Eye Spry: 7 Anti-Aging Eye Creams I Should Try — But Which One First?

by Janine on 6 March 2013 · 5 comments

Elie Saab_haute couture_spring_2013I usually skip eye cream. Instead, I dab a little of my facial moisturizer under my eyes — and it’s usually okay except that the face cream I’m using right now makes my eyes sting if I’m not careful. I’d switch to another moisturizer, but my face likes this one. Solution: eye cream — a new one, because the last time I used one was ages ago.

Zoomer magazine_April 2013_Maggie Smith coverWhy now? Really, I’m inspired by beautygeek Liza’s piece on eye creams in the April 2013 issue of Zoomer (on stands now). In Eye Creams 101, Liza breaks under-eye issues into three basic categories: a) fine lines and wrinkles; b) puffiness and dark circles; and c) lack of firmness.

Eye Creams_Zoomer April 2013_Liza HerzI’m dealing with fine lines and wrinkles with a side of diminished firmness and a dash of under-eye darkness, so several of my options are exactly the options Liza recommends. The problem is that I’m curious about a lot of formulas and need help choosing which one to try first.

anti-aging eye creams1Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream ($55, sephora.ca), a rich cream that targets crow’s feet, crepey lids, and wrinkles with peptides and botanical extracts.

Darphin Paris Uplifting Serum Eyelids Definition ($107, murale.ca), which, because it’s a serum, can be layered under cream to add a firming factor to other eye creams.

Dior L’Or de Vie La Crème Contour Yeux et Lèveres ($195/refill $175, Holt Renfrew), which is so fancy I just have to know if it lives up to its luxe image and celebrity-budget price tag. The formula targets dark circles and fine lines, and hydrates lips, too.

Fresh Crème Ancienne Eye Cream ($110, sephora.ca), which taps seabuckthorn and meadowfoam seed oils to moisturize and nourish, sugar apple seed extract to minimize the appearance of fine lines, and rose water to soothe.

anti-aging eye creams2Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream ($44, kiehls.ca), which aims to minimize fine lines and wrinkles by boosting elasticity with copper and improving hydration levels with calcium and ceramides. A hit of caffeine helps temper puffiness.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Eye Repair ($65, sephora.ca), a slightly tinted sheer balm with a silicone-primer texture that immediately blurs fine lines and wrinkles. Smoothing ingredients include “hpr,” lab-tweaked retinoids (think of them as prescription-strength retinol) designed to be more gentle than standard retinoids.

Rodial Bee Venom Eye ($140, murale.ca), which looks to plant stem cells and peptides to boost firmness and reduce dark circles. I admit, I’m also caught by the bright yellow pot and the fun name.

As my little niece Lauren says, “a little help here, please?” Have you tried any of these? Which should I try… first?

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Natasha 6 March 2013 at 8:56 am

I haven’t tried any pf those specifically and though I don’t tend to turn to Clinique, I have used some of their eye products and loved them. The indulgent side of me would go Dior first, teehee.

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Natasha 6 March 2013 at 8:57 am

pf really means of, but in sleep talk.

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Janine 6 March 2013 at 12:25 pm

I speak sleep talk. *grin* And I’m leaning in the same indulgent direction as you!

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Ellicia 13 March 2013 at 2:34 pm

I use a combo pack. I first apply Dr. Perricone’s Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum, let that absorb a bit, and then apply Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutrive eye cream. I wish these came in vats, then I could put it all over my body.

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Janine 14 March 2013 at 7:15 am

I hear you about vats. *sigh* Thanks for that tip about the Dr. Perricone — I’m going to try it, STAT!

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