Eye Gels: The Product Your Anti-Aging Routine Is Missing
When an uninvited blemish shows up on your face, it’s annoying, frustrating, and a definite downer. But every pimple has a timeline, a life span; you know it will eventually come to an end. When you start noticing dark circles, under-eye bag, and fine lines around your most prized facial feature—your eyes—it’s a bit more unsettling. There’s no life cycle of a dark circle and no half-life of an under-eye bag to count on. And so we turn to every eye treatment known to man. First, it was eye creams—the holy grail anti-aging product in every beauty arsenal. Then, when we realized slathering on creams wasn’t enough, we all ran out and purchased shopping baskets full of eye masks. And then eye serums. Creams aren’t cutting it. Masks are helping. Serums are getting there. But is there something better, something your under-eyes are missing? Yes. Eye gels. Scroll through to find out why!
Why eye gels? For the same reasons eye serums have risen to the top of so many must-try lists. They’re thinner, and as such, the active ingredients can penetrate deeper. If your only concern is dryness, an eye cream may just be what you’re looking for. But if you’re like the remaining 99% of us, you’re looking for more. You’re looking for brightening, firming, lifting, and skin-tightening. And because gels are so cooling and soothing, they’re also great at taking down puffiness.
Eye gels have gained serious support from women looking to step up their anti-aging eye game. Which is why it wasn’t difficult to find 10 top-rated eye gels. No matter your budget (or your preferred shopping destination), there’s an eye gel for you. These 10 come with hundreds of positive reviews. Read the five-star reviews and find the one that's right for you below!
Botanical Beauty Absolute Gold 24K Lifting Eye Gel ($20)
4.7 stars from 218 reviews
“I am so glad I decided to purchase this lifting eye gel with gold! The best gel I have ever tried, seriously. Most of the eye creams absorb insanely fast without leaving my eye area moisturized or they don’t absorb at all. This particular 24K eye gel absorbs fast and hydrates my skin at the same time. You don’t need to use a lot—one spoon will be enough for both eyes and the gel spoon is kindly provided by the company in the package. This gel is clear, but it does have real gold dust in it. I also like that it’s odorless and it does exactly what it supposed to—LIFTS. It spreads out evenly, and I was able to spread one spoon under my eyes and over the crow’s feet that are starting to appear here and there. My eye area is extra hydrated and nourished, and the lifting effect is quite noticeable. No greasy feeling or dry patches. This lifting gel is a WAY better eye remedy than most expensive brands out there. Buy it and try it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.” — Maya
VoiláVe Total Youth Eye Gel ($20)
4.3 stars from 1253 reviews
“I hate writing reviews. Especially when products don’t do much to excite me—this is NOT the case here. I think as women, we all try to find products that are affordable, yet effective. We often think that by buying the expensive creams, we will find something truly helpful. I have never had much luck with anything. I have combination skin that occasionally breaks out and [am] starting to show several laugh lines and crow’s feet. Under my eyes there are small bags, especially in the morning. Until now. I know everyone’s experience is different, but I am excited to have found VoiláVe. I have used three of the VoiláVe products: the Vitamin C Serum, the Total Youth Under Eye Gel, and the Hyaluronic Acid. They are affordable and simple to use. You need to be careful with the vitamin C and acid if you are not used to them, but when used as the instructions state, work well, and don’t over-dry. I have used them for a month and have noticed a marked difference in the feel of my skin, and the elasticity. I don’t break out like I did, and people have noticed a difference, asking me what makeup I use. I tell them the makeup hasn’t changed in five years, just what I have been using under it. I am pleased that I have found VoiláVe, and am sure others will see a difference. I was not paid to use this product, just excited to finally find a product that really does what it claims, at least for me.” — Amy Hanna
Neon & Noble Eye Boost Gel ($20)
4.3 stars from 457 reviews
“Wow, this stuff really works in making the puffiness disappear from under my eyes. It works so well that a cosmetician asked me what products I use on my face, since it looks so flawless, and if I used anything for dark circles or puffiness. I recommended it to my mom and my sister. I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion, and I must say I am happy with the results. I will purchase again when I run out. Yay—found something that does what it says and at a great price.” — CsHart
OZ Naturals Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel ($19)
4.2 stars from 794 reviews
“I used to spend my money on makeup, but as I get older I find myself spending more on skincare. I really love serums and eye treatments. After 30, we all know our lovely faces stop producing collagen, so maintenance is clutch for me. Disclaimer: My ethnic background gives me an advantage with aging. That being said, I’m not exempt from getting dark circles and under-eye puffiness when I’m up all night working. This little magic potion does wonders. I used to work as a MAC cosmetics makeup artist and I would always put teabags (i.e., caffeine) under my eye to depuff my eyes fast. Now that I have a little more to spend, I’m able to treat myself with better solutions. Matrix 6 Eye Gel has done wonders for me. My eyes look less tired and my skin looks amazing without any makeup IMO. Flashback: I used to never leave the house without makeup let alone let anyone snap a picture of me without it. Now, I actually prefer my face without makeup. It also appears that my skin is more vibrant and brighter after using it consistently. I love that it is all natural, as I’m not really keen on using skincare that is way severe. I’m not going to get into the technical specifications of the eye treatment, because I’m not really credible in that sense. But as a person that uses it, I can tell a significant difference. It also feels like it’s working when applying. Similar to having everything tightened up a bit. Last thing: When I do wear makeup, unlike some other eye treatments with silicone that clumps up when makeup is applied, OZ doesn’t do that. My makeup still looks like it should. My age is 32.” — Lana L.
Olay Age Defying Classic Eye Gel ($11)
4.3 stars from 110 reviews
“I’m 26 and I constantly rub my eyes due to allergies. I’m starting to get tiny fine lines under my eyes from rubbing them so much, so I started using this eye gel. I’ve been using it for one week now and I already see some of the tiny lines disappearing. Also, my dark circles are getting lighter and it’s brightening up my eyes! It’s very gentle and doesn’t irritate my eyes. I swear by Olay, my mom has been using this since she was in her 20s, and now she’s 60 and people think she’s in her 40s!” — Christy05
“Noticed the difference right away. In combination with the night cream, I observed tighter, smoother, and colorful skin. Even when I awoke in the morning, my formerly puffy eyes were not puffy. The results last all day and I couldn’t feel any younger. The other day, I was asked about my age during a survey, and the woman looked at me and didn’t believe what I had just told her. She was even more surprised when I showed her my driver’s license. Thanks, Olay.” — Robb the Runner
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream ($20)
4.2 stars from 26 reviews
“I started to get tiny fine lines underneath my lower lash line. I am 23 years old so naturally that drove me INSANE. I also have really dark circles. So, I found some high-end under-eye creams that really helped with the dark circles but accentuated the fine lines. Then, I tried this product. The skin around my eyes are smooth again and they feel heavenly. So extremely soft and my concealer doesn’t crease anymore. LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. I will be using this until the day I die.” — Beauty Junkee
Retinol Eye Gel ($18)
4.1 stars from 101 reviews
“Best eye gel I have ever used. I love eye gel in the morning. It is lightweight and does not cause makeup meltdown. I have been on the hunt for a new eye gel since the last brand I used raised their prices to almost double with almost half as much product. I literally went to Ulta and bought close to 10 different eye gels. This has been my favorite. A lot of eye gel formulas ball up and do not work under makeup or an eye cream. This one goes on smooth, instantly absorbs, and does not ball up when you put other products on top of it. It is amazing. I have one fine line under my eyes at this stage. It has not made it disappear. I have not developed any new lines since using. It is important to incorporate retinol into any good skincare regimen. This has my eyes covered. Love it. I use it twice a day and have no irritation. It never burns the eye area. Another major issue with many eye gels/creams. I think the ultimate question is, would I buy this again? Yes, and again and again. I hope Uta continues to carry this line. They do not have many products, but the ones that exist are fabulous and affordable. I cant ask for more.” — Quesolover
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel ($85)
4.3 stars out of 164 reviews
“I don’t usually do reviews, but here it goes. I received a sample of this amazing eye gel, and after using it for two days found myself rejecting my $315 La Prairie Radiance Eye Cream and looking for my sample of Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Gel. This is the holy grail—my fine lines literally disappeared. I hadn’t seen any other eye cream do this for me in years, La Prairie got close. But this sample amazed me! I’m so happy I tried it; I’m definitely a eye cream snob and now I am paying less than a third of the price of my other eye cream. Some background info: I’m mixed Asian Caucasian race and 29 years old. I also was the counter manager/cosmetics manger for La Prairie, Shiseido, and Clarins. Buy it—you will not be disappointed!” — Tiffaniekay86
“Being a full-time student with a job, my eyes always look dark and baggy. I need concealer to hide it, and even then it still shows through. I’ve tried other eye gels, but nothing really worked as well as they claimed. I received a few samples of this gel, and although skeptical I decided to try it. I didn’t notice anything at first, but after a few days using it what a difference it made! I don’t even need concealer anymore—my eyes look so much brighter! Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this cream. It ACTUALLY works. Highly recommend to anyone, especially students with the dark-eye problem!” — Imaginemichelle
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream ($41)
4.2 stars from 263 reviews
“I gave this gel a shot because I was impressed with the Fresh lip therapies and, frankly, the reviews were great. I thought I saw a difference after the first night. After a week, I didn’t think, I knew. There was a huge difference. Wow!! Less puffiness, significant improvement in dark circles and visibility of wrinkles. (And at 58, I’ve got plenty of wrinkles!) It’s going to sound like an ad, but I’ll say it anyway. My eyes are brighter and younger looking. I don’t give anything a top rating lightly. (We all know about grade inflation.) At least for my skin, the Fresh Eye Gel earns every star.” — Littleword
Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel ($68)
4.2 stars from 145 reviews
“When I try new products, especially new product lines, I like to do my personal consumer test. I used the Algenist on one eye and my favorite products on the other for two weeks. The difference was mindblowing, and if I was the person reading this instead of writing it, I’d think someone paid for this. I bought this the day I went into a Sephora store to get help with my eye makeup because my upper lids were beginning to droop too much for me to use colors in the way I had. After a couple of days of pity partying because the consultant said I shouldn’t use eyeliner (my very favorite eye product), I decided I would test my new Algenist. I have tried a couple other products from the line, and been happy, but this was the first Firm and Lift product. It’s hard not to sound like I’m exaggerating when I say the Algenist side lifted enough for me to be able to use eyeliner and use color in my newly rediscovered contour. I’m writing this after another two weeks. I can still tell which eye I started with because it has continued to improve but I can do my eyes like I want to again. Does this mean it will work for everyone, of course not. Everyone has different skin. I don't have a problem with wrinkles or dryness, so I can’t say if this would help that at all. My recommendation is go into your Sephora store and ask for a sample to take home. I am now using all their firming and lifting products and am anxiously waiting to see if I get similar results on my face and neck.” — Kareninca
“For several years, I’ve had a problem with heavy, drooping upper eyelids, causing me to look older. Over the years, I’ve tried numerous ‘lifting’ eye products without results and was investigating different surgical procedures to remove the excess skin. Then, my friend told me about the Algenist products she saw on QVC. I was very skeptical about trying them since they were being sold on that channel. Online, I saw this product from Algenist, which claimed to lift the skin around the eyes. I tried it and was amazed! After only about a week of applying it in the morning and night, I had my old eyelids back! This product gave my eyes such a fresh and youthful appearance. I will never stop using it! It does everything it claims.” — Janine0903
Will you try an eye gel? Tell us which one you’re adding to your shopping cart in the comments below!