This Is the Best Retinol Eye Cream, According to Beauty Editors

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Retinol is a miracle ingredient: It helps fight acne, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and gives you a brighter complexion. But when you include that ingredient in an eye cream, it makes a world of difference between looking put together and looking like you've had a rough night.

When it comes to Byrdie-editor favorites, one product seemed to keep popping up: The Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream. It goes on pretty lightweight and comes with a cooling gold applicator that just feels so nice. It's made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin around the eyes and, obviously, with retinol to improve the skin's firmness and smooth out texture. Most of us who tried it definitely noticed a difference after a couple of uses.

retinol firming eye cream
Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream $85

Even other beauty editors can't get enough of this eye cream. "I love how this eye cream instantly makes me look more awake—I need all the help I can get," says Stephanie Montes, The Zoe Report beauty director. "It's not greasy, so it doesn't make my makeup slide off. And the best part is the gold applicator tip. It stays cool (especially when you keep it in the fridge like I do), which works wonders for eliminating puffiness."

"Aside from its fine line–blurring and skin-firming powers, what I like most about this silky eye cream is its applicator," says Kristina Rodulfo, PopSugar beauty editor. "I rub my eyes a lot throughout the day (a sin, I know), and the gold metal feels cooling and soothing against tired skin. It also ensures I treat the eye area delicately and doesn't waste as much product since the design allows more targeted application. I apply it not only at night but in the morning—it's lightweight enough to wear under makeup and keeps my computer screen–strained eyes looking bright."

It's a great option if you're looking for a retinol-based eye cream. Plus, it's got the beauty-editor stamp of approval.

If you can't get enough of retinol eye creams, click through to see some other great options.

Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum $85

This eye cream is made with a retinol tri-active technology that minimizes the appearance of crow's-feet and fine lines. Also, it works fast, and you'll notice a change after a few uses. 

Retinol Fusion PM eye cream
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream $55

This eye cream is made with a micro-encapsulated retinol technology that releases the key ingredient over a sustained period. The addition of caffeine reduces puffiness, while shea butter nourishes skin.

Retinol Correxion Eye Cream - best retinol eye cream
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream $18

RoC is a trusted brand when it comes to retinol, and its eye cream contains an exclusive mineral blend that really reduces the appearance of fine lines. It's non-greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin. 

24/7 Retinol Eye Cream 0.5 oz/ 15 g
Dr. Brandt Skincare 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream $55

This eye cream mixes retinol with a ruby crystal complex to not only reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eye area but to brighten up any dark circles as well. 

Time Retreat Eye Treatment 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
Eve Lom Time Retreat Eye Treatment $75

This eye cream is made with oat kernel extract, which has tightening properties to give your skin extra firmness. It also contains vitamin E for hydration and vitamin C for a more radiant complexion.

Use your ring finger when applying eye cream since it has the lightest touch. Too much pressure on the skin could cause wrinkles.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream With Retinol - best retinol eye cream
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream With Retinol $18

This is another eye cream that mixes retinol and hyaluronic acid. It goes on super lightweight, and you'll notice any lines or spots start to fade within a week.

L'Orѐal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Moisturizer
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream $13

We love this eye cream, especially to reduce puffiness. Made with pro-retinol A, this formula will firm up the skin around your eyes within four weeks. 

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