Transformulas Wrinkle Block Line Restriction Crème
£36.95 for 15ml, £2.46 per ml
Where to buy it: Transformulas.com
You know something is high tech when it comes in super swish packaging don’t you? Well this eye cream is housed in a sleek silver tube that you twist to reveal the dispenser. So far, so fun, but what’s inside? Inside is a thick white formula that creates a warming feeling when applied under the eyes. That’ll be the snake venom then. Transformulas WrinkleBlock contain’s Syn-ake, a synthetic snake venom that is supposed to inhibit the muscle contractions that cause creases in the skin. A bit like botox I guess? I didn’t see a noticeable effect, but then I don’t have a whole lot of wrinkles (yet). It’s a nice cream if you can afford it.
Best for: intense anti-wrinkle action
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye cream
£2.98 for 15ml, 20p per ml
Where to get it: Superdrug.com
Thankfully this brightening eye cream isn’t full of sparkly bits like a moisturiser I recently tried that left me looking like a glitter-covered Glastonbury goer. I can’t honestly say I did notice any additional brightness, but I will say this is a good starter eye cream as it’s way cheaper than most but contains the requisite ingredients to moisturise when you aren’t looking for uber anti-ageing action.
Best for: 20-somethings
Superdrug Optimum Apple Skin Renewal Eye Cream
£9.99 for 15ml, 67p per ml
Where to get it: Superdrug.com
It feels like a moisturiser and comes in traditional eye cream tube with narrow dispenser head. But don’t let the standard appearance fool you, Superdrug’s Skin Renewal eye cream has got possibly the most impressive ingredient roster and side-of-box claims of all. Vitamin E and B5 are part for the course, but this is also only eye cream I tried that contains that moisturising powerhouse hyaluronic acid, so it scores major extra points for that.
Best for: 30-somethings
Aubrey Organics Lumessence Lift Eye Cream
£17.61 for 15ml, £1.17 per ml
Where to get it: Hejhog-uk.com
Another eye cream that gets points for its fine consistency, the Aubrey Organics Lumessence Lift falls firmly into the anti-aging camp as it contains rye seed extract which is ‘clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles by 25% when used twice a day.’ It also has a lovely lemony scent, which is nice.
Best for: 40-somethings
Ginvera Green Tea Jade Dark Eye Circles Roll Away
£22 for 15ml, £1.47 per ml
Where to buy it: Cocktailcosmetics.co.uk
‘Through massaging using Jade ball, energy will be emitted,’ they say. ‘And penetrated into the skin and body to nourish your skin.’ I’m not so sure about that, but this rollerball eye cream certainly has an instant refreshing effect. If you often feel bleary eyed of a morning this will perk your peepers right up. Only thing is, the Ginvera cream is a lot more liquid than most of the others I tested, so you need to give it time to sink in otherwise it’s going to tempt the mascara from your lower lashes, thoroughly defeating the ‘dark eye circles roll away’ aim.
Best for: an early morning wake up call
Dr Nick Lowe Age Correct Eye Serum
£19 for 15ml, £1.27 per ml
Where to buy it: DrNickLowe.com
This is the only eye cream which featured a reminder to ‘always apply eye formulations with extra care paying particular attention not to drag and/or overload the skin.’ Having tested a whole bunch, I can tell you those are wise words, because when an eye cream is thicker than regular moisturiser it sometimes felt like I was being to harsh on such a delicate area. The gel-like texture of this Dr Nick Lowe serum makes it easy to spread, and it had the same warming feeling as the snake venom cream, which I presume is a good thing. It’s also fragrance free, so particularly good for sensitive skin.
Best for: sensitive skin
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream
£6.95 for 15ml, 46p per ml
Where to buy it: Feelunique.com
Rich and creamy just like Palmer’s famous body lotion, this eye cream also contains lots of active ingredients for a super hydrating effect.
Best for: very dry skin
I wish I could tell you I found one life-changing eye-opening eye cream that I now swear by. The truth is, there was no major stand out for me. What I would recommend is choosing according to what you’re looking for, and what you can afford. Eye creams can be extremely expensive, so unless you’re in need of some major baggage removal, plump for something affordable. As long as you’re moisturising under your eyes without irritating or pulling the delicate skin that’s the main thing. I intend to upgrade to the more luxury products as I get (and look) older.