On the laziest of days, we're prone to sometimes wonder, "do I really need to be using an eye cream?" That's also when we splash some cold water on our face, give our cheeks a little slap, and pull ourselves together. Of course we need to be using an eye cream, lest the fine lines and puffy bags and dark circles drag us down for good.
Finding an antiaging eye cream that delivers on all of its promises is quite the feat. Finding one that does it on a budget? Borderline impossible. Luckily we're in the business of sniffing out the best beauty products on the market, whether found at the department store counter or in the drugstore aisle. Your eyes are often one of the first places to show signs of aging, which is why antiaging eye creams are something we'd happily shell out major coinage for if proven worthy.
A little goes a long way—just a few tiny dots!—with these best-ever eye creams, and they'll have your eyes looking bright, fresh, and contoured in no time. Here are 15 of the all-time best eye creams for antiaging that money can buy. Feel free to splurge at the beauty store or take your wallet to the drugstore—both places have tried-and-true options we'd bet on any day.
Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream for Face and Eyes
We've found that it's hard to argue with cult-favorite Amazon beauty products—especially this one with over 10,000 reviews.
This cream can be used all over your face in addition to the delicate eye area, which simplifies your evening routine in one fell swoop. It's packed with retinol to treat fine lines and wrinkles, aloe vera to soothe, sunflower oil to moisturize, and antioxidants to brighten and rejuvenate.
BUY IT: $19.95; amazon.com
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
This product is a classic for a reason: It hits all the marks at an affordable price. Mamas everywhere swear by this formula to fight signs of aging and improve the overall appearance of your eyes on a daily basis. We'd recommend using this product as a starter retinol when you're trying to get into the antiaging game.
BUY IT: $16.21; amazon.com
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
This is one of the best drugstore products for when you need something reliable and affordable. The hyaluronic acid-packed ceramide cream is ultra-hydrating, smoothing, and feels instantly refreshing when applied to your delicate eye area.
BUY IT: $13.99; amazon.com
Olehenrikson Banana Bright Eye Crème
This game-changing eye cream has gained quite the enthusiastic fan base. When first launched, it sold out on both Sephora and the brand's website in just days. Days!
We came for the intense vitamin C brightening effect—which is very, very real—and stayed for the collagen-packed antiaging boost. After just two to three days of regular use, expect to be wowed.
BUY IT: $38; sephora.com
L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Honey Eye Gel
Honey, specifically of the manuka variety, is the star ingredient here. It’s bolstered with antioxidants and calcium to provide high-impact moisture to stressed, damaged, or extremely dry skin. The light, non-sticky gel can help to improve hyperpigmentation around the eyes, smooth out fine lines, and provide plenty of hydration.
BUY IT: $19.97; amazon.com
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
Putting in work while we sleep? Where do we sign up? This eye-catching mask is an intensive treatment for your peepers. It's formulated with avocado, retinol, and coffeeberry to help depuff, brighten, and treat the appearance of dark circles. Basically, you wake up looking like a fresh-faced Sleeping Beauty. No prince required.
BUY IT: $42; sephora.com
The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Gel
Reese Witherspoon relies upon this $10 caffeine eye cream from affordable clean beauty brand, The Inkey List, to reduce puffiness and any unwanted darkness, as well as to prevent concealer from creasing. It works to wake up and depuff the delicate under-eye area for a bright-eyed canvas that, in our opinion, had Witherspoon appearing years younger than she is when she used it to prep for the socially distanced Emmy Awards this past year.
BUY IT: $9.99; sephora.com
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
This longtime favorite is the no-fuss pick to use when you're looking to keep your beauty routine simple, easy, and affordable. At its core, it is formulated to deliver pure stabilized retinol into skin's surface. See? No-fuss. Highly effective.
BUY IT: $17.23; amazon.com
Supergoop! Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40
Because the best antiaging secret of all has to be SPF. Duh! This eye cream also doubles as a mineral sunscreen that's delicate enough to be used around the eye area. The illuminating pink tint helps to revive tired eyes and offset dark circles, which also makes the product a fantastic primer for concealer.
BUY IT: $36; sephora.com
Olay Total Effects 7-In-One Eye Transforming Cream
If you're looking for a daily, all-in-one (7-in-one, to be exact!) eye cream, this drugstore snag is just the thing to keep your eyes in tip-top shape. It is formulated to cure everything from fine lines to dark circles to puffiness. Follow with face cream and SPF!
BUY IT: $18.99; amazon.com
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller
This is as close as you're getting to a spa treatment complete with cucumber-laden eyes on a work morning, my friend—and it comes at a bargain price. Apply the anti-puff serum with the metal roller ball and get ready to reap all of the cooling, calming, and rejuvenating benefits. If you're someone who likes to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, this one's for you.
BUY IT: $12.99; amazon.com
Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment
Don't gawk too much at the price tag here—it's worth every cent. The tinted treatment awakens eyes with a pearl-like luster, hydrates, and reduces the look of dark circles and wrinkles—instantly and over time. Choose from three different shade options.
BUY IT: $48; sephora.com
Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream
This firming formula comes equipped with bakuchiol, a gentler alternative to retinol—sensitive skin types, rejoice! It's made of 99% natural origin, targets puffiness, and minimizes the appearance of dark circles.
BUY IT: $19.99; amazon.com
Kiehl's Youth Dose Eye Treatment
The name doesn't lie: Give your eyes a “dose of youth” with this eye cream. Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, and grape seed extract (a powerful dark circle-busting antioxidant) make quite the trio of antiaging power. Even better, you can sub it in for your concealer since it comes in a slightly nude tint. Two birds, meet stone.
BUY IT: $40; ulta.com
Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Eye Gel
This balm-like cream packs a powerful punch in the form of brightening and overnight hydration. It contains a concentrated blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides, which means a little goes a long way. And after a few days, you won't want to waste even a drop.
BUY IT: $34; dermstore.com