The Best Eye Creams To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Can we get a big "hell yeah!" for eye creams? Without them, we would be lost — wandering around hopelessly, looking just as tired as we feel. But, thanks to these potions, our puffiness, fatigue, and dark circles get to be our little secrets.
Due to a combination of late nights and poor sleep habits, we've had more than our fair share of opportunities to test out puff-reducing, bag-demolishing eye creams. We've tried the good, the bad — and then we've tried the miracle workers. That's what the 21 eye creams ahead are — pure miracles.
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Now, we're not naive enough to think that a tube of cream alone can fix fatigue. No, it comes down to a combo of an out-of-this-world product and some serious application know-how. So, we went to the woman with all the complexion-perfecting answers to get the scoop on the best way to apply your eye cream in order to make your gaze its most gorgeous.
According to celebrity aesthetician, La Mer global skincare advisor, and perfect-skin-whisperer (we've told her she needs to put that on her business cards) Joanna Czech, you can tailor your application to the type of results you want: anti-ageing or de-puffing.
For anti-ageing, here's what she advises: "Start with your inner eye and apply the cream, but do a little press-and-release motion. Apply your cream in a few points around the eye, and then using your middle or ring finger, place them in the inner corner of the eye below the brow on the upper lid. Slightly press and release, working outward. Do the same on the bottom, but work from the outer corner to the inner corner."
According to Czech, with this technique you are working against gravity — and against the lines. "When you press your skin, it microscopically stretches, and when you release it grabs the product and draws it into the surface of the skin." She advises that this method is better for the evening and with a richer cream, since the focus is anti-ageing and hydration. As a follow-up, she recommends placing two lukewarm chamomile tea bags on your eyes and laying down for 20 minutes. This will provide soothing and anti-redness relief.
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For de-puffing, it's all about fluid drainage. Puffiness is caused by a buildup of fluid in your under-eye area, so diminishing it comes down to (gently!) pushing it out of there. Says Czech, "I would do the upper lid the exact same way as the anti-ageing method, and then on the under-eye I would go from the inner corner to outer, sliding my finger down to give a form of lymphatic drainage. Very slight pressing motion as you slide." She advises that this is great to do in the morning, and that you can enhance the de-puffing effects by using a cold product, so pop that a.m. eye cream in the fridge for best results.
Now that you know the secrets of eye cream application, read on for our top product picks.
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This heavy-duty eye cream is formulated with retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines — just make sure to only use it at night to avoid irritation from sun exposure.
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Dryness? Okay, we can handle it. Rough, irritated dry patches? Bane of our existence. This hydrating eye cream acts like a direct shot of moisture, so you can wake up with soft, smooth under-eyes again.
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StriVectin’s brand-new Eye Concentrate uses the brand’s patented NIA-114 technology to eliminate signs of ageing in just one week — yes, one week!
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We're a society obsessed with avocado, so why not extend this to our beauty products? This eye treatment from Kiehl's has been on our favourites list forever, and it includes everyone's beloved ingredient.
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This eye cream from Mario Badescu is all about getting moisture to the under-eye area, using the beloved hyaluronic acid. Plus, it absorbs quickly so you can wear it day and night and not worry about your makeup sliding around.
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Tarte’s Maracuja collection has developed a cult following for good reason — and one of our favourite products of the bunch is the brightening eye cream. The maracuja fruit and vitamin C-enriched formula is firming and brightening. Meaning: It’ll make you look awake with just a few dabs (we suggest dotting it on with your pinky for best results). And it’s so light in consistency, you can apply your concealer right away — if you even feel like you need it, that is.
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Laneige is known for its intensely hydrating products, and this blue jar is no exception. Antioxidants help to stimulate collagen production, which helps smooth wrinkles and add a glow. Pop it in your fridge before you apply to give your eyes a cool blast.
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Technically, this is marketed to dudes, but we don't discriminate by gender: a good beauty product is a good beauty product. Made with caffeine and vitamin E, it energises your under-eye area and gets rid of puffiness lickety-split. A dab of this followed by a brightening concealer is our secret weapon for looking awake after a long night out.
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A top pick for those of us starting to battle the inevitable crow's feet and droopiness that come with a life well-lived, this anti-ageing pick from Fresh firms and hydrates thanks to a formula packed with antioxidant-rich black tea and noni juice. It also smells amazing — if you're the kind of person who likes to wrap your hands around a mug of hot tea in the morning, applying this to your lids has the same aromatherapeutic effect.
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Another firming wonder, this cream moisturises, plumps, de-puffs, and protects the delicate eye area. We like this one as a night cream, as it's a little too rich for daytime use unless your skin is super dry.
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Having sensitive eyes can be a major obstacle when choosing an eye cream, but this balm makes it easy. To help keep your eye cream in place — and not allow it to wander into your eyes, which can cause irritation — stick to a product with a precise applicator and don't get close to your lash line. Simply twist up the tube and reveal the solid, clear stick of de-puffing balm. It's gentle — and delivers a cooling sensation that you can control.
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This tried-and-true eye cream has been reformulated to include microencapsulated retinol and niacinamide, which help to penetrate deeply to brighten, smooth, and plump.
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That Dr. Andrew Weil sure knows his stuff. The holistic health guru's line with Origins focuses on using efficacious botanicals to provide noticeable results. This brightening eye cream is no exception: Its formula has extracts of rosa roxburghii, white peony, ume, and magnolia, which help lighten shadows and make eyes look less sunken.
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They don't call this Secret de Maquilleurs (loosely translated, that's "makeup artists' secret," for you non-francophones) for nothing. This handy little stick offers a cooling sensation that feels delicious on tired eyes. More importantly, it helps smooth out the contours of the eye and makes your makeup go on (and look) so much better. Add to that a radiance-boosting effect, and it's no wonder makeup artists hoard this beauty in their kits.
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Like the majority of SkinCeuticals products, this eye cream is all about the antioxidants. Phloretin, vitamin C, and ferulic acid in a potent serum-in-a-gel formula help it penetrate the skin and work to correct signs of photodamage, as well as puffiness and dark circles.
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This whipped-up eye cream is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and kakadu plum — which all help to fight the signs of eye fatigue. The ultra-moisturising cream instantly brightens, smooths, and firms the skin while helping to protect from future environmental damage.
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Arcona's cult-classic eye cream has shea butter and hyaluronic acid to provide ultimate hydration, while anti-inflammatory blueberry extract and vitamin E help comfort tired eyes. Apply this before you hit the sheets — it's a little heavy for day — and you'll wake up refreshed and revitalised.
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This line, aptly called Anti-Fatigue, cuts straight to the chase and we couldn't love it more for that. The gel-cream is an absolute lifesaver for hungover skin. Made with white lily extract, it hydrates and decongests, revealing smooth, healthy, bright, and bag-free eyes. Which is something we all need after a night of debauchery, no?
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L’Occitane’s rich, creamy eye gel helps to battle fine lines by using the unique immortelle flower — which never ages. The soft scent and soothing texture feel luxurious on the fragile eye area and help to combat any and all signs of ageing.
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Wake up to instantly brighter eyes thanks to this overnight treatment. Crow's feet, dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness will soon be a thing of the past.
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This lightweight eye cream is loaded with antioxidants and hydrating oils which help to smooth out fine lines.
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