Unless you were born yesterday, your eye situation is probably looking a little less plump and chipper than it was when you were a kid. But it’s not your fault that life is hard, and environmental pollution is rampant, and work places don’t have nap times. So instead, we rely on eye creams. Here's a little secret: Many eye creams don't do much, offering nothing extra that your normal face cream doesn’t already give you. So to help you cut through the noise, we rounded up the best eye creams at every price point that sincerely work double duty to help get rid of your fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and more. Find your new favorite, ahead, and get slathering.
It sounds weird, but trust us when we say that caffeine is one of the best superheroes you can find in an eye cream, thanks to the fact that it helps constrict and tighten the skin as soon as you massage it on, making it a dream for puffy, finely lined eyes.
For under-eyes that are slowly shriveling beneath the cold, dry climate, try a hyaluronic-packed formula, like this fast-drying gel cream (seriously—it absorbs into skin almost immediately), which uses fatty acids to moisturize and prevent water loss, plus a big ol’ dose of hyaluronic acid that plumps fine lines by literally pulling water from the air and into your skin, like a sponge.
If you’re layering on the eye creams for anti-aging goals, then you need to be using a formula packed with retinol, like this sensitive-skin formula from RoC, which slowly absorbs into your skin while you sleep for less irritation. You won’t see overnight results, but without a few months, your little lines and creases will be noticeably smoother, and your deeper wrinkles will have started to fill out.
This thick—yet not-at-all clogging—eye balm is the perfect hybrid of every ingredient you’d ever want to slather on your lids, like de-puffing caffeine, calming green tea and aloe, and brightening (and line-smoothing) vitamin C.
Yes, this one is a little pricey, but for good reason: Not only does the formula include line-smoothing hyaluronic acid and skin-firming antioxidants, but it’s also packed with a mix of human growth factors, which according to recent studies, can promote collagen production, reduce dark circles, and smooth fine lines after just six weeks.
This gentle, ophthalmologist-tested eye gel is the ultimate morning pick-me-up: it glides on with a cool roller ball applicator for a refreshing ahh moment.
This do-it-all cream combines all the brightening and hydrating powers of Olay’s past eye creams for a 3-in-1 that's actually effective. It’ll depuff and tighten in the long term, while its color-matching formula gives you bright eyes the instant you apply.
Aside from the typical skin-loving ingredients in eye cream like collagen, vitamin C, and peptides, the real star of this creamy concoction is the color-correcting pigments that come from banana powder. Not only does it brighten up dark circles, it also smoothes the undereye area to ready it for concealer—not that you’ll need much after this.
Think of this as caffeine in a tub. Fresh harnessed the rejuvenating power of black tea and supercharged it with extra antioxidants, like lychee, noni fruit juice, and blackberry extract. It works beautifully as a quick depuffer or rich wrinkle fighter.
Packed full of peptides, Vitamin C, and cucumber extract, this luxe gel-cream melts effortlessly into your undereyes (even the most sensitive ones!) to plump, firm, and brighten.
Okay, paying $195 for an eye cream is a bit steep, but this is definitely a worthy investment. In exchange for the splurge, you'll get all the firming, brightening, and conditioning powers of this pitera, niacinamide, and B3-rich formula.
Retinol puts in the dirty work to fill in fine lines and improve firmness in Kiehl's youth potion. Plus, the formula has a slight tint, so all you need is a quick morning application before you’re ready to head out the door.
If you’re looking for science-driven results, this medical-grade eye cream has all the right stats. Biopelle believes that most signs of aging are thanks to harmful free radicals in the environment, so its main purpose is protection. Red tea and vitamins C and E brighten, while a glycolic acid gently peels to ensure that all those good ingredients really soak in.
An addition to The Ordinary’s cult-favorite caffeine line, this eye serum has a highly concentrated dose of caffeine and green tea to brighten even the most tired of eyes.
Origin's best-selling formula takes a page out of eastern medicinal books with ginseng, known for its energizing and brightening powers. It's an impressive depuffer for bloated undereyes.
If you’re looking to try out a different texture from thick creams, Tula’s antioxidant-rich balm is all about cooling, which does wonders for depuffing and energizing. Wear it under or on top of makeup to look (and feel) wide awake.
Inspired by ayurvedic medicine, this delightfully buttery cream has all-natural ingredients like anti-inflammatory turmeric and calming daisy extract to revitalize tired eyes. Bonus: it also doubles as a primer for concealer.
Silky smooth skin has taken on a whole new meaning withproducts that use ingredients derived from—or inspired by—nature’s most lustrous fiber. Tatcha’s cream contains a silkprotein that acts like a weightless shield, blurring, brightening,and protecting your complexion. It'll leave your skin feeling like, well, you know.