Eye cream is one of those skincare products most of us still aren’t sure we actually need. While more mature skin can really benefit from an eye cream in order to target fine lines and wrinkles (if that’s what floats your boat), it can feel unnecessary for younger skin types or people who just aren’t fussed about disguising the signs of ageing. So can’t we just use our usual moisturisers all over our faces?
Turns out no. “A great eye cream has a formula which is gentle enough for the most delicate skin on our body,” explain VENeffect founders Rebecca and Cecil Booth. The skin around the eyes is particularly sensitive (and some of the thinnest on your face); therefore, it needs a special type of product. Booth recommends an eye treatment that’s fragrance-free and doesn’t roll up with makeup—that way it can be used both morning and night.
Application is also crucial. To apply eye cream effectively yet gently, tap it on with your ring finger and lightly blend. You don’t need to use too much or go too close to the eyes themselves. So now that we know that our delicate peepers could do with a special cream to care for them properly, which eye creams are actually worth the money? Keep reading to check out the ultimate edit of eye creams beloved by beauty editors, our fashion friends and some of our favourite celebs.
The Beauty-Editor Staple
A longstanding industry fave, this contains coffee bean extracts in order to instantly revive tired eyes. It also has a subtle pearly tint to brighten things up in an instant.
Olay is known for its amazing eye creams, and this one encompasses everything you would need from an eye product. It’s de-puffing, soothing and brightening.
One of my all-time hero products (and one I know a lot of other beauty editors adore), this uses brightening vitamin C to drastically improve tired, dark eyes.
The French Favourite
This uses hardworking Siberian ginseng and has an amazing rollerball applicator for exemplary hygiene and cooling.
For The Morning
Another one of my top favourites, Clinique’s cream is the perfect morning pick-me-up and works brilliantly under makeup.
The chosen eye cream of Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop’s eye cream has an amazing, light texture. “It somehow feels a little bit coo
ling, which is really fantastic,” Paltrow explained. “I dab it around my eyes and put a little on my lips. I want an eye cream to be really hydrating and lifting, but also cooling. I think we got this one right, and I’m proud of it.”
The Millennial Go-To
Another fairly new launch, Glossier’s cream not only soothes fatigued eyes, but it also can be used on dry, chapped lips.
The Natural Option
A great summer buy thanks to its lightweight gel texture, this feels cooling and effective (especially after being in the fridge).
The Cult Classic
Another cult classic most beauty fans will have tried, this is a luxuriously rich cream that uses avocado oil to lightly moisturise.
The High Street Option
Amazing for sensitive skin, you can always count on CeraVe. Its affordable eye cream is just as impressive as its all-over moisturisers.
The Moisture Boost
Proving that hyaluronic acid isn’t just a key ingredient in serums, Dr. Dennis Gross’s eye gel blends beautifully.
The Budget Bestseller
One of The Inkey List’s best sellers, this formula (as its name suggests) uses caffeine to perk things up in an instant.
A favourite of Lupita N’yongo, this can be used on the lashes as well as around the rest of the eye area. It comes with a brilliant wand in the lid, making the application a total breeze.
The Luxury Option
Despite being rather pricey, this is a cream I can’t get enough of. It lasts for ages, can be used on lips and eyes, and comes with a soothing rollerball applicator.
The Fashion Favourite
Charlotte Tilbury’s whipped eye gel is just as magical as her Magic Cream from the same line.
Delivering a hefty dose of energising caffeine to the eye area, this works to reduce fine lines and de-puff after a heavy night.
The priciest of the bunch but a favourite of Margot Robbie, this deliciously luxurious cream is like a mini eye-lift in a jar.