The eye creams we’re seriously impressed by
We review our favourite eye creams that deliver brighter, younger-looking eyes
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / November 07 2018
Eye cream is a commonly missed step in our skin care routines, and yet it’s one of the most important. The eyes are one of the first places to show signs of ageing (crow’s feet, crepiness), they’re also the first thing people notice about you so you want to leave a good impression (and not be remembered for your dark circles), plus they’re formulated to be extra gentle on the sensitive skin around your eyes - whereas a regular moisturiser or serum may cause irritation.
So, with all this in mind, it’s high time you added one to your routine.
We admit finding a great eye cream can be very hit and miss, particularly when you have a unique set of concerns you want your cream to cater to. So we asked our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members to reveal their pick for the best eye cream in Australia. They opened up their beauty cupboards to us and shared these eye cream reviews.
#10 / Clarins Multi-Active Eye
If dull, tired-looking eyes are the bane of your morning makeup routine, try applying this eye cream day and night. The gel-cream texture paired with the always-cold metal tip refreshes puffy eyes, while an anti-pollution complex in the formula protects the eye area from environmental damage - including pollution - and other ingredients like teasel extract and horse chestnut aescin prevent dark circles, signs of fatigue and the damaging effects of stress on the delicate eye area. Workaholics, mums who are struggling to get a good night’s rest, or uni students who love a late-night cram session, this one’s for you.
The review: “If you’re looking for a multitasking eye cream that does it ALL, then look no further than Clarins Multi-Active Eye. The formula targets fine lines, dark circles and puffiness - that’s all my under-eye concerns taken care of with one product! It also has this amazing cryo-metallic tip applicator that feels really cool and soothing on your skin. For me, this also has the added bonus of preventing me from way-too-enthusiastically massaging the product in - which is meant to be damaging for the delicate unde-reye area.” Isobel Larkin, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Assistant
#9 / Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Eye Cream
Housed in a gorgeous pinky-red tub and packed with eye-nourishing botanical ingredients such as silk tree extract, cedar bud and yarrow, our Review Crew® gave this eye cream four stars after trialling it. They found their dark circles lightened, their skin texture softened and smoothed, and the formula was very refreshing on tired eyes. The delicate scent of this eye cream (Jurlique’s signature blend of lavender, rose, citrus and herbaceous notes) was also a big winner with our reviewers.
The review: “Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Eye Cream is my absolute favourite! It glides on so smoothly with no tugging and absorbs quickly without leaving any residue, but doesn't feel dry on at all. My makeup sits on it really well and doesn’t slip so that's another big plus.” Anne, SUPERcrew member
#8 / Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
Three of these eye creams sells every five seconds. Yep, it’s a crowd favourite. Natural, certified organic and vegan, this eye cream is lightweight, cooling and calming. Its hero ingredient, kiwi fruit seed oil, is high in omega-3 and vitamins C and E, which work to improve skin elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll also find carrot seed oil and aloe gel to soothe inflammation and redness, and avocado oil, which boosts collagen production while drenching skin in hydration.
The review: “I love this! Most eye creams irritate my sensitive eye area but this one is so gentle as it is all natural. It comes in a HUGE 30ml size so it lasts twice as long as most eye creams and is great value for money. The rich creamy texture leaves my eyes soothed and hydrated and looking like I got a great night’s sleep (even when I usually haven't!).” Mandy, SUPERcrew member
#7 / Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel
From the cooling gel texture that relieves tired eyes to the hyaluronic-packed formula that hydrates and plumps - and the addition of anti-ageing niacinamide to improve skin elasticity, it’s not hard to see why our SUPERcrew gave this eye treatment a four-star rating when we sent it to them to trial, or why so many of them now use it as their go-to eye product.
The review: “I have been using the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel since I received it to trial from Beauty Crew over 5 months ago and have not looked back. There is no strong fragrance and I love the blueish grey gel. A little bit is all that is needed to dab around your whole eye area. It doesn't feel tacky or sticky as I tap the gel. It absorbs straight into your skin. It really does even out those little eye wrinkles and plumps up under the eye and my skin around the eyes feel very hydrated. Using this for so long now, I have not looked back as my eyes feel so much fresher and alive.” Mandie, SUPERcrew member
#6 / Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum
Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules are one of their most iconic inventions and just last year, they reformulated their Eye Serum capsules to be even more potent. When we sent them to our Review Crew® to trial, they deemed the eye serum worthy of 4.5 stars! They loved the line-smoothing and de-puffing results it delivered, as well as how well their makeup applied over the top of the formula.
The review: “Works better than any eye cream and I have tried many! I had a dry under-eye area, it was very bad as I was testing new skincare. In a matter of just a couple of applications (morning and night), the dry, red, angry patches were gone. Skin healed so fast and crepiness was gone in next few days, too. It improved the look of fine lines, brought elasticity back to skin and hydration.” Jovanka, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème
We’ve already singled out this brightening eye cream as a must-have for dark circles - its yellow tint acts like a colour corrector for blueish tones under the eyes - but it’s also excellent for wrinkles. The collagen-boosted formula firms, jojoba and shea butter deeply hydrate and vitamin C brightens.
The review: “Historically I’m not very good with eye cream, so when I noticed some lines creeping in and the hollows under my eyes darkening, I suddenly became a lot more diligent. The formula of the Banana Bright feels really light on application and absorbs quickly, so it’s easy to apply my makeup soon after my skin care routine. The skin around my eyes now look a lot more plump and I’ve noticed those lines aren’t as prominent. The darkness isn’t completely gone, but I’ve definitely noticed an improvement.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#4 / Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream
This is a great go-to eye cream for tired and puffy eyes. And it creates a silky smooth base for makeup. Four of our SUPERcrew members have given this eye cream a full five stars, praising it for its non-irritating and brightening formula as well as its metal applicator that cools while also ensuring the right amount of product is distributed.
The review: “I love everything about this eye cream. I love the little pull out applicator tip which makes using it more effective and fun. It's a convenient sized product and I use it day and night to keep my eyes looking fresh and sparkling! The eye cream itself is white and light in texture. After using this eye cream, the skin around my eyes looks more awake and feels softer and looks natural and fresh. The round applicator makes my skin feel like it's getting a gentle massage while I'm applying the cream. Brilliant!” Sarrah, SUPERcrew member
#3 / Rationale PhotoDynamic Eye Cream SPF15
This cream proves good things come in small packages. This eye cream is enriched with anti-ageing ingredients like peptides for firming, ceramides to reduce fine lines, and zinc, melanin and Australian SolarProtective botanicals for sun protection. Add to that the illuminating pigments and your eyes will look brighter, younger and luminous with each application.
The review: “Not only is this a luxurious cream to target a multitude of eye concerns – think fine lines and wrinkles, darkness, dryness and loss of elasticity – but I love the immediate benefits also. It offers sun protection and instantly brightens the area thanks to a tinted formula.” Alex Noonan, Beauty Crew’s Content Director
#2 / Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Light Pearl
If you prefer your eye cream in serum form, add this one to cart. The unique, massaging applicator is a dream on tired, puffy eyes, and its powerhouse ingredient works to remedy under-eye bags, crow’s feet, dark circles, and wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. Our Review Crew® awarded it 4.5 stars.
The review: “This is really an eye serum, owing to its extremely light texture and fast absorption. It really does have a brightening effect once used for at least a month. It helps keep my under eye area looking fresh and youthful. It has a lovely finish on the eye area after use.” Felicia, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
This eye cream received a lot of love from our team and SUPERcrew members. Combating dryness, signs of ageing and dark circles are all on the agenda when using this lightweight gel-creme. It’s an excellent all-rounder that covers all bases, which is why it tops our list as the best eye cream for anyone and everyone. We also couldn’t argue with all these glowing reviews.
The reviews: “This lightweight cream ticks all the boxes for me: it addresses dark circles, it protects against blue light and pollution, it can be worn underneath foundation without making it look patchy, and it’s packed with antioxidants to protect skin day and night.” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
“My favourite eye cream is Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex. It is the only eye cream that I have tried that really improve my fine lines and prevents more from appearing. I have been using it for 6 months now.” Jillian, SUPERcrew member
“My favourite eye cream would have to be the amazing Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex. Every time I start using this I start believing that I have hardly any little lines under my eyes. Then when I stop using it, a few weeks later they come back, so it must be this concentrate that makes them disappear.” Aneta, SUPERcrew member
More concerned with dark circles specifically? We’ve handpicked our favourite eye creams for dark circles, too.
Which eye cream do you love? Share your review with us below!
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.