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8 best eye creams

These are our holy grail products that tackle those dark circles and fine lines

Claims of ‘anti-ageing’ properties tend to be ludicrous but some eye creams are better than others ( Getty )

We know you don’t need another step to add to your lengthy skincare routine, but the skin around your eyes is different to that on the rest of your face – thinner, drier, more prone to lines and inflammation, and put under strain by facial expressions – so it stands to reason it would need a different kind of treatment.

We also know, however, that many “miracle” eye creams are little more than tiny pots of moisturiser with a hefty price tag, so we’ve been putting them through their paces to find eight that actually make a difference to fine lines, dryness, puffiness and dark circles. Apply morning and evening after cleansing, massaging into the eye area in gentle circles.

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Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream: £33, John Lewis & Partners

Our personal go-to, Bobbi Brown’s simple eye cream is richly hydrating but not heavy and absorbs quickly, leaving the skin under my eyes well-moisturised and line-free even after a day of wearing concealer. For simple, low-maintenance care, you can’t beat it.

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Estee Lauder advanced night repair eye: £45, Look Fantastic

Get all the much-lauded anti-ageing benefits of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum for your eyes in this gel-like cream. It smoothes crepey-ness and plumps out fine lines, all while leaving the eye area well moisturised and soft. Don’t be put off by the tiny pot – the results are big.

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REN instant brightening beauty shot eye lift: £32, Marks and Spencer

This is best for a quick-fix pep-up rather than being a long-term solution. It feels refreshing when first applied and then tightens skin a little as it dries, temporarily minimising lines and reducing bags. It also has a slightly pearlescent finish, making it a great, luminous base for concealer.

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Charlotte Tilbury magic eye rescue: £40, Charlotte Tilbury

If you're exhausted and in need of some TLC, so will your eyes be and only Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Rescue will do. Water-retaining saccharide isomerate means it is seriously moisturising, red algae soothes and protects, while retinol increases skin cell turnover. It’s also great for those who struggle with serious dryness.

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Tata Harper restorative eye creme: £85,

This, from the no-nasties, handmade, small batch brand Tata Harper is pricey – but absolutely worth it if it’s within your budget. It's made to meet demand to ensure freshness and keep the enzymes and extracts on the ingredient list potent. It’s a thick, balm-like cream that is perfect for more mature skin or those who work in drying environments (lots of travel, heavy on the air con) as it softens and brightens fine lines and dehydration.

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Drunk Elephant c-tango multivitamin eye cream: £45,

Drunk Elephant was one of the most anticipated American skincare brands to land in the UK last year (see also: Kate Somerville). The C-Tango eye cream is a standout from the brand, with vitamin C, peptides and ceramides, antioxidants and plant oils – a soothing and restorative list of ingredients. It absorbs extremely well and hydrates and brightens immediately.

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Kate Somerville +retinol firming eye cream: £72,

It’s not cheap, but we’ve been using this eye cream for six months and it’s still going strong, so a little will last you a long time. It leaves the eye area so soft and smooth that we struggle not to keep touching it, and the retinol improves the appearance of fine lines with continued use. The metal applicator did strangely oxidise after a few months of use, but this makes no difference to the product.

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Avene soothing eye contour cream: £9.50,

Considering the budget price, this performs remarkable well. It is light, delicate and sinks in straightaway, making it a great base for makeup. Our tester, a contact lens wearer who finds her eyes are sensitive and the skin surrounding dry and tight by the end of the day, reported that it gave her immediate and long lasting relief and that it didn’t sting her eyes at all.

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The Verdict: Eye creams

Soothing, lightweight and reasonably priced, Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream is one for everyone, including more mature and sensitive skins.

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