11 of the best eye creams for fighting bags, wrinkles and dark circles

Perk up those peepers ASAP
11 of the best eye creams for fighting bags, wrinkles and dark circles
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It's 2020 people - and who has time for sleep these days? Not us. That's why it's never been more important to find the best eye cream (because looking like a zombie in the morning is no fun). So whether you want to find the most effective eye cream for dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness, we've rounded up the tried and tested formulas, right here.


From Drunk Elephant's C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, which is perfect if you're looking to avoid any harsh ingredients, but still want to see effective results. The formula is free from essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance and SLS. It contains five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract, all of which brighten and firm the skin around the eyes.

Or there is CeraVe's Eye Repair Cream, which has built up a cult following across the internet thanks to it's budget-friendly formula. It's packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, making it perfect for sensitive eyes prone to dryness, and for just £8.25, it won't make too much of a dent in your wallet.

Finally, if you're looking for an eye cream that goes a little extra, it's worth picking up Vichy's LiftActiv Supreme Serum Eyes & Lashes. The lightweight formula works a little like a lash growth serum, containing eyelash-fortifying properties which will help hydrate and strengthen both the skin and lashes, for a fuller, healthy-looking flutter.

These are 11 of the very best under-eye creams on the internet, with hard-working formulas that will refresh and restore ASAP.

So, regardless of whether or not you managed to fit in your full 8-hours, rest assured your face won't give you away...

Best eye cream for sensitive skin: Cerave - Eye Repaire Cream

This eye cream has amassed a cult following across the forums of Reddit (and so has the CeraVe Moisturiser, FYI). Why? Because the formula is loaded with hyaluronic acid, which is the best thing that's happened to skincare, since, well, ever. The ingredient is the magic key to moisture-boosting, thanks to it's ability to hold up to 1000 times it's weight in water. All of that, and the formula is free of anything too aggressive, making it perfect for sensitive eyes prone to dryness.

Dhs63, iHerb

Best eye cream for dry, flaky eyes: Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Finding an eye cream that helps to control dry eyes can be tricky, especially in Winter, when the temperature drops and the constant switch between icy air outdoors and stifling central heating indoors can wreak havoc on your skin. Loaded with super-nourishing avocado oil, this rich eye cream gently moisturises without leaving the skin greasy or overloaded.

Dhs129, Amazon

Best eye cream for dark circles: Drunk Elephant - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

Brought to you by the brand that really needs no introduction, if dark circles are your biggest under eye concern, this is your guy. A potent little pot, brimming with vitamin C to brighten eyes, it's also enriched with nourishing peptides, ceramides and antioxidants, to strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes. Expect, a dewy, brighter finish ASAP.

Dhs540, Noon

Best eye cream for your early 20s: The Inkey List - Caffeine Eye Serum

If you know anything about ageing, you'll know that prevention is better than cure. Which is why it's imperative you start caring for those eyes ASAP - really once you hit your 20s it's the green light to go. Rather than dropping a hefty load of cash on a super luxe formula, save your pennies for a later date and cop this caffeine rich serum from The Inkey List. It will reenergise tired eyes, and protect them against future damage, which, let face it will be coming later down the road.

Dhs45, lookfantastic

Best eye cream for dehydrated eyes: Verso - Eye Cream

The skin beneath our eyes is thinner and more prone to dehydration, so it's all about finding formulas that provide a whole lotta hydration. Not only does this offer maximum moisturisation - it's full of cermaides, fermented oat, yeast extract, vitamin E and special fatty acids that mimic the skin, all of which help to maintain and rebuild the skins barrier and quench your thirst, long term.

Dhs336, Net-A-Porter

Best eye cream for vegans: Antipodes - Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

When a product has 40 five-star reviews, you know it lives up to the hype. This little pot of vegan goodness holds some firm faves in the eye-care ingredient list: avocado oil, vitamin C and antioxidant rich vinanza grape. Users are shouting about its dark circle fighting ability and deeply hydrating consistency. Plus, it's all-natural - enough said.

Dhs112, lookfantastic

Best eye cream for bags and puffiness: Shiseido - Essential Energy Eye Definer

Puffy eyes can be especially hard to fix - tackle them with Shiseido's Eye Definer. Carefully created to combat bags, the combination of a cooling, metal tip and energising ingredients, citrus peel extract and cranberry seed oil, blitz bags and puffy peepers ASAP. Expect a smoother, more contoured eye area.

Dhs284, ounass

Best eye cream for tired eyes: Elemis - Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm

If you want to hide a late night, this will be you new bestie. The tinted formula instantly perks up shadows thanks to the soothing Chamomile and Arnica. There's also a whole host of optical blurring powders that'll help to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Plus the metal applicator tip refreshes and cools on contact to refresh sore, sleepy eyes.

Dhs221, Amazon

Best eye cream for fine lines: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare - Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum

Crepiness, crows feet and fine lines can make us look a whole lot older AND they mess up our concealer. Arm yourself against them with this super eye serum. Potent wrinkle warrior retinol has been paired with antioxidant ferulic acid - together they work to smooth and even out skin. Use it on the upper and lower eyelids for maximum results.

Dhs286, Amazon

Best eye cream on a budget: Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Eye Cream

Give your eyes a hefty dose of moisture with this hybrid formula. The magic ingredient? Hyaluronic acid, which plumps, fills fine lines and hydrates, perking up dry, tired eyes in a flash.

Dhs13, Amazon

Best eye cream for eyes and lashes: Vichy - LiftActiv Supreme Serum Eyes & Lashes

This multi-use formula can be applied all over eyes to instantly hydrate and brighten, while the lash-fortifying properties will help boost your lashes, too. It's a super lightweight, liquidy formula that absorbs almost instantly, so you don't need to wait to apply your makeup. Dream.

Dhs151, Noon