The 15 Best Drugstore Eye Creams, According to Experts
These drugstore eye creams will have you looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before you know it.
They say your eyes are the window to your soul, but bags, dark circles, and ever-deepening crows' feet can conspire to make you look exhausted on a daily basis. Luckily, there are countless potent serums and lotions available that can help brighten your eye area—and better yet, they won't cost you an arm and a leg. We reached out to beauty industry insiders who gave us the low-down on how to look like a million bucks without spending a fortune with their go-to drugstore eye creams. And for more amazing inexpensive makeup finds, check out the 15 Best Drugstore Eyeliners Makeup Artists Can't Live Without.
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Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Eye Serum
If you live in a city, you're likely exposed to airborne pollutants that can wreak havoc on your skin. That's why Mindy Green, owner of DC-based mobile beauty business MG Beauty, swears by Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Eye Serum. She explains, "The antioxidants in this formula work to diminish free radicals that can cause skin damage." Plus, its hyaluronic acid visibly plumps the skin by pulling in hydration from the air! And since you're upgrading your makeup collection, why not invest in a stylish bag to house it in? Check out these 15 Adorable Makeup Cases Under $30.
ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
Searching for an eye cream that does it all? Our pick for best overall eye cream is the ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, which visibly reduces wrinkles, crow's feet, dark circles, and puffiness.
Esthetician Laura Kearney, owner of Skinsanity, says it's hands-down her favorite drugstore product. Kearney says, "The eye area is delicate, so having a product that is free of fragrance, gluten, soy, propylene glycol, and is eyelid-safe is a winner in my book."
Olay Eyes Brightening Eye Cream for Dark Circles
7 in 10 Americans report getting insufficient sleep at least one night a month. If you're one of the millions who need to get more shut-eye, we recommend Olay Eyes Brightening Eye Cream for Dark Circles. LaVelle Johnson, a licensed skin therapist and owner of L. Zen Skincare, loves that "it is concentrated enough that you only have to dab a pea size on your ring finger and apply it to see an immediate difference." Looking for even more unbeatable beauty products? Check out these 15 Makeover Essentials You Can Buy from Sephora.
Earth to Skin Super Fruits Banana Brightening Eye Cream
Meg Greenhalgh, the CEO and founder of beauty product app Brandefy, highly recommends Earth to Skin's Super Fruits Banana Brightening Eye Cream, which features natural ingredients like banana and mango extracts. So, why's it such a favorite for her? It's just $9 per tube, but uses "clean ingredients to supply your skin with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid!" she raves. And if the dry winter air is getting you down, check out these 25 Expert-Backed Tricks for Glowing Skin in the Dead of Winter.
L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Cream
As you mature, so should your skin regimen. For women over 40, Susie Truett, creator of beauty blog 40 and Holding, says that her all-time favorite drugstore eye cream is the L'Oréal Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream. She raves, "Comparable to luxury brands at a fraction of the price, this cream delivers by smoothing crepiness under the eyes and reducing bags and puffiness."
Bioderma Sensibio Anti-Puffiness Soothing and Moisturizing Eye Contour Gel for Sensitive Skin
For people with particularly sensitive skin, industry insider Adriana Irby, founder of Brazilian Queen hair, suggests Bioderma Sensibio Anti-Puffiness Soothing and Moisturizing Eye Contour Gel. She says the fragrance-and paraben-free formula is great for people with inflamed or reactive skin. Plus, it significantly reduces puffiness and erases small wrinkles.
Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment
If you spend the majority of your day looking at a screen, you might be experiencing eye strain, which can actually exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles. Beauty blogger Shakia from TheKikiStyleDiary.com says Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment brightens dark circles and decreases puffiness. Shakia says, "it also hydrates my under-eye area without leaving any kind of residue." Plus, at $9 a bottle, you can't beat the price!
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream
This deeply nourishing Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel Cream is one of our favorite gel-based formulas, leaving the eye area soft, soothed, and refreshed. Shakia recommends it for clients with sensitive or acne-prone skin, because its hypoallergenic formula is dye-free, aluminum-free, and paraben-free.
Neutrogena HydroBoost Hyaluronic Acid Gel-Cream
If you've ever stood in a drugstore aisle debating whether to get a gel or a cream, we've got the solution for you. Stephanie Ivonne, a licensed esthetician and advisor for Smart Style Today, loves Neutrogena HydroBoost Hyaluronic Acid Gel Eye Cream. She says the gel-cream is "the best of both worlds, since it has the ability to absorb much quicker like a gel would and lasts much longer like a cream would."
Bliss Ex-glow-sion Radiance-Boosting Eye Cream
Even if you didn't get eight hours of sleep, you'll still look refreshed with the Bliss Ex-glow-sion Radiance-Boosting Eye Cream. Ivonne raves about its "brightening effect, which instantly makes you look like you've had a full night's sleep," as well as its ability to diminish puffiness with its subtle sheen. You might even be able to skip your morning cup of coffee altogether (not that you want to…) In fact, if you're a java fanatic, you'll love our list of the 25 Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers.
E.L.F. Illuminating Eye Cream
This incredible eye cream proves once and for all that you can get a high-quality eye cream for under $15. Ivonne explains, "Dark circles are minimized and skin is illuminated and hydrated with jojoba, cucumber, vitamin E, and green tea," making it a good choice for anyone with dry skin.
Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream
If you struggle to find eye cream for sensitive skin that's been ravaged by dry winter air, look no further than the Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream. Makeup guru Margina Dennis, who has worked with celebrities like Jane Lynch, Tom Brady, and Petra Nemcova, explains that it's "hydrating but never greasy" and "helps to soothe any irritation."
Boots No. 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Eye Cream
Although Boots No7 may be unfamiliar to American customers, the iconic UK-based beauty brand is so adored overseas that it is estimated that 13 bottles of its age-fighting serums are sold every minute. And you don't need to hop on a flight to Heathrow to get your own jar. Dennis swears by it, saying that Boots No7 Lift and Luminate Triple Eye Cream "helps not only with puffiness but also with dark circles and fine lines!" And for more great buys from the Bullseye, check out these 27 Luxury Beauty Products You Never Knew Target Sold.
Ole Hendricksen Banana Bright Eye Cream
This Ole Hendricksen Banana Bright Eye Cream is a bit of a splurge, but its age-defying results are undeniable. In an independent clinical study, 94 percent of users saw a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and 100 percent of users agreed that the cream brightened dull and tired-looking eyes. Greenhalgh calls it a "cult favorite," and you'll understand why the moment you dab it on.
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eye Cream
Raccoon eyes getting you down? Dr. Noelani Gonzalez, a dermatology specialist at Mount Sinai Health System, suggests La Roche-Posay's Pigmentclar Eye Cream. She explains that its secret ingredient is caffeine, which "helps constrict blood vessels and diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles." At $43 per .5 ounce, it's our priciest recommendation—but given how effective a pea-sized dab is, you'll have it forever.