A good night’s sleep just might be the be-all and end-all rule for those amongst us who are often haunted by our very own under-eye demons. To counter the rather tragic effects that our collective lack of sleep may have on the skin around our under-eyes, many of us have instead opted to slather on skincare routines we’ve perfected to a tee: serums, moisturisers and eye creams, which we’ve tried and tested in the hopes they will work like a dream. That our weary eyes will cease to be the windows into our darkening souls.
There’s also the all-essential holy grail: a face mask. Packed with potent formulations, it’s an instant perk-me-up for the skin. Whilst more commonly used for winding down, much of the beauty-inclined have once before whipped out a pack in the wee hours of day. See it as a last cry for help, or desperate (yet intelligent) emergency measure. Yet for those who wish upon a quick, targetted fix, perhaps therein lies another solution for the taking. Enter: under-eye masks. Pairs of shapely, moisturising masks that promise to soothe, hydrate and depuff the under-eye area—and focus its efforts to firm up the skin under the eyes, reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. These bad boys will get the work done with due diligence: in cogent blends of powerhouse ingredients such as hyaluronic acids, peptides and vitamins meant to give you that boost of radiance you so desperately need.
Its other appeal also lies in its practicality. Slapping an under-eye mask or patch would in no way bar you from continuing about your other morning to-dos such as brushing your teeth or having your breakfast. In sum, these are your mighty multitaskers primed to have your peepers looking brighter by the end of its application. With all this in mind, Vogue Singapore has rounded up the best under-eye masks and patches to guarantee you that quick fix should you so need it.
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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask
Talk about a luxurious depuff first thing in the morning. There are definitely days when you’re in dire need of a spa-like treatment for your under-eyes; the days that you’ve suffered like a chronic insomniac and wake up looking just as bad as you feel. Here’s where Estée Lauder’s solution comes through: packed with a potent, nourishing serum of botanical seed oils that will leave your under-eye skin feeling more hydrated and softer than ever. Its lightweight texture has also been an avid draw point for its cooling properties that feel easy on your skin, whilst the inclusion of coffee is no doubt something to note for its depuffing and soothing capabilities that will be sure to knock those dark demons out of the park.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, $72 for 4 masks, available at Sephora
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Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks
It’s an all-in-one package with these Elemis babies. Right off the bat, this is one that serves an instant solution to your morning woes—an ideal kickstart to an early day. Formulated with a powerhouse combination of marine actives and nourishing hyaluronic acid, this gel-type mask has been clinically-proven to firm up the under-eye area and work to reduce the appearance of dark circles and those unseemly fine lines, all within a 20-minute lifespan. Touted for its refreshing cooling properties, it definitely also ensures your under-eyes will be well-prepared for the rest of the day, providing a primed, radiant base before any make-up application.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, $120 for 6 masks, available at Elemis
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Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches
Cooling to the touch, this bad boy is sure to hit it off instantly with those looking for a bright start to the day. A pair of cooling hydrogel eye patches, these under-eye masks are masterminded out of Professor Bader’s notable TFC8®, Trigger Factor Complex TFC™—a proprietary blend of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and peptides which levels up its adaptive formulations, to smartly address individual skincare concerns and improve cellular renewal. In the case of the under-eyes, one might say that it works against the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and any evidence of hyperpigmentation, whilst its other ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and fermented polysaccharide will leave your peepers hydrated and firmed up for the day.
Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches, $142, available at Tangs
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Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Eye Mask
Sleepy eyes, begone. Scientifically designed to counter the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, the Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif Eye Mask looks at offering up a deeply reinvigorating solution for the rather delicate under-eye area, which is often rid with fine lines and the oh-so tiresome under-eye bags. The mask’s key ingredient lies in its re-energising Golden Oyster Mushroom Extract sustainably sourced from Japan, meant to boost collagen production and elasticity for the under-eye area. Its latest iteration comes in a snug and comfortable size and ten minutes a week is all you’ll need for some noticeable results.
CDP Synactif Eye Mask, $380, available at Tangs
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Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches
Much unlike the visual motif of the brand, the inevitable panda eye is perhaps one this Tony Moly pick hopes to act against. A simple under-eye mask that aims to fight the early morning fatigue, this K-beauty favourite is one that aims to moisturise and provide that necessary boost of hydration to the fine skin around your under-eye area with its infusion of hyaluronic acid. Coupled with the added properties of spiriluna and plankton, these moisture-drenched masks seek to soothe and decrease inflammation around the under-eye area. After a twenty-minute window, expect your peepers to feel revitalised, depuffed and soothed—everything you can ask for in an under-eye mask.
Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches, $34.98, available at Revolve