At the risk of making myself sound like a totally inept beauty editor, I have never really seen the point in eye creams. They make bold claims about eradicating fine lines and erasing the effects of a 3 a.m. bedtime and two bottles of wine (maybe I’m hyperbolising) and I’ve always had the sneaking suspicion that they’re just a face moisturiser in a tiny tub—for triple the price.

Of course, I’ve dabbled with various formulas over the years, but none have ever set up a permanent home in my skincare stash. Sure, some of them felt nice when applied but I never got that immediate, visible result promised. (What can I say? I’m impatient.) In fact, the only instant result I ever experienced was when I awoke after using a very popular eye cream to find that a cyst had formed under my eye. Nice.

I keep a pot of these hydrogel patches in the fridge and apply them on days when my eyes are looking particularly tired. They feel absolutely amazing on the skin and contain soothing cucumber extracts, hydrating hyaluronic acid and my best friend, caffeine, to get the job done.
This isn’t cheap and—let’s be honest—it looks like a sex toy, but I keep coming back to this unique beauty tool. Designed to mimic a fingertip massage (stay with me) it pulsates over your under-eye area to encourage lymphatic drainage and boost circulation which, in turn, will reduce puffiness. It basically feels like you’re enjoying a fancy facial in the comfort of your own home, and I kind of love it.
These are a real treat to use on evenings when you really want to pamper yourself. Once out of the packet, the masks begin to gently heat up to really soothe the muscles around your eyes and relax tired eyes. I normally use these on a Thursday night when I’m feeling my most frazzled, as they really help me to switch off and unwind.
Packed with caffeine to boost circulation, these under-eye patches work wonders in just 5 minutes.
For coverage and luminosity, this concealer is my latest love, as you need just the smallest dot to completely cover up any dark circles. Even better, it has an incredibly moisturising formula, so there’s no risk of it creasing or cracking throughout the day.
I love using a jade roller to massage serums all over my face, and this mini one is perfect for the under eyes. Once I’ve patted in The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution, I’ll spend a minute rolling this beneath my eyes to help the product to absorb.
Drenched in Estée Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair, these patches will help even the most tired of eyes look renewed in just 10 minutes.
This skincare-concealer hybrid contains vitamin C to brighten, a duo peptide complex to diminish dark circles and plenty of pigment so you won’t need to layer another concealer on top.

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