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There Are So Many Eye Creams On The Market, So We Found The Best Ones Worth Trying

By Michelle Rostamian

Eye creams are like bras: finding the right one to suit your specific needs is key to achieving flawless results. That being said, with so many eye cream options on the market, sifting through a slew of ingredients and varying formulas can prove to be quite the task.

Whether you’re looking for an eye cream to mask an all-nighter, nix your dark circles, or combat fint lines, we’re here to make things a little easier. Behold, your ultimate buying guide to eye creams, each pick tailored to a unique concern.

For Hydrating:

Hourglass Equilibrium Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm

Nothing ruins a would-be flawless undereye like dry, crepey skin. That’s where this pick from Hourglass comes in—its balm-like texture is just what parched undereyes need to seal in hydration and keep your skin’s moisture barrier intact. Offering up to eight hours of hydration, it works its magic while you sleep for beautiful, radiant undereyes come morning.

For Depuffing:

Mutha Up All Night Eye Cream

Tired eyes won’t stand a chance against this radiance-inducing eye cream from Mutha. The unassuming formula is lightweight yet powerful, taking into account all things the delicate undereye area needs to look instantly brighter: coffee seed to ward off puffiness, hyaluronic acid to restore hydration, and rice peptide to plump up the skin.

For Fine Lines and Wrinkles:

Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream

Fine lines? Don’t know her. Thanks to this eye cream’s breakthrough formula that contains 21 peptides and neuropeptides, everything from itty bitty lines to deep-set wrinkles is seriously minimized. Plus, reviewers rave about the thick yet quick-absorbing texture (because no one likes a greasy residue).


For Dark Circles:

Versed Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel

Dark undereye circles are no feat for this lightweight gel formula from Versed, which calls out brightening superstars vitamin C, niacinamide, and ginseng root extract as its key players. The formula also includes coffee seed extract to improve circulation and further alleviate dark circles.

For Pre-Makeup Correcting:

Kinship Brightwave Energizing + Brightening Eye Cream

Sea buckthorn berry is what gives this creamy formula its creamsicle hue, which is designed to correct blue tones that can contribute to dark undereye circles. Pop a pea-sized amount underneath your eyes before applying concealer to neutralize the area for a smooth, refreshed surface.

For Preventative:

Neostrata Comprehensive Retinol Eye Cream

You’re used to seeing retinol in a face cream, but Neostrata proves that the supercharged ingredient can work wonders on your undereyes, too. Retinol and peptides merge to eliminate fine lines and firm crepey skin. The result: a luminous, younger-looking undereye that’s resistant to concealer creasing.

For Sensitive Skin:

Nuria Defend Triple Action Eye Cream

Besides the fact that this triple-threat eye cream tackles dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines, it boasts a non-irritating, sensitive skin-friendly formula. Free of all the nasties—some of which include parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and triclosan—the gentle formula instead offers a cooling effect by way of soothing ingredients like cucumber for a more awake look and feeling.

For Undereye Bags:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel

Give your undereyes some TLC with this hydrating eye gel that minimizes the appearance of undereye bags, shadows, dryness, and puffiness thanks to a blend of cold-pressed chia seed oil, shea butter, and caffeine. Plus, it has a cooling, refreshing that’s just what tired eyes need.

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