We Found the 12 Best Eye Gels for Puffiness and Dark Circles

I know some people are pretty blasé when it comes to eye-centric skincare, but I take my collection of eye creams, eye gels, eye serums, and eye masks as seriously as I do my morning dose of caffeine. If you’ve ever experienced me pre-coffee, A) I’m sorry, and B) you know just how “serious” I’m talking here.

I was an avid eye-cream believer even before I was an editor (my mom is equally beauty-obsessed, and the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree), but to be honest, I always thought the trend of eye gels, patches, masks (whatever you want to call them), felt a bit gimmicky. However, once I became a beauty editor and was suddenly surrounded by makeup artists and skin experts more often than my family and friends, I became enlightened to how effective they can be, especially when it comes to relieving stubborn dark circles or puffiness.

Makeup artists consider them a pivotal step during skin prep when they’re working with A-list clients, and after trying some of the best eye gels myself, I understood what all the fuss was about. Not only do eye gels feature many of the same ingredients some of the best eye creams do, but they can also act like a cooling and refreshing compress of sorts to help treat fine lines, wrinkles, puff, poor circulation, and other common eye woes. My co–beauty editor Courtney Higgs agrees, and together, we’ve composed a list of all the best eye-gel formulas we recommend and have seen real results from. Oh, and if you make it all the way to the end, we’re sharing even more of our favorite eye-enhancing products beyond eye gels. Keep scrolling!