The pace of society has sped up to the point that you can get groceries delivered to your door within the hour, and yet most
eye creams still take weeks of consistent use before you actually start to notice an appreciable difference. Patience is a virtue, or so they say, but instant gratification is just that: gratifying.
shouldn’t you be able to remedy your undereye circles in the time it takes for your Lyft to pull up to the curb? This is the future, after all. Waiting more than an hour for anything (food, a promising Bumble match to pick a place and time to meet up after weeks of back-and-forth) has become passé. Ahead, the fast-acting eye creams to reach for when you need to look more awake right now, not after 2 months of twice-daily application. Seriously, who has that kind of time?
Some eye creams can feel tacky, particularly under makeup, but this hydrating gel does no such thing. Aloe, spring water, and a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals depuff eyes and brighten dark circles on contact, with a practically weightless finish.
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Soothe Eye Gel, $42, available at Sephora.
Don’t let the long list of ingredients you probably can’t pronounce scare you off: This luxurious eye cream is an absolute powerhouse. It utilizes some of the most advanced anti-aging technology around to improve circulation, diminish fine lines, and keep the eye area perfectly moisturized.
3Lab “M” Eye Brightening, $250, available at Barneys New York.
The quickest of the quick fixes, this cooling gel visibly reduces dark circles and puffiness immediately on contact, thanks in part to the unique rollerball applicator — it’s like a little massage for your eye area.
Lancôme Énergie de Vie Illuminating & Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel, $39, available at Sephora.
Even the most tired eyes will get a boost from the powerful hydrating and firming effects of this new cult-favorite formula. The barely-there apricot tint visually corrects dark circles on all skin tones, so you’ll notice a difference immediately as well as over time.
It Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream, $38, available at Ulta.
“Transforming” is a strong word, but this beloved drugstore option delivers on all its claims. Dark circles are diminished, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed, and puffiness subsides, so you’re left looking bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and still well within your budget.
Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Transforming Cream, $17.99, available at Target.
This eye gel claims to be cooling, soothing, hydrating, and energizing — and it follows through on the promise. Puffy eyes and dark circles are no match for the refreshing hydrogen-powered formula, which absorbs quickly and leaves skin smooth, not greasy.
Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy De-Puffing Eye Gel, $75, available at Sephora.
The next time you start to feel that 4 p.m. weekday wave of exhaustion coming on, reach for this lightweight cooling serum, which packs a powerful anti-aging punch in convenient, easy-to-apply rollerball form.
Pixi 24K Eye Elixir, $22, available at Target.
Both potent and incredibly gentle for even the most sensitive skin, the anti-inflammatory properties in this soothing formula relieve dryness and keep skin looking plump and youthful exactly where you need it the most.
Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream, $54, available at Pai.
This eye cream is not messing around: It contains two of the strongest (and therefore most effective) antioxidants you can find in a topical formula — vitamins C and E — so it fights off future damage while nourishing the delicate eye area.
Derma E Age-Defying Antioxidant Eye Cream, $24.75, available at Derma E.
If you've been bit by the travel bug this year, you need a lightweight cream you can reapply all hours of the day to de-puff and illuminate your under-eye area.
BareMinerals SkinLongevity Vital Power Eye Gel Cream, $32, available at Sephora.
An eye cream this luxurious may not come cheap, but the price tag suddenly becomes a lot easier to understand once you witness the instantly hydrating, fine line-reducing, dark circle-brightening effects — in a surprisingly lightweight formula, at that.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, $99, available at Caudalie.
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