8 brightening eye creams for dark circles
Banish shadow stat
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / December 13 2022
Lack of sleep got you looking like you’ve aged a decade? Dark circles hereditary in your family? Enjoyed the weekend a little too much? Well, it would appear that you’re in the market for a brightening eye cream.
Regardless of where you fall in the all too relatable struggle of brightening unwanted under-eye shadow, we think it’s fair to say, luminising eye creams are a game changer. They utilise radiance-enhancing, colour-correcting ingredients that help to reverse some of our worst decisions in a matter of seconds – on the days you need to look like a functioning human there’s no better remedy.
Here are eight brightening eye cream formulas to finally tackle those pesky dark circles – see ya, shadow!
Clarins Double Serum Eye
If you froth on the OG Clarins Double Serum ($102 at Adore Beauty), then you need to get your mitts on the newly released eye-appropriated formula that helps to tackle dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Wild chervil and turmeric extracts are combined with 13 plant extracts to treat the delicate under-eye area, strengthening and minimising the visible signs of ageing.
$115 at Adore Beauty
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery
Another eye cream inspired by an absolute banger of a serum *cough* Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex ($110 at Adore Beauty) *cough*; this adorable little pot houses a formula that’s just as potent as it’s predecessor. We’re talking a concoction packed to the brim with an expert brightening agent called ChronoluxCB complex, long-lasting hydrator hyaluronic acid, and a cocktail of antioxidants that help to strengthen and protect skin against external aggressors.
$110 at Adore Beauty
KORA Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil
Certified organic noni fruit extract, tomato and marine bamboo are to thank for the brightening effect you’ll be experiencing post-application of this ultra-nourishing eye oil formula that takes inspiration from the brand’s cult-favourite KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Oil ($83 at Adore Beauty). The rose quartz rollerball applicator works to soothe under eyes and minimise puffiness, leaving eyes looking refreshed and ready for the day.
$52 at Adore Beauty
Vanessa Megan Pineapple Enzyme + HA Brightening Eyelift Serum
Got clean beauty on the brain? Then you need to add this homegrown hero to your skin care lineup. Australian made, cruelty free, vegan, and free from nasties, this 100 per cent natural formula combines vitamin C-rich ingredients such as pineapple enzymes, Australian native finger lime caviar extract and kakadu plum to help brighten the under-eye area.
$69.95 at Adore Beauty
IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream
Want a bit of colour correction to help conceal an especially stubborn under-eye shadow? This formula contains a skin-brightening apricot tint that helps to correct dark circles and unify tone, while chrysin, avocado, licorice root, squalane and a potent ceramide complex get to work addressing dehydrated, tired skin that’s showing signs of ageing. Say hello to firm, smoothed and brightened peepers, pals!
$59 at Adore Beauty
Biologi Bk Rejuvenation Eye Serum
Utilising a highly potent and effective form of naturally-derived vitamin C, this under-eye serum helps to target dark circles, fine lines and elasticity for a smoother, firmer, brighter orbital area. Added bonus? This pick is lightweight enough to use as a serum on the rest of your face too, so there’s really no excuse for looking tired anymore with this much vitamin C on offer folks.
$88 at Adore Beauty
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream
Brighten and soften the delicate skin around the eyes, but like, be boujee about it. This illuminating eye cream contains 23K pure gold flakes that add a bit of luxury to the mundanity of under-eye care. The fact that the formula also helps to address signs of oxidative stress, dehydration and ageing is just a very pleasant bonus TBH.
$69 at Adore Beauty
FILLMED Laboratories HXR-Eye Cream
This eye cream doesn’t mess around when it comes to in-clinic results. It’s boosted with hexylresorcinol, a powerful brightening agent that helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles, Arg-lys peptide, a skin relaxant that smooths fine line and wrinkles around the delicate eye contour area, and stimulating escin, which minimises the appearance of puffiness and tired eyes.
$126.60 at Body Catalyst
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.