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9 Best Retinol Eye Creams That *Actually* Work
"Helppppp. What's the best eye cream?!" It's one of the skincare questions I get asked the most as a beauty editor. And you know what my answer is? Every single time? One with retinol. Hands down, the best eye cream is a retinol eye cream. Why? Because retinol is the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging ingredients. It's proven to stimulate collagen and elastin production (the protein in skin that keeps it plump and firm) and boost skin cell turnover (aka your skin's natural exfoliation process).
For you and your eye area, that translates to fewer fines lines and wrinkles (byeeee crow's feet), less prominent dark circles (retinol not only brightens skin, but thickens it too, so the blue-ish veins underneath become slightly less visible), and an overall smoother, more wide-awake appearance. Great, right? Buuuut here's the thing: Retinol is STRONG, and some formulas are way too harsh and aggressive for your delicate eye area. So to save you from a painful game of trial-and-error (and a lot of potential flaking and redness), I rounded up the nine best retinol eye creams that smooth and brighten your skin without irritating the hell out of it.
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1) First Aid Beauty Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid
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If the thought of using retinol around your dry, delicate eye area freaks you out, try starting with this ultra-gentle and hydrating retinol eye cream. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration and an instant plumping effect, and the retinol it uses is actually encapsulated, making it extra gentle on skin.
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2) The Inkey List Retinol Eye Cream
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Finding a good eye cream that's less than $10? Hard. Finding a good retinol eye cream under $10? Basically impossible. So when I found this top-rated retinol eye cream from The Inkey List, I was pretty damn excited—and I was even more excited by the results. It significantly reduces the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines, and the rough texture around my cheekbones, without giving me redness or flaking.
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3) Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
Most retinols can be deactivated my sunlight, making them only suitable for your P.M. skincare routine. But not this retinol eye cream from Neutrogena. It's made with a stable form of retinol that stays potent throughout the day—plus the non-greasy, non-pilling formula wears perfectly under foundation and concealer too.
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4) Olay Eyes Retinol24 Night Eye Cream
Remember that thing about certain retinol eye creams being suitable for nighttime only? This is one of them. The silky cream contains a retinol complex along with two potent antioxidants (vitamin B3 and vitamin E) to firm and brighten your skin while you snooze.
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5) KNC Beauty All Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask
Okay, so this one isn't technically a retinol eye cream, but if you need instant results (retinol can take 4-6 months to fully work), try these. Wear this set of patches under your eyes for up to 20 minutes—they're infused with retinol, licorice root extract, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera—for instantly brighter, smoother, and more hydrated skin.
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6) RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
There's a reason basically everyone and their mother raves about this retinol eye cream: It's gentle and it works. The hypoallergenic formula truly reduces crow's feet, dark circles, and under-eye bags without causing any redness or dryness to your eye area.
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7) Kiehl's Youth Dose Eye Treatment
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This retinol eye cream is ideal for anyone dealing dark circles (hi, me 🙋). It combines tiny, light-reflecting particles with vitamin C and retinol to brighten your under-eyes both short and long term. The light-reflecting particles instantly minimize shadows, while the vitamin C and retinol work together to fade hyperpigmentation and thicken your skin to make dark circles less visible.
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8) Follain Eye Cream Firm + Brighten
Just because this retinol eye cream is natural doesn't mean it's any less powerful than other options on the list. The hero ingredient is actually bakuchiol—a natural, plant-based ingredient that treats skin to the the same smoothing and glow-boosting benefits as retinol.
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9) Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex
Fine lines? Puffiness? Dark circles? This multitasking eye cream helps treat them all. It contains retinol to plump lines and wrinkles, niacinamide to reduce inflammation, and ash tree bark extract to brighten the look of dark circles and boost hydration levels too.
For as long as I can remember, I've had circles under my eyes. (Seriously, I remember fixating on them in my high-school graduation pics.) I know I'm not alone in this, and I've tried so many products over the years to try to make this dark situation a bit brighter. While there are some that have reduced puffiness and filled in lines, I had not found a single one where I could also wear makeup at the same time. Whether these other eye treatments made my skin too oily (so the makeup slid right off), or caused concealer to settle into the lines even more dramatically, I had pretty much given up on a daytime eye cream. However, I recently got into Alpyn Beauty products, and this brand's balm not only didn't make my concealer pill or run, it left my undereye area even smoother, like a primer would. Learn how I applied the Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm With Bakuchiol ($62), and why it's now a permanent step in my mornings and evenings, ahead. Related: Shop Your Favorite Sephora Brands Straight From Your Instagram Feed
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Until pretty recently, I was an eye mask skeptic. My bags and dark circles were just as visible as before, despite what the labels promised. Most importantly, Bliss nailed the ratio of serum to mask.
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