I have an unhealthy obsession with eye creams and eye masks—or perhaps the more accurate adjective would be intense. Although, if you were to ask my bank account, we'd probably be right back to unhealthy—whoops. However, despite the plaintive cries of my wallet, I will say that my intense love for anything that soothes my morning lids and shadowy circles has resulted in a connoisseur-ship of sorts. Essentially, I've made it my mission to find all the best eye care products available to humankind and our collectively parched under-eyes.
While I'm sure there are many I still have yet to discover and which will bountifully launch and appear in the exciting years to come, I've come up with a pretty bad-ass list of creams, serums, gels, and masks to remedy every kind of eye woe—from lines and wrinkles to circles and puff.
In fact, as I adoringly tallied a comprehensive list of every best-of eye product I (or my fellow editors) have ever felt stabbing appreciation for, I realized I'd accumulated a roster of 20 products. Of course, I wanted to share my conclusions ASAP, but I also wanted to lend a little more organization to the madness and decided to sort my favorite eye stuffs into four different shopping baskets—the best eye care products to be found in the aisles (or scroll bars) of a few of our very favorite beauty retailers.
Exciting, no? To find out which eye care products we personally vouch for at the likes of Sephora, Dermstore, Nordstrom, and Violet Grey, keep scrolling. Perkier peepers await.
Both Editorial Director Faith Xue and senior editor Hallie Gould fawn over this brightening cream from Ole Henriksen. It's great for all skin types and features ample collagen and vitamin C to boot.
According to Hallie, this is one of the best eye creams you can get your hands on, and it's a go-to pick whenever she finds herself in the aisles of Sephora. She loves this one for night and the aforementioned formula from Ole Henriksen for the morning! It tackles delicate and lackluster skin while you sleep thanks to a host of active ingredients like the brand's patented bi-retinoid, soy peptide extracts, and hyaluronic acid.
My beautiful mom always has this luminizing eye serum on hand and, truth be told, I ditch my own stash of eye care products in favor of this one from Tatcha whenever I'm home to visit. Its strategic content of caffeine and red algae immediately perk up my jet-lagged eyes and help diminish shadows and dehydration.
This vibrant tube from Clinique is a crowd favorite for a reason. It actually does what the cheeky name hints it will. I've been using it since its debut back when I was in college, and no matter how many new eye care products I try (and fall in love with), I never love or covet this one any less. Its lofty portion of peptides helps build up your skin's collagen stores long-term.
Expertly infused with pearl (to aid brightness), natural collagen (to firm), colloidal silver (to heal and rejuvenate), and aloe vera (to calm puff), these pretty silver eye masks are as effective as they are aesthetically pleasing.
This power-packed eye cream is expertly formulated by dermatologists and is specifically targeted to tackle basically every under-eye woe—from fine lines and wrinkles to puffiness and dark circles.
Eye-changing ingredients like retinol, lactic acid, antioxidants, titanium dioxide, luscious essential oils, and algae extract make up this calming serum from Tula. Plus, the silver-tipped applicator is like a cool drink of water for mornings when you wake up feeling sore and puffy.
This ultra-rich eye cream from PCA Skin is a personal favorite, and I've been using it regularly (almost every night) ever since I first tried it back in February. Despite its rich and nourishing texture, it never feels too heavy or cloying and recharges the look of tired under-eyes regardless of what season it is.
Almost every makeup artist we talk to (or keep tabs on via Instagram) uses these cooling eye patches on their celebrity clientele pre–makeup application. The key is in the elastin (which encourages firmness), hexapeptide (to discourage wrinkles), and other natural fares like ginkgo biloba and CoQ10 to achieve an overall rejuvenated look.
"I just learned about Cosmedix during a recent facial with Aussie skin guru James Vivian, during which he used the brand's products," wellness editor Victoria Hoff tells me. "It was, without a doubt, the best facial of my life. I couldn't get over how soft my skin was afterward, and my complexion is usually hopelessly dry (even after an hour of pampering). He wrote out a detailed regimen for me and sent me on my way with all the products in question, and I decided that I would do just about anything to maintain that glow.
This eye serum has been a standout for reducing dark circles. Plus, it's so pretty."
When I found out that supermodels are secretly obsessed with this relatively lesser-know eye cream, I obviously had to get my hands on it for myself—being a self-proclaimed eye cream connoisseur and all. Much to my glee, it definitely lives up to the hype. The texture is deliciously luxurious (without feeling heavy), and it's armed with Albizia bark extract and hyaluronic acid so the delicate eye area is left feeling supple, soothed, and magnificently bright.
Chances are you've seen these starry eye masks all over Instagram, but unlike a lot of other products we see all over our social media feeds, these actually work. In fact, I'm kind of addicted to them. They're especially soothing in the morning and have a stellar lineup of ingredients including collagen, aloe, licorice root extract, rose flower oil, rosemary, retinol, gold, and hyaluronic acid.
Specifically created to tighten and plump the fragile eye area (and simultaneously reduce the look of lines and wrinkles), this splurge-worthy serum is inspired by skin volume and line relaxing research and helps to transform and recontour the stubborn eye area. (As a personal note, it kicks my perpetual dark circles to the curb.)
With the brand's lush Royal Fern Complex, hyaluronic acid, chamomile extract, vitamin C derived from Acerola cherry, and jojoba and macadamia nut oil, this eye cream is an eye-transforming concoction sent from the heavens (or rather, dermatology labs in Germany). It's my newest favorite eye cream thanks to the dreamy scent, velvety texture, and the fact I wake up about 10 times prettier if I've applied it to my eye area the night prior.
Beloved by makeup artists, these luxurious eye masks from Chantecaille drip with all things covetable. From 24-karat gold and soothing botanicals to peptides, seaweed, and silk (plus, much more), these pretty packs are worth the investment. They also won't leave behind any sticky or tacky reside like some other masks do!
We'll just say this: No night of beauty sleep is complete without one of Slip's iconic Silk Sleep Masks. Not only will your quality of sleep likely improve (darkness is key!), but it also acts as a protective barrier for those dreaded sheet creases.
I have an insane love for this brightening eye potion from Sunday Riley, mostly because it acts as a virtual filter and helps minimize my deep-set dark circles, puffs, and shadows. For my full review, click here.
Not only are these pretty gold foil eye masks perfect for an in-flight beauty routine, but they're also great for hydrating parched under-eyes and brightening the skin to help minimize the look of shadows and circles. (Oh, and my gorgeous friend Jess Chia, executive beauty director for Allure, also frequently shows her love for these pretty eye masks on Instagram!)
Laced with an elegant array of antioxidant-rich roses (pastel, white, and black native roses), this lightweight eye cream drenches the eye area with much-needed hydration while also supporting tissues around the eye contour.
Celebrities, makeup artists, and editors alike pretty much drool over anything from Dr. Barbara Sturm, and this eye cream is no exception. Crafted by Dr. Sturm in Germany, this high-quality cream beats swelling, bags, and dark shadows and incorporates all of the good stuff for a powerful yet natural complex that's accented with medical molecular active substances as well.