Hope in a jar doesn’t come cheaply for those looking to repair and protect the delicate skin around their eyes. From dark circles to fine lines to under eye puffiness, there are a bevy of products that promise to turn back the clock, or stop it all together. But, only a handful of products deliver on their promises to rejuvenate under eye skin. (And we should know, we tested 124 eye products in all.) Here's what you'll want, and what you'll want to walk away from.
Love it! Osmotics' Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair ($75)
An extension of the cut favorite Blue Copper 5 line from Osmotics Cosmeceuticals, this 3-in-1 anti-aging eye treatment is expensive and worth.every.penny. Promising to "firm, tone and tighten" the eye area while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair earns a top spot on our "love it" list for really delivering. Like the entire Blue Copper collection, Firming Eye Repair calls upon copper which is effective at increasing skin's firmness, elasticity and radiance. There are also peptides, proteins and antioxidants galore. Get it for $75 at osmotics.com.
Leave it: Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse eye cream from Neutrogena($16.99)
Priced right at $16.99, this product boasts a fresh scent and a lightweight formula that we loved. However, perhaps because of the fragrance in the product, the eye cream made our eyes water and left us crying for something less irritating.
**Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free**
Love it! Holly Beth Natural’s Eye Cream ($30)
After a few days of using Holly Beth’s Eye Cream, we saw a marked improvement in the appearance of dark circles and puffiness that plagues us. Packed with organic Vitamin E, the cream also moisturized the delicate under the eye skin without leaving it feeling greasy; $35 at hollybeth.net. **Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free**
Leave it: Sue Devitt's Microquatic Prime Target Intensive Eye Treatment ($28)
Touted on one highly regarded site as a gel that "targets areas that require intensive nutrition and hydration, similar in nature to the GPS tracking system, " the appeal of this product was lost on us. Retailing for $28, there's nothing particularly offensive about Microquatic Prime Target Intensive Eye Treatment, except that it did not appear to deliver on its promise to firm the under eye skin or banish dark circles.
Leave it: Active Botanical Eye Creme and Firming Eye Revitalizerfrom Seven Skincare ($32 each)
Active Botanical Eye Creme and Firming Eye Revitalizer from Seven Skincare promise to work in tandem to combat key concerns including fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Unfortunately, the Revitalizer andCreme irritated the skin under our eyes, so we had to discontinue use immediately.
Love it! Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion from Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare ($18.50)
Remember the last time you were at a spa enjoying a luscious facial and the esthetician placed cool cotton compresses that smelled like heaven and made you look like you'd slept for days over your eyes? Get that feeling-- and the results-- in between spa visits thanks toEyebright Soothing Eye Lotion from Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare. This mild herbal liquid is kept at an ideal temperature when stored in the fridge. Apply the product to cotton compresses first thing in the morning, then apply the compresses and relax for 5 to 10 minutes as they work their magic; $18.50 for 5oz. at lizearle.com.
Leave it: Age Reversal Pomegranate Eye Serum from Organics Desert Essence ($14.99)
We wanted to love Age Reversal Pomegranate Eye Serum from Organics Desert Essence because of its biodegradable packaging and its promise to improve skin tone and firmness. Unfortunately, the “warming effect” this product delivers felt, to us, like the sting of a summer sunburn rather than the comfort of a warm eye pillow. Plus, it leaves behind an unwelcome oily residue.
Love it! r3p eye from Dr. Brandt Skincare ($80)
Rich in peptides and Vitamins A, C & E, this product has a clean, freshscent and is absorbed immediately into the delicate skin around eyes. Fine lines are softened and after a few days of use, under eye circles are greatly diminished. Plus, we loved the rich, yet surprisingly non-greasy, texture; $80 at drbrandtskincare.com.
Leave it: Protect & Perfect from Boots No. 7 ($19.99)
We've been fans of the Boots line since we happened upon a Boots store during a trip to Europe years ago, so we wanted to love the priced-right Protect & Perfect. Unfortunately, this serum felt oily upon application and did not absorb well, making us feel as if our under ye skin was actually sweating. Yup, it felt as weird as it sounds.
Love it! Somme Eye Contour from Somme Institute ($72)
Somme Eye Contour from Somme Institute is a lightweight, moisturizing cream with a gentle scent. The non-comedogenic formula is ideal for oily/problem skin. Best of all, the product delivered on its promise to hydrate and contour while reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles; $72 at upscale spas or online at sommeinstitute.com.
Leave it: Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex by NeoStrata ($33)
while we loved the idea of "visibly reduce fine lines with potent anti-aging Polyhydroxy Acids," we didn't see any improvement when using this product. We also liked that the Hydrating Eye Complex is fragrance-free but the product, which promised to be perfect under makeup, went on thick, left a greasy residue, and had our eye makeup running for the hills. You should, too.