It’s no secret I LOVE eye patches. These comma-shaped skincare weapons might not be part of your daily routine, but I can’t think of any other product more effective at making one look fresh and well-rested in an instant. Don’t get too caught up in the semantics of patches v. masks, it’s all about the ingredients and what you’re trying to achieve. In just 10 minutes or so, eye patches can take you from fatigued, sick, hungover, or jetlagged, to bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Found in every makeup artist’s arsenal, eye patches provide a punch of potent ingredients to banish under eye puffiness, hydrate, brighten, and diminish fine lines, leaving you looking like a million bucks before you ever reach for that concealer.
Here’s Your Wake-Up Call:
My Top 8 Eye Patch Picks
for your next big event, post-flight recovery, or even a Sunday pampering session at home
MY TOP PICK & OVERALL BEST – Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask
Genova Tip: When I can afford to treat myself, these Chantecaille masks are my go-to option! They’re completely clear and never slide, so you can wear them through an entire flight without anyone the wiser. I used these masks for a couple of hours before my wedding and by makeup time I barely needed any coverage. Don’t have hours? Not to worry, these guys do great work in just a few minutes.
Description: A natural seaweed based mask infused with a luxurious 24 Karat Gold Serum rich in powerful components that re-plump and moisturize, leaving the delicate eye area looking smoothed, revitalized, and radiant. Powerful botanicals work to eliminate the looks of puffiness and fine lines and lighten the appearance of dark circles. Crafted in Switzerland with the highest quality pure botanicals.
24 K Gold and Silk
Antioxidant and soothing properties*
Dark Circle Enlightener
A blend of peptides that work to sooth and lighten the appearance of dark circles*
Anti Puffiness Complex
Helps reduce the looks of puffiness and helps promote firmer looking skin*
Creates a smooth film that instantly and visibly promotes a more lifted appearance reducing the look of wrinkles*
Bionymph Peptide Stem Cell Extract
Fights the aging process on all fronts softening the appearance of fine lines *
Works to softens the look of expression wrinkles *
Alpha Glucosyl Hesperidin
Has antioxidant properties, lightening the visible appearance of dark circles*
Has moisturizing and film-forming properties
Helps restore natural moisture levels leaving the skin velvety smooth
Cost: $195/8 sets of patches
THE RETINOL ONE – Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Description: State-of-the-art micro-infusion technology developed in Japan delivers liquid retinol, a pure form of vitamin A, to support cell turnover and soften the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet. Saturated with chlorella, mukurossi, and gambir extracts that helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles and collagen-supporting hydroxyproline, these stretchy cotton masks conform perfectly to the eye contour without slipping to provide visible results. Super bio-hyaluronic acid N visibly plumps sensitive skin with much-needed moisture for eyes that look instantly refreshed, rejuvenated, and wide awake.
These patches can also be used to address visible laugh lines around the mouth. This formula is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
Cost: $70/12 sets of patches
THE MODEL-MADE ONE – Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks
(I prefer rose gold for no reason at all other than they’re so pretty!)
Description: Experience three innovative layers of luxury with Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks. The gold foil helps retain heat and prevents the serum below from evaporating, allowing the maximum amount of absorption into the skin. The middle layer is elastic to prevent the masks from slipping, and the third is a cellulose fiber that condenses and delivers key ingredients efficiently, giving you all the skin-loving benefits you need. Hyaluronic acid delivers exceptional hydration to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe leaf extract and lavender oil offer a cooling effect while soothing and calming the under-eye area.
Cost: $25/6 sets of patches
THE ILLUMINATING ONE – Patchology FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels
Description: Every now and then, we could use a little help in the glow department. And these Vitamin C-packed eye gels will do just that. Paired with green tea extract to improve microcirculation which lightens the appearance of dark circles, mulberry extract—an ancient skin brightener—to illuminate from within and light-catching Pearlescent Minerals for an instantaneous “lit-from-within” glow, you’re about to see things on the bright side.
Cost: $15/5 sets of patches
THE DESIGNER ONE – Chanel Le Lift Firming – Anti-Wrinkle Flash Eye Revitalizer (Also the one I am dying to try)
Description: A two-step eye care system that starts with an intense roll-on serum followed by hydrogel patches for immediate revitalization and radiance. Product includes ten sets of two hydrogel patches.
Chanel researchers isolated a remarkably potent extract from the Edulis Morning Glory and created the signature LE LIFT ingredient, 3.5-DA*. The Chanel-exclusive compound is 50 times more concentrated than the original molecule, and restores skin to its optimal firmness while improving tone and suppleness, by intuitively detecting and targeting individual factors of aging. Enriched with 3.5-DA and a vitamin complex, the targeted formula of the serum helps to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. Enhanced with the revitalizing power of the patches, the eye contour instantly appears smoother and more radiant. Fine lines are visibly softened. Signs of fatigue look diminished.
*A Chanel-exclusive form of dicaffeoylquinic acid.
Cost: $130/10 sets of patches
THE VEGAN ONE – Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower (My second favorite option and the most smoothing of the bunch)
Genova Tip: Find more info on these patches and Klorane in my recent brand highlight post here! Description: Soothing hydrogel eye patches visibly reduce signs of fatigue and under-eye puffiness, diminish the appearance of dark circles and visibly smooth fine lines.
Cost: $24/7 sets of patches
THE COLLAGEN ONE – Valmont Eye Regenerating Mask
Description: From the Intensive Care Collection. Specially designed to meet the specific requirements of the eye area, this collagen mask helps reduce bags and dark circles for a radiant look. Used occasionally, this “booster” treatment immediately soothes and relaxes the eye area. With regular application, it spectacularly improves the texture of the skin and smooths wrinkles and lines, regenerating tissue firmness and tone. 5 masks. Made in Switzerland.
Cost: $330/3 set of patches
THE FAST-ACTING ONE & BEST DEAL – Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
Description: Puffiness. Fatigue. Dryness. Enter the fast fix for tired eyes. More effective than topical creams or serums, this patch technology accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen. And the Hydrogels stay put—so you get these ingredients where you need them most. Your just-woke-up-like-this suddenly looks a whole lot brighter.
Cost: $3/1 set – $50/sets of patches