Tatler Tests: The Best Eye Creams You Need This Autumn
Dipping temperatures may signal the welcomed return of gingerbread lattes and layered fashion, but the changing seasons can also take a hard toll on the skin—particularly around the eyes, where skin is notoriously thin and delicate. Come winter, those tell-tale crow’s feet suddenly creep further and it takes more than the occasional eye mask to hide sleepless nights.
Thankfully, a host of high-octane eye creams boasting innovative formulas and nutrient-laden technologies have arrived on the market to armour your skin against the harsh climate. After two rigorous months of testing, we handpicked six of the best:
1/6 Best of the Best: Genaissance de la Mer Eye and Expression Cream
What it does: A cream that helps transcend the evidence of time. Its healing hydration corrects puffiness, fine lines, dark circles and other signs of stress, fatigue, and daily life.
What we think: The latest addition to the Genaissance Collection was an instant cult favourite—for good reason. An extremely luxurious formula brings a surge of nutrient-rich moisture that goes on smoothly without leaving a trail of grease. Upon nightly use for over a week, skin around the eyes is visibly smoother, tightened and plumper. A lush, pretty fragrance aside, the gorgeous massage tool-equipped champagne-gold glass bottle is also a sight to behold.
2/6 Best for Depuffing: Este Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
What it does: A skin strengthening formula with “360° Matrix Technology” and concentrated infusion of hyaluronic acid provides plumping support and nourishment for 24 hours.
What we think: The custom-designed massage applicator works really well in diminishing puffiness and enhancing circulation when rolled under the eyes dipped in the antioxidant-packed lotion. The standout formula is lightweight yet effective, delivering plenty of nourishment that feels instantly soothing and refreshing on the skin.
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3/6 Best for Under-Eye Circles: Sisleÿa l'Intégral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream
What it does: The eye and lip cream instantly moisturizes, and with continued use targets wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness with powerful active ingredients including vitamin E, shea butter and caffeine.
What we think: This newly-developed incarnation of the brand’s bestselling eye and lip contour cream is incredibly rich without being heavy. True to its claim, just a few days of use brought smoothened lines, firmer eyes and actually eased dark under-eye circles, thanks to its atlas cedar extract and pomegranate fermented extract. A dab on the lips also helped smooth out fine lines. Best of all? The limited edition comes with a cooling massage tool that lures you into midday massage sessions.
4/6 Best In The Morning: Fresh Crème Ancienne Supreme Eye Serum
What it does: A luxurious eye serum to combat and help correct signs of aging around the delicate eye area.
What we think: As with all Fresh products, this serum wins your heart with its packaging yet is more than a pretty face. Key ingredients like silk tree bark blend, galanga leaf extract and red ginger root extracts revitalize the skin with an easy-to-absorb formula while oozing a zesty fragrance ideal for a wake-me-up. Perhaps too gentle for those seeking intensely reparative properties, we recommend this for morning use under makeup.
5/6 Best for Luminous Eyes: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum
What it does: The ceramides, antioxidants and fatty acids-packed serum visibly firms and reduces the look of crow’s feet and puffiness for eyes that look younger and brighter.
What we think: More than just gimmicks, these cute single-dose pods keep the preservative and fragrance-free (always a plus) serum in tip-top shape, each holding enough to lather over eyes and even neck and dry spots. The initially oily consistency penetrates deeply into skin in seconds leaving a glowing, nourished finish. This impressive formula is hard to beat.
6/6 Best for Anti-Aging: Helena Rubenstein Re-Plasty Age Recovery Eye Strap
What it does: A cream combining several waxes with different melting points to provide optimal tensor effect while also offering a creamy and particularly comfortable texture.
What we think: Those looking to banish emerging crows’ feet and droopy lids, this is the cream to go for. Extremely thick, there is a ‘bandage’, almost rubbery texture to it that gives an instant tightening of the skin around the eyes—like a mini cosmetic lift without going under the knife. A little goes a long way with this creamy formula, and we would recommend no more than a few dabs at night to leave skin smoothened and retightened.