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Truth be told, I'd never so much as touched an eye cream until this year (I figured I'm nearing 30 and have been told you should probably have your skincare routine down by then, so that's when the journey began). Well, during my hunt for the perfect option, I found plenty of prestige products with glowing reviews, but it was the best drugstore eye creams I was after. Why? You see, I tend to have some pretty expensive habits (don't we all?), and I knew that once I got used to something pricey, I'd never make the switch back. Basically, I decided to outsmart myself and go the drugstore route from the beginning… My bank account is proud, and I can report back that my face is pretty happy, too.
When it came down to my criteria, the eye cream had to be available at the drugstore, cost less than $25, and actually give results. These may sound like limiting parameters, but you might be surprised how many high-quality products are available within these categories. Lucky for you, I'm sharing all of my favorite finds from under-the-radar products to popular brands that are shockingly affordable. Ahead, shop the best drugstore eye creams on the market right now (including my top pick and nighttime go-to from Boots No.7).
This caffeinated product erases bags under your eyes, and reviewers say that its coffee scent is an added perk. It's one drugstore eye cream that belongs in your shopping cart.
This drugstore eye cream is packed with nourishing green tea and cucumber extract to decrease the appearance of dark circles. Unlike many other products with shea butter, this one is extremely lightweight.
Roll away bags and puffiness with Garnier's eye product, infused with vitamin C and caffeine. Users swear by the calming, cooling sensation that occurs when it hits your skin.
This anti-aging eye cream is perfect for sensitive skin. Vitamin A and pro-vitamin B5 add moisture for soft, smooth skin while melibiose goes deep down to treat fine lines.
ROC is known for its retinol, which is why this cream targeted at fighting wrinkles, crow's feet, dark circles, and puffiness does the trick. What's more, the brand says you should start seeing fewer wrinkles around month three of use (although some reviewers report noticing improvements around the two-week mark).
If you want smoother skin around the eyes plus a well-rested look, then this eye cream from Boots is top-notch. Its lightweight formula glides on easily, and a small tube lasts you months (all you need is a few dots around each eye morning and night). There's no doubt it's one of the best drugstore eye creams you can buy.
With the help of ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this product helps diminish dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. It's fragrance-free and works for all skin types, making this a safe bet no matter your individual needs. This trusted drugstore brand is definitely worth a try.
A three-in-one product, this eye cream rids the eyes of dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness by hydrating, smoothing, and brightening the skin. It's a lightweight cream that doubles as a touch of concealer for all skin tones. Apply the cream beneath your eyes, let it absorb into the skin for at least a minutes, then apply makeup and go about your day.
This eye cream works to restore and replenish the skin's natural youthfulness with key ingredients like hyaluronic acid to moisturize and firm the skin around the eyes. Use it in the morning and at night to see results in as little as one week.
Hands down, these are the best drugstore eye creams you can find. Try them out to see for yourself how well they work.
This post was originally published on October 29, 2017, and has since been updated.