Eye cream may seem like a ploy by skincare brands to get you to spend extra money on another product, but trust us when we say that it's a necessary step. Just like lips need lip balm, the area around the eyes is different than the rest of your face (read: thinner and more delicate), so it needs a more concentrated product to help hydrate, lift, and brighten in a way that ordinary facial moisturizer can't. But if the thought of it ignites a big eye roll, know that there are plenty of drugstore options that work just as hard as their prestigious counterparts.
For further evidence that you can still get a quality product on the cheap, our friends at Rank & Style sent over the internet's top five favorite formulas for erasing dark circles crow's-feet, all under $25.
Keep scrolling to see the best drugstore eye creams, according to the Internet.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen go to work in this skin-plumping serum to address three major signs of aging: wrinkles, puffiness, and skin-sagging. Within three weeks, you'll see noticeable results.
With an advanced amino-peptide and vitamin complex, this non-greasy formula brightens and smooths the under-eye like Photoshop in liquid form. It also utilizes exfoliation to rid the area of dead skin and promote new, healthy cell growth.
Quench parched under-eyes with this cooling gel that harnesses this power of hydro ionized mineral water to drive deep into skin and plump from within. It's no match for sleepless nights or harsh outdoor conditions.
This power duo of retinol and glucose complex, a retinol booster which accelerates the skin's surface activity for fast results, helps turn over new cells and thickens the skin for smoother under eyes and less wrinkles.
Tested through multiple clinical studies overseen by independent dermatologists, this high-powered smoothing cream will yield younger-looking eyes in as little as 28 days.
Tackle seven common under-eye problems (crow's-feet, dark circles, puffiness, dullness, uneven tone, poor texture, and fine lines) in one fell swoop with this fast-drying, skin-quenching cream. One user raves, "Within one week, I noticed the bags diminished, and my wrinkles under my eyes were less visible."
A must-have before applying makeup, this smooth cream hydrates and fills fine lines so your foundation and concealer have a perfectly even canvas to blend into.
We're big fans of Neutrogena's facial moisturizer, so it comes as no surprise that its eye cream is also highly regarded by customers. It's clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and also increases firmness around the eye area.
This fan-favorite eye cream helps reverse aging with its punch of retinol and an exclusive mineral blend.
This dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested eye cream is fortified with clary sage to increase your skin's ability to retain moisture and helps give off the appearance of smooth under-eyes. It's 99% natural and free of eye-irritating parabens and phthalates. One user gushes, "I actually look forward to applying it. I dab it all over my eyelids and underneath the eyes, as well as the [crow's-feet] area. It doesn't burn or bead up. It absorbs nicely and leaves my skin feeling very hydrated." We're sold.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.