Unless you were born yesterday—in which case, hi! Congrats on your new dexterity, baby!—your eye situation is probably lookin’ 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.
But, here’s a little secret: Most eye creams are actually bullshit, offering nothing extra that your normal face cream doesn’t already give you. And that supremely annoys us. 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.
100% Pure Caffeine Bean Eye Cream, $26
It sounds like total bullshit, 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.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel Cream, $20
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.
Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Skin Eye Cream, $13
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.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, $68
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.
La Roche-Posay Active C Eyes, $43
Free radicals—which sound a lot like a ‘70s political movement, but are actually real, skin-damaging chemicals in the air—lead to wrinkles, dark spots, irritation, and every other annoying skin issue. And you know what gobbles them up on impact? Vitamin C, like the L-ascorbic acid in this lightweight eye cream. Massage it over your clean, dry skin in the morning and evening.
NeoCutis Lumiere Rich Bio-Restorative Eye Balm, $97
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.