THE EYES HAVE IT ☆

Whether you’ve nailed Tyra Bank’s famous ‘smize’, or you’ve binged How To Get Away With Murder all weekend and it’s absolutely starting to show, the eyes say it all.
They’re the window into our (sometimes very tired) souls and therefore tell the world a lot about our current state of being.

The skin around your eyes is well known for being much thinner too, and sometimes quite sensitive, so needs a lot of TLC. Ultra-violet rays, genetics, your lifestyle and other external factors (including blue light!) have huge implications on this skin, often leaving it looking darker, more dehydrated and a lot more… tired.

After a pretty intensive bridal season, a bit of personal sh*t (god knows why I am pretending I don’t swear) and a lot of winter weather, my under-eyes took a turn for the worse late May and I made it my MISSION (I absolutely chose to accept it) to find the best of the best in the eye cream world, the pièce de résistance, some may say.

*all products were tested for a minimum of 2 weeks, most longer. as always my opinions are that exactly- opinions. the views expressed are all my own and I make no guarantee about the suitability of any products listed here for any one other than myself. please also do your own research and I advise you to seek the advice of a doctor, dermatologist or suitable professional should you have any concerns.

Enjoy the show x (which is being screened in no particular order)

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Lancome Genifique Yeux Advanced Light-Pearl Youth Activating Eye & Lash Concentrate

What it says it does: This advanced, youth-activating eye and eyelash formulation reduces the appearance of under eye wrinkles, under eye bags, eye puffiness, improves dark circles and visibly fortifies eyelashes for increased vitality and density.

My two cents: I genuinely think this product worked for my lash strength (I am however also using Revitalash). Aside from that, the applicator is cooling and this has been a firm fav in my beauty drawer for in the morning, as this is when I find I need it to de-puff, which the applicator is great for. Can’t comment on it reducing dark circles.

Size: 20ml

Price: $131 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: I’d give it a 7/10. Quite pricey but quite lovely.

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

What it says it does: A super-charged, caffeinated cream that produces instant effects. Skin around the eye feels tighter. Special optical diffusers diminish the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

My two cents: IT. WORKS. Fast Response was my first introduction into the eye cream universe and it’s still one of my all times. It depuffs so quickly so is perfect for pre-makeup application and the eye area appears more supple and plump. Sits nicely on skin of all ages and is a more affordable option than most. Wouldn’t recommend for the evening.

Size: 15ml

Price: $70 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 9/10. If it erased dark circles for good I’d marry it. Till then it makes my concealer look better and that’s news enough for me.

Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

What it says it does: This brightening eye serum addresses ageing around the eye contour and grants a youthful appearance. Supports the production of collagen and elastin, smoothes wrinkles, boosts elasticity and fades pigmentation. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished, dark circles and puffiness banished and age spots sent packing.

My two cents: Meh. I got this in a trial size gift box and I finished it on my travels but mainly because I needed any hydration I could get (of which this didn’t give me enough of). I’ve heard it’s AMAZING for people with sensitive skin, however I personally can’t relate. I WILL NOTE, it doesn’t actually claim to hydrate. So maybe I should stop being so damn demanding.

Size: 15ml

Price: $103 at Mecca

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 2/10. One of the only Drunk Elephant products I haven’t liked. I am sad too. But it’s expensive asf so maybe I will get over it.. hah.

Bare Minerals Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Eye Cream

What it says it does: Formulated with a restorative blend of mineral manganese, vitamin C and chai hu, this hard-working eye cream targets puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles to deliver a youthful, energised appearance.

My two cents: ME LIKEY. This one was recommended to me, and I am glad, because I wouldn’t have usually picked it up myself. The texture is so dreamy and you can instantly feel it hydrating. I won’t say it helps a bunch with puffiness or dark circles, but if dehydration and fine lines are all you have to worry about then it’s super enjoyable.

Size: 15ml

Price: $65 at Mecca

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 6/10. Gooood price. Great place to start. Get amongst.

Syrene Aqua Restore Eye Essence

What it says it does: An eye gel helping restore skin elasticity to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Only a droplet is needed to firm, brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eye. The beautiful moisturising essence calms to combat puffiness, leaving eyes refreshed and agelessly beautiful.

My two cents: I liked this but the consistency was confusing. I found it hydrated (particularly well at night) but it is soooo thin and lightweight (and I am so used to a creamier consistency) that I was a little lost. True what they say, only a droplet is needed. This would last you forever.

Size: 30ml

Price: $109 at Syrene

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 5/10. Huge pottle. Good.

Esteé Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

What it says it does: This ultra-nourishing, skin strengthening formula provides a 360 cushion of plumping support to give eyes a fresh, "wide-open" look. Proven to dramatically reduce the look of lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Strengthens the delicate skin around your eyes. Intensely nourishes for a full 24 hours with a 2X concentrated infusion of Hyaluronic Acid.

My two cents: Right. This I liked. This was the first eye cream I had bought that was #expensive (and holy shit it’s expensive) and I used it for ages and thought it was great. I don’t want to push this one to the side because as I said, I liked it and it is great, but the other one is better. Read below.

Size: 15ml

Price: $138 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: Yeah it’s good but read the next one. (7/10 for ref)

Esteé Lauder Advanced Night Repair Supercharged Complex

What it says it does: With 10X Concentrated Repair Technology, helps repair the visible impact of lack of sleep, UV, pollution, even blue light. Reveals a bright, hydrated, visibly revived look with comprehensive benefits for the eye area. Dramatically reduces the look of every key sign of eye aging, including puffiness, lines and dryness, brightens dark circles in just 3 weeks hydrates for 24 hours thanks to a potent hydration booster, including Hyaluronic Acid and prevents free radical damage. The lightweight GelCreme texture absorbs quickly, leaves skin feeling soft and silky.

My two cents: I LOVE IT. The texture is amazing for both day and night, it’s easily the most hydrating one on this list and I noticed my puffiness decrease within minutes when I use this in the morning. Again, I can’t speak to the dark circles but this one is one I am the closest to being sold on.

Size: 15ml

Price: $124 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 9/10. On par with my MAC Fast Response, but this is the one I reach for in the ‘skincare’ section, versus makeup prep.

Clinique Moisture Surge Eye 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate

What it says it does: Instantly re-floods, tightens and brightens skin. Hydrates delicate eye area for 96 hours of moisture using Auto-Replenishing Lipid-Sphere Technology.

My two cents: A kit staple. Not hydrating enough for me personally (I find the consistency a little thin) however I use this on 90% of my clients to prep their under eyes as it absorbs quickly and does what it says it will in terms of flooding with hydration. I likey.

Size: 15ml

Price: $79 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 7/10. Another slightly better bang-for-your-buck.

Kōtia Brightening Eye Cream

What it says it does: Fast-absorbing and cooling, gently cares for the delicate skin under your eyes. It's a vitamin and mineral-packed formulation that's rich in naturally hydrating, regenerating and anti-ageing properties. By toning and smoothing fine lines and crow's feet with the goodness of 100% pure New Zealand deer milk, this supremely light, fragrance-free gel-cream fights dehydration and discomfort - which can cause dryness, puffiness and dark circles.

My two cents: Lovely, but not ideal if you get it IN your eyes (which of course they say not to, but I also have very watery eyes and when I sleep it all just turned into a mumble jumble). I love the effects of Deer Milk and the benefits are huge!! Could be a better day option.

Size: 20ml

Price: $65 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 4/10. Good starting price point.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

What it says it does: Brightens, instantly targets fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the look of dark circles, delivering age-defying results. Collagen-boosted, it firms and deeply hydrates even as it feels deliciously lightweight. Formulated with powerful vitamin C, it helps revive and illuminate the entire eye area over time. Inspired by the makeup artist must-have—“banana powder”—this subtly sunny crème contains special pigments to instantly brighten and colour-correct the eye area. It creates a smooth, well-rested canvas and improves concealer wear.

My two cents: THAT, is how you merge makeup with skincare. LOVE IT. And the concept behind the subtle banana pigments LEGIT works and I find my eyes appear less dark under my makeup and my concealer wears better. I trialled this on one eye for two weeks, and can confirm it didn’t actually reduce my dark circles, but it definitely diminishes them when worn under makeup. HYPE=WORTH IT. (One final addition is that the tint in this will probably only work on a similar skin tone to me, fair/light neutral).

Size: 15ml

Price: $63 at Sephora NZ

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 9/10. Deserves a top mark. Would have got a 10 if having banana tinted undereyes was also helpful in the PM. Should add, smells bloody delicious.

Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream

What it says it does: This rich, concentrated cream visibly revives eyes-so you look extra well rested. Peptides, natural plant oils, and humectants targets fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and dryness. Formulated with Extra Repair Complex-a combination of clary sage ferment and argireline -to target skin aging on two levels: by helping boost skin's natural collagen production and fortifying the skin's protective moisture barrier.

My two cents: I think of this as the 8hr cream of the eye world and have been reaching for it during troublesome times for the old peepers. It’s a thicker formula than most and for that reason I use it when I am noticing peeling or extreme dryness/irritation as almost a ‘repair’ balm, which is awesome because that’s in the name.

Size: 15ml

Price: $148 at Farmers

Let’s rate it, shall we?: 8/10. EXPENSIVE. But worth having for those special occasions. Lather up, ladies + gents.