This Eye Cream Is the Only Thing That's Helped My Dark Circles

Updated 04/29/19

Welcome to This Honestly Changed My Life, a series in which we create dedicated, consumer-friendly odes and quick Q&As surrounding the best beauty products, treatments, and wellness rituals that have had an honest impact on the way we consume (and spread the word about) beauty. From eye creams to industry-changing facials to Spin classes, get ready for our honestly life-changing beauty and wellness picks. 

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream $65

The product is Sunday Riley's Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream.

I discovered it through a collaboration Sigma Beauty launched a few months back in which it created a super-cool set of six skincare brushes catered to applying different steps of your skincare routine. In addition to the gift set of brushes I received, the brand also sent me a few of Sunday Riley's best-selling products, including Auto Correct. The purpose, I supposed, was to try out its brush newness with some of the best skincare products in the biz. As the eye cream and Sunday Riley lover that I am, I couldn't wait to try it.

I use it every. single. morning. After cleansing, toning, and slapping on some moisturizer, I apply roughly a pea-sized amount of the cream underneath my eyes, on the outer and inner corners, and on my eyelids. Usually, I'll use a more intensely hydrating eye cream at night since this one is specifically geared toward brightening and de-puffing—aka my morning woes. But if I've been looking like Billy Butcherson (ahem, the friendly zombie) in Hocus Pocus, I'll use this at night too. After all, it's all about preventative measures, right?

It smells like… Hmm, it's hard to put my finger on it. Slightly fruity? A little floral? The scent is completely not overpowering, which I love, while still smelling, I don't know… pretty? If you can imagine how luxurious cumin, marigold, watermelon, apple, Roman chamomile, and cocoa meld together, you can imagine what this dreamy eye cream smells like. 

It changed my life because it's the only eye cream that's physically and instantaneously transformed my dark under-eye circles right before my eyes—while simultaneously de-puffing, brightening, and not clogging the super-small pores around my eyes. It's essentially become my lifeline on both no-makeup and makeup days (I'll pat it on pre-primer on days I'm wearing makeup), and it instantly gives me a real-life-Facetune finish.  

I would give it to everyone. 

You should buy it if you have dark circles, dryness, puffy morning eyes, or sensitivity issues when it comes to product formulas. It's effective yet gentle.

Keep scrolling for my before-and-afters!


Of course, since I consider myself a bit of a dark-circle connoisseur (and product hoarder, in general), I'm including every other eye product I keep in my circle-banishing repertoire (even if Sunday Riley's Auto Correct and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, $65, will always have the number one place in my heart). From eye masks to serums to facial rollers, enjoy!

Eye Gels
Honest Hazel Eye Gels $12

When my under-eyes need a cool drink of water, these soothing under-the-radar eye gels from Honest Hazel are my first stop. They feature elasticity-boosting collagen from cacti and other brightening and quenching ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B3, and aloe vera. They'll work their magic in just 20 or 25 minutes, but I've taken to falling asleep with them. 

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels $30

When I need a quick fix for puffiness or insane shadows, I reach for these makeup-artist-favorite eye gels from Skyn Iceland. While I prefer the Honest Hazel gels as a nightcap, I love these for a pre-makeup pick-me-up while I fumble through my email and make coffee in the morning. 

Angela Caglia Skincare Rose Quartz Facial Roller
Angela Caglia Skincare Rose Quartz Facial Roller $65

I'm not hugely into the jade roller phase, but I have noticed an uptick in brightness and downtick in bloat after rolling this gorgeous, rose-gold dipped quartz roller all over my face in the morning. I keep it on my nightstand so I can reach for it first thing while I mentally prepare for the day before fully getting up. (Oh, and come nightfall, I love this Crystal Gua Sha Rose Quartz number from Odacité.) 

By Terry Hydra Eclat Eye Contour $75

After Auto Correct, this has to be my second favorite eye elixir. The consistency is a dream (not too sticky, not too slippery), and thanks to pastel and white rose native cells and protecting black roses, I think it actually does the best job when it comes to locking in much-needed hydration. Plus, the cooling, silver applicator is everything

Tula Skincare Multi-Spectrum Eye Renewal Serum $58

Chock-full of antioxidants and two different probiotic strains (yes, you should be putting them on your skin, too!), this serum has helped fade my dark circles over time while quelling puffiness and swelling in the more instantaneous interim. 

PCA Skin Ideal Complex Restorative Eye Cream $87

Here lies the heavy-duty (no seriously, this is saturated stuff, folks!) eye cream I usually use every night. A little goes a long way, so even though the jar is small, it will last forever. It's super-charged with vitamin E, titanium dioxide, peptides, aloe, shea butter, antioxidants, and niacinamide to pointedly target basically every ailment concerning your under-eyes: wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, environmental damage, crow's-feet, and—let's just say it—sagging. 

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum $85

Similar to Auto Correct, this is one of the only eye formulas that actually brightens my under-eyes. I discovered it through my mom, and I'm addicted to the powerful blend of green tea, rice bran, and red algae. Plus, I love how fast it absorbs. 

Hylunia Intensive Repair Eye Cream $46

You know the healthy feeling you get after eating a salad or guzzling a green juice? Yeah, I pretty much get the same feeling after tapping on this nutrient-rich concoction from Hylunia. For a sampling, think hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed soy and rice peptides, green tea, and chrysanthemum. 

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon $180

Not only does this multifaceted cerulean-hued balm look like it was created in a mystical fairy den (it smells like it too!), but it's also a wonder when applied to tied under-eyes. Typically, I try to avoid applying oils of any kind on my skin, but this blue balm has yet to pose any pimple threat and transforms the look of decrepit under-eyes overnight. 

Maya Chia The Eye Achiever $70

Again, I usually steer clear of oils, but when dehydration is at an all-time high, I reach for this non-irritating rollerball from Maya Chia. If you're curious, the starring lineup includes the brand's signature supercritical chia seed oil, astaxanthin, black cumin seed oil, raspberry seed oil, and other eye-brighteners like rooibos tea, lupine, lavender, algae, and vitamin C. 

CosMedix Opti Crystal $95

If you have a weakness for products that look just as flossy as their results, look no further than this game-changing eye pick from Aussie-born skincare brand CosMedix. Though it is a bit thick and tacky (you only need a teensy-tinsy dab!), the stellar copper complex, spin-trap and alpha-lipoic acid, and, yes, liquid crystals help reverse everything from dark circles to puffiness. 

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