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22 eye creams so worth it you’ll never forget that skincare step again

We get it: finding the right eye cream can be overwhelming—especially when we have over 120 eye care products to choose from (and counting).

You walk into store or scroll through our website, skimming over a handful of descriptions and ingredients lists that do all but dispel your inability to choose, because let’s face it: they all sound pretty great.All you want is a bright, healthy-looking eye area, and maybe a little extra help on a Monday morning—simple. While some creams will provide instant results, others deliver on the long term—so what’s better? To clear up the confusion—and your under eyes—we’ve created the ultimate guide to make finding your perfect eye cream easier than ever. If you’re looking for the one, you’re in luck!

The one that (eventually) affects us all: aging.

If one thing in life’s for sure, it’s that no matter what we do, we’re destined to age. And that’s totally fine—but the lines, wrinkles and dullness that likes to come along with it? No. Thank. You. While most eye creams typically target aging in one way or another, there are a few that really know how to turn back the clock. One of those is Cosmetic 27’s Eyes 27 Bio-Restructuring Cell Repair Eye Cream, which is formulated as a corrective anti-aging treatment for the eye contour, effectively firming and regenerating the delicate skin around the eye to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. La Mer’s The Eye Concentrate combines nature and science in the form of hematite—a magnetically-charged mineral—to reverse aging too, and Tatcha’s deliciously rich Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream harnesses the anti-aging power of peony and honeysuckle—plus their unique HADASEI-3™ complex—to deliver serious results.

For immediate effect—and long term benefits—you’ll want to look out for key actives like retinol, glycolic acid and niacinamide, which are proven to clear away dead skin cells (typically the cause of dullness and unwanted texture) smooth wrinkles, increase elasticity and firm up the delicate eye area. Inclusive of these super-ingredients, the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum will work wonders either on its own or as a booster beneath a cream, Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex Eye Serum is a fan favourite that stands up to its reputation, and the Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream is loaded with a plethora of hydrating, skin-smoothing heroes for maximum anti-aging efficacy.

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While often genetic (read; hard to fix), dark circles and sunken sockets really know how to ruin a look.

Caused by a lack of sleep, a nutrient-poor diet or even just plain-old genetics, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like there’s enough concealer in the world to cover those pesky dark circles. If this sounds like you, then you’re going to want a high-powered eye cream with long and short term benefits, with no shortage of illumination. Fitting the bill perfectly is Chantecaille’s Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream, which features revolutionary nano gold technology to rebuild and re-energise the delicate skin around the eye. Chantecaille’s ultra-luxe formula aids to restore tone, diffusing light to brighten the eye area instantly—with continued use, inflammation is reduced, excess fluid is drained and dark circles are eliminated. Just in case gold isn’t indulgent enough of an illuminator, 111SKIN’s Celestial Black Diamond Eye Cream contains literal diamonds to fortify the delicate eye area, brightening dark circles and smoothing lines and wrinkles thanks to scientific technologies previously reserved only for space research.

Also fighting the good fight of dark-circle-elimination are Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, which is enriched with a blend of eight peptides and five forms of vitamin C to offer instant and long-term benefits, the Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes serum, famous for being a radiance-inducing concentrate like no other, and Kate Somerville’s Wrinkle Warrior Visible Dark Circle Eraser, which acts both instantly and over time to hydrate, erase dark circles, firm and boost elasticity, just like the eraser it claims to be. Dark circles, you’ve been dismissed.

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Dry skin-sufferers will know that dryness is no stranger to the eye area too.

Oh, dryness. You try so hard to make your grand return to our faces, but we keep coming back with the goods to make you go away. Caused by changes in weather, location, hormones, dehydration and even just genetics, under eye dryness is a common concern that we consider the easiest to target, thanks to a plethora of efficacious creams, serums and gels, and ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalene and rich oils. While dryness may seem like a lesser concern on its own, it’s famously responsible for dullness and discomfort, and ignoring it can lead to the early onset of lines and wrinkles. Not on our watch.

New—and totally unique—to the under-eye game is Tatcha’s The Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream, which releases a “double shield” of hydration with liquid silk and Japanese white peony as it literally melts into your eye area. We repeat: melts. Essential in all skincare stashes is Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream, a whipped, results-driven formulation of hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extract that instantly saturates the under eye to replenish moisture and smooth out fine lines. If you’re looking for additional brightening benefits beyond hydration, Perricone MD’s Essential Fx Smoothing & Brightening Acyl Glutathione Under-Eye Cream is a must—deliciously nourishing and deeply hydrating, its smoothing formula is rich enough for evening wear yet light enough to layer under makeup.

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There are a million ways to get puffiness down pat – but you just need one.

Under-eye puffiness is another way your body likes to communicate tiredness, unwelcomed dietary changes, an unhappy immune system, and changing environmental conditions. Unfortunately, puffiness is not something that can be covered by slathering on your favourite concealer, so a cream, serum or gel with cooling properties and immediate results—paired with light massage—will do you a world universe of good.

Almost everyone’s favourite, the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is a global phenomenon for good reason. Best described as a double shot espresso for the eyes, this fast-absorbing cream brightens and de-puffs to downplay the appearance of bags while increasing the flow of circulation. It works wonders instantly, just like 111SKIN’s Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Duo, a 2-in-1 pen inspired by the effects of extreme cold on the skin, that works to restore the contours of the under-eye area by reducing puffiness—it’s instant and every bit magical. Also supporting in the anti-puff revolution is the This Works Morning Expert Open Eyes, a daily treatment that awakens the eye area instantly, and Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, complete with a cooling rollerball application to massage away bags with caffeine, potent antioxidants and soothing botanicals—perfect for the handbag.

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For the young ones – or the genetically blessed – prevention is your best friend.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: skincare—not just eye care—is all about prevention. At 26 years old, our natural collagen production begins to slow, and one of the first places that shows is around the eye contour&mdashso if you’re still in your early 20s (or just baby-faced), introducing an eye cream into your regime now will be your saving grace later. If you’re not too worried about any specific concerns just yet (but have recognised your future self may), there are some future-fighting creams out there that’ll have your back for years to come.

First and foremost, you’re going to want a cream that is hydrating and rich in antioxidants, protecting your delicate eye area from external agers like pollution, infrared radiation and blue light. Ticking all the boxes is Eve Lom’s Radiance Antioxidant Eye Cream, designed to treat and prevent the most common complaints for the eye area, with the inclusion of multi-peptides to leave the skin firm, even and illuminated—and Darphin’s Intral De-Puffing Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream, a lightweight, antioxidant-packed eye cream that protects against environmental aggressors whilst moisturising the under eye area. With a strong foundation in prevention, Omorovicza’s Blue Diamond Eye Cream uses a trio of innovative ingredients—diamond peptides, arabinogalactans and a compound of essential amino-acids and copper—to prolong the healthy life and protect the DNA of skin cells. Similar to Omorovicza, Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma+ Eye also features copper tripeptides to increase and prolong skin elasticity, which is precisely the outcome you’re looking for.

Found your match? Shop your new favourite eye cream below, or head into your nearest MECCA to chat it over with one of our helpful store hosts.




Words by Kerri Gordon
August 2019

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