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 find out the number one pick!
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.
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.