The Best Eye Creams on The Market

By Ellie Child - 3 years ago | Updated
best eye creams on the market

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.

Decléor Plum Lifting Eye Cream

Decléor Plum Lifting Eye Cream

£50.00

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.

StriVectin Peptight 360 Tightening Eye Serum

StriVectin Peptight 360 Tightening Eye Serum

£25.51 £58.00 (57% off)

Getting to work in the blink of an eye, this quick-fix product glides over the delicate skin and cools, tightens and firms along the way. Its de-puffing tip and non-tacky finish makes it ideal for on-the-go top ups, too.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment

£33.95 £48.00 (30% off)

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.

First Aid Beauty Hydrating Eye Cream With Hyaluronic Acid

First Aid Beauty Hydrating Eye Cream With Hyaluronic Acid

£24.96

This nourishing eye cream from First Aid Beauty is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine and Cucumber Extract to help leave the under-eye area feeling moisturised, refreshed and smooth any time of day.

REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream

REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream

£37.80 £43.29 (13% off)

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.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

£9.12 £12.50 (28% off)

Made for all skin types, this CeraVe eye cream utilises the power of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to repair and hydrate fatigued peepers. With regular use, you're left with a fresher than fresh finish that mimics a full eight-hour sleep, bliss.

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

£17.55

This one is for the guys: there is no excuse to miss out on such a vital skin care step with Nuxe's efficient eye cream. Its anti-ageing properties soothe and protect fatigued eyes by enriching the skin with antioxidants and botanical caffeine for that extra shot of youthfulness.

Paula's Choice Clinical Ceramide Enriched Firming Eye Cream

Paula's Choice Clinical Ceramide Enriched Firming Eye Cream

£16.62

Try Paula's Choice most advanced eye cream formulated with 5 ceramides, vitamin C and retinol to tackle signs of ageing. This rich eye cream moisturises and strengthens the delicate skin around the eyes and ensures that fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, leaving skin firmer, more radiant and healthy.

bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream

bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream

£32.00 £40.00 (20% off)

This bareMinerals clean, vegan eye cream with a plant-based retinol alternative that’s as effective at reducing fine lines and puffiness without irritation works to dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow's feet, improving uneven texture and tone and smoothing and hydrating skin instantly and over time.

Augustinus Bader The Eye Cream

Augustinus Bader The Eye Cream

£142.50 £150.00 (5% off)

It's pricey, but this all-in-one innovative eye cream powered by TFC8 is formulated to combat visible signs of ageing, damage, and stress while boosting firmness and hydration for a fresh, renewed look.

The INKEY List Brighten I Eye Cream

The INKEY List Brighten I Eye Cream

£10.79 £10.99 (2% off)

When you're eyes are lacking spark, this eye brightening skin care / makeup hybrid from ingredient led brand the Inkey List is your saviour. Boasting an intense formula that is four times more potent than vitamin C, the cream targets dark circles and puffiness by illuminating and priming the under-eye area. A must-have for your morning routine.

Medik8 Advanced Day Eye Protect

Medik8 Advanced Day Eye Protect

£29.64 £36.00 (18% off)

The delicate eye area is often one of the first places to show age, so Medik8 produced this all-encompassing anti-ageing eye cream that not only nourishes and hydrates, but with SPF 30 and 5* UVA protection, it helps shield against the suns harmful rays, pollution, infrared and blue light.

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 Augustinus Bader, Elemis, and Sunday Riley. Not to mention, affordable, purse-friendly options from popular brands like Nuxe, The Inkey List, The Ordinary and Paula's Choice. 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.

Ellie Child

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.

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