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Trust us, we love our traditional eye creams. But rollerball versions take a good thing and make it even better. Kind of like adding ice cream to pie or getting that extra 10-minute foot massage when you’re getting a pedi. If you haven’t yet used one, they’re simply serums (lighter than thicker creams) that come with a rollerball applicator. The benefits of this unique delivery system are plentiful.
Generally made of metal, the tips are innately cooling, even more so if you follow our lead and stash them in the fridge. This not only feels nice but is also choice for helping to take down puffiness, fast. The other upshot? Rolling the eye serum on, versus simply tapping it in with your fingertips as you usually would, acts as a little mini massage for the area under your eyes. This too is a choice way to boost circulation and flush out the build-up of excess fluid that can cause, you guessed it, a puffy and swollen appearance. Couple that de-puffing prowess with the fact that many of these formulas offer a whole host of other benefits—wrinkle-fighting, dark circle-fading—and you may never want to go back to classic eye cream again, especially in the morning.
Check out our picks of the best rollerball eye serums, below.
Best Overall: First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller
Multi-tasking for the win. This baby does it all, using caffeine to knock out undereye circles, peptides to smooth out fine lines, and sodium hyaluronate to hydrate. It’s also packed with a host of antioxidants, super important since you want to be extra diligent about protecting the ultra-thin skin around your eyes that’s even more susceptible to damage than elsewhere on your face. We also appreciate that it’s free of alcohol, fragrance, and parabens (just to name a few), so irritation is never a concern.
Best Drugstore: Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller
An oldie-but-goodie, this drugstore staple gets the de-puffing job done, stat. It’s packed with caffeine and vitamin C to leave you looking bright-eyed, and while all rollerballs are cooling by nature, this formula ups the ante thanks to the addition of invigorating mint.
Best Budget: e.l.f Cosmetics Eye Refresh
Yes, a latte can help wake you up on a sleepy morning, but for the same cost (or, let’s be real, probably even less) you can pick up this ultra-affordable roller. Despite the fact that it's affordable, it still packs all the same benefits as its pricier counterparts. Reviewers particularly love how cooling and refreshing it feels, and (obvi) call out the price, too.
Best Cooling: Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes
Chill out, literally, with this ultra-cold de-puffer. Not only is it pleasantly chilly and refreshing, but the lightweight texture of the serum also won’t mess up your makeup; swipe it on whenever that that 3 pm afternoon slump hits. Plus a unique type of mushroom extract delivers extra hydration.
Best for Fine Lines: Pixi by Petra 24K Eye Elixir Peptide
With both collagen and peptides, this is great for smoothing away crow’s feet and pesky wrinkles. It glides on super smoothly, so there’s never any need for tugging or pulling (a major no-no for the delicate skin around your peepers), and we also appreciate that it’s a cruelty-free product.
Best Gel: Benefit Puff Off Under Eye Gel
Unlike traditional rollerballs, the tip on this guy is iron-shaped, working to help smooth out wrinkles (get it?). But it’s not just a play on words; the triangular applicator actually makes it very easy to reach even the inner corners under your eye, and deliver just the right amount of this line-smoothing gel.
Best Luxury: Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum
When you really want to treat yo’ self, reach for this option, which does in fact have a gold tip. There’s 24K gold infused inside the formula too, used for its antioxidant and soothing properties. But you’re not just paying for gold. The formula is filled with proven anti-agers, like stem cell extract and peptides that quickly minimize the look of wrinkles.
Best for Dark Circles: Bliss Eye Do All Things Eye Gel
If you’ve had a late-night, early morning, or, horrors, both, it’s likely that your eyes will be both puffy and riddled with shadows. That’s where this pick comes up huge. The steel rollerball gently massages the skin to flush out fluid, but the serum also has the slightest light blue sheen. That subtle hint of color works to quickly counteract dark circles, giving you a leg up before you even reach for a concealer.
Best for Sensitive Eyes: Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage
In true Clinique fashion, this roller has been ophthalmologist-tested and is free of alcohol and fragrance, so no matter whether you have sensitive peepers, skin, or both, this is choice. A powerful combo of ingredients deliver results instantly and over-time, a win for those of us for whom patience isn’t a strong suit. Since it can be layered over makeup, it’s a good idea to keep it on hand for those times when you need a little mid-day pick-me-up.
Best Anti-Aging: Exuviance De-Puffing Eye Serum
With three tiny prongs on the tip, this triple micro-roller is ideal at boosting circulation (translation: tamping down puffiness). But along with those standard benefits, it also has ingredients that strengthen fragile skin and even help tone and firm sagging. Also noteworthy: Unlike many other rollerballs, you can use this on the upper eyelid, too.
Best Organic: Eminence Organic Skin Care Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream
Given that the skin around your eyes is so thin and delicate, it makes sense to try and opt for eye products with cleaner, more natural formulas. Enter this guy, loaded with certified organic ingredients such as hibiscus to increase elasticity and keep skin supple, protective plant-based antioxidants, and hydrating jojoba oil. The slightly angled applicator tip also makes it easy to reach all the contours around your eyes.
Best for All Skin Types: Bioeffect EGF Eye Serum
Got dry skin? This contains hyaluronic acid and Icelandic water to deliver moisture. Slightly oily skin? Don’t worry, it’s oil-free and helps rebalance moisture levels. Mature skin? Growth factors help to combat signs of aging. Sensitive skin? It’s fragrance- and alcohol-free. You get the picture.