Eye creams have gotten a bad rep for being ineffectual, but the truth is if you aren’t using one designed for your specific skin needs, chances are it’s not going to give you the desired results you’re looking for. One “anti-aging” eye cream might be better at firming than dark circles, or another might offer better lifting than smoothing fine lines. By pin pointing your needs and finding a product to match that’s when magic happens in the form of brighter more youthful eyes.
To make life a little easier on you and your wallet we tested over thirty different eye creams in the #bondlab in search of the cream of the crop (literally). Here’s what we found…
Best for – “I’m in my 20-30s, I want to look fresh and prevent”
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel is the perfect all around preventative eye cream for those looking to stave off signs of aging. The patented Radiance Eye Complex promotes circulation diminishing dark under eye circles and puffiness, and a combination of antioxidants helps to combat fine lines. Our eyes felt nourished, protected, and appeared brighter in the morning.
Best for – “Puffiness and dark under eye circles #thestruggleisreal”
Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream offers anti-aging protection against fine lines and wrinkles, but the “scream from the rooftop” results it delivers banishing dark under eye circles and puffiness is what really captured our hearts. This eye cream contains collagen stimulating peptides and retinol to smooth and renew skin. In addition, the brand’s propriety ingredient, Eye Brightening Complex, helps illuminate the eye area. We saw brighter eyes in just a few nights.
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum is perfect for those who like a lightweight barely there feel to their eye creams (oily skinned girls rejoice!) or if you want to add a tightening and brightening super boost to your eye care routine. We suggest layering this serum under your normal eye cream. It’s like Spanx for your eyes. Your normal eye cream is that sexy dress you bought at Zara, but this serum is the extra boost of Spanx tightening underneath. Together they’ll have jaws droppin’.
Best for – “Fine lines, but no deep wrinkles yet…”
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream has a luxurious texture without any greasy heaviness and when it comes to fine lines this eye cream is on top of it’s game. We saw fine lines smoothed out almost immediately with accumulative benefits after each additional night of use. Your driver’s license may say thirty, but your eyes will say twenty with this cream.
Best for – “Saggy boobs? Nope. Just saggy eyelids.”
Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum is nectar from the Gods. Okay, a little dramatic, yes, but this potent serum (meant to be used layered below an additional eye cream; we recommend using with Perricone Cold Plasma Eye) is a face lift for your eye lids. We saw and felt tighter lids and increased firmness almost right away. What makes this serum so powerful is the ingredient Glutathione; dubbed the “Mother of Antioxidants” for it’s ability to recycle antioxidants, support detoxification, and play a crucial role in keeping your body youthful and optimized.
Best for – “You name it, I got it. Fine lines, wrinkles, dark under eye circles, and puffiness”
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II is our fave pick for the girl who needs a little help with everything. While Estee Lauder may have gotten forgotten during all the hub bub with new skin care brands sprouting up what feels like daily, this “OG” (original gansta) brand still knows what they’re doing. We love this eye cream! In a few nights, fine lines were smoothed, deeper creases plumped up, dark under eye circles brightened and puffiness was reduced. We were left thinking, what can’t this eye cream do? Balance my check book for me, perhaps? The silky light texture glides effortlessly; no pulling or tugging, which can cause more wear around the eye. Two thumbs up for this eye cream.
Best for – “I’m not frowning, those are just wrinkles…”
Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream isn’t new; more like an oldie and time trusted goodie. If deeper lines around the eyes, furrows between your brows, and lines around the lips are your causes for distress, then this eye cream is what you need. The silky cream glides into creases and instantly plumps up lines with a proprietary Form Support Veil that smoothes, brightens dark circles and tightens sagging skin. If you’re getting up there in age, then this eye cream may be your silver bullet.
-by Amy Chang
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