Monday, October 10, 2011

Affordable Eye Creams

I have a confession to make. I don't use eye creams unless I get samples of them. Which isn't very often. I know, I know. I'm supposed to use eye creams, and they're supposed to be good for me, etc. I just find most of them to be overpriced and don't want to shell out the money when I don't have major problems with puffiness, fine lines, or dark circles.  However, my bestest friend requested some eye cream reviews, so I'm going to do my best to provide some decent options that won't impoverish you.

Since most of the eye creams I've tried have been over $40, I did some research to find some that have decent ingredients, good reviews and are decently priced. I basically went through Makeup Alley and tried to find eye creams that had lots of reviews and high repurchasing rates. Here are the results:

Neutrogena's Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Eye Cream, $12-17: I had high hopes that I would find some kick-ass drugstore eye creams, but the reviews on Makeup Alley were lukewarm at best for the majority. This cream has pretty decent reviews stating that it's excellent for hydration and de-puffing with the potential for dark circle reduction. 80% out of 37 reviewers would buy it again.

Burt's Bees Repair Serum, $18: It's all natural and is supposed to be great for fine lines, puffiness and dark circles if applied at night under your normal moisturizer. Apparently, it also has a strong lavender smell, which bothers some people, and one small vial can last you anywhere from 6 months to a year. 70% of 277 Makeup Alley reviewers would buy it again. That's pretty impressive considering that Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex ($46.50) also had 277 reviews and only 47% would rebuy it.

Weleda's Skin Food, $18: You can use this stuff all over your body, but I've found quite a few reviews of people who use it under their eyes instead of pricier eye creams who find it to be extremely effective. It's a really rich, intensive cream and should probably be applied a bit before you apply makeup so it can sink into your skin all the way. You could also apply it before bed. It comes in a 2.5oz container and you can get it for much cheaper on Amazon, so I think this is one of the best deals so far. 80% of 477 Makeup Alley reviewers would buy it again.
And, sadly, these were the best I could find that were under $20. I was hoping there would be more, and there were quite a few that looked promising, but they were either out of the price range or had reviews that were way too conflicting. I'm not going to post about a product that has a ton of "OMG! It's so moisturizing!" reviews, coupled with a bunch of "It dried out my eyes and gave me milia!!" reviews without testing it on myself first. Also, I see tons of products that claim to reduce under eye circles, but I think your best bet is to use a good anti-wrinkle eye cream and a concealer. The only products that get rave reviews for healing dark circles will cost you an arm and a leg/first born child.

If you happen to be on an insane budget, like moi, another option is to put vaseline under your eyes before bed and after moisturizing. People like Tyra Banks swear by it. Personally, I'm not that impressed, but it works as a last resort.

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU!!! Eye cream + concealer is pretty much my standard routine. Though next on my list of shit I need to replace is my concealer. I'm getting way too many "You look so TIRED" comments, which is exactly what I'm trying to avoid by slathering chemicals all over my face. Boo hiss.