Battle of The Eye Gel Patches:
Patchology, Pixi Beauty, Tarte, Que bella and more!
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I’m so excited to kick this week off with one of my favorite series: Beauty Battles. If you are new here, my beauty battles series simply takes a few different popular brands and compares them based on whatever specific product we are discussing.
Since the beauty industry is so oversaturated with products right now, it’s hard to keep up with each new launch. Frankly, no one has time to try all these new products but I’m here and I’ll try to help you navigate these launches so you don’t have to waste your time or money.
Before you go,
comment below and tell me if you currently use eye gel patches or products.
If so, what products do you recommend?
Disclaimer: some of these products were gifted to me through PR.
However, I was not asked to write a post.
As always, my opinions are my own, honest opinions.
Battle of The Eye Gel Patches:
What are eye gel patches?
Simply put, eye gel patches are often used to firm, depuff, and brighten the under eye area. Typically I like to apply my eye gels before applying makeup to reduce puffiness under the eye and also at night at the end of my skincare routine as a little relaxation and treatment.
1. Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels @ $50 for 30 patches, $15 for 5, or $3 for a single pair
Let me tell you a little story about my bachelorette party…
Basically, the first night of the bachelorette weekend I decided to whip out these eye gels while applying my makeup. After I removed the gels, all the girls asked to try them because they were impressed with how great my skin looked. Long story short, the rest of the weekend the girls kept stealing the eye gels from me like they were going out of style. Luckily I had 30 pairs handy and I didn’t mind helping out my girls slay their looks.
I have been using these eye gels since last year and there is a reason they are award winning. The gels instantly cool and depuff my under eyes, they aren’t dripping with product, and I feel they help minimize any fine lines around my under eyes. Until recently, I had yet to find a pair that could dethrone these eye gels. However, Patchology came out with a new eye gel product and now my favorites are in jeopardy but I’ll let you keep reading to find out what the current sitch is.
Overall: They claim to help with puffiness, fatigue, and dryness and I think they hit the mark on each of these.
I will start by saying, I love Pixi products but these patches and me did not gel. Literally. If you saw me trying them on my IG story, then you’ll remember them gliding down my face from my under eye to almost by my mouth and even after readjusting them… they still continued to glide on. So, since I love Pixi I figured I would give them another try and chalked it up to maybe that being a one time thing. Unfortunately, they glided on the second and third time too. While the patches are cooling, they don’t stay in place and I don’t need my cheeks depuffed. In Pixi’s defense, these patches seem to just be oversaturated with eye gel formula so I think that they can’t help but move. What I have decided to do is to use them as I apply my makeup so any shadow fallout just glides on off my face. ?
Overall: They claim to instantly depuff, revive, rehydrate, and aid in reducing dark circles. While I can’t speak to how they help with dark circles, if there wasn’t so much product and these stayed in place, I feel like they could be a less expensive dupe for the Patchology FlashPatches.
3. Que bella Moisturizing gel eye masks @ $2.99 for 3 pairs
When I first started using eye gel masks and patches, these were my babies. I loved them. They are affordable, come in a set of 3, and are easy to purchase. Hello Target! However, after discovering and using my beloved Patchology gels, nothing seems to be able to keep up with them. If you are looking to start using eye gel patches but don’t want to spend $20 or $50 bucks, these are great to start with.
Overall: They claim to brighten under eyes. While I do feel they brighten, I wish they were a bit more cooling. They also say to avoid using them if you have sensitive skin which is a bummer for my friends who have sensitive skin.
4. Tarte Pack Your Bags Undereye Patches @ $22 for 4 pairs
When I first starting spreading my wings beyond my que bella masks, these were the first ‘high-end’ eye gel patches I tried. While I still adore them and think they work great, the price for four patches wasn’t comparing to 30 pairs of eye gels. Even though I consider these eye gels, reusable, I couldn’t come to terms with spending $22 for four patches anymore. I also kept mine in the fridge which was a bit annoying but it kept them super cool and I liked traveling with them.
Overall: These eye gels claim to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, and dark circles. For me, they were definitely hydrating and the depuffing helped minimize my fine lines. I also liked that they were hypoallergenic and good for all skin types.
5. Patchology Moodpatches @ $15 for 5 pairs
I know you probably don’t think it’s fair that Patchology got two spots on this list but hear me out. When I say I have tried SO many eye gel patches, I really have and every time Patchology comes out on top. I was going to include their night eye gels too but I wanted to keep it fair. ?
Recently Patchology launched their moodpatches. They come in three different tea-infused styles: Perk Up, Happy Place, and Down time. Each patch has different benefits and ingredients [and I love them all]. The Down Time patches are calming, the Perk Up patches are energizing, and the Happy Place patches are inspiring/uplifting. Aside from this innovative idea, I like that the patches aren’t over saturated and they are individually packed which makes them easy to travel with. Dare I say I love them more than the OG FlashPatches? Yes. Yes, I do. ?
Overall: Each moodpatch has a different purpose but each formulation seemed to really improve my mood. I’m not sure if it was just in my head but either way I love using them! My favorite patches are ‘Perk Up’ because I love that they are infused with green tea to help depuff, antioxidant pine leaf extract and white mulberry for a brightening assist.
6. Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks @ $25 for 6 pairs
Although these gold eye masks are really pretty and cute, that’s about all they had going on. I’m not going to bash the brand because A) not my style and B) they do have good products but these masks didn’t do a dang thing for me personally. They weren’t cooling and I didn’t feel like they made much of a difference in how hydrated my skin was. While they did stay in place, it just felt like I had wet construction paper on my face. ?
Overall: They claim to hydrate, soothe, depuff, and reduce dark circles. I wish I loved these but I cannot honestly recommend them.
Well, if you couldn’t guess it, the Patchology MoodPatches take the cake. ?
Aside from the fact they w-e-r-k, I really love that they infused and formulated the eye gels to balance your mood.
Are under eye gel patches reusable?
- Yes and no. In my experience, depending on the quality, some eye patches can be reused. I typically don’t reuse the any of them except the Tarte patches. The Tarte eye gels are a bit thicker so I feel like I can get a few uses out of them even if it’s just for a quick 5 minute cooling while traveling or applying makeup.
Can you sleep with under eye gel patches?
- Probably? But in my opinion that can’t be too comfortable and if you sleep on your side I feel like they wouldn’t stay in place. I would recommend using a night time eye gel and removing them before bed if you prefer to use them at night. If you are looking for a skincare product that you can wear overnight, try a nighttime sleeping cream or mask like Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask or Derma-e hydrating night cream. You can also use a overnight serum like HanHoo’s Watermelon Illuminator serum.
Do gel eye masks work for dark circles?
- Since I don’t typically have dark circles under my eyes, I don’t have much experience with how the eye gels work for them. However, certain patches claim to reduce dark circles so if that is something you are looking for help with, I suggest trying a patch that states they work to reduce dark circles.
Other brands worth checking out:
If you are looking to try under eye gel products but don’t want to spend all your hard earned money in the blink of an eye, here are two other great options that may work for you. For a drugstore find, ‘YesTo’ has a great coconut and coffee eye mask treatment which is hydrating and energizing [like Patchology’s Perk Up patches] and they have a cucumber eye mask which is calming [like Tarte and Patchology’s eye gel patches] and both masks are $2.99 each.
If you don’t mind a little splurge and want to treat your under eyes but don’t like patches, Paula’s Choice has one of my favorite under eye gel products. Their Anti-Aging eye gel comes with a cooling applicator that depuffs instantly and that doesn’t need to stay in your fridge like 99% of eye gel applicators. It also lasts what feels like forever and you can use it as part of your day and nighttime skincare routine. The eye gel is $34 but I have been using it for months and months and have yet to run out. A little goes a very long way!
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Do you own any of these eye gels?
Do you have any recommendations?