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

Updated 09/24/19
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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
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The product is Sunday Riley's Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream.

I discovered it through a collaboration Sigma Beauty that was launched a few months back where they created a super-cool set of six skincare brushes that catered to different steps of your skincare routine. In addition to the set of brushes, I also received a few of Sunday Riley's best-selling products, including their Auto Correct brightening and depuffing cream. And 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 a pea-sized dab of the cream underneath my eyes, on the inner and outer corners, as well as my eyelids. I typically use a more intense hydrating eye cream at night because this one is more geared towards brightening and de-puffing. But if I've been looking like Billy Butcherson (ahem, the friendly zombie) in Hocus Pocus, I'll be using Sunday Riley’s contouring cream at night too. 

It smells like… Hmm, it's hard to put my finger on it. Slightly fruity? A little floral? The scent is not at all overpowering, which I love. It just smells … I don't know… pretty? If you can imagine how luxurious cumin, marigold, watermelon, apple, Roman chamomile, and cocoa meld together, you’re right on track with 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 while simultaneously de-puffing, brightening, and not clogging my pores. 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 experience dark circles, dryness, puffy morning eyes, or sensitivity to products because it's effective yet gentle.

Keep scrolling for my before and after photos.

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Since I consider myself a bit of a dark-circle connoisseur (and a product hoarder, in general), I'm also including every other eye product I keep in my circle-banishing repertoire. That said, however, even at $65, Sunday Riley's Auto Correct and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, will always have the number one place in my heart.

From eye masks to serums to facial rollers, here are some more of my faves.

Eye Gels
Honest Hazel Eye Gels $12
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When my under-eyes feel like need quenching, 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 hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B3, and aloe vera. They work their magic in just 20 or 25 minutes. However, I’ve recently taken to falling asleep with them.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels $30
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If I’m in need of a quick fix for puffiness or dark 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 to use as 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
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I'm not hugely into the jade roller phase. However, I have noticed an uptick in brightness and downtick in bloat after rolling this gorgeous, rose-gold dipped quartz roller from Angela Caglia 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
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BY Terry’s Hydra-Éclat Eye Contour is absolutely my second favorite eye elixir – after Auto Correct, of course. The consistency is a dream (not too sticky, not too slippery), and thanks to pastel and white rose native cells and protecting black roses, it 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
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Chock-full of antioxidants and two different probiotic strains (yes, you should be putting them on your skin, too!) this serum by Tula Skincare has helped fade my dark circles over time while quelling puffiness and swelling instantaneously. 

PCA Skin Ideal Complex Restorative Eye Cream $87
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Here lies the heavy-duty (no seriously, this is saturated stuff, folks!) eye cream I typically use every night. A little of PCA Skin's restorative eye cream 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 sagging.

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum $85
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Similar to Auto Correct, this serum from Tatcha is one of the only eye formulas that actually brightens my under-eyes. I first discovered it through my mom and I’ve been addicted to the powerful blend of green tea, rice bran, and red algae ever since. 

Hylunia Intensive Repair Eye Cream $46
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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 applying this nutrient-rich concoction from Hylunia. Just imagine the nutrient-rich combination of hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed soy and rice peptides, green tea, and chrysanthemum.

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon $180
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Not only does this multifaceted, cerulean-hued balm look like it was created in a mystical fairy den, it also works wonders when applied to tired under-eyes. I typically try to avoid applying oils to my skin, but this balm has yet to pose any threat of acne while working overnight.

Maya Chia The Eye Achiever $70
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Again, I usually steer clear of oils, but when my skin is in need of hydration, I reach for this non-irritating rollerball from Maya Chia. If you're curious, this starting 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
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If you have a weakness for products that look just as interesting as they feel, look no further than this game-changing eye serum from Aussie-born skincare brand CosMedix. Although it is a bit thick (you only need a tiny dab), this stellar copper complex, formulated with alpha-lipoic acid, and liquid crystals help to quickly reverse just about anything from dark circles to puffiness.

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