7 Eye Creams That Get the Job Done for Zombie-Level Dark Circles

Because the struggle is too real.

Design by Betsy Farrell

Show me a woman who got enough sleep last night and I'll show you a liar. The fact of the matter is that none of us are logging in enough shut-eye and, unfortunately, have the dark circles to prove it. Thankfully, we've narrowed down the eye creams that de-puff, brighten, and hydrate those sad, sallow rings for instant gratification. Because forgoing our late-night TV show binges just isn't an option...

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1 Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Age Erase Moisture for Eyes With Mega 10 Plus

One of our favorite gentle eye brighteners, Dr. Gross' silky formula packs a lot of punch with a slew of anti-aging ingredients (Vitamins A, B, C, and D) that nourish the delicate eye area for daily protection and an all-over healthier look. Stash it next to your nightstand. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Age Erase Moisture for Eyes With Mega 10 Plus, $35; nordstrom.com.

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2 Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye

The caviar of the eye cream world, it's pricey, but contains exotic ingredients like energizing Artemia salina extract, calendula, and licorice that decongest and drain the sensitive undereye area while improving elasticity. Bonus: You can use it on the contours of the lips too!


Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye, $205; neimanmarcus.com.

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3 Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting EyeSwirl

Our drugstore go-to for fighting fatigue, this serum-like elixir contains a laundry list of impressive ingredients, like skin-restoring niacinamide and collagen-stimulating peptides, that help fight dullness and eliminate shadows. You can tap it on as a midday pick-me-up, as well. 


Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting EyeSwirl, $28.99; ulta.com.

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4 Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream

If you want to do the most, this luxe, cooling formula contains anti-aging heavy hitter retinol to help smooth fine lines, like crow's feet. It's also incredibly silky and lightweight, which makes it great for layering underneath makeup.

Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream, $85; sephora.com.

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5 La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel

Infused with La Mer's world famous "Miracle Broth," the brightening eye gel goes on like a dream while delivering moisture and protection against free radicals. If luminosity is your end goal, this is the stuff for you.

La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel,
$150; nordstrom.com.

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6 CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

We're endlessly impressed with how well this wallet-friendly formula stacks up against pricier treatments. The secret is the lotion-like formula's powerhouse ingredients—hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides—which deliver hydration and anti-age for a younger-looking eye area over time.



CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, $13.99; ulta.com.

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7 Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

If dryness is a major concern, look no further than this super-hydrating serum, which is also packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to sooth while it targets dark circles and fine lines.

Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum, $85; drunkelephant.com.

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