One of the most frequent beauty questions I get asked is recommendations for eye creams so I figured it was high time I put all my favorites in one place.
My Favorite Eye Creams:
As background, I have very sensitive skin around my eyes. More than once this delicate skin has been the victim of contact dermatitis following testing eye creams. Therefore I am very selective in my testing and look closely at active ingredients. I tend to suffer from eye puffiness (particularly on my eyelids) so I like gel formulas that cool and de-puff most but I also look for anti-aging ingredients as I’m in my mid 30s.
Each of the below eye products has effective formulas for whatever your greatest concerns may be – from fine lines to dark circles to loss of firmness to puffiness. Mine changes depending on the season, how I’ve been taking care of my skin and different environmental and external factors like stress, lack of sleep, etc. so I keep several on hand and use them as I need.
Tammy Fender Awakening Eye Gel, $84
This eye cream is from a lovely small, female founded business. I’ve tried much of their line but this eye cream is a favorite. It’s got a creamy-gel texture that helps to firm and protect the delicate skin around the eye. I love that it fights eye redness – something I suffer from during the cold winter months – and it instantly makes me look more well rested. I use this eye cream as part of my A.M. morning routine as it awakens and brightens my under eye area and I have no problem applying concealer afterwards (read: no pilling!)
This is the most expensive eye product I use regularly but a little dab goes a long way and the bottle has lasted me a really long time despite regular use.
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Firming Eye Gel-Cream, $59
This eye cream helps to both firm and depuff making it a great do-it all for looking like you’ve gotten more sleep than you probably have. It’s made with an exclusive patent of resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, and vegan collagen alternative – all of which help to smooth the area around the eyes so fine lines are minimized. I also love that it is formulated without fragrance. I use this both A.M. and P.M.
Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, $54
This is my go-to for no makeup days. It’s a really lightweight gel that hydrates well and reduces both puffiness and dark circles. I found, with regular use, that my eyes looked brighter and my dark circles became a bit less noticeable. If you experience dryness around your eyes this is a great product to restore moisture. Caffeine in the formula will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and any wrinkles. I also love that this product is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and comes in recyclable packaging. I use this on no makeup days as I do find that it pills some if you attempt to apply concealer on it afterwards.
L’Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Eye Serum, $55
This is a favorite P.M. serum whenever I’m feeling extra tired. It’s a delightful cooling gel texture that helps your under eye area look improved in just one sleep. It’s formulated with immortelle essential oil from Corsica suspended in marjoram and acmella oleracea extracts that renew your undereye skin as you sleep – when cell renewal is at its most active.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask, $82
This is less of an eye cream and more of an eye treatment but I wanted to include it as I think it makes a really big impact when used 1-2x per week. It’s a thick gel eye mask that you apply overnight and it goes to work to fill in fine lines. You can also use it as an eye primer if you apply a thiner layer but I prefer using a thick layer at night for an extra boost when needed. Its bouncy gel texture feels cool and refreshing on your skin so it’s a dream to apply.
StriVectin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Eye Cream Concentrate, $69
What I love about this eye cream is that it goes to work in just a few uses!
It’s powered by what Strivectin calls NIA-114 (it’s their proprietary form of Niacin) and collagen-targeting Horse Chestnut Flower Extract which make it great at moisturizing the skin around your eyes while also targeting under-eye circles and wrinkles around your eyes aka crow’s feet.
It’s lightweight and fast absorbing meaning you can apply makeup right after. Once more? If you have those dreaded “elevens” between your eyes – use this eye cream there to help diminish their appearance! I also love that this cream is fragrance free making it great for those with sensitive yet aging skin.
Supergoop Bright Eye Mineral SPF 40 Eye Cream, $36
Given the area around your eyes is one of the first to show signs of aging, it’s a great idea to be protecting it from sun damage with SPF. I reach for this on days I know I’ll be outside for long periods of time as sunglasses can only protect you so much. It’s non-nano, 100 percent zinc oxide so it’s great protection to help protect against UV rays. I also really like that it brightens the skin making you look a bit more awake.
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Do you have a favorite eye cream?
p.s. my favorite clean mascaras and some of my favorite beauty discoveries of late.
I discovered a new favorite for day, Colorescience 3-1 Eye Renewal Therapy. A concealer, eye cream and SPF built into one. For some reason Supergoop products don’t agree with my skin. I get terrible pilling. Don’t have that issue with EltaMD.
At night, I use my beloved Verso Super Eye Retinol Serum.
I have found that with some of their products, too! (I’ve tried a lot!) Thanks for these recs- going to look into the Colorscience and Verso ones!
I love the Cerave eye cream! affordable and very moisturizing.
Great to know! I’ve heard such good things about that brand!
I really like ROC eye cream. My Mom started using it years ago, she is now in her early 70s and has only very fine lines around her eyes, so I started using it too and feel it does a great job.
Love to hear this! Thank you for sharing! Let me know if you can share which exact cream she uses by ROC!