Eye Cream Reviews

Here are some reviews on the eye creams/gels I have used.

Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream (~$20)
This eye cream is very true to its name. It contains chamomile water, dextran sulfate, Avene thermal spring water, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid and is indeed very soothing and works great for sensitive or irritated skin, especially those who are struggling with eczema. It is also pretty moisturizing but does nothing more than what a basic eye cream should do. I did not see any changes in my undereye circles and bags. Nonetheless, this is almost foolproof and I always go back to it when my eye starts acting up.

Benefit Eyecon ($26)
I have been using this day and night religiously for a little more than a month now. The texture is not too thick nor too watery and it sinks right in. Although it didn’t do much fading my dark circles, it is definitely moisturizing and soothing. My only complaint is the packaging. I hate eye creams that come in a jar (it just feels so insanitary to scoop the product out using your fingers). My roommate tried this the other week but complained that it stung. I never had this problem so I guess get this only if you’re looking for something not heavy-duty or if you don’t have sensitive skin.

Botanics Ultimate Lift Eye Gel ($13.99)
This is a pretty basic eye gel that contains “echinacea extract to help protect collagen to leave skin feeling firmer” and “moisturisers and film formers to prevent moisture loss”. It feels very refreshing and sinks into my skin within seconds. I use this right before I sleep and my eye area always seem a lot smoother and toned the next morning. Since it is a gel, it is not very moisturizing but I will definitely keep this baby around for the warmer months.

Clinique All About Eyes ($27)
This claims to “diminishes the appearance of eye puffs, darkness, fine lines” but to me, it is only an eye gel that feels very cool and refreshing on. It did not do anything to my undereye circles, bags or lines. I also do not think it is moisturizing enough – it might do a good job on teens or those with less dry skin. The packaging is another thing I do not like. The container is bulky and dipping your finger into the jar again and again just feels so unhygienic. Ugh!

DDF Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 ($45)
This claims to reduce puffiness and I think it did an okay job. I love the high SPF but it is not very moisturizing. Plus it came in a glass bottle when I got it (they revamped the packaging) and the cap broke too. I will not repurchase this.

DDF Nourishing Eye Cream ($42)
This feels really thick and very moisturizing. I did not see any fading of undereye circles nor any improvement in puffiness. The price is also pretty steep for a basic eye cream. I say pass on this one and get something else.

Fresh Soy Eye Cream ($38)
This has the worst packaging ever! It comes in a huge tube and you have to sqeeze it like a toothpaste to get the product out. The texture feels grainy and the smell is pretty weird. It also did not do much to my eyes at all. The only good thing about it is the SPF – 8 – but then again, it could have been higher. This is definitely not worth the $38.

*Updates:- This has been discontinued.

H20 Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment
H20 was pretty popular back in Asia back in the late 90s and I bought this back then. It is an eye gel and I used it as an eye mask (I put a thick layer on my eyes and leave it on for 15 minutes then wash it off). It was not very moisturizing and did nothing more than cool my eyes. It might work for teens or those who do not really need an eye cream. A total waste of money for me!

Juvena UIti-max Eye Treatment ($50)
I got this from Sephora and I really liked it. It is very moisturizing and sinks right into my skin. I think my undereye circles faded a little and it definitely helps with puffiness too. My eyes feel so refreshed every time I put this on and it works great even when they get irritated. The price is a little steep but it is definitely worth every penny.

*Updates:- Sadly this has been discontinued.

L’oreal Collagen Filler Eye (£15)
This is similar to L’oreal’s Collagen Filler but designed just for the eyes and is recommended for those from age 30. It contains tiny little micro-pearls like MAC Strobe Cream to diffuse the appearance of undereye circles and bags and collagen biospheres to fill crows feet and expression lines. I only used this for a week so I cannot say much about the anti-wrinkle properties but I do love the texture which is more than divine! Unlike a regular eye cream or gel, this feels like a silicone primer which makes it great underneath makeup. It is also easily absorbed and very gentle on the skin. I am definitely going to get it when I start getting lines around my eyes.

Kenzo Relaxing Whipped Eye Cream ($45)
This contains plant water, white lotus, essential oils and mineral salts along with Actiflow to stimulate circulation and reduce black circles and puffiness, and Dormance/ Narcissus Bulb Extract to slow down cells to preserve energy. The texture is very velvety and sinks in like a dream. My eyes feel instantly refreshed, moisturized and definitely less puffy. I also use this in the AM and never had a problem putting makeup on top. Highly recommended!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($24)
The one thing that stood out the most about this eye cream is the texture. It is the weirdest I have seen and it is not creamy nor watery. I find it very hard to blend and after numerous failed attempts, I realized that the trick to using this is to rub it with your fingers than pat it on. It is very moisturizing on the eye area but I did not see any changes in my undereye circles.

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream ($27.50)
I *love* using this in the morning! It is a great wake-up call for my eyes and it does help with puffiness. I also like how it dries so fast and preps the eye area for concealer – my concealer just glides on after I put this on. I do not recommend using this at night though because it is not very moisturizing.

Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation Anti-Shadow Eye Cream (£5.99)
The texture of this eye cream is extremely light. It feels like a gel and gets absorbed into my skin instantly. It contains cucumber and ginseng extract to make shadows go away and hydrate skin for up to 24 hours. I have been using this for over a month now and even though I do not see a prominent difference in my undereye circles, my eye area does feels refreshed and hydrated. I would highly recommend this for young skin.

Philosophy Eye Hope ($48)
This contains beta glucan and age-fighting counterparts to “diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”. It has a nice, blendable texture so a little goes a long way. It also gets absorbed into my skin within minutes. I’m not sure if it’s doing anything for my circles but it works great in deflating puffiness – I can actually feel a tightening effect around my eyes! I only wish this was slightly more hydrating for those extra dry days.

Prescriptives Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Eye Cream ($38)
Thanks to the “advanced micro-optic luminizers” that look like the tiny pink pearly particles in MAC Strobe Cream, this works like a charm in brightening and perking up my eye area. The product is also infused with vitamin C to “combat visible dark circles, the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin tone and texture.” I have been using this for over a month now and I am happy to say that I did see some good results. There is a slight fading in my undereye circles and my eye area is more toned and even (yay!) I also love the packaging. The pump also makes it so easy to use and super hygienic. This has definitely become one of my HGs!

Shiseido Benefiance Revitalizing Eye Cream ($50)
This eye cream is extremely rich and it would be great for those with dry or mature skin. It did not help much with my undereye circles or puffiness but it is definitely good for those nights when my eyes get really dry.

Sisleya Eye and Lip Contour Cream ($160)
I have heard so much about this line and now that I am in my mid-twenties, I wanted to splurge on a nice eye cream. Initially, the SA recommended the Eye and Lip Contour Complex for young skin but since I wear eye makeup on a daily basis and my eye area is dry, I want something richer to prevent wrinkles and help with puffiness and circles and this seems to fit the bill. The product is formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients like Padina Pavonica algae extract, Matricaria, Licorice, Wheat proteins, and vitamins E, B5 and F. The texture is slightly thicker than other eye creams but it is really easy to spread and gets absorbed easily. It never feels greasy and it works great with my concealer. I have been using for this almost a few months now but it only took one application to see a difference. My eyes are more toned, moisturized, less puffy and I think my undereye circles have faded a little too. This is definitely worth the hefty price tag!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eyes ($26)
This is a clear gel with tiny blue beads for the eye area. It contains detran-sulfate to help decongest undereye bags, Escin to increase microcirculation and Vichy’s Thermal Spa Water to help hydrate, soothe and reinforce fragile tissues. I did not see any major improvements in my undereye circles but it definitely managed to keep my eye area hydrated and puff-free. I love using it in the morning for an instant pick me up and my concealer goes on really smoothly on top of it too.
Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Holy crap those are so expensive.

    What do you think of petroleum jelly as eye cream? Not to correct undereye circles, but to prevent fine lines and wrinkles..

  2. try some drugstore ones too! i love the Nivea one. It’s minty and reduces puffiness and cheaper than most of the products you listed

  3. i have serious dark circles… and a friend of mine has even more serious dark circles.. so both of us decided to buy hylexin at sephora.. but we have both stopped using it already.. 1st is super expensive.. totally not worth the steep price.. 2nd since i have dry skin i couldnt just use it alone.. its just not moisturizing enough. i used it for about a month.. i didnt see results so i stopped using it. my friend who has really serious dark circles kept using it religiously for about 4~5 months and she also gave up. i’d say it was a total waste of money. but i think they ahve this money back guarantee.. i got the product in the states and since i live in canada.. i didnt send my hylexin in for a full refund… oh.. by the way their sales representative at the call center had a really bad/cocky attitude..

  4. hi phyllis,
    have you heard of creme de la mer? i was just wondering if you’ve tried it and what your opinions were? and how young you should start using eye creams?

  5. > _ < oh Phyllis , I've been waiting for asian gal like us write about eye cream comment. I 've heard many ppl recommend me different brands. I 'haven't decided yet , too many stuff to tried this article help me a lot
    thx thx. oh

    I think all kind of shiseido eyes product doesn’t work for me too – _ -;; I think face product ok ne

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  6. I have no wrinkles but get bags/dark circles, hence I am looking for an effective eye gel as opposed to an eye cream.
    I have tried so many eye gels e.g. Guinot, Clarins, Ageless…..but these don’t appear to have worked too well.
    Can you recommend any eye gels ? How effective is the Shiseido TS Eye Soother ?
    Thanks.

  7. i myself been having dark eye circle and fine line since i was young.. and i agree with u that it was a curse from the past… i’ve tried alot of product which u can name all of it and even went to some witchdoctor which they told me that is because i sees the spirits and that is y i get my dark eye circle… wad a good way to tell ppl.. *idiot* and then my friend recommended me to this origins mega mushroom eye serum.. it did help alot on it and it got lighter and lighter now… but of course u need a lot of sleep oso… sleeping early and using togetha is the best solution of all.. it’s always good to sleep before 12 midnight. and now that i use it with a bb cream, it got better… i’ve been using it for almost 5 to 6 months and just started recently to use with the bb cream which it really show a visible result.. try using skin food’s eye mask as well.. it does help to reduce the dark unwanted baggy eyes. and in just 30 – 45 minutes the results is out…. walaaa…

  8. DDF Nourishing Eye Cream and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado are the best for me, some of them gives me a little bit of red on the skin around my eyes after applying(maybe some type of allergy). Try them out, especially Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado because it’s very moisturizing and quite get rid of those puffiness on your eyes.

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