I 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.
Why now? Really, I'm inspired by beautygeek Liza's piece on eye creams in the April 2013 issue of ZoomerÂ (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.
I'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.
Clinique 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 CrÃ¨me Contour Yeux et LÃ¨veres ($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 CrÃ¨me 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.
Kiehl'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 retinoidsÂ (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?