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12 of the best eye masks

An eye mask a day keeps puffiness, dark circles and fine lines at bay, says the PORTER beauty team


Tired, dehydrated, jet-lagged, or just consumed too much salt at dinner the night before? The fragile skin surrounding the eye area gives everything away, which is why you can never have too many of the best eye masks on your bathroom shelf.

BEST EYE MASK FOR DE-PUFFING Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes

If your eyes are puffy, swollen or itchy and sensitive from pollution or pollen, these ice eye masks work miracles. Keep them in the freezer and pop a cube out of its individual pod when needed – slip it inside the smooth gauze pouch provided and gently massage it over the eye area until it has melted.

BEST EYE MASK FOR MORNINGS Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask

Strictly speaking, this is a ‘night’ mask, but it works as soon as you wake up in the morning, too. The serum quickly soaks into skin, making it a smoother, tighter canvas for concealer. The under-eye patches won’t slip off like so many other masks, allowing you to get on with your morning routine in the meantime.


Shaped like a superhero mask, this treats the entire area rather than just the under-eyes. Soaked in hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as four other anti-aging peptides, this mask treats those lines between and above the brows and any that stretch towards the temple, too. The genius touch? It has little flaps that can be folded over the eyelids for an all-over treat.

BEST EYE MASK FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT IN Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Eye Treatment

If you have the time, this gold face mask is as Instagram-worthy as it gets, though perhaps not one you want to use on the run. First, gently massage the anti-aging cream mask under the eyes, then press the 24k gold foil patches over the top and leave on for ten minutes. Finish by massaging it all in (cream and the foil) with wet fingers until it dissolves, leaving you with improved skin elasticity, texture and tone.

BEST EYE MASK FOR CROW’S FEET KNC Beauty All Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask

These don’t just look pretty – the shooting-star shape is clever, too. Formulated with input from super-facialist Joanna Czech, the stars are designed to be placed at the temples in order to target fine lines and crow’s feet with retinol (the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients).


Containing arnica, ginkgo biloba and horse chestnut to stimulate microcirculation, this gel will hydrate the eye area and protect it against moisture-sucking cabin air during long-haul flights. Apply a thick layer before take-off to eliminate dark circles and puffy eyes.

BEST EYE MASK FOR PARTY PREP RéVive Revitalizing Eye Mask

This eye treatment is a pre-special-event favorite among the A-list because it floods the skin with line-plumping hyaluronic acid, reducing puffiness and making skin smoother. It’s designed to be worn at night, once or twice a week, but we also like to use it in the morning to create an even canvas for makeup.

BEST EYE MASK TO WEAR OVER MAKEUP Nannette de Gaspé Restorative Techstile Eye Masque

If you are not a fan of product-drenched sheet masks, you may be better suited to a dry mask. While it sounds counterintuitive, a dry textile mask can be just as hydrating as a regular sheet mask and, thanks to its clever ingredient-delivery technology, this one is able to encourage its plumping and hydrating actives to penetrate further into the skin. We love to use this on freshly cleansed skin as often as possible but, as it’s dry, we also love to apply it over makeup whenever we need a refresh.

BEST EYE MASK FOR WHILE YOU SLEEP ByNacht Luminary Genius Eye Cream

We now know that our skin’s renewal rate almost doubles between the hours of 11pm and 4am, making this the perfect time to use a potent anti-ager that repairs and hydrates while you sleep. Which is why we love ByNatch Luminary Genius Eye Cream – it repairs and nourishes the delicate eye area with an infusion of cosseting Persian silk-tree extract and nourishing oils, making it the perfect antidote to tiredness and signs of aging.

BEST EYE MASK FOR ILLUMINATING Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for confusing this pearlescent formula for an illuminator. But after applying this easy-to-blend cream, mineral pigments go to work, diffusing light to detract from stubborn under-eye circles. In addition to its eye-brightening benefits, it’s also loaded with anti-aging actives to soften the appearance of wrinkles and reduce puffiness.

BEST EYE MASK FOR PROTECTING AGAINST POLLUTION Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon Color Enhancing Fortifying Eye Cream

Is it a concealer? Is it an eye cream? After trying this lightly tinted formula, we’ve determined it’s both — although those with darker tones may need to layer a separate concealer to be safe. The sheer, lightweight consistency helps disguise dark circles and leaves the thin skin in this area significantly smoother. And the added bonus? It also protects against aggressors like pollution, stress and blue light.

BEST EYE MASK FOR DARK CIRCLES Dr Sebagh Instant Fix Eye Lift Gel

Regardless of how well rested you might be, dark circles can be caused by genetics, pigmentation, allergies and thinning skin. And while an eye cream won’t eradicate them entirely, a select few will improve their appearance. Dr Sebagh Instant Fix Eye Lift Gel does just that. The collagen-boosting formula also has light-reflective particles to lighten up under-eye darkness while filling in and firming up fine lines.

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