Eye creams are used to remove wrinkles and fine lines, eliminate puffiness and dark circles under your eyes, and reduce dryness. It is important to use specifically designed beauty products for around your eyes because it is the thinnest layer of skin on your body and the most sensitive.
The best products do work at smoothing out fine lines and leave your eyes looking refreshed and younger, although don’t expect to turn the clock back to your youth. Some eye creams, also referred to as eye serums or eye gels, primarily target specific problems like puffiness or dark circles. At the very least they usually all leave your skin feeling softer. For wrinkles we recommend a product with retinol which stimulates collagen production, however if retinol is too harsh on your sensitive eyes than look for a cream with peptides.
Prices can vary greatly from less than $20 for .5 ounces, to over $200 for the same amount. Price is also no guarantee of success, as many high priced ‘miracle cures’ work no better than the cheapest brands.
We reviewed dozens of products to come up with our list of the top 10 best eye creams below.
This is one product that lives up to the claims, but it is the most expensive on our list at around $235 for .5 oz. Powered by powerful peptides, this moisturizing eye cream helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. It also improves firmness and elasticity around the delicate eye area, restoring a youthful expression. If only the best will do then this one is for you, but budget conscious shoppers should look for another product.
At roughly $100 for .54 oz this Shiseido product is much cheaper than our choice for the number one best eye cream, but still about double the average price from the rest of the products on our list. It is a richly nourishing eye cream that helps correct signs of aging by reducing fine lines, dark circles, and sagging around the eye and lip areas. Most user reviews are highly positive while stating that this product is worth every penny.
At about $42 Dr. Hauschka Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream provides a great value. This lightweight cream repairs, hydrates and moisturizes the eye contours to make it look and feel refreshed, smooth and soft. It also refines and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a reasonably brighter, rejuvenated and healthy look. This is one of the highest rated eye products on Amazon at a 4.8 overall rating out of 5. However, it does not seem to work quite as well if you are just targeting dark circles under your eyes.
The Murad Renewing Eye Cream, $48 for .5 oz, is another highly rated eye product users have raved about on Amazon. This gentle cream works to both stimulate and brighten the gentle skin around the eyes for a more youthful and refreshed glow. It goes on silky smooth and you can apply makeup flawlessly right over it. This product seems to work well on all problems including dark spots and fine lines.
This product is on the expensive side, at about $130, but it works great on wrinkles and dark circles. The ZO Skin Health Olluminate Intense Eye Repair cream has optical diffusers to reduce dark circles, plus stabilized retinol and advanced peptides to strengthen the skin and decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
Sweetsations’ I*Light Organic Advanced Brightening & Line Smoothing Eye Treatment provides good value at just $25 for .15 oz. Users on Amazon rated it a 4.6 out of 5 with very few negative reviews. This organic eye cream acts on all problems including wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. The cocktail of natural ingredients fights skin and sun damage, improves blood circulation and reduces water retention which causes puffiness, and fights aging by improving elasticity and firmness around your eyes.
Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Eye and Lip Cream will set you back about $44. This eye and lip cream can be used to brighten up eyes, diminish dark circles and puffiness, and protect eyes from the first signs of aging. Overall it does work on all the problem areas, but perhaps not quite as well as some of the top products on our list.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum has been tested and proven to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, dryness and puffiness. One magazine rated it as its best eye cream for hydration. At $70 it is cheaper than the top couple of creams, but still more expensive than average.
Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Cream is the number one best seller on Amazon for eye creams and sells for $55 for .5 oz. It works great on wrinkles and sagging under eyes by rebuilding collagen around the eye area. It also works well on puffiness and dark circles, but not as well as it does for wrinkles.
The one word we read over and over again to describe Eminence Organics Herbal Eye Contour Cream was nourishing. This cream works great on dry wrinkled skin, leaving it feel hydrated and soft. It is also all organic so there are no chemicals for people with sensitive skin to worry about. It sells for about $44 for one fluid ounce which provides a good value since it is one of the cheapest products on this list. It does not work as well for dark circles and puffiness however.