8 Best Eye Creams to Make Your Eyes Stand Out While Wearing A Face Mask

Writer Pearl Yan | May 26, 2020

As life under the mask continues, our eyes become the most prominent feature when the rest of our face is covered up. This means how awake (or tired) our eyes look can make a world of difference. Whether it’s smoothing out fine lines, de-puffing tired eyes, wiping out dark circles or brightening and hydrating, here are our picks of the best eye creams that will make you look well-rested—even when you’re not:

Best for wrinkles

001Skincare London Triple-peptides Active Commander Eye Concentrate
Say goodbye to fine lines because this luxe formula isn’t messing around. Packed full of hardworking ingredients, the star duo of 001 Skincare London’s Triple-peptides Active Commander Eye Concentrate are peptides and hyaluronic acid, which “can act like cellular-messengers to enhance cell-communications and encourage desirable behaviours,” according to founder Ada Ooi. 

Better yet, the cream feels incredibly lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, wearing well even under makeup. To achieve optimal results, apply the eye cream with a gentle massage at pressure points and temples to stimulate drainage of toxins and blood circulation. 

Find out more at 001skincare.com

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Best for brightening 

Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream
Hydration is the name of the game when it comes to eye creams, and this one from Drunk Elephants is exactly what your delicate under eyes have been waiting for. 

Packed with active ingredients including eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract, this eye cream does what its name suggests: delivering multivitamin to give your eyes the nutrients they need to look healthy and radiant.

Find out more at sephora.hk

Best for puffiness 

Skin Need Eye Contour and Eye Lift Package
Committed to using only cell-modulating ingredients naturally derived botanical extracts and high-technology delivery systems, functional skincare brand Skin Need tackles puffiness with an Eye Contour and Eye Lift package that works wonders for soothing the under eyes and combating bags, especially when you need to fake a full night’s rest. 

The Eye Contour Essence is a fast-absorbing eye care potion infused with skin rejuvenating rose hip seed, anti-inflammatory African baobab oil, vitamin E, while the Instant Eye Lift Serum is powered by high technology peptides enhanced with hyaluronic acid. When used together, the duo help even out the skin and smoothen the eye contour. Designed to de-puff the eyes with a cooling effect, both products come with an applicator that generates a micro-magnetic field to promote circulation when massaged around the eye area. 

Find out more at wokeuplikethisbeauty.com and skinneed.com

Best for moisturising

Royal Fern Anti-aging Eye Cream
Infused with active anti-oxidative fern extracts, Royal Fern’s Anti-aging Eye Cream is a powerhouse that protects the skin from everyday stressors.

Enhanced with camomile extracts to reduce puffiness, concentrated vitamin C to boost collagen production and hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture and anti-inflammatory jojoba oil, the eye cream melts right into skin and keeps your under eye area hydrated while you’re busy catching up on sleep (or powering through the day). 

Find out more at royalfern.com

Best for dark circles 

Vinoble Cosmetics Regenerating Eye Cream
Light enough for instant absorption and potent enough to brighten your tired eyes in seconds, Vinoble Cosmetics’ Regenerating Eye Cream is the ultimate pick-me-up product when your eyes are in need of a boost. 

Formulated with jojoba and grapeseed oil, the eye cream is enhanced with coenzyme Q10, which gives a soothing effect that feels great on skin. A little bit goes a long way, but you may be tempted to slather it on when you see how much perkier your eyes look.

Find out more at vinoble-cosmetics.asia

Best All Rounder

RARE SkinFuel Eye & Lip Contouring Cream
Contouring, hydrating, reducing fine lines, de-puffing—this cream does all of those things, for both eyes and lips. Like all RARE SkinFuel products, the Eye & Lip Contouring Cream is made from only 100% natural native botanical extracts from Australia, flooding skin with 72-hour hydration thanks to its aloe vera leaf juice, camellia oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E. 

The fast-absorbing cream is best used together with the Eye and Lip Illuminating Serum, which works to reduce fine lines around the eyes and lips, especially along the laughter lines. We like to apply a thicker layer in our nighttime skincare routine and leave it overnight, but the texture is light enough to be worn under makeup during the day. 

Find out more at rareskinfuel.com

Best in the Morning

Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Eye Cream
This is the eye cream you’ll want to apply every morning, but particularly after a night of little sleep. “Most of us tend to lather on heavy, oily based creams which aggravate puffiness, dehydration and congestion around the delicate eye area,” says George Gouggoulis, Global Education and Development Director for Grown Alchemist. 

“What makes this cream so powerful is it’s been clinically proven to brighten dark circles in only two weeks.” That’s not all, it has a light cream-serum texture that works amazingly well under makeup without heaviness. The best way to apply the cream is by gently gliding along the eye area in a fishbone motion with middle and index fingers and ending with a flick to relax expression lines caused by muscular stress.

Find out more at hk.1010hope.com

Best pick-me-up

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum

If thick and rich creams are not your thing, try an eye serum instead. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants from parsley seed, lavender stem and blue chamomile, this potent serum creates a shield around the delicate skin around the eyes to protect them from environmental stressors. 

We’re a big fan of Aesop’s parsley seed skincare collection, so it comes as no surprise that the eye serum wakes up our eyes in just one application. Plus, the herbaceous aroma gives a lovely smell, too. 

Find out more at aesop.com