Hope in a jar doesn't come cheap for those looking to repair and protect the delicate skin around their eyes. From dark circles to fine lines to under-eye puffiness, there are a bevy of products that promise to turn back the clock, or stop it altogether. But, only a handful of eye creams deliver on their promises to rejuvenate under eye skin.
Love it: The Eyes Have It from Prescribed Solutions ($90, prescribedsolutions.com) made me an eye-cream believer. Once applied, the Vitamin K formula imparts a faint shimmer that instantly lends the appearance of brighter eyes. Within just days, the skin under my eyes was firmer and my under-eye puffiness was visibly reduced. This product's promise to reduce puffiness, dark circles and crow's feet actually rings true.
Leave it: Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse eye cream from Neutrogena, ($19.99 at your local drugstore) boasts a fresh scent and a lightweight formula that I loved. However, perhaps because of the fragrance, the cream made my eyes water and left me crying for something less irritating.
Love it: Dr. Brandt Skincare's r3p eye ($80, drbrandtskincare.com), rich in peptides and Vitamins A, C and E, has a clean, fresh scent and is absorbed immediately in to the delicate skin around eyes. Fine lines are softened and after a few days of use, under-eye circles are greatly diminished. Plus, I loved the rich, yet surprisingly non-greasy texture.
Leave it: The Active Botanical Eye Creme and Firming Eye Revitalizer from Seven Skincare ($32 and $32, respectively, at sevenskincare.com) promise to work in tandem to combat key concerns, including fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Unfortunately, the Revitalizer and Creme burned the skin under my eyes and I had to discontinue use immediately.
Love it: Somme Eye Contour from Somme Institute ($72, sommeinstitute.com) is a lightweight, moisturizing cream with a gentle scent. The noncomedogenic formula is ideal for oily/problem skin. Best of all, the product delivered on its promise to hydrate and contour while reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles while being gentle enough for daily use.
Love it bargain! Purist Naturals Ginkgo Eye Cream is a thicker-than-serum, lighter-than-lotion eye cream that goes on smooth to reduce puffiness and moisturizes to smooth fine lines. This fix-all cream also does well reducing dark circles and helping tired eyes appear rejuvenated. What's more, the cream leaves behind no hint of oil or shine but does lend a sweet botanical scent. For a measly $10.99 at Sally Beauty Stores (sallybeauty.com), this product is well worth its price.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of PrettyCity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.