The skin under the eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of our face and body. That’s why the areas under the eyes are more prone to dryness and ageing. Eye masks, infused with powerful ingredients, can help keep the skin around the eyes moisturised and rejuvenated. These products are the secret to brighter, younger looking eyes. Here’s a look at seven of the best options on the market right now:

Valmont Eye Regenerating Mask

  • Regenerates and moisturises the skin
  • Hydrolysed mucopolysaccharides (Precursor Complex): hydrating agents improve the skin’s tonicity and elasticity
  • Caffeine, arnica and green tea (Precursor Complex): drainage-enhancing agents stimulate micro-circulation and reduce puffiness and dark circles
  • Amino acids (post-treatment): adds collagen

Why it’s great:

This mask was not easy to apply. Read the instructions very carefully, and then lie back, relax and enjoy 20 minutes of pampering.

It was pricey, but the result was fantastic: my eyes felt incredibly moisturised and refreshed. The skin was already firm before I applied the Collagen Post Treatment. The mask also reduced puffiness of the upper eyelids. I love it!

Size of patches ★★★★★
Easily applied ★★
Instant effect ★★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★★★

HK$2,380/5 pairs, 20 ml Precursor Complex and 2 x 2 ml Post Treatment Collagen (HK$476/pair)

Helena Rubinstein Powercell Eye Urgency

  • Anti-ageing properties help the eyes stay young
  • Stimulates micro-circulation, and reduces dark circles and puffiness
  • The native Oceanic Crista vegetal cells enable faster regeneration of the skin and improve its quality.

Why it’s great:

I have a fine line under my right eye, especially if I don’t get a good night’s sleep. It disappeared instantly after I applied the SOS mask. When I put on make-up the next morning, I noticed that my eyes were flawless.

Size of patches ★★★★
Ease of application ★★★★
Instant effectiveness ★★★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★★★

HK$880/6 pairs

Shiseido Vital-perfection Wrinklelift Mask

  • Tackles wrinkles and dullness
  • Retinol and VP8 (which includes the brightening agent 4MSK): lessens lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin smoother and more radiant
  • Fixes the root causes of multiple signs of ageing

Why it is great:

I already use the Vital-perfection Wrinklelift Cream. The Wrinklelift eye mask (with the same formula) was perfect for removing not just wrinkles under the eyes but also at the outer corners of the eyes. The ingredients were easily absorbed. The skin around the eyes looked firmer and more radiant the next day.

Size of patches ★★★★
Ease of application ★★★★
Instant effectiveness ★★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★★

HK$570/12 pairs (HK$47.50/pair)

Guerlain Super Aqua-eye Anti-puffiness Smoothing Eye Patch

  • Reduces puffiness
  • Provides instant hydration
  • Desert rose flower complex: contains anti-ageing properties and protects skin from harsh environmental elements

Why it’s great:

This was the last mask I tried and I was surprised by the Instant effectiveness . The mask left the skin under my eyes smooth and bright till the next morning.

The only drawback is it’s a bit slippery, and you can’t multi-task after applying it – but it is otherwise fantastic!

Size of patches ★★★★
Ease of application ★★★
Instant effectiveness ★★★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★★

HK$995/6 pairs (HK$165.30/pair)

TATCHA Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask

  • Helps to improve the texture of the skin, and brightens the eyes
  • Okinawa red algae: retains moisture
  • Peony: contains antioxidants

Why it’s great:

Although the mask took some time to apply, the shape was just right and fitted the eyes perfectly. The mask reduced fatigue and hydrated the eyes.

Size of patches ★★★★★
Ease of application ★★★
Instant effectiveness ★★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★★

HK$880/10 pairs (HK$88/pair)

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask

  • Helps get rid of fine, dry lines
  • Delivers 20 times more of Advanced Night Repair’s soothing, hydrating and repairing ingredients to the delicate areas around the eyes
  • Each eye mask offers eight hours of concentrated, dual-powered moisture

Why it’s great:

The mask was a bit sticky but still had a cooling and relaxing effect. It reduced fatigue and left my skin moisturised.

Gentle reminder: ‘Pop’ the liquid into the eye patch before tearing open the gold foil packet.

Size of patches ★★★★
Ease of application ★★★★
Instant effectiveness ★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★

HK$280/4pairs (HK$500/8pairs)

APIVITA Express Beauty Gingko Biloba Eye Mask

  • Helps to get rid of dark circles
  • 99 per cent natural ingredients enriched with essential oils
  • Gingko biloba: reduces dark circles and puffiness

Why it’s great:

I know this one is a cream, but I wanted to include it because the ingredients are natural (it does not include silicone, parabens, propylene glycol and mineral oil). My eyes felt well rested and refreshed after 15 minutes.

Size of patches N/A
Ease of application ★★
Instant effectiveness ★★★
Overall effectiveness ★★★

HK$310/12 pairs (HK$25.80/pair)