The Best New Eye Products For Circles, Bags & Wrinkles

Forget all that "eyes are the windows to the soul" nonsense. Your eyes are what tell people what’s really going on with you — whether you’re stressed, rested, under-caffeinated, sleep-deprived, or relaxed.

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body, lacking the sebaceous glands that produce oil and keep things hydrated. As a result, the area is fragile and can broadcast your current status more clearly than your Twitter feed. Puffiness, circles, lines, and sagging around your eyes blare that you’ve had too little sleep, too much wine, or too much screen time.

It’s not all that grim, though. The upside of having delicate skin is that targeted eye treatments are able to get below the surface with more ease and can have a major impact on treating those complaints. We've rounded the new eye creams, serums, and masks with the most innovative formulas on the market to help reverse your eye-area problems and ensure you’re sending the right message.
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Inspired by Asian Kassa facial massage, the applicator is shaped to enable acupressure and increase circulation. Yeast and cinnamon extracts also help get the blood going and improve the look of dark circles over time. After a few seconds of massage, the cream dries to a satiny texture and has a subtle plumping effect. Hyaluronic acid and silicones help skin look fuller and smoother, and the super-fine, light-reflecting particles help brighten. The only downside is that this is heavily scented, so those with sensitive skin should be cautious.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Eye Treatment, $65, available at Macy's.
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Along with Advil and a greasy breakfast, these patches might be one of your best hangover remedies. Perhaps because sake is a key ingredient, it’s a kind of hair-of-the-dog cure? Jokes aside, sake is rich in protein that brightens skin and is also hydrating and firming.

The quick-to-moisturize-and-de-puff patches are generously sized to cover the entire undereye reach down to the cheekbones so that the only evidence of a late night is whatever you Instagrammed.

Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Mask, $15, available at Boscia.
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With a lighter-than-water consistency, this serum practically disappears upon contact. As it dries, skin feels softer, smoother, and just a tad tighter. Few products can deliver this much instant gratification when it comes to de-puffing the undereye area. Restorsea PRO (only available at physicians' offices) uses salmon egg enzymes (10 times what’s in the regular Restorsea line) and naturally derived plant extracts — as well as a little caffeine — to lift, firm, and thicken skin. The liquid feels cooling and soothing. Just applying it helps to fake a good night’s sleep — and as your eyes feel lifted and awake, your mind starts to believe it.

Restorsea PRO Firming Eye Serum, $58, available at locations listed here.
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A Harvard-trained surgeon used Nobel-Prize-winning science to create this skin-care line, and boy, can you tell. This serum boasts results that would rival a surgical procedure. The silky serum manages to be both lightweight and luxurious feeling. A blend of engineered proteins naturally stimulates the production of younger-looking skin cells to restore the lines, sagging, and uneven pigmentation associated with damaged skin. But where the serum really goes above and beyond is with the brand’s unique peptide that uses snail venom to further smooth and tighten the eye area. There is a definite lifting effect that will certainly put off the need for surgery. It's super expensive, but it could be worth it in the long run?

ReVive Intensité Line Erasing Eye Serum, $350, available at Violet Grey.
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Anything with a steel-ball applicator is going to offer instant relief — like what a foam roller does to your muscles, except it's a pleasant feeling. But what makes this eye treatment so special is the fact that there is an option specifically designed for olive to dark skin, as well as fair skin. Both versions contain anti-inflammatories and light-blurring powders, but the olive/dark option has pigment-regulating agents to help prevent melanin production in the eye area.

Talika Paris Eye Detox Specific, $55, available at Talika.
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Though it’s called a serum, this feels more like a balm at first. But don't worry, the iridescent-blue salve fuses with the skin, so there’s no heavy film left behind. The liquid crystal technology attracts water and gives the optical illusion that dark circles have diminished. Plus, a blend of antioxidants and alpha lipoic acid help plump and smooth lines while preventing future ones. The emollient formula also acts as a primer that holds concealer in place — but a few weeks of using this serum should reduce your dependency on concealer in the first place.

Cosmedix Opti Crystal Age-Defying Liquid Crystal Eye Serum, $93, available at Cosmedix.
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Normally, the idea of putting acids in the eye area is a pretty terrible one. But New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD, formulated this eye cream with a pH-adjusted buffered form of glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the eye area. Exfoliating the surface layers reveals fresher, smoother skin, and the glycolic acid also encourages collagen production to help firm skin over time. The addition of rice and soy peptides helps to strengthen skin so dark circles aren’t as visible. The cream feels rich, but isn’t at all greasy, so it absorbs quickly and is hydrating enough to instantly plump the skin and make the area look smooth and dewy.

BeautyRx Gentle Exfoliating Eye Therapy Cream, $60, available at BeautyRx.
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Most eye creams can’t do that much heavy lifting. It’s not their fault — major, dramatic lifting means you have to affect the muscle, which is very challenging to do without surgery. But Algenist has created a formula that can help flatten deeper wrinkles and lift sagging lids. This serum is a cocktail of high-tech ingredients: Microalgae to stimulate cell regeneration; AlgaProtein to improve firmness and increase smoothness; Persian silk tree extract to lift upper lids and reduce depth of crow’s feet; and a peptide blend that helps treat dark circles and puffiness by strengthening the skin in the area. Algenist’s power to change the appearance of sagging lids and deep creases makes it mighty impressive.

Algenist Power Advanced Wrinkle Fighter 360° Eye Serum, $70, available at Algenist and Sephora in January 2016.
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The instructions are to use this morning and night, but the results are most impressive as an overnight treatment — it seems to suppress bags during sleep. The rich moisturizing formula smooths skin without a greasy residue. 3Lab’s proprietary antioxidant derived from macroalgae, Ephemer, and a blend of peptides help boost collagen and elastin for a lifted effect. Just a tiny bead-sized drop in the morning and before bed helps plump crepe-y lines and fade dark circles.

3Lab Anti-Aging Eye Lift, $400, available at 3Lab.
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