9 best eye creams according to our experts

Eye Cream

Ask any good facialist, or your mum’s friend with the amazing skin, eye cream is a hero product to looking youthful for longer. And there’s never too early a time to start. In fact, the sooner the better. Whether you want the best eye cream for dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness, this guide details eight of the very best eye creams as recommended by our skilled team of beauty experts. 

From cult products by famous make-up artists, to products containing three types of algae or a formula made especially for male skin, these are the finest eye creams that your money can buy right now.

9 of the best eye creams on the market right now

1. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

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Harnessing the power of this patented formula from long-established beauty brand Estee Lauder means waking up each morning with refreshed skin around the eyes. 

Continued use reduces a number of the visible signs of ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles. Skin will also look plumper, with improved tone and radiance and smaller pores. This leads to a more youthful appearance. 

The oil-free formula has been patented until 2033 and is rapidly absorbed into the skin, where it can work its magic for up to 72 hours. In fact it gets to work immediately, with 90% of women surveyed saying their skin seemed smoother straightaway after applying. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum is free from synthetic fragrances, is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, and comes in a recyclable glass bottle. 

2. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

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This product from make-up artist to the stars, Bobbi Brown, quickly reached cult status within the beauty world. What we love is the fact that it vanishes into the skin upon contact because it’s so quickly absorbed.

There is an immediate effect, with the skin around the eyes looking and feeling refreshed after application. The formula can be worn alone, or layered beneath concealer for an added boost; the trick is to ensure the eye cream is fully absorbed before applying concealer.

Some entirely natural, nourishing ingredients make this formula so effective. These include avocado oil, witch hazel, aloe vera and jojoba seed. The Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream is presented in a stylish monochrome pot that would grace any bathroom or dressing table.  

3. Oskia Eye Wonder


London skincare brand Oskia is the brains behind this
Eye Wonder formula. It’s a product that promises to deliver brighter, more youthful looking eyes, and is suitable even for sensitive skin. 

The list of ingredients is certainly impressive. Natural extracts such as rosewater and milk peptides are used alongside cutting-edge stuff like Swiss apple stem cells, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide (vitamin B3) to ensure effectiveness. 

The formula is packaged in a sleek, scientific-looking bottle and is ultra lightweight to apply. Once it gets to work, users can expect a reduction in dark circles, less puffiness, and fewer fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improved radiance. The product will also replenish and repair skin. 

Oskia recommends applying a generous layer before adding a chilled cotton wool pad and lying down for a truly relaxing treat. 

4. Algenist Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm


Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm from Algenist is a clever, multi-tasking formula with the power to reduce wrinkles. These include the fine lines and crow’s feet that typically appear around the eye area.

The formula will also get to work fast on the dark circles, puffiness and bags that can appear as signs of tiredness or as part of the ageing process. Suitable for vegans, this formula can transform the eye area in as little as 10 days, and can be applied as a primer before make-up. 

The magic ingredients behind the name include red, green and brown algae. Algenist’s patented Alguronic Acid helps to guard delicate skin against the environmental factors known to cause damage, while the Multi-Peptide Complex firms and smoothes. 

5. Elemis Daily Eye Boost For Men


Specially formulated for men, this
Daily Eye Boost from Elemis targets the skin around the eyes to improve hydration while minimising fine lines. Packaged in a sleek black bottle, it provides the ideal boost for delicate skin in need of extra moisture.

The formula is midway between a gel and a cream, making it a cinch to apply. Ingredients including acacia extract, ginseng and hydroxyproline work in harmony to improve skin elasticity, firmness and tone while protecting against the environmental free-radicals that can age and weaken skin. It is also capable of delivering a moisture boost just where it’s needed most. 

As with all eye creams, the method of application can be key. Elemis recommends dotting the formula on before smoothing carefully to avoid dragging delicate under-eye skin. 

6. Clarins Total Eye Lift Concentrate


Presented in the upmarket brand’s signature deep red packaging,
Clarins Total Eye Lift Concentrate is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, dry or oily. It can also be used by contact lens wearers.

The formula is a silky smooth, creamy gel containing active ingredients that will improve the appearance of the entire eye area. It is most effective when used bi-daily as part of your skincare routine, before applying make-up or a suitable day or night treatment product.

This eye cream from Clarins plumps up the delicate skin around the eyes while brightening, lifting and smoothing. It even pampers the lashes as part of the process. 

7. Decleor Green Mandarin Jasmine Glow Eye Cream


This eye formula from Decleor Paris vows to smooth skin while minimising dark circles. It’s also effective in illuminating the area, and is tinted to help conceal the visible signs of ageing or tiredness.

Containing caffeine, Decleor’s Green Mandarin Jasmine Glow Eye Cream also contains natural flower and fruit extracts to brighten the skin. It’s best applied morning and evening, and Decleor recommends warming the cream with clean fingers before smoothing onto the skin.

8. Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Cream

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Our final contender as best eye cream in the UK is from Laura Mercier. This
Illuminating Eye Cream is capable of doing precisely what it says on the pot – namely brightening the skin around the eyes while acting as a primer for make-up.

This eye product is beautifully packaged in a black-and-white pot enhanced with a decorative geometric pattern. The ingredients list, meanwhile, includes natural wonders like damask rose oil and French rose extract boosted by green coffee seed oil. Violet pearl is also used to boost brightening. 

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Cream reduces dark circles, puffiness and wrinkling, while hydrating, plumping and rejuvenating skin. 

9. 111 Skin, Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel. 

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Celebrating their 10 year birthday this year, 111 Skin’s Eye Lift Gel is a powerful under eye solution.
The Space Defence Eye Lift Gel contains the powerful NAC Y2 formula, aiding restoration and reparation of the delicate eye area. Perfect for tired, dark, and swollen eyes, this soothing eye gel reduces the appearance of dark circles, minimises puffiness, and softens visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, all while keeping the under eye hydrated.

The B vitamin complex used reduces pigmentation, fine lines, dryness, redness and irritation, while the caffeine in the product revitalises, energises, and increases microcirculation to minimise dark circles and mild puffiness.

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