Eye creams are tricky territory. They can't be too greasy or else they can migrate into the eye area and cause puffiness. If they're too thick, they might congest the pores, which could then lead to milia, those little white bumps that form around the eyes and need to be professionally extracted. And here's a biggie: You actually shouldn't be applying eye cream at night. Because the skin underneath the eyes is so thin, there tends to be more water retention in the area, especially when you're lying down all night long, meaning you'll wake up with puffiness.
That's why thinner formulas with plumping and smoothing ingredients will serve you well (when applied in the morning, of course).
Now that we've helped you sift through the market a bit, we thought we'd take things a step further and sort through the top-rated eye creams on Sephora based on highest reviews. Because even though the formula might check all the boxes, we want to know that they're approved by real women. See their top picks below.
The hero ingredient in this gentle eye cream is vitamin C, which helps to boost collagen production for firmer, plumper skin. It's great for darkness under the eyes, as vitamin C is also an antioxidant, working proactively by fending off hyperpigmentation and reactively by slowly exfoliating away darkened skin cells over time. This cream is also packed with plant oils and ceramides to help lock moisture in.
Standout review: "This is the warrior for dark circles. I have had hereditary dark circles since I was like, eight. This is the only cream which makes me look like I am awake and I don't really have to put on concealer afterwards if I use twice a day. I wake up and feel beautiful! I have had no problems with irritation and I have dry, itchy skin. I get allergy eyes and this makes me appear less puffy. Very expensive, but I use sparingly, so it should last ages. I also layer another thicker cream afterwards for more moisture since my skin is very dry.
10 out of 10!"
A triple threat of chlorella, mukurossi, and gambir extracts helps smooth and restore youthfulness to the skin around the eyes, diminishing fine lines and skin degradation. It's also great for dry skin, as it's got hyaluronic acid to replenish thirsty cells.
Standout review: "I believe I have found the holy grail of eye creams! This does what it says it will do and only a little of it is required. In no time, I could see my wrinkles and dark circles disappearing! This is a must-have in your beauty arsenal. Get it!!
Dull, tired skin is fortified with a potent hydration booster found in this cream-meets-balm formula. It also fights hard against skin-weakening pollution, damage from UV rays, and free radicals.
Standout review: "I was looking for a eye cream and I got this from Estée Lauder. It's super smooth and velvet[y]. I apply every night and in the morning I can feel [that] my eye area [is] super hydrated! I loved it so much!"
Fan-favorite Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado is rich and smoothing, with natural ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and, of course, avocado to help the skin restore its natural moisture levels.
Standout review: "This is my holy-grail eye cream. I get extremely dry skin under my eyes, as well as my eye lids. I’m talking red and peeling skin. This is the only eye cream that I have ever found that actually moisturizes the skin. My redness and peeling disappear. You must tap this cream in. It will not rub into the skin. Great for under makeup as well."
Inspired by the brightening power of banana powder, a yellow-tinted makeup-setting product, this eye cream contains special pigments to instantly brighten and color-correct the eye area while vitamin C goes to work to firm, protect, and exfoliate.
Standout review: "Bright, smooth and less wrinkles! I never review things unless I'm really impressed and I 100% see a huge difference. Best eye cream I've ever tried."
The power of black tea works as an antioxidant to fight free radicals and improve elasticity while another powerful antioxidant, noni fruit juice, helps increase moisture levels.
Standout review: "I can literally watch puffiness and dark circles disappear. Love this stuff, it makes a great gift as I've seen it work on anyone who has tried it out."
Another Drunk Elephant eye cream on this list. Like the previous product, it harbors the power of black tea to fight off aging free radicals as well as copper peptides to plump and firm the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are even further diminished with the help of plant-based stem cells and niacinamide.
Standout review: "I love this stuff. I have notoriously dry skin under my eyes and on my eyelids. I can never find anything hydrating enough. Surprisingly, this eye cream was incredibly moisturizing for me, despite how lightweight and fluid it seemed! It did wonders for me. I've had some minor lifting and de-puffing effects with it as well. I never try to expect miracles with my skincare products, but when something works for my needs, I'm happy! I've yet to find something better."
Like a rush of cooling, refreshing water to the skin, this deeply moisturizing gel cream replenishes dry, tired eyes. It's especially good to apply before makeup, as it preps the skin for smooth, even application.
Standout review: "I am already in a deeply committed relationship with Belif's Aqua Bomb so when I heard about the Eye Bomb, to say I was excited would be an understatement. And I was not disappointed. I've only had this stuff for a week and I already know I've found the One™. It's a gorgeous lightweight gel with a super smooth application and a hydration punch that makes me look like I've had 10 hours of sleep when I'm really running on four. With other eye creams, I would only apply them at night because they were too heavy or strongly scented to wear during the day but I really wanted to find an eye cream I could wear all day.
Not too heavy but effective with little to not scent. Basically, I wanted the Aqua Bomb in eye cream form and look, now I've got one! So I've been using the Eye Bomb night AND day and my skin is better for it. Like all Belif products, a little goes a long way but I'll definitely be repurchasing when I run out."
SK-II's hero ingredient, Pitera, is an element found in saké that helps encourage cell turnover, an essential factor for youthful-looking under-eyes. It's also loaded with proteins and peptides to strengthen and firm the thin skin surrounding the eye.
Standout review: "I like to try various anti-aging products and if they don't fill the bill, I go back to my standbys. This product has become my new standby. A very little goes a long way—you get a lot of product and it is a pleasant smell. I know it is pricey, but it works on my lines around the eyes when other high priced items do not. I wouldn't have tried it if it wasn't included in the points buy items lineup and am I glad it was. I use the small container for travel and before I get on the plane I add another dosage over my makeup and I look rested and ready for the next meeting!
This is now my primary eye cream go-to."
Perfect for the morning after a long night of dancing and drinking (or, you know, working), this caffeine- and ginseng-infused cream perks up the under-eye area to help de-puff while light-reflecting particles temporarily brighten and hide dark circles.
Standout review: "Because I have oily but sensitive skin, I have to be really careful with eye-creams as they tend to make me break out. I recently got a sample of this and after a spate of late nights that left me looking haggard I thought I would give it a try. I love it! It feels nice, isn't too greasy, absorbs well, and the optical brighteners used in it aren't so obvious it looks like you've used shimmer eye-shadow as concealer - it's just a nice glow. I'm almost out of my sample and will definitely be purchasing this product."
The heroic blend of retinol and ferulic helps firm the thin skin surrounding the eyes, which in turn diminishes the look of dark circles and fine lines. This lightweight serum is also great for the upper lid, as it helps reduce the look of drooping, crepey skin.
Standout review: "This actually works on my dark circles. I see noticeable difference in brightening around eyes. It's light, only need 1 pump and I love that u can you on eyelid too. It's been a full week using product and have only made two of my friends buy it."
This silky gel actually serves as a pre-treatment to help reap even more benefits from your eye cream. It's packed with antioxidants to help skin look fresh as well as proprietary ImuMoisture Extract to maintain hydration for over 24 hours.
Standout review: "I received a sample and couldn't believe how this sunk right into my skin and blurred my imperfections. I love the texture and effectiveness of this eye treatment! It feels great and non-greasy for oily skins as well! I will definitely be getting this product again and again!"
Squalene has historically been used in medicine to treat wounds and skin problems due to its emollient and antioxidant properties. This eye gel comes packed with squalene and peptides to help soothe the eye area, leading to overall brighter and firmer skin.
Standout review: "Holy grail right here. I hadn't told my boyfriend that I had been using a new product and he commented on how the dark circles under my eyes were gone and my face looked great. I jumped and cheered with joy! While on vacation with friends I had three other people try it and they all fell in love and saw a huge difference with just one application. They've all since bought and use this product as well. The fact that it’s also a clean product makes you feel even better. The power of plants!"
Echinacea is the real heavy-lifter here, working to boost collagen and even skin tone for well-rested, younger-looking eyes. You'll also find chamomile and calendula extracts to reduce redness and soothe the area.
Standout review: "This eye cream is fantastic! It's hydrating without being greasy. My eye makeup and concealer also stay put on this. I've noticed a slight difference in my dark circles, too. I will definitely keep buying this!"
This rich balm is packed with caffeine to stimulate blood flow, as well as vitamin C and alguronic acid to tone and firm the delicate skin surrounding the eye.
Standout review: "I've tried a few eye creams high end and drugstore and I never really noticed much of a difference but when I got this baby as a sample from my 500 points I felt like it made a difference within a few days. I'm 27, I had slight dark circles and an issue with bags inherited to me by my mother lol along with bad sleeping patterns. People would always comment that I looked tired even though I wasn't and all that has diminished in only three weeks. I wear this over the Power Wrinkle Serum and Genius Cream day and night and I swear I don't need any makeup because my skin looks even and glow-y and rested, finally lol.
This will last you a long time too because you just need a dab and it covers your whole eye area so it's definitely worth the splurge. I love it. If you're still apprehensive, just try a sample."
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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