Eye masks have always seemed like somewhat of a gimmick—I get their Instagram-worthy appeal when it comes to posting skincare selfies, but regarding whether or not they actually work when it comes to brightening up pesky dark circles, deflating under-eye puffiness and softening the appearance of crows feet and fine lines instantly (or at least, after 20 minutes or so) has always seemed like a major long shot.

With all of that skepticism, however, I have recently found myself reaching to my freezer (where I stow all of my face masks for an extra puff-reducing effect) regardless of my enduring doubt about the beloved beauty product’s effectiveness. Now, before I go ahead and officially admit to my change of heart about eye masks, there is the one caveat worth mentioning that not all of them are created equal. While some that I’ve tested out proved my original stance to be correct, others left me decidedly stood corrected. Whether you’re a staunch believer of the eye-enhancing powers of these cooling masks or are a long-term skeptic with a newfound sense of optimism, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite cooling eye masks that actually work.

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