The Definitive List of Byrdie Editors' All-Time Favourite Eye Creams
We all want to look bright-eyed and awake like we get 10 hours of sleep each night (and, you know, like life hasn't beaten us down yet), but finding an eye cream that visibly helps us get there is a struggle. Eye products are so pricey, and so few of them actually produce results, that sometimes even we Byrdie editors forgo eye cream altogether—though our most trusted skincare gurus say that's a mistake.
"Since the eye area is the first to age due to wear and tear from smiling, squinting, and rubbing your eyes, keeping it hydrated and nourished is essential for preventing premature lines and wrinkles," comments celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau.
The trick is finding an eye cream that's lightweight, fast-absorbing, and full of ingredients that actually work to hydrate the skin, minimise fine lines, and decrease puffiness and dark circles. But those are tall orders. Luckily, we sceptical Byrdie editors have sifted through the stuff that doesn't work (so you don't have to) to put together this list of the 6 best eye creams, gels, and serums. Read on to find one that sounds right for you.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème ($55)
Fans: Faith Xue (editorial director) and Hallie Gould (senior editor)
This new eye cream was formulated by Icelandic skincare brand Ole Henriksen in collaboration with Nam Vo, a makeup artist known for her supremely glowy skin. Hallie says she's battled a lifetime of under-eye circles, darkness, and bags and had never seen any gel, cream, or serum make a difference before this one.
"Like most eye creams, this one vows to target fine lines, reduce the look of dark circles, and support natural collagen production—only, it actually does instantly brighten your under-eyes," Hallie promises.
The formula is inspired by banana powder, a product used to colour-correct dark under-eyes, and it contains yellow pigments that actually do that. "Only it's not makeup. It's a blend of vitamin C, collagen, and superior hydration," Hallie says.
Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes ($50)
Fan: Deven Hopp (beauty director)
Byrdie's skeptical beauty director promises this affordable serum is the only under-eye product that's visibly brightened her under-eyes. The formula is infused with peptides and active plant extracts, which work to stimulate collagen production and physically lift the skin.
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum ($124)
Our assistant editor stumbled upon this product in her mother's enviable skincare stash, and it's been one of her all-time best discoveries ever since. What's cool about this lightweight half-cream, half-serum is that it's infused with rare ingredients like "Okinawa red algae (for featherlight moisture), caffeine from green tea (to alleviate puffiness), and HADASEI-3 (Tatcha's precious patented blend of skin protecting nourishers)," according to the label.
It's also fast-absorbing, visibly brightening, and, as Erin says, makes you look "rested, radiant, and less like it's a Monday when in fact it's a Wednesday."
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff ($44)
"This is the perfect eye cream for daytime use," our social media editor says. "It instantly makes you look more awake and brightens your under-eye area. It also layers perfectly under concealer and highlighter so no one has to know how tired you really are."
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment ($46)
Fan: Amanda Montell (features editor)
Personally, my under-eyes are so sensitive that a lot of richer cream textures sting and cause milia—this vegan Tarte pick is one major exception. Its antioxidant-packed formula sinks in beautifully and makes my dry under-eyes feel bright and hydrated but never greasy. I have the mini container and bring it with me whenever I travel on dry airplanes.
Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy ($53)
"If stress or lack of sleep is making your under-eye area like darker than normal, do yourself a favour and pick up a jar of this miracle cream next time you're at Sephora," our social media editor gushes. "I love to use this eye cream at night. The green formula sinks in, and I wake up looking and feeling like I got a solid 10 hours of sleep—even though that never happens."
May this sceptic's guide to today's best eye creams give you the most wide-awake impression possible. But also sleep. Go to sleep. Like, now.