These 11 Cheap Eye Creams Are Just as Good as Their Expensive Counterparts

It’s fair to say that I have made no secret of my scepticism about eye cream. They are usually eye-wateringly expensive when you look at the cost per millitre and come with a whole host of unwarranted promises about their ability to reverse wrinkles and eradicate eye bags. In fact, until I discovered The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution back at the start of 2019, I basically didn’t use eye cream at all. This one really only changed my mind because it’s pleasingly affordable at just £8 and didn’t make any ludicrous claims that it then failed to deliver on. Fast-forward four years, however, and how times have changed. I am now in my early thirties with a toddler, and contending with dark circles and under-eye puffiness has become a daily challenge. If an eye cream lands on my desk these days? Trust me—I’m trying it.

Thankfully, I have since discovered a whole array of brilliant eye creams that help to minimise dark circles and allow me to fake an uninterrupted night's sleep. Having said that, whilst I am so grateful to be able to test out some of the best eye creams in the beauty industry as part of my job, I am still totally not on board with the fact that basically every eye cream I get sent is ridiculously expensive. In my opinion, diminishing puffiness and brightening shadowy under-eyes shouldn’t set you back £100+.

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It's good news, then, that more and more skincare brands are coming out with affordable eye creams that are brimming with ingredients that actually work—and have the customer reviews to prove it. Even if you’re already loyal to a premium eye cream, I think you just might be converted once you try these. 

Ahead are 11 of the best affordable eye creams that actually work.

1. Best for first signs of ageing 

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2. Best for lines and wrinkles

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3. Best for depuffing

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4. Best for sensitive eyes

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5. Best retinol eye cream

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6. Best for brightening

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7. Best for hydration

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8. Best lightweight eye cream

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9. Best For An Immediate boost 

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10. Best For Travel 

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11. Best For Dark Circles

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Mica Ricketts