The delicate skin around our eyes is thinner, more sensitive, and produces less natural oils than the rest of our face, making it especially prone to dryness, creasing and sagging. Add to all of that, day-to-day life — smiling, lack of sleep, looking at a screen, and diet — that afflicts even the most genetically-blessed with unsightly undereyes. Whether you’re in need of lifting, hydrating, smoothing or de-puffing, these hard-working eye creams will deliver visible results instantly and even better effects over time.
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Famed cosmetic medicine specialist, Dr. Barbara Sturm, has specifically developed this hydrating eye cream in her German lab. The product, which is designed to lessen the appearance of dark circles, has been infused with ingredients such as Purslane and Golden Root to reduce puffiness and lift the area around the eyes.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye cream; HK$1,170 at en.drsturm.com
Made in France, Sisley’s Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Äge Eye and Lip Contour Cream features a combination of plant-based ingredients to re-energise and re-define the eyes and lip. This multi-purpose cream also combats the visible signs of three types of ageing: genetic, environmental and behavioural.
Sisley Sisleÿa l’intégral anti-äge eye and lip contour ream; HK$1,380 at lanecrawford.com
This lightweight eye cream from American-based brand Fresh, contains Super Lotus to boost radiance and therefore strengthen the eye area. The popular product is also infused with horse chestnut flower extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and is suitable for all skin types.
Fresh Lotus youth preserve eye cream with multi-action super lotus; HK$420 at sephora.hk
Bobbi Brown may be better known for her makeup but her skincare line is also worth checking out, particularly the Hydrating Eye Cream. It’s extremely moisturizing and instantly absorbs into the skin, creating a smooth, hydrated base for makeup. No more creasing or tightness.
Hydrating Eye Cream; HK$450 at lanecrawford.com
The Vogue Hong Kong team loves Kat Burki’s eye serum for its refreshing texture that instantly de-puffs and lifts. It’s packed with a cocktail of potent natural ingredients and offers superb hydration without a greasy residue. Just be careful of the overgenerous pump.
Rose Hip Intense Recovery Eye Serum; HK$829 available at net-a-porter.com
Cult favourite IT Cosmetics has created an intensely nourishing eye cream packed with collagen, hyaluronic acid, ceramide complex and other effective ingredients. It also has a light apricot tint that colour-corrects and brightens the under-eye area.
Confidence in an Eye Cream; HK$307 available at cultbeauty.com
From her luxurious Line A series, Susanne Kaufmann’s eye cream stimulates collagen production while firming and de-puffing. The formulation is developed with years of research and combines a rich combination of potent botanical actives that brightens and improves the skin’s renewal processes.
Eye Cream Line A; HK$1,990 available at net-a-porter.com
A much-loved favourite for many years, Origins’ GinZing eye cream instantly de-puffs and energizes the under-eye area with caffeine. The slightly luminous peach tint visibly brightens dark circles – great for no-makeup days!
GinZing Eye Cream; HK220 available at origins.hk
We like La Mer’s The Eye Balm Intense for its cushiony gel texture that instantly hydrates and soothes the eye area. It’s formulated with the brand’s famous Miracle Broth to repair and support the skin’s natural defenses. The silver-tipped applicator enhances the cooling effect and improves micro-circulation for effective de-puffing.
The Eye Balm Intense; HK$1,750 available at lamer.com.hk
Ideal for firming and depuffing, Omorovicza’s Gold Eye Lift is infused with thermal water from Hungary and features a time-release formula featuring Vitamins A, K and C, and Arnica extract. It also de-puffs and corrects sun damage.
Gold Eye Lift; HK$1,440 available at net-a-porter.com
This 100 percent natural eye cream is packed with 26 active ingredients to fight fine lines, dark shadows and puffiness. Carrot Seed Oil nourishes, Date Palm extract smooths lines, Eyebright Flower brightens and Buckwheat extract de-puffs. Added bonus — it can be used around the lips.
Restorative Eye Cream; HK$840 available at global.tataharperskincare.com
An oldie but a goodie, Estēe Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair eye cream is a supercharged treatment that repairs the signs of lack of sleep, UV damage, pollution and even blue light. Despite its name, the cream works great as a day-time product.
Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex; HK$495 available at lanecrawford.com.hk
A long-time bestseller, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado has an indulgently nourishing texture that soothes the most parched of skin. This formulation veers on the thicker side but won’t migrate into your eyes.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado; HK$270 available at kiehls.com.hk
A great all-rounder with an incredibly comfortable texture. Algenist’s Complete Eye Renewal Balm smoothes, de-puffs, hydrates and works especially well as a primer for makeup. It contains Vitamin C, Cucumber, Caffeine, Aloe and Green Tea, as well as the label’s patented Alguronic Acid for boosted cell turnover.
Complete Eye Renewal Balm; HK$434 available at net-a-porter.com
Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango eye cream is a great option to brighten and tighten the eye area. Potent yet gentle, the unique formula features eight peptides and five forms of Vitamin C to correct sun damage and revive the skin for a youthful, radiant appearance.
C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream; HK$500 available at sephora.hk