No matter how much sleep you get or how healthy you eat, eye issues—in the form of dryness, puffiness, dark circles, or fine lines—are pretty much inevitable. Why? The eye area tends to show the most signs of stress and aging, because (1) the skin around your eyes is super thin and delicate, and (2) the muscles in that area get a lot of action (like every time you laugh, squint, or roll your eyes). The best bet for making this finicky area look smooth and bright? An eye cream. But that said, not all eye creams are created equal—and some straight up don’t even work—so I’ve weeded through all the BS formulas to bring you the 20 best eye creams that really, truly do some magic.
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Best Eye Cream Stick
Tula Rose Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm
Skincare in stick form is super trendy right now—you can get everything from your face mask to moisturizer, and yes, even your eye cream, in a twist-up stick format. This probiotic-infused one from Tula is cooling, de-puffing, brightening, and hella easy to use. Just swipe it on and go—literally.
Best Eye Cream with SPF
Supergoop Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40
Obviously, sunscreen is already a part of your regular skincare routine (and if it’s not…get on it), but an extra dose of SPF 40 around your eyes can only help in the anti-aging department. Not only does this eye cream instantly brighten (it has sheer, shadow-disguising tint), but the formula is filled with antioxidants, caffeine, and probiotics help minimize dark circles and fine lines.
Best Eye Cream with Niacinamide
Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Eye Cream
ICYMI, niacinamide (you may know it as vitamin B3) is in like every new skincare launch these days (including this eye cream from First Aid Beauty), and for good reason. The multitasker brightens, hydrates, soothes, and protects skin from harmful free radical damage. Go ahead and slather it around your eye area twice daily for an all-around healthier-looking eye area.
Best Vitamin C Eye Cream
BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector
Vitamin C is the MVP of this formula—not only does it help rebuild collagen in your skin (making it firmer over time), but it also brightens your tone and fades dark spots with consistent use. That, coupled with a dose of CBD (to help reduce inflammation and redness), and you’ve got yourself the ultimate all-in-one eye cream.
Best Retinol Eye Cream
RoC Eye Cream
Legit every dermatologist I’ve ever interviewed has recommended this RoC eye cream to me. Its hero ingredient is a mild form of retinol that helps plump up skin and minimize shadows without causing irritation or redness—plus the lightweight formula is zero percent greasy or sticky, so it wears well under makeup.
Best Eye Patches
KNC Star Eye Mask
So I know these aren’t technically an eye cream, but if you need to hide the evidence of a happy hour gone overboard, a good cry sesh, or the fact that you haven’t slept a full eight hours in months, these eye patches are the answer (and they only take 15 minutes to work their magic). I keep mine in the fridge for extra cooling benefits and stick them on whenever I need some soothing, smoothing, and hydration (thank you, retinol and aloe vera extract).
Best Natural Eye Cream
Ivyees Age Defying Eye Crème
Attention green beauty lovers: this all-natural eye cream from Ivyees is about to be a staple in your a.m. and p.m. skincare routine. It’s made with manuka honey, vitamin E, and plant oils to smooth crow’s feet and soothe your skin.
Best Eye Cream for Nighttime
Epi.Logic by Dr. Jeanniton Eye Contact
Smooth this ultra-potent eye cream around your eyes before bed and I promise you’ll wake up to brighter, smoother skin in the morning. It’s all thanks to a combo of vitamin A, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides.
Best Eye Cream for Puffiness
Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel
Puffiness is pretty much impossible to cover, but not to worry—you can successfully deflate your early-morning under-eye bags with this gel. The formula uses algae peptides to tighten itty-bitty lines and antioxidant Lipochroman to protect your sensitive eye skin from free-radical damage (a byproduct of things like pollution and UV, which lead to premature aging).
Best Eye Cream for Dark Circles
Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment
Okay, so TBH, no eye cream is actually going to erase your dark circles (only a new set of DNA can do that), but this treatment from Tatcha comes pretty damn close. The sheer, illuminating tint (which comes in three shades) reflects light to diffuse the look of shadows instantly while brightening niacinamide works to subtly reduce their appearance with consistent use.
Best Eye Cream for Tightening Skin
No7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream
This eye cream basically gives you a just-got-fillers effect, minus the whole needles-and-dermatologist thing. You can thank its powerhouse ingredients list for this plumping effect—it’s filled with peptides (an anti-aging ingredient) and ceramides and hyaluronic acid (two ingredients that plump and hydrate the skin).
Best Hydrating Eye Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Gel Eye Cream
When it comes to your under eyes, you can never get enough hydration. This eye cream contains hyaluronic acid, a molecule that boosts moisture levels in your skin throughout the day to temporarily smooth lines and deeply hydrate, without feeling sticky, heavy, or greasy. Just tap it on, and the lightweight gel formula will absorb into your skin in seconds, so you can get on with your busy life.
Best Eye Cream Serum
Vichy Minéral 89 Eyes Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel Cream
This ultra-hydrating eye cream from Vichy is hands down one of my favorites. It has the consistency of a gel serum (it’s super lightweight) and makes your eye area feel plump and moisturized (shoutout to mineral-rich spring water and hyaluronic acid) as soon as you put it on.
Best Multitasking Eye Cream
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide Firming Eye Cream
Dealing with fine lines, dark circles, and dryness? Grab this multitasking eye cream from Paula’s Choice to help you deal with it all. It’s got three super actives: retinol, vitamin C, and, ceramides, which together, make your under eyes smoother, brighter, and more moisturized with use.
Best Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin
Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Boost 360° Eye
This gentle eye cream from Skinfix is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin, since it’s made without potential irritants like synthetic fragrances and dyes. What it’s made with instead? An alfalfa seed complex to reduce puffiness, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth, and plant oils to boost your skin’s protective barrier.
Best Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum
There’s a reason why so many eye creams contain peptides—they’re a superhero ingredient. Tap on this eye cream and let the moisture-boosting formula strengthen your skin and brighten dullness, thanks to its peptides (which boost skin’s elasticity), niacinamide (fights fine lines and wrinkles), and allantoin (lightly moisturizes).
Best Eye Cream for Dry Skin
Beautycounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
Fact: The skin around your eyes is thinner and has fewer oil glands than the rest of your face, so even if your skin is naturally oily, your eye area can feel chronically dry and itchy. Sound familiar? Tap on this eye cream, which uses super-moisturizers like squalane, glycerin, and shea butter to keep skin soft and hydrated. And the formula is free from questionable ingredients like parabens and synthetic fragrance, so it’s ideal for anyone with sensitive skin or an affinity for clean beauty.
Best Eye Cream for Wrinkles
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes Retinol Eye Cream
Smooth crow’s-feet with this retinol-spiked cream that’s specially formulated to be gentle enough for your eye area. Retinol, the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging ingredients, is proven to kick-start collagen and elastin production (two proteins responsible for skin’s firmness and plumpness) and speed up cell turnover (your natural exfoliation process)—both of which minimize the appearance of lines. Side note: Retinol works really well preventatively too. So if you’re a chronic squinter and afraid of lines, start using this ASAP.
Best Eye Cream Balm
Kopari Beauty Starry Eye Balm
This silky eye balm is packed with coconut oil, coffee oil, and hyaluronic acid to help smooth and brighten your under eye area. As you massage it around your eyes, the warmth from your fingers will melt it into a nourishing lightweight oil.
Best Smoothing Eye Cream
Skinbetter Science InterFuse Treatment Eye Cream
Listen, I get that $100 is a lot to spend on a skincare product—especially one that’s only used on a tiny area of your face—but this eye cream is worth every dollar. It’s incredibly effective at smoothing fine lines and wrinkles thanks to a combo of antioxidants, fast-acting firming peptides, and skin-plumping humectants.
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