As someone who’s tried allllll of the tricks to help deflate my puffy under-eye bags (jade rollers, ice cubes, random-ass products on Amazon, the works), you can def trust me when I say eye serums are legit. I’ve been obsessed with them ever since a fellow beauty editor tipped me off, and I gotta say they’re the real, surefire way to de-puff your eyes, soothe your skin, and even fade dark circles.
NGL, at first I was a little sus (especially since I’ve fallen for mad-expensive products that did absolutely nothing for my bags), but eye serums are actually made up of lightweight formulas with teeny-tiny molecules that penetrate active ingredients deep into your skin—meaning you’ll be able to target specific concerns and see results faster. Whether you’re worried about dullness, wrinkles, or puffiness, there’s an eye serum that’ll help you out. Ahead, the 15 best eye serums you’ll ever try.
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Best Cruelty-Free Eye Serum
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Vitamin C Eye Serum
The ingredients list on this cruelty-free eye serum low-key sounds like items you’d pick up at an organic grocery store—tremella mushroom, chia seed oil, papaya extract—but when they’re all paired with the MVP ingredient, vitamin C, the formula helps leave your under-eye area brighter, smoother, and tighter.
Best Eye Serum With Caffeine
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Think of this eye serum as an espresso shot for your under eyes. It contains a 5 percent concentration of caffeine (v high, in case you were wondering) and EGCG (an ingredient from green tea leaves) which both work to perk up your eyes, decrease puffiness, and fade dark circles.
Best Eye Serum for Dry Skin
Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum
Dry, thirsty skin is no match for this eye serum—it’s filled with alllll the hydrating and moisturizing ingredients. Think: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. A little goes a long way—just dab a bit under your eye, and watch your skin drink it up.
Best Eye Serum for Dark Circles
Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Brightening Eye Serum
The hero ingredient in this eye serum is vitamin C, a skin-brightening antioxidant that leaves your under-eye area with a healthy-looking glow. Basically, this eye serum will make you look like you got a full night’s sleep (even if you definitely didn’t).
Best Eye Serum for Crow’s-Feet
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
This serum is spiked with retinol, a vitamin-A derivative that’s one of the only ingredients out there proven to basically Benjamin Button your face. It works to increase cell turnover and boost collagen production, which together, help plump fine lines/wrinkles and smooth the surface of your skin.
Best Eye Serum for Firming
Murad Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Along with antiaging retinol, this eye serum contains two other key ingredients: swertia flower extract and marine kelp complex, which work to firm and lift your skin with continued use (no pricey derm treatment necessary).
Best Multitasking Eye Serum
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum
There’s little this multitasking eye serum can’t treat. Sunken under-eyes? The formula’s peptides support collagen production to plump your skin. Wrinkles? A little skin-smoothing niacinamide should do the trick. Skin looking dull? A blend of antioxidants will protect your skin from damaging free radicals, leaving your skin looking brighter, smoother, and firmer.
Best Eye Serum for Sensitive Skin
Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum
If the skin around your eyes is constantly freaking out (think: redness, irritation, itchiness), consider this soothing eye serum your solution. It’s formulated with plant-based ingredients (the MVP being antioxidant-rich mushrooms ) to help calm irritated skin.
Best Eye Serum for Acne-Prone Skin
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum
Choosing the right products for your acne-prone skin (so, something that will treat your skin without making it look worse) is no easy feat. This eye serum is a safe bet—it’s noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores and it’s formulated without any irritants like parabens, mineral oils, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.
Best Eye Serum for Puffiness
Strivectin 360 Tightening Eye Serum
This serum is like an energy boost for your under eyes. There’s a cooling applicator, which acts as a de-puffer, and the formula contains caffeine and peptides. When the two come together, it’s an actual match made in heaven—they refresh and firm your skin, soothing any under-eye puffiness to help you look more awake.
Best Hydrating Eye Serum
Clinique Moisture Surge Eye
If you’re in a battle against dry skin, you’re going to want this serum on your side. It’s a lightweight gel that floods your eye area with moisture to help plump, firm, and bring some life back to your skin. And the formula also rebuilds your lipid barrier (the skin’s protective outer layer that holds in moisture) to make sure you’re not only getting hydrated, but you’re staying that way too.
Best Drugstore Eye Serum
Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Eye Serum
You don’t need to spend your entire paycheck to get an eye serum that actually works. This drugstore eye serum is packed with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and glycerin, all of which work to hydrate, brighten, and tighten your under-eye area just as well as pricier options.
Best Organic Eye Serum
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment
This organic eye serum is just as effective as your conventional eye serum—believe me. Thanks to the fatty acids in the formula (hi, primrose, borage, and linseed oil) and vitamin C, you’ll be able to hydrate your under-eyes and reduce puffiness without worrying about any potentially sketchy ingredients.
Best Eye Serum for Lifting
Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum for Sagging Skin
The best way to deal with sagging skin? Fillers. The next best thing? This eye serum. It’s laced with peptides, glycerin, and niacinamide, leaving you with more hydrated, brighter, and lifted under-eyes.
Best Lightweight Eye Serum
Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx 360 Eye Renewal
Is there anything worse than a product that leaves behind a greasy residue? Nope, there really isn’t. That’s where this eye serum comes into play—the lightweight formula contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, giving your delicate eye area hydration without a sticky, heavy texture.
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