegan-friendly, hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, and safe for contact-lens wearers.
Glowing Review: "I like to apply these patches, lay down, and relax for about 45 to 60 mins. They stay on well and aren't too slippery. The results are immediate. My under-eye skin is brightened and smooth. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to make sure the patches are smooth, or else there will be an impression on the skin. After removing, you can place them into the tray, then into a ziplock bag and reuse again; results are the same after the second use. I like to put them in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation."
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This popular product treats a range of under-eye concerns from fine lines and wrinkles to puffiness and, of course, dark circles. It has over 20,000 loves on Sephora and the 160-plus reviews average out to 4.2 out of 5 stars.
Glowing Review: "I had really dark deep and puffy eyes because of stress, crying, and not a lot of sleep. This was the first product I tried because of the reviews. Let me tell you, they are definitely worth the money! After one treatment, my eyes looked brighter instantly and after three, the puffiness and darkness disappeared. My eyes are deep in general but I'm very satisfied at the difference. Highly recommend!"
This budget-friendly mask is endorsed by over 9000 Sephora users and the reviews average out to 4.2 out of 5 stars. The nine mask options are each formulated to treat different skin concerns, so you can tailor the mask to your needs.
Glowing Review: "I put this green tea mask in my cart because it was cheap and allowed me to qualify for free shipping. It was the best impulse buy. There was a lot of extra liquid in the packet and I did have to adjust a couple of times while I was wearing them, but any puffiness was gone and I could hardly see my dark circles. For $5, I definitely think it's worth at least a try."
This eye mask for dark circles has one of the highest review ratings on Sephora: 4.4 out of 5 stars. It's also loved by over 7000 people. The gold foil helps prevents the serum from evaporating, allowing the maximum amount of absorption into the skin. The masks are also elastic to prevent them from slipping.
Glowing Review: "As a night nurse, I've pretty much come to terms with always having dark puffy circles under my eyes. I picked them up on a whim and gave them a try one night before going out, and could not believe how great they worked! The darkness and puffiness under my eyes were noticeably reduced, and the serum was light and sank in without leaving my face feeling greasy. Will definitely be adding more to my arsenal, I've found my new secret weapon!"
This eye mask for dark circles functions a little different than the other patches. It's a leave-on, intensively moisturizing mask with a pudding-like texture that is formulated for delicate and sensitive eye areas. It has over 6000 loves on Sephora and an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars, though reviewers warn it works better for hydration than dark circles.
Glowing Review: "It just plain works. I have horribly dry under-eyes and go through eye creams so fast—until this mask! I apply my usual cream, let it absorb then go in with a layer of this mask and I wake up to actual hydrated eyes. My concealer has never looked better due to this new addition to my skincare routine."
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Despite the higher price tag, this Guerlain product has over 2000 loves on Sephora and an average of 3.8 out of 5 stars. It claims to improve signs of tiredness and fine lines from dehydration in as little as 10 minutes. It also has the added benefit of being anti-aging.
Glowing Review: "This product is expensive, but I do really think it works well. I use it only once in a while, but when I do, I am always amazed at the difference. I think I look 10 years younger at least, and it usually lasts a good five days before it starts going the other direction. It also gets rid of a good deal of the black under-eye circles and just all-around brightens, firms, and cools, all in 10 minutes—that is special in my book."
This product has just under 2000 "loves" on Sephora but a whopping 5-out-of-5 stars review average. The hydrogel eye mask is formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients that claims to tackle the major signs of under-eye dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Glowing Review: "I was skeptical at first but decided to purchase it. This eye serum mask is amazing. I like that the mask doesn't move once I place it under my eyes. It has a nice silky texture and gives a very cooling feeling. My dark circles do look diminished. I will try to make the product last because it's pretty expensive."
Ed. note: Customer reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.
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