In the beauty world, eye cream is a bit of a polarising subject. Some people swear by it as a part of their beauty routine, while others, including Zoë Foster Blake, are happy to go without it.
If you do want to go down the eye cream route (because let’s face it, it can be a bit confronting when fine lines and wrinkles do eventually appear), it’s worth knowing which ones will do the best job at restoring your skin.
It’s also important to note that effectiveness and a higher price point don’t always go hand-in-hand, and that affordable eye creams from the pharmacy or supermarket can be just as effective as their higher-end counterparts.
To read about 10 effective eye creams that are actually worth the money, keep scrolling.
Ole Henriksen ‘Banana Bright’ Eye Crème
Why we love it: This zesty cream brightens the eye area with the help of a little vitamin C (a skincare holy grail), and features an almost mouth-watering banana scent.
$57 for 15mL, available at Sephora.
Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Treatment
Why we love it: Formulated with Olay’s wrinkle-fighting ingredient, Retinyl Propionate, this cream increases the rate of surface cell turnover, working overtime to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles in as little as four weeks.
$48.99 for 15mL, available at OLAY.
Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment
Why we love it: This complex formula is heavy duty and comes with under-eye pads for an all-encompassing effect, so your skin can effectively soak up the product.
$108 for 30mL, available at ADOREBEAUTY.
Clinique ‘Pep-Start’ Eye Cream
Why we love it: This Clinique formula is lightweight and gentle enough for everyday use without skimping on hard-working ingredients to combat dark circles.
$44 for 15mL, available at MYER
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream
Why we love it: Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream is an entry-level eye cream for those of us with sensitive skin types. The restorative hyaluronic acid will plump and hydrate your skin, while the aloe vera ingredients have a calm, soothing effect.
$29 for 14mL, available at Mecca.
Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum
Why we love it: This natural formula is free of damaging parabens, and reduces eye puffiness with the help of aloe vera, cucumber and burdock.
$19.95 for 30mL, available at Sukin.
Glow Recipe ‘Avocado Melt’ Eye Sleeping Mask
Another popular product from cult K-beauty brand Glow Recipe, the ‘Avocado Melt’ eye mask uses the soothing consistency of avocado, as well as the restorative power of retinol, to visibly improve the appearance of your eye area.
$67 for 15mL, available at Mecca.
Farmacy ‘Dew It All’ Total Eye Cream
Why we love it: Farmacy ‘Dew It All’ Total Eye Cream is a formidable opponent against under-eye dark circles. It’s formulated with antioxidants to help protect the skin by supporting natural collagen, which many of us know is a bona-fide skin saviour.
$59 for 50mL, available at Sephora.
The Ordinary ‘Caffeine Solution’
One of The Ordinary’s medically-backed serums, the ‘Caffeine Solution’ uses the awakening power of caffeine (something we know all about) to de-puff your under-eye area, for use at night or in the morning.
$12.70 for 30mL, available at ADOREBEAUTY.
Crème De La Mer ‘The Eye’ Concentrate
Why we love it: As one of La Mer’s highly-regarded offerings, the brand’s Eye Concentrate improves skin vitality and softens the skin, visibly reducing the appearance of dark circles. Additionally, the cool smoothing applicant works a treat.
$315 for 15mL, available at La Mer.