Ok, so I’m just going to serve it to you straight, because (as you know) I’m not in the business of sugarcoating anything: an eye cream will never be the answer to all of your under-eye concerns. Anyone who tells you about a “magic cream” that “completely gets rid of dark circles” is, like, definitely lying to you.
But the good news is that using an eye cream daily and nightly can help with a lot of the issues you’re probably struggling with…as long as you choose the right one. Below you’ll find a list of the best eye creams according to MOI, as well as others that beauty industry insiders love for anti-aging, depuffing, and more.
BEST OVERALL EYE CREAM:
If you’re looking for a solid, trust-worthy eye cream that doesn’t cost a million dollars, IT Cosmetics is your best bet. I’ve been using it for years, and I often feel it outperforms eye creams that are way more expensive. [Editor’s note: since this story was originally published, Confidence in an Eye Cream has been the best seller on the list amongst readers.]
BEST FOR DE-PUFFING:
I’m adding this as a new addition to the list because I got my hands on it last week, and I’m already in love. Unlike traditional eye creams, this one is a “balm” consistency, which I really enjoy. The balm has caffeine in it for de-puffing, and also “natural pearlescent minerals” that create an almost illuminating effect on your under-eyes. The texture is super hydrating but not heavy, and melts into your skin without leaving behind a sticky residue. I’ve also been wearing it on my lids during the day, which is not technically what it’s meant for—but a little dab creates a cool glossy look. (Just don’t wear it on top of eyeshadow because it’ll crease.)
BEST EYE CREAM FOR DARK CIRCLES:
Even though I can’t stand the sight, sound, and smell of bananas (it’s an actual phobia)—I’m able to put that aside for this eye cream. It has Vitamin C (which has been scientifically proven to help with brightening) and collagen (which helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity.) This combination is a great way to counteract dark circles, but keep in mind that since dark circles are hereditary, an eye cream will never be able to remove them completely.
BEST EYE CREAM FOR DRY UNDER EYES:
This is the richest, creamiest eye cream EVER. I like to use it in the winter, or any time my under eyes feel dry, flakey, or irritated. It’s a great option for anyone with sensitive skin.
BEST EYE CREAM TO WEAR UNDER MAKEUP:
I’d had this sitting unopened on my shelf for months, and only recently decided to give it a go after I noticed that one of my favorite celebrity makeup artists (Katie Jane Hughes) was using it in almost all of her makeup tutorials. A lot of eye creams can feel too heavy or cakey when applied in the morning underneath concealer, but this one feels just right. (BTW, have you read my post on the best concealers? If not, check it out.)
BEST “CORRECTOR” FOR DARK CIRCLES:
Ok so technically this isn’t an eye cream, but I had to give it an honorable mention because it’s pretty f-ing awesome. My mom uses it every single day and she got me hooked on it too, although I only reserve it for mornings when I’m looking REALLY rough. It’s meant to be used underneath concealer (it pairs nicely with Tarte Shape Tape) and will make dark circles virtually disappear within seconds. Keep in mind, this is only a surface-level fix—it’s a makeup product, not an eye cream.
BEST PREVENTATIVE EYE CREAM:
AmorePacific is one of the top-selling luxury beauty brands in Korea—where beauty is basically a religion. I personally think AP’s products are incredible, and this eye cream is a new favorite. It’s pricey, for sure, but because it’s so intensely concentrated, a tiny bit goes a VERY long way.
A few honorable mentions that I haven’t personally tried (but are top rated among beauty experts):
Looking for more of my beauty tips and tricks? Check out my post about the right way to use Vitamin C serum—plus a list of the best ones on the market.