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10 Best Eye Creams for Dark Circles At Every Budget

By: Dedet Panabi / December 21, 2020
Categories : Eye Care, Face, Skincare

No matter how much sleep I get every night, I still have dark circles under my eyes. It’s a cursed combination of genetics, my bone structure and pigmentation. Fortunately, I have science on my side. The best eye creams for dark circles now have powerful ingredients that brighten the eye area in different ways:

  • Lighten skin pigmentation around the eyes
  • Constrict blood vessels that can cause the blue or purple tinge
  • Diffuse light (it’s like an instant Instagram filter!)

Here’s the list of eye creams for dark circles that really work. Goodbye, zombie eyes!

Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles: Under $50

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream

This is a good eye cream if you tend to get dark circles because of allergies, stress or lack of sleep. It hydrates with hyaluronic acid, brightens with licorice root and grape extract, and strengthens with vitamin E and B. This gentle eye cream can also be used on the eyelids and around the eyes.

Dr. Melissa K. Levin, MD, a clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital, says it’s a nice “gateway” eye cream for someone who’s just starting to build a complete skincare routine. “It’s affordable and good for all skin types.”


Where to buy: Shopee

ROC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream

This is a powerful and affordable alternative to the more expensive retinol eye creams. It’ll firm up the eye area and boost collagen production so your dark circles don’t look so prominent. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which locks in moisture and makes your eyes look fresh and younger looking. (By the way, ROC also has a variant for people who are sensitive to retinol — check it out if you’re looking for a gentle but effective anti-ageing eye cream.)

Price: $35.00

Where to buy: Lazada

Korres Natural Wild Rose Eye Brightening Treatment

This eye cream is made of organic ingredients that can brighten and firm the delicate skin around your eyes! It contains jojoba oil, ruscus extracts, natural betain, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B5. It’s been tested by both dermatologists and opthalmologists, so it is safe for both sensitive skin and sensitive eyes.

We also love how this affordable eye cream contains rose-gold optical brighteners and SPF 15. Apply under your eye makeup every morning to reflect the light and deflect the UV rays!

Price: $36.00

Where to buy: LookFantastic

Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles: $50 To $99

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, says this is one of the best eye creams for dark circles. It’s packed with Vitamin C to brighten up the eye area. Antioxidants fight free radical damage that can cause fine lines, too!

The eye cream has also gotten hundreds of five star review.Reviewers say it’s one of the best eye creams to use under concealer, because it’s not greasy and even helps your concealer look better. It’s often sold out, so get one when you can!

Price: $70.00

Where to buy: Carousell

Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream

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One of the most trusted Japanese skincare brands, Shiseido prides itself on well-researched, clinically-tested products. Its White Lucent range has a cult following (we’re obsessed with their serum) and psyched that some of that breakthrough ingredient is in their eye cream.

This Japanese eye cream fights the two major causes of dark circles: pigmented melanin (brown circles) and poor micro-circulation (blue circles). Over time, it fades pigmentation and boosts circulation. In the meantime, multi-luminising powder diffuses light for instantly brighter eyes.

Price: $78.00

Where to buy: Sephora

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Creme

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Do you prefer a natural eye cream for dark circles? Aveda blends licorce root, coffee bean and nourishing plant oils to brighten the area and reduce puffiness. It’s also been tested by opthalmologists, so it’s safe for sensitive eyes. Plus, 98% of its ingredients are naturally-derived, and it doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

“It’s not greasy and it makes my eyes look well-rested!” says one beauty review. Others say it’s one of the their favourite products in the Aveda range. “I honestly didn’t expect to see such great results in a really short time! I apply this before going to bed. In the morning, my eyes feel refreshed and look brighter.”

Price: $79.00

Where to buy: Tangs

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

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This eye cream won hundreds of five-star reviews and several international beauty awards. Plus, an independent consumer study found nearly all of them agreeing that it’s the best eye cream ever. It helps minimize dark circles, puffy eyes and even firms up the eye area. LOVE!

  • 100% agree their eye area felt deeply hydrated
  • 100% agree their skin felt soothed and replenished
  • 97% agree their eye area looked refreshed
  • 97% agree their skin felt nourished
  • 90% agree their skin felt firmer
  • 84% agree their eye area looked brighter

The secret is in its powerful mix of eight peptides, five different kinds of Vitamin C, cucumber extract, ceramides, plant oils, and antioxidants. That’s a lot of nourishing ingredients. (The only thing it’s missing is fairy dust.)

Price: $90.00

Where to buy: Sephora

Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles: $100 To $149

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

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Dark circles can look worse as we grow older, because the skin around our eyes become thinner and the blood vessels underneath start to show through. This eye cream stimulates collagen production with retinol, antioxidants and plant-based ingredients. It’s one of the best eye creams for dark circles and fine lines!

Beauty reviews say that it absorbs quickly, and doesn’t feel thick or greasy. It can be applied under makeup, too!

Price: $105.00

Where to buy: Sephora

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

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If you’ve got dark circles, fine lines and noticeably dry skin around the eyes, then this is the best eye cream for you! Its special 10X Concentrated Repair Technology works overnight to revitalize your eyes. It lightens dark circles in just three weeks, and hydrates your eye area for 24 hours.

It’s also one of the best anti-ageing eye creams.Apply in the morning to get 8-hour antioxidant protection against the damage caused UV rays, pollution and blue light.

Price: $105.00

Where to buy: Tangs

Skinceuticals AOX + Eye Gel

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This powerful eye cream fights dark circles with Vitamin C. It blocks pigmentation, and reverses the damage from UV exposure.

It’s even clinically proven! A 3-month clinical trial showed that it helped reduce dark circles, fine lines, puffiness and eye bags. Singapore beauty reviewers agree! ” I really like this product – I feel like I look more rested and my eyes look brighter. I’m diligent about using every morning with my C E Ferulic serum, and I swear I saw results right away and continue to see results,” says Desiree.

Price: $139.00

Where to buy: Skinceuticals

Best Eye Creams For Dark Circles: $150 Above

Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème

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Did we mention fairy dust? Well, Tata Harper has something pretty close: diamond dust. For real! The shimmer reflects light and helps hide even the darkest eye circles. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid, olive oil, and mango-seed butter work to hydrate and plump up the skin. Your eyes look visibly firmer and rejuvenated!

Not everyone’s a fan of the shimmer, but others swear that it can make a huge difference for brightening the eye area. We recommend using eye cream under your concealer. Your eyes won’t look too pearly under harsh daylight — just fresh and youthful.

Want to learn more tips on how to keep your eyes looking fresh and youthful? Check out this list of the best ingredients in eye creams and the best eye creams that fight sun damage

Price: $156.00

Where to buy: Sephora