The secret to looking young could very well lie in how healthy your under-eye area looks. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of modern life has made it difficult to get a good night’s sleep on a regular and frequent basis, paving the way for dark eye circles!
Enter: eye creams for dark circles. Of course, how well these eye creams for dark circles will work varies widely from person to person, and depends also on the cause of the dark eye circles (spoiler: it’s not going to help much if they’re genetic).
Be sure also to test the eye cream for any potential allergic reactions before applying them on your sensitive under-eye areas! If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect eye cream to make you look like you’ve had ten hours of sleep instead of five, read on for a list of the best eye creams for dark circles, which have received numerous positive user reviews across the Internet.
Ingredients to look for in eye creams for dark circles
If your dark circles are caused by pigmentation, then you should look for ingredients that brighten the eye area, such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and hydroquinone.
Vitamin C, in particular, is a powerful antioxidant that brightens and boosts collagen production for more radiant, plump, and supple skin.
For those who have thinning skin and fine lines, consider investing in a retinol product. Not only does it even out pigmentation over time, but it also thickens the skin and smooths out wrinkles.
And if your dark circles are caused by underlying redness or puffiness, seek out caffeine or vitamin K in eye creams for dark circles.
Caffeine constricts the blood vessels under the eyes to brighten and leave your eyes looking pepped up. Vitamin K, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory properties and works to improve cellular metabolism, making it a potent ingredient to combat dark circles.
Best eye creams for dark circles
To help you narrow down your search for the best eye creams for dark circles, here are 22 of our top recommendations.
b.glen QuSome Eye Serum
One of the dished-out remedies for groggy-looking “panda” eyes is an eye massage to boost blood circulation for fresher, nutrient-rich skin. But b.glen takes it a step further with its QuSome Eye Serum, an eye cream that warms the skin to encourage better blood flow.
No ordinary eye cream, b.glen’s QuSome Eye Serum is infused with infrared-emitting Materra Powder that “heats” the skin. By increasing circulation, the serum makes sure that your skin gets the dose of nutrients that it needs for under-eyes that are brighter and much more radiant!
Besides Materra Powder, the eye cream is also spiked with skin-supporting ingredients including moisturising panthenol, Argireline (to visibly smooth fine lines), and keratin-building nicotinamide, which work together to give you a firmer complexion.
Combined with the brand’s special QuSome® Technology, the ingredients penetrate deep into the skin around the eyes and give your under-eyes a serious refresh. Goodbye dark eye circles, hello youthful skin.
b.glen QuSome Eye Serum retails for S$93 on b.glen.
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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II
Don’t let your precious hours of sleep go to waste, pat on some heavy-duty eye creams that will work hard your skin while you rest. Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II is full of their exclusive ChronoluxCB technology that is said to reduce signs of eye ageing.
Some users have said that it has reduced not only their dark circles, but their fine lines too, and that the product has helped them look refreshed and awake even after a bad night of sleep. This is certainly one of the best eye creams for dark eye circles in the market.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II retails for S$121 and is available at all Estee Lauder stores, counters and at Sephora.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Eye Cream
The packaging may be simple but this OG eye cream from L’Oreal is anything but. It’s been formulated to specifically target wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area, and contains elastin to bring back the suppleness into your skin, and pro-retinol A to accelerate skin renewal. A more rejuvenated under-eye area will also mean lesser dark circles!
A reviewer on BeautyHeaven raved about the product, “It is a lightly whipped texture that is rich and glides on the skin beautifully while providing all day and night hydration for the eye area.”
L’Oréal Advanced Revitalift Eye Cream retails for S$35.90 at Watsons.
Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel
There’s something about a green translucent gel that looks so soothing. Whatever it is, the Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel contains not only – no prizes for guessing – ceramides, but also herbal extracts that work to reduce puffiness and to make your eyes look more awake and alert.
A user on Influenster says that “a little goes a long way” with this eye gel, and that it made the skin around here eyes “feel so hydrated but not greasy at all”.
Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel retails for S$30 at Sephora.
Pyunkang Yul Black Tea Time Reverse Eye Cream
A fragrance-free, nourishing eye cream, Pyunkang Yul’s Black Tea Time Reverse is infused with fermented black tea and paper mulberry extracts. These ingredients work together to revitalise the under-eye area for brighter-looking eyes.
Shea butter and macadamia seed oil smooth out fine lines, while hyaluronic acid and ceramides plump up and strengthen the skin around your eyes. There’s also a tinge of niacinamide to brighten discolouration, so you’ll look like you got a full eight hours of beauty sleep.
Pyunkang Yul Black Tea Time Reverse Eye Cream retails for S$26.43 at YesStyle.
SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream
There’s nothing that feels so much like pampering yourself as spending on some SK-II products. The SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream is infused with the Highest Concentrated Pitera, famous for its anti-ageing properties, which will also help to reduce dark circles and uneven skin tone. A beauty blogger has reported that her under-eye skin appears plumper, smoother, with less fine line and dark circles.
SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream retails for S$264 and is available at all SK-II counters and TANGS.
By the way, if you’re looking for a brightening serum, you may want to read our review of the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
You’ve heard about rejuvenation, but what about eye renewal? This product from Algenist promises exactly that with its multi-tasking repertoire of ingredients like alguronic acid, Vitamin C, caffeine, cucumber, aloe, green tea. It minimises wrinkles and fine lines, while also hydrating, soothing, and nourishing the skin under the eyes.
A reviewer on Sephora testifies that she has seen improvements under her eyes since using the Complete Eye Renewal Balm for two months and says it’s one of the best eye creams for dark eye circles she’s tried.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm retails for S$89 at LookFantastic.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Kiehl’s has a long history as a brand, so it is a testament to the quality of their products that they have gained lifetime fans. One user said that she has been using the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for the past 30 years, and has no plans on stopping! Filled with avocado oil, beta carotene and shea butter, the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is well primed to rejuvenate and re-hydrate those under-eye areas.
Don’t let the word “creamy” scare you off! After a few swipes, the rich texture transformed into a water-like consistency that is easily absorbed and feels great on the skin. Users have reported more suppleness under their eyes after use, and that it sits great under makeup as well.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado retails for S$55 at Kiehl’s.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care
The packaging of this eye cream looks luxe and you know that’s exactly the kind of pampering that your under-eye area needs. You’ll feel like a queen bee with this honey-enriched eye cream by Guerlain.
Many reviewers have testified about the effectiveness of this product in reducing puffiness under their eyes, with one even saying that her puffiness returned visibly after not using the product for one night.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care retails for S$147 at Sephora.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux
Lancôme’s famous Génifique technology has also been harnessed for your under eyes! This gel infusion claims to help protect and revitalise the under-eye areas from the damages caused by stress and pollution. Users reported seeing their dark circles fade after one day to two weeks of use, and an improvement with puffiness and fine lines.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux retails for S$105 and is available at all Lancôme counters and the Lancôme website.
Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye
Philosophy pulls out the big guns by including a High-Performance Retinoid (HPR) in their Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye formula, harnessing all the benefits of retinoids while claiming to have a significantly decreased potential for irritation. Retinoids will help skin rejuvenation and supports natural collagen production, driving that under-eye darkness away.
It has received positive reviews from users who claim that it has helped to remove their dark circles and even acts as a superb primer for under-eye concealer by minimising imperfections.
Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Eye retails for S$80 and is available at all Philosophy counters.
Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15
Did you know that sun damage could worsen dark circles? With non-chemical sun protection of SPF 15, Dermalogica has you covered. Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15 also contains alpha hydroxyl lactic acids which help to smoothen your under-eye areas, and fade dark circles. Better yet, it’s also fragrance-free so it’s less likely to irritate those with sensitive skin.
A little goes a long way with this cream, so this tube, though pricey, will likely last you for a long, long time. Users have claimed that it is extremely moisturising, comes in a hygienic tube packaging and has helped to lighten dark circles.
Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15 retails for S$95 at Dermalogica retailers.
Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream
Hydration is key when it comes to taking care of that sensitive, thin skin underneath your eyes, so Origins has got it right with their blend of moisturising emollients, including shea butter and olive oil, and sodium hyaluronate. It also packs an admirable list of antioxidants, including cucumber extract, ginseng extract (of course), chestnut extract and more.
That’s some serious quality ingredients in this product, so it’s no surprise that many users, who have been disappointed with other eye creams, have seen noticeable lightening of their dark eye circles and general brightening of the eye area with this one!
Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream retails for S$42 (10ml) and S$52 (15ml). It is available at all Origins stores and counters, as well as Sephora.
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
Going down the natural path, Clarins uses pure plant extracts to return the youth to your under-eye areas.
The Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate is one of the most highly rated eye creams for dark eye circles on numerous review sites, with users claiming that it has given them dramatic results overnight, tightening the skin underneath the eyes and diminishing their dark circles.
Some have even claimed that they no longer need under-eye concealer after using this!
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate retails for S$110 at all Clarins counters and on the Clarins website.
SkinCeuticals Eye Balm
SkinCeuticals is making quite a name for themselves for being one of the most premium cosmeceutical brands around, so we weren’t surprised to see that their Eye Balm contains some nutritious goodness for your eyes, such as soy isoflavones, Vitamin E and silymarin.
SkinCeuticals Eye Balm retails for S$133 at SkinCeuticals.
Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream
This eye cream packs its punches in doubles. It not only contains a multi-luminizing powder that will immediately brighten your under-eye area, but also ingredients that work from inside out.
These ingredients also serve dual purposes: they act against pigmentation, which contributes to brownish dark circles, and improve micro-circulation, which helps combat blue-ish dark circles.
Users have noted that they looked more refreshed and well-rested, and didn’t need to rely on as much concealer in their makeup routine.
Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream retails for S$78 and is available at all Shiseido counters and Sephora.
Porcelain RevitalEyes Concentrate
A unique 2-in-1 eye concentrate that comes paired with a built-in smart massaging device, Porcelain’s RevitalEyes Concentrate uses over 3,000 high-frequency micro-vibrations per minute. This not only enhances product absorption, but also promotes cellular metabolism to improve the skin’s natural protection against UV stress, so you can say goodbye to dark eye circles.
On top of that, the lightweight eye gel is infused with six powerhouse ingredients to soothe and refresh your eye area, and is free of oils, silicones, parabens, fragrance, and drying alcohols. Biophytex™ reactivates microcirculation and strengthens blood vessels to lighten dark eye circles, while Beautifeye™combats glycation, a process where collagen and elastin is broken down. This lifts the eyelids, lightens dark eye circles, and brings down puffiness.
Matrixyl™, which consists of five peptides, works to reduce the depth and length of wrinkles with consistent use. The RevitalEyes Concentrate also contains Revitalin® to increase cell renewal while you sleep and protect your delicate skin against UV stressors. Niacinamide, on the other hand, works to strengthen the resilience of skin. It not only helps reduce sensitivity in delicate areas but also helps to reduce pigmentation around the eyes.
Finally, caffeine depuffs the eye area and reduces water retention to leave your eyes looking fresh and revitalised. Both niacinamide and caffeine are at 15% concentration, which is the dosage that is deemed to be clinically proven. The eye gel even has a touch of lavender oil to soothe your senses as it delivers a spa-like experience, right at the comfort of your own home.
To use, simply squeeze a pea-size amount and smooth it over the entire orbital eye area. Grip the metal sensor to activate the micro-vibrations, and gently glide the tip of the applicator around your eye contours for one to two minutes.
Porcelain RevitalEyes Concentrate retails for S$135 for a single RevitalEyes Concentrate and S$275 for the RevitalEyes Concentrate 3-month Kit. Available at all Porcelain Spas and at porcelainskin.com.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy
This 3-in-1 eye treatment for dark eye circles contains light-reflecting pigments and plant-based ingredients will help you illuminate, de-puff and smooth your under-eye area. Those natural ingredients are also great anti-irritants and antioxidants, which your skin will thank you for in the long run.
Its silky, lightweight texture dispensed through a cooling metal tip has been a hit with many satisfied users, one of whom even claimed that it instantly de-puffed her eyes!
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy retails for S$59 at Sephora.
Avène Physiolift Eyes
True to the minimalist design of the brand, Avène Physiolift Eyes contains a simple list of ingredients that zoom straight in to the common causes for dark circles, with none of the frills and fillers. It contains Ascofilline, Hyaluronic Acid Mono-Oligomers, and Retainaldehyde, all of which work in synchrony to replenish the skin with collagen and hyaluronic acid.
The eye cream is delivered via a “patch” technology which allows its ingredients to adhere to your skin and fill wrinkles, plump the skin and reduce puffiness and dark circles. A beauty blogger, also a mother of two, has claimed that it helped her dark circles fade, even when she does not get enough sleep.
Avène Physiolift Eyes retails for S$69.90 at Watsons.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Eye Cream
Need a lift? The Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Eye Cream from Paula’s Choice is infused with four forms of vitamin C, two potent peptides, and clinically proven retinol to firm and brighten your under-eye area as it smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.
On top of that, it is formulated with five types of ceramides and fatty acids that replenish your skin’s moisture levels and restore its resilience for a firmer, lifted appearance. So besides being able to brighten panda eyes, its gentle formula is moisturising to boot. Given that it has a whole host of powerhouse ingredients packed in a bottle, we’re surprised it retails for only S$74.
To incorporate the eye cream into your daily routine, apply a small amount in a gentle patting motion around your entire eye area. Use it once or twice a day for at least three months for optimal results.
Paula’s Choice’s Clinical series has been scientifically proven to be highly effective at combating skin ageing, so if you’re looking to get started on an anti-ageing regimen, you know where to begin. The brand’s cruelty-free products are also free of alcohol, fragrances, and parabens, so those with sensitive skin can have a peace of mind.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Eye Cream retails for S$29 (5ml) and S$74 (15ml) at paulaschoice.sg.
La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel
If you’re up for a splurge, La Mer’s The Illuminating Eye Gel packs its signature Miracle Broth, which promises to be able to stimulate skin renewal under your eyes. Its other antioxidant ingredients are also meant to protect and illuminate the frame around your precious peepers.
The formula is a little thicker than typical gels, but users have stated that it has a cooling and soothing effect when applied, is absorbed quickly and helps to lightly smooth the under-eye area.
La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel retails for S$240 and is available at all La Mer counters, TANGS, and Nordstrom.
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
Clinique has long been producing cult skincare favourites and the Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector has arguably achieved that status. It is formulated with an impressive list of antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients which help to fortify the under-eye skin and prevent the worsening of dark circles with age.
The cooling metal-tip applicator adds an extra oomph to the hydrating effect, and satisfied users have experienced permanently fading or disappearing dark circles after months of use. A small amount spreads nicely over a large area, so you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth with a single tube. One of the best eye creams for dark eye circles? That’s for sure!
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector retails for S$73 at all Clinique counters and Sephora.
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream
Not only does it smell nice, but the Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream also uses a whole array of natural ingredients to pamper those under-eye areas. Rosewater and rose oil soothes and nourishes the skin, golden root extract provides antioxidant protection and bambara groundnut extract provides that boost of hydration.
The plumping and revitalising effect is said to last up to 30 hours. Hydration can help to ease up fine lines, and users have said that they notice improvement in their dark circles with prolonged use of the cream.
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream retails for S$67 and is available at all Fresh boutiques and Sephora.
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