We all feel better when our eyes are looking peppy, bright and bag-free. Sure, your trusty NARS concealer covers up most of the problems surrounding that undereye area, but when you go makeup-free there’s no hiding those bad boys. Unless, of course, you decide to target the problem head-on. Yep that’s right, today we’re talking about the magical world of eye creams.
If you’re anything like me (a self-professed lazy gal), you’ve probably spent most of your life applying any excess face moisturiser around the eye area as an easy way of getting that ‘eight hours of sleep’ look. However, it turns out that in order to target dark circles, puffy eyes and bags we need a more concentrated product. That specific area of the face is so thin and fragile that it can often require a particular formulation.
Here at Cosmetify we decided to do a little extra work at home (if you can call it that) and try out some of the most raved-about under eye creams. So, indulge in that extra glass of wine on your next night out – we’ve got those eye bags covered.
Kiehl’s rarely ever let us down when it comes to their kind-to-skin products, and this eye-brightening cream is no exception. Its powerful formula harnesses the illuminating properties of vitamin C (10.5%) and haloxcyl to add a pop of vitality to tired-looking eyes, meaning it fully deserves its place on our list of the best eye creams.
This one is for the guys: there is no excuse to miss out on such a vital skin care step with L'Oréal’s efficient eye cream. Its anti-ageing properties soothe and protect fatigued eyes by enriching the skin with antioxidants and peppermint for that extra shot of youthfulness.
The Decléor Plum Lifting Eye Cream is one for the books. It has a blend of a natural eye tech peptide, L-proline complex and plum seed extract to stimulate circulation, improve elasticity and reduce puffiness. It's about time you made this truly innovative and restorative eye cream part of your skincare routine.
Dehydration can get to the best of us sometimes. We’re all guilty of not drinking our suggested three litres of water a day, which in turn gives our skin a bit of a beating. Hydrate dried-outs eye bags with this indulgent treat from Lancer Skincare. Deeply nourishing by nature, the cream sinks seamlessly into the skin to prevent dark circles and hydrate fine lines. Not to mention, it is enriched with real diamond powder which creates the most radiant glow.
Kick fine lines and dark bags to the curb with a truly powerful cream. This formula includes hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and bakuchiol to fix up signs of fatigue and ageing in a flash.
This shot of goodness gifts eyes with a firmer appearance, diminishing the look of fine lines and signs of dehydration. Its nifty size makes it the perfect on-flight accessory for fighting off dry eyes caused by that grotty air con.
Getting to work in just three seconds, this quick-fix product glides onto that delicate skin surrounding the eyes and cools down any irritation. Its de-puffing tip makes it ideal for on-the-go top ups, too.
Meet your new favourite morning-after beauty treatment. Hide the look of those late nights with the formula’s natural optic brighteners for an instant pick-me-up.
Specifically targeting male skin, this NUXE eye cream works overtime to hide the look of dark circles for a fresher than fresh finish that mimics a full eight-hour sleep, bliss.
This one-of-a-kind eye cream takes on the appearance of both brown and blue under eye circles to provide the user with a fresh and youthful finish.
Hopefully with our tried and tested guide to the best eye creams, you too can banish those tired eyes and draining dark circles. Don't worry if you're after a quick fix, though – check out our handy guide to the best concealers to stay bright-eyed while you wait for the creams to kick in.
Eye Cream and Gels FAQs
What does eye cream do?
Eye cream helps brighten, hydrate, de-puff and even re-plump the delicate skin around the eyes. Whether it's from ageing, tiredness or sun damage, the skin in the orbital area goes through a lot and needs a little extra TLC. Eye creams and gels are the perfect antidote as they use a plethora of nourishing vitamins, nutrients and wholesome ingredients to soothe and smooth the skin – all while combatting puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines.
To find a beneficial solution for your eyes, take a look at the hundreds of formulations here at Cosmetify. From lotions to gels and creams to balms, there's a formula and a finish to suit every type of skin and every type of beauty routine.
How do you apply eye cream?
Make sure your skin is clean and cleansed. Then take a small, pea-size amount of the eye cream and dot along the eye contour area, including under the eyes and under the brow bone. Gently pat the cream into the skin using your ring finger as this uses the lightest amount of pressure. It's important to pat the cream, rather than rubbing or dragging across the skin as this can cause irritations and premature ageing.
To see results, make sure you consistently apply your eye creams every day in both your morning and evening skincare routine. Not sure when to apply it? If your eye cream has a rich, heavy consistency apply after moisturising and if it has a light, gel formula apply to the eye area beforehand. This allows the formula to fully absorb into the skin and work its magic.
What is the best eye cream?
The best eye creams on the market are the ones that offer the most effective and nourishing results. Search by skin concern to find the best fit for your routine, whether it's to tackle dullness, dark circles, puffiness, fine lines or deep-set wrinkles. At Cosmetify, we have a huge selection of hard-working and hydrating creams and gels.
Discover indulgent, luxury formulas from the likes of Kiehl's, 111SKIN, Ole Henriksen and Sunday Riley. Not to mention, affordable, purse-friendly options from popular brands like Nuxe, Florence by Mills, Garnier and Clinique. No matter your concern, there's an eye cream that helps boost the appearance of your peepers.
Are eye creams really necessary?
It all depends on your skin and what type of results you want to achieve. Of course, eye creams offer a helping hand when it comes to taking care of the delicate skin around your eyes. Whilst they can't offer a cure to all your eye woes, they can help address issues such as dark circles and wrinkles.
To find an effective formula, look out for nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, vitamins and ceramides. These goodies help rehydrate the skin as well as offering much-need nutrients. At Cosmetify, you can easily search by ingredient preference to find organic, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly formulas in an instant.
Written by Ellie Child
With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.