7 Best Eye Lift Creams for Dark Circles and Wrinkles

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Eye creams occupy a delicate space in the contemporary skincare landscape where dermatological efficacy battles marketing.

Delicate, expressive, and the first to betray signs of aging, the skin around the eyes requires extra and specialized attention.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to a curated selection of eye creams known for diminishing dark circles and reducing wrinkles.

Total Eye Lift Cream


Clarins Total Eye Lift Cream

CLARIN | $92

Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients Proprietary formula, Organic Harungana, and Cassie Flower extract
Primary benefits Brightens, Eyelifts, Visibly younger skin
Pros Cons
Quick effect
Suits all ages and skin types
So light you might overapply

This award-winning anti-aging under-eye cream is excellent for simultaneously targeting wrinkles, crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness.

Formulated with Clarins’ exclusive Lift-Smoothing duo of organic Harungana extract and Cassie Flower wax, this eye lift cream has a visible wrinkle-smoothing effect.

The Organic Harungana extract is as effective as retinol but gentle on the skin and great for boosting the collagen structure of the fragile skin around the eyes.

Cassie Flower wax tightens and smoothes lines and wrinkles, visibly reducing the appearance of dark circles, shadows, and persistent puffiness, leaving the eyes rested, brighter, and refreshed.

+Retinol Firming Eye Cream

by Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream


Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients Bidens Pilosa extract, Bakuchiol, retinol, hyaluronic acid
Primary benefits Firming, Smoothing, Hydrating
Pros Cons
Accelerate cellular turnover
Plumps without irritation
Stings, when first applied

This all-star formula relies on retinol, the undisputed champion in wrinkle-fighting and skin-firming effects and reducing the signs of aging.

The formula contains Bakuchiol, a plant-based ingredient with similar effects to retinol but less intrusive on the delicate eye skin.

Rounding out the mix is hyaluronic acid and a combination of natural oils for hydration.

The Return Eye Concentrate


Ubeauty The RETURN Eye Concentrate

SEPHORA | $148

Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients N-Prolyl Palmitoyl Tripeptide-56 Acetate, Short-Chain Hyaluronic Acid
Primary benefits Contouring treatment
Pros Cons
Tech-forward formula
Also fights discoloration
It is a little drying

Indeed highly concentrated, this eye create contains the brand’s proprietary SIREN capsule technology and diamond powder.

The proprietary blend is built around a wrinkle-fighting peptide that helps the delicate skin around the eyes rebuild collagen structures.

Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream


Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream

AMAZON | $44.50

Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients Niacinamide, Vitamin E, Allantoin
Primary benefits Hydration, reducing puffiness, fading discoloration
Pros Cons
Keep the skin hydrated for a long time
Contains petrolatum, which might cause irritation

The classic drugstore standout brand has created an anti-aging eye cream with several benefits.

Improves skin dryness, removes discoloration spots, and blends in some of the fine lines and wrinkles around the eye.

Packed with niacinamide (known for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and radiance-boosting effects) and vitamin E, the cream is lightweight and fast-absorbing.

Multi Correxion Even Tone + Lift Eye Cream

by ROC

RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Eye Cream

ULTA | $29.99

Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients Vitamins C and E
Primary benefits Firming, hydrating, reducing wrinkles, brightening, depuffing
Pros Cons
Firms and hydrates skin
Brightens the skin
Strong scent

Roc’s eye cream is an all-in-one combo based on vitamins C and E.

The formula improves the look of crow’s feet and undereye lines.

However, the product is fragranced, and some testers found it too strong.

Youthful Eye Serum

by NO7

No7 Youthful Eye Serum

NO7 | $23.99

Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C
Primary benefits Smoothing, Hydrating, Reducing puffiness
Pros Cons
Brightens the skin
Accelerates cellular turnover
Great value
Contains parabens
Takes a month to see the results

No7’s eye cream with vitamins A and C (two well-proven ingredients) and hyaluronic acid work synergically to make the skin around your eyes look better.

A good choice for women in their 30s, see this eye cream as a long treatment as the results appear after about a month of use.

Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35


Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35


Size 0.2 oz
Key ingredients Vit C, A, SPF factor
Primary benefits Reducing puffiness, concealing
Pros Cons
Contains sun protection
Metal applicator feels cool upon application
Contains tint

Packed with Vit C, A, and SPF factors, this eye cream has a subtle tint that conceals dark circles.

Discarded by some because of the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide ingredients, the metallic applicator has a great cooling effect that reduces eye puffiness.

What to Look for in Anti-Aging Eye Cream?

“It depends on the eye skin issue you aim to address, but for multiple eye skin zones, try eye creams with combos of ingredients,” advises Marnie Nussbaum, M.D., and dermatologist in New York City.

What Are the Best Ingredients in Anti-Aging Eye Creams?

  • Ceramides – lock in natural moisture, give eye skin volume, and strengthen the skin barrier.
  • Hyaluronic acid – with incredible moisture-retaining abilities, it keeps the eye skin hydrated, plump, and free of fine lines.
  • Caffeine – great to tamp down dark circles, eye bags, and puffiness, albeit temporarily.
  • Retinol –  the gold standard in reducing the signs of eye skin aging by restoring collagen to rebuild elasticity in the skin.

How to use Eye Creams?

  • Always read the product directions because not all eye creams are meant for eyelids.
  • Using clean hands, apply eye cream every morning and night to replenish moisture and treat the skin with specific skincare ingredients.
  • Apply eye cream before the facial moisturizer to prolong the effect of active ingredients.
  • Be gentle – pulling and tugging the skin around the eyes creates wrinkles and sagging in the long term. Instead, glide or tap the formula over the skin.

Sara Law is a beauty and lifestyle contributor for several top fashion and beauty magazines such as Elle, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. In parallel, Sara is leading Myer's global marketing team and consults for top Australian beauty brands such as Eye of Horus, Inika, Kester Black, Alpha-H, and many more.

At the forefront of science and clinical research in the area of skin beauty and nutrition, Paula Simpson is a sought-after expert and contributor to TV shows like E! News, Entertainment Tonight, MSNBC, Good Morning America, KTLA, ABC, and Fox News and magazines with Allure, The VOU, Huffington Post, InStyle, PopSugar, Readers Digest, Refinery 29, Rodale Organic Life, Alternative Medicine, and Mindbodygreen.

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