When it comes to eye creams the range of prices and technology is immense. From the seriously luxurious like Chantecaille's Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream, to the brilliantly budget Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm that winds down tired eyes. You can pick your price and find a cream to suit.
Mid-range brands like Liz Earle's SuperSkin Eye and Lip Treatment and This Works Perfect Eyes Recovery Cream pack their products with ingredients that can deliver great results. We've tried these so you don’t have to – and we're happy to report we now have far fewer fine lines and less obvious dark circles. Give your partied-out, dull, dehydrated winter skin a nourishing treat with one of these clever eye creams.
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10 best eye creams
10 best eye creams
1/10 Botanics Triple Age Renewal Hydrating Eye Serum, £9.49 for 15ml
Developed with Kew Gardens, this serum claims to reduce deep lines, wrinkles and dark circles in 4 weeks. It is particularly good at reducing morning puffiness if you've been out late the night before and also really reduces the look of dark circles - I found I could go without concealer after a while.
2/10 Weleda Wild Rose Intensive Eye Cream, £16.95 for 10ml
Constantly winning awards in the ethical beauty market, Weleda has been going since the 1920s and grows all its own plants in their Derbyshire herb gardens. So if you like your beauty organic and natural, this one's for you. It really does reduce puffiness and fine lines, while soothing and hydrating. Don't, like I did, expect a rose scent - it's fragrance free.
3/10 Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex, £57.40 for 15ml
If like me you spent your 20s thinking you'd always look the same, then suddenly find yourself in your mid 30s with a complexion that doesn't feel like yours, this cream's for you. Increasingly obvious fine lines and skin that doesn't bounce back from a couple of late nights drinking, needs cure rather than prevention. This claims to reverse multiple signs of ageing with retinol, peptides and vitamin C to strengthen, re-texturise and firm. I've been using it a while now and so far it does what it says on the box.
4/10 Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Lifting Eye Serum, £57.40 for 15ml
A sophisticated form of hyaluronic acid helps keep moisture levels at their highest in this tightening, brightening organic serum from Sweden's best kept beauty secret. It also boosts collagen production – much needed in the delicate tissue around the eyes, prone to wrinkling and sagging. I love the fact it's a range with no nasties in it – just high quality natural extracts and oils. Parabens, synthetic additives, lanolin, perfume, dyes and mineral oils, all banned.
5/10 L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Precision Eye Cream, £13.29 for 15ml
With its high-tech sounding name and triple action claims – re-plumps wrinkles, reduces eye bags and firms skin in just 3 weeks – I was hoping for great results. And I'm pleased to confirm it delivers. I found this cream actually made my skin feel firmer and plumped up, and it definitely looked refreshed – not easy with three little ones constantly causing chaos at home!
6/10 Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm, £3.99 for 15ml
This excellent budget eye cream is ideal for sensitive complexions. Vitamins B and E, jojoba oil and shea butter pack a powerful punch when it comes to soothing and calming tired eyes and reducing puffiness. I used this one evening after writing far too late into the night and getting eye strain from the laptop – it completely helped relax and soothe my tired eyes. And it won't break the bank.
7/10 Liz Earle Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment, £27.50 for 15ml
Designed for more mature skin, this intensive creamy gel can be used around the lip area as well as the eyes to plump out fine lines, smooth and firm complexions losing their elasticity and reduce the appearance of further wrinkles. Packed with anti-oxidants, powerful botanicals and omega 3, like all Liz Earle products it uses hard-working natural ingredients to deliver results.
8/10 Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, £49 for 15ml
Mathilde Thomas created Caudalie from her vineyard Estate in Bordeaux, where she discovered that grapes and the vine could be used in skincare. Her three patented ingredients are packed into this eye cream in their highest concentration (I won't go all science geek on you – but do check out the website which explains the anti-agers she's developed, or visit their first UK boutique opening in London in February). This is a high performing cream that can help to reduce the signs of ageing – particularly on deep wrinkles. It's definitely softened one of my forehead frown lines.
9/10 This Works Perfect Eyes Recovery Cream, £28 for 15ml
Ex-Vogue Beauty Director Kathy Phillips set up This Works 10 years ago and the range is packed with results-driven products – she's tried enough beauty ranges in her career to know exactly what does and doesn't work. Aloe vera, cucumber, arnica and marine extracts combine to create a soothing, reviving treat to rescue tired eyes. Up late at night, too much screen time, or even puffy from crying, this will de-puff and brighten. Early mornings with baby number 3, means it's a regular in my beauty routine – and it really does work.
10/10 Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream, £230 for 15ml
When this little pot landed on my desk I discounted it immediately thanks to the crazy price tag. But in the name of good beauty research I had to give it a go – and for this sort of money I had high expectations. And you know what? It delivers. The high-tech formula nourishes the delicate eye area, minimises puffiness and lines, reduces dark circles, stimulates collagen production and hydrates the skin, it also has a soft focus ability to instantly reduce the look of fine lines. This sounds much like all eye creams, but this one works almost immediately. The skin around my eyes from the first day I used it looked significantly younger and fresher. If you've got the money, go for it, if not save up or put it on your birthday or Christmas list.
Beauty packaging junkies should go for Caudalie's Premier Cru Eye Cream, those in need of cure rather than prevention try Dermalogica's Age Reversal Eye Complex. Natural organic beauty buffs will love Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Lifting Eye Serum. If you're on a budget, Botanics Hydrating Eye Serum Triple Age Renewal is clinically proven to get results in less than 4 weeks.