These Are the Best Brightening Eye Creams, Hands Down
Fortunate is the woman who has never complained about her under-eyes—and as it turns out, such women are few and far between. Case in point: Eye issues are always the topic du jour at Byrdie HQ, whether we’re discussing off-the-wall remedies for getting rid of under-eye bags or swapping favorite eye creams for battling fine lines and dark circles. Speaking on the latter, we pooled our collective beauty prowess together to present to you a guide to the eye creams out there that keep you from resembling a panda (well, your eyes at least). We’ve tried and tested many, and few made the cut. Though we’re not touting these as miracle workers—sorry, one use won’t instantly get rid of your eye bags—they are certainly the best we’ve tried, and many of them currently grace our carefully curated bathroom counters. From super-luxe formulas to budget-friendly buys, keep scrolling for our favorite brightening eye creams!
Dr. Sebagh Supreme Eye Serum ($170)
Famed dermatologist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh created this eye cream to help combat puffiness and dark circles—and it’s risen to cult status among the Hollywood crowd overnight. Made with enzymes that supposedly shrink the capillaries that cause dark shadows, it’s a high-tech cream that promises results.
Hylamide SubQ Eyes ($33)
Hylamide is one of CVS’s best-kept secrets for the simple fact that it delivers potent skincare ingredients at wallet-friendly prices. Our beauty director, Deven, recommends the eye serum, which contains a variety of peptides and plant saccharides to shrink dark circles and smooth fine lines.
M-61 by Bluemercury Hydraboost Eye Hydrating Peptide and Vitamin B5 Eye Cream ($78)
Byrdie senior editor Hallie loves this triple peptide-infused eye serum, which strengthens the under-eye area with nourishing vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid. Meanwhile, licorice root extracts brightens shadows and dark circles.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue ($60)
The ultimate luxury treatment for your eyes, Charlotte Tilbury’s new eye cream tightens and brightens crow’s feet and shadows with a blend of botanical actives, retinol, red algae, and more. Dab the formula in problem areas before bed, and wake up with looking bright-eyed—guaranteed.
What's your favorite eye cream for banishing dark circles? Tell us below!