I Average 5 Hours of Sleep, But No One Knows Thanks to These 15 Eye Creams

I have this really annoying habit that I know I need to work on. Despite the fact that I'm naturally a very early riser (I'm talking wakes up at 6:30 a.m. 365 days a year, even on the weekends kind of early riser), I pretty much refuse to adjust my bedtime a few hours earlier to counteract the impact of my early bird identity. I love to stay up late after a long day and binge-watch my favorite shows on Hulu, I love to read 100-page chunks of a novel, and without fail, I also love to fool around on my phone doing who even knows what. You know that feeling when you look at the clock and it's a perfectly respectable 10 p.m. and then the next time you blink it's verging on 1 a.m.? Well, it happens to me all the time, and while I know I'd be better off shutting down my phone, burning a candle, switching on my diffuser, and being the well-behaved beauty-and-wellness editor I know I should be, I really struggle to do that. And, yes, it definitely shows up on my face the next day. 


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I have notoriously shady under-eyes naturally (check out our A-list celebrity guide to dark circles here), but my lack of sleep and consequential coffee dependence the following morning has exacerbated the situation. Luckily, my job allows me access to the newest and coolest eye creams and treatments that tout all sorts of under-eye miracles—from banishing dark circles to erasing puff, fine lines, and wrinkles. Spoiler: Most fall flat. As in, that literally did nothing kind of flat. However, during my three years as a beauty editor, I've collected creams, gels, and balms that truly do work wonders on my dark circles. Regardless of whether your dark circles are caused by genetics, allergies, or not-so-stellar sleep habits (me), these shadow-targeting eye creams can lend a helping hand. Keep scrolling! I'm sharing the 15 best eye creams for dark circles I've tried since becoming a beauty editor.


Eye Creams Under $50
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Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream

Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm

Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream with Avocado

GlamGlow BrightEyes Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream


Eye Creams Under $100
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L'Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Eye Serum

Peter Thomas Roth Vital-E Microbiome Age Defense Eye Cream

By Terry Hydra-Éclat Eye Contour

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream


Eye Creams Over $100
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SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream

RéVive Intensité Complete Anti-Aging Eye Serum

La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift Serum

111Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel NAC Y2

IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex

Still weighing out your options? You'll definitely want to check out the best drugstore eye creams under $20 next!

This post was published on a previous date, and has since been updated. 

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.