F#@% Off, Eye Bags

Klorane & Bliss
Clinique & Garnier
Tom Ford & Clé de Peau
ROC Deep Wrinkle Filler
La Prairie & L'Occitane

Under-eye bags are the worst at keeping secrets. Even if you’re dry-shampooed and deodorized, nothing can cover the damage that a localvorism diet (i.e. consuming anything available within arm's reach), dehydration, sleepless nights, or other forms of bodily disrespect you’ve undergone due to too much fun or no fun at all, has done to the dark, inflamed pouches of skin hanging out around your lower eyelid. Our philosophy is that if you can keep it together, they should too. We're softly smothering those little jerks away with:

Eye Masks

Just like any other swollen injury, ice-y temps are going to decrease achiness and increase vasoconstriction (i.e. reduce lymphatic swelling). If your private plane packed with those P. Diddy cucumber pads got delayed in Milan, try Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches. The extra-gentle treatments contain anti-inflammatory and soothing cornflower that coddles and whispers, "shhhh" to your problem zone, especially if you cool them off in the fridge before use. And wearing them forces you to take 20 minutes to pack an anti-inflammatory lunch, scroll through some Instagram-speration, and caffeinate—through your mouth, or your pores.

To get a little more x-treme on your visible baggage, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask calls itself an “energy drink for your eyes.” It releases three types of oxygen—yes, apparently there is more than one kind of oxygen—to brighten, de-puff, and hydrate your lower eye zone. It's difficult to attest to the brightening claims, but after 15 minutes under the tingling vitamin-C serum-soaked patches, it'll feel like you’ve had a localized face lift.

Or, for a grand total of zero dollars, you can put frozen spoons on your eyes! Just pop the utensils in your freezer for about 10 minutes, and place them convex side down over your lids. Then lie around until the spoons no longer feel cold. They'll shrink your enlarged blood vessels, reducing puffiness and discoloration. And, don’t worry, you'll get used to the cold shock the same way you’ll warm up to Rohto’s Cool Eye Drops.


When you're even shorter on time, you can get a similar cooling effect with eye roller pens. Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage has made quite a name for itself as a go-to deflator, but rather than rolling it from the inner corner to outer corner under each eye as suggested, try an around-the-eye roll starting at the arch of the brow and going to the outer eye, down and across to the inner eye, and back up, which British facialist, Alexandra Soveral, says is the ideal motion to drain puffiness. You can do the same with Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller, which contains caffeine as an anti-inflammatory in addition to a liquid concealer that, once blended, will immediately brighten up your sockets. Which brings us to coverage in general...


Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer is truly, madly, deeply the most trusted under-eye concealer in the Gloffice because it is un-moveable, un-crease-able, and entirely build-able second skin that no one will ever be able to detect. And, to be sure you look well-rested in every light (even flash), borrow the advice of Tom Ford, who once told Plum Sykes, “Powder the under eyes...The only thing making you have eye bags is the light hitting the high points of the skin,” before setting his under-eye makeup with Translucent Finishing Powder to even out the sheen on his face.


If creasing and sliding makeup is the real issue, Amy Kothari has done the footwork for you. She uses RoC Deep Wrinkle Filler as a primer to insure that she never has appearance of early-onset crow's feet. The retinol-packed formula treats and prevents signs of aging for the long haul, and immediately smooths your skin's surface for an indefectible makeup canvas. You should apply it over...

Eye Creams

It was the stunning Derek Zoolander that once said, "Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty." Try La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream. It soaks immediately into skin and combats the "I need a nap" message your hyperpigmentation has been communicating since birth, along with everyday life issues like wrinkles, lack of firmness, and puffiness. L'Occitane's Immortelle collection Eye Balm has a soothing, more gel-like consistency, and can be used as an ultra-hydrating eye mask when left on in a thick layer for 10 minutes.

Photos by Mathea Millman. 

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  • http://analeote.blogspot.pt/ Ana Leote

    The Clé de Peau concealer sounds like a great one! I need to try it


  • Mademoiselle nature

    Great post! Cornflower is excellent in soothing tired eye area. Apply on cotton pads and leave it for 10 min as a eye mask. :-)

    • http://eliqueorganics.com/ elisharev

      yes and especially blended with frankincense and rose:) cornflower is so gorgeous:)

  • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

    omg the P. Diddy cucumber pads stuck in Milan! LOL. Well, he certainly looked polished! Is there any way we can get the name of the special Italian pads ITG? ;)

  • http://insertwth.com/ Denisse

    I have been noticing more and more my under eye circles. My current concealer doesn't do much for getting rid of them, so I am definitely going to have to try some of these! Especially those eye masks.

  • Janine

    I continue to stand by MAC's Fast Eye Response. If I watch a sad movie at night, I put that cream on at night to prevent the red puffies. I use it under my concealer every day. I have tons of lotions and potions but I stand by this cream. I met Linda Hay, makeup artist, and she was surprised by my opinion on it. Holy Grail for me.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    Can we get one of these for dark circles?

  • Emily Knott

    The title of this post made me giggle!


  • Jo L.

    I just picked up the CDP concealer, but would love some tips for the best application method

  • Eleri Roberts

    Good eye advice! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Jin

    One of my favorite (and nearly 0$) tricks is to not throw away my tea bags (mostly green tea, but i would assume any caffeniated teas will work the same way) and to pop them in the freezer. Every morning i massage my eyes for a minute or two with them- the coldness and the caffeine is great to waken the eyes!

  • http://Www.designerbinary.com/ Designer Binary

    A lot of inspiration here, i really need to try some of these various eye masks they sound so good. Tired puffy eyes is my bug bear, too much computer, long days etc taken its toll I feel its wear I'm starting to age and I really need a helping hand here so thank you!

  • The Illustrious Illustrator

    I'm sorry but after the age of 35 non of this works anyway, so think about it girls and enjoy how you look right now because it is not going to improve later. Coming to terms with the fact of wrinkles and sagging skin is one of the wisdoms of older age. It's much better to spend all that money on nice holidays/shoes/lipstick instead - more sleep, more air, less stress, better diet it is all going to help where creams stop. As to the TF's advice about powdering the under eye area is utter nonsense - creepiness and +10 years guaranteed so no way! I've tried that widely recommended CdP concealer - it ended up in my undereye creases like one that was £3, it was not covering enough, multiple layers looked heavy and visible (bad idea with powdering here, again). At some point nothing seems to work any more, sad but truth but I am not going to go under knife no matter how big my wrinkles and under eye bags are. Still loving reading ITG's posts and all these fretting about their looks 20-somethings :) XXX

    • Terry

      I have to agree with everything you said! As a middle ager, I've found that there's no way to fight it without looking too obviously like I'm trying to fight it. So now I just use heavier eyeliner on my lower lids (never use to use any there) which makes my eyes pop and the dark circles & lines less noticeable.

  • http://ashleedel.blogspot.co.uk/ Ashlee Adele Brame

    Great post, I'm forever looking for products to defeat eyebags.. never a good look!

    Ash xx


  • adamalpha

    Also less sugar.

  • Sandy Light

    The links you scatter throughout your articles are like bits of gold. Oftentimes, they steal the show.

    • ITGMackenzie

      Thank you. I deeply love the interwebs.


  • http://ninaholland.com/ Nina Holland

    NARS Total Replenishing Eye Cream is my favorite. I've been using it for six months now and it takes care of puffiness and hydrates. I have pretty sensitive skin and most eye creams bother my contacts or give me those little bumps. This does neither!

    I used to love the Clinique roller ball, but the NARS stuff is so much better :)

  • Eliza

    The Garnier is pure gold--and the tube lasts a freakishly long time. Even if you are a type to avoid drugstore products, try it anyway--it's $12 you will not regret. And it's the perfect color to brighten under-eyes.

  • Adrienne Angelos

    Not to get all emotional on you guys (psh, whatev, you're my beauty support team. I'm getting emotional.) but when I cry my upper AND lower eye lids get really swollen and puffy and I've been using the spoon trick for probably 10 years now. I put one spoon in the freezer for a minute or so and press that baby into my eye socket while I let another spoon chill. Just cycle back and forth until your eyes are almost normal. Time is the only total fix but these really make a dent - if you aren't of the faith test it out on just one side on a swollen morning and then hurry to decompress the other eye to match.

  • Abeille

    I would suggest moisturizing well before putting any concealer on and using a pink or salmon concealer (liquid formula so it's not too thick or cakey) to brighten & counteract dark circles. I can't live without my Revlon Photoready Eye Primer & Brightener. First thing I put on in the morning.

    And do those rollers really work?

  • Edi light

    I hate it when I wake up with bags under my eyes. I used to use real cucumbers (which helps, but gets messy). My doctor recommended the Made from Earth Cucumber Cool Gel - and it works even better than real cucumbers. I have tried every eye product out there and this is simple the best and its simple.

  • http://www.jeunessedallastexas.com Vicky Mofford

    I'm a huge fan of Instantly Ageless which is the best Eye Cream on the market today. If you get a chance please review the information on this miracle eye cream: http://www.victoriasantiaging.com/instantly-ageless.html

  • jina

    Obsessed with Made From Earth's Cucumber Gel - It refreshes the areas around my eye -- and I have also seen a significant decrease in puffiness,dark circles, and those dreaded fine lines (which makes this product an all-around must-have for me!). If you are in need of a new eye cream or just looking to spice things up definitely give it a try!


Bliss ‘Triple Oxygen’ Instant Energizing Eye Mask
Klorane Cornflower Smoothing and Relaxing Patches for Tired Eyes
Rohto Arctic
Rohto Arctic Lubricant Eye Drops
Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller
Cle de Peau Beaute
Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer
Tom Ford
Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler
La Prairie
La Prairie 'White Caviar' Illuminating Eye Cream
L'Occitane 'Immortelle' Precious Eye Balm