It’s fair to say that I made no secret of my skepticism about the eye cream. They are usually very expensive when looking at cost per milliliter and come with a host of unwarranted promises about their ability to reverse wrinkles and eradicate bags under the eyes. In fact, until I find out The ordinary caffeine fix At the beginning of 2019, I hardly used any eye cream. This one only really changed my mind because it’s pleasantly affordable at just £6 and didn’t make any ridiculous claims that it then failed to live up to. Fast forward two years, however, and how times have changed. I am now in my early thirties with a one year old baby, and battling dark circles and bags under my eyes has become a daily challenge. If an eye cream lands on my desk these days? Believe me, I try.

Luckily, I have since discovered a whole range of glowing eye creams that help minimize dark circles and allow me to simulate an uninterrupted night’s sleep. That said, while I’m so grateful to be able to test some of the best eye creams in the beauty industry as part of my job, I still disagree that basically every cream for the eyes I get is ridiculously expensive. In my opinion, diminishing puffiness and lightening dark under-eyes shouldn’t cost you more than £100.

So it’s good news that more and more skincare brands are offering affordable eye creams that are packed with ingredients that actually work and have customer reviews to prove it. Even if you’re already loyal to a premium eye cream, I think you might be converted once you try these.

Here are eight of the best affordable eye creams that actually work.

If you like:

Tata Harper Restorative eye cream (£91)

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The body store Aloe Soothing Eye & Lip Contour Care (£14)

Both of these herbal formulas feature aloe barbadensis leaf juice as the star ingredient to refresh, soothe and hydrate tired eyes. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a morning eye cream that provides an instant pick-me-up.

If you like:

Kate Somerville Line Release Repairing Under Eye Cream (£105)

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AHC Genuine essential moisturizing eye cream for the face (£26)

Kate Somerville’s peptide blend may be a little more advanced than AHC’s, but both do a brilliant job of smoothing the look of wrinkles and plumping up parched skin for dewy, hydrated under-eyes.

If you like:

Sisley Supremÿa Eyes at night (£203)

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The list of keys Caffeine Serum (£9)

Beauty editors rave about these two eye creams for their ability to reduce puffiness and inflammation with a healthy dose of caffeine. Granted, The Inkey List’s handbag-friendly version feels lighter than Sisley’s ultra-luxurious serum, but that’s to be expected with the huge price difference.

If you like:

SkinCeuticals AGE Complex Eye Cream (£85)

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More shiny Bubble wrap (£23)

I’m actually a big fan of this SkinCeuticals eye cream thanks to its skin lightening abilities. This lightweight lotion and one from Glossier contain antioxidant-rich blueberry extract to refresh the skin.

If you like:

Mourad Renewing Eye Contour Cream (£70)

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pixel Retinol eye cream (£22)

Retinol is one of the few skincare ingredients that has been proven to slow the signs of skin aging, like fine lines. These two hard-working eye creams have it in abundance, along with revitalizing peptides to leave the skin under your eyes looking firmer and smoother.

If you like:

Omorovicza llumineye C (£95)

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Super facialist Vitamin C + Eye Cream Lighten Dark Circles (£9)

Just like retinol, vitamin C is an ingredient that skin experts recommend for its effectiveness. It works in both of these eye creams to minimize discoloration and reduce dark circles. It’s worth pointing out, though, that Omorovicza’s brilliant formula also contains retinol for an extra dose of anti-aging power.

If you like:

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum (£75)

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No7 Dark circle corrector (£22)

If you’re looking to target fine lines or that crinkly skin look under your eyes, these hyaluronic acid eye creams will do both a solid job of nourishing and toning. However, it’s the cooling metallic applicators that really make both products stand out, providing a mini massage to revive sleepy eyes.

If you like:

The sea The Eye Concentrate (£180)

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Q+A Seaweed peptide eye contour gel (£7)

I have to admit, La Mer Eye Concentrate is one of the most luxurious eye creams I’ve had the pleasure of using, and my skin always drinks from it when I apply it. However, it’s extortionate, so if you’re looking for something to make your eyes look equally refreshed, then this one from Q+A also uses seaweed to hydrate and brighten.

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