Monday, 5 December 2011

Eye Creams - Reviews and Recommendations

Following on from the Cheat Sheet the below are just a few of my favourites. If you have any specific questions about a particular cream feel free to comment.

Best for travelling/tired eyes
Lierac Diopti Calm - £17.50 - Selfridges and good chemists
This is my go-to whenever I'm getting on a plane/just got off a plane/doing long distance rail/road travel. It's moisturising, cooling and hydrating - which is what you want taken care of in those circumstances. Great after a long hard day's work.

Good for dryness/moderate wrinkles
Origins Plantscription - £35.00 - all Origins stockists and online
Origins newest eye cream is a lovely light texture, absorbs really well and is really good under makeup. Good for dark circles. One gripe - I would like it in a tube or pump dispenser please. The texture is such that it can be accommodated thus, so a pot seems unnecessary in 2011. Good, affordable cream though - so don't be put off.

Best for baggy/puffy eyelids
Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum - £95 - Harrods and Selfridges from January 2012
If you are a 'woman of a certain age' (me) and have noticed that along with everything else - your eyelids are rapidly heading south (me) this new serum from Perricone is brilliant. It instantaneously tightens the lid area - I noticed a difference across the lid within around 25 seconds. The only area it did not affect was the fatty deposits in the outside folds of the lid (I know - gross) but the only thing that can treat those is a knife. And I'm not quite ready for that yet.

Best Value for Money and Packaging
Monu Collagen Eye Cream - £22.50 - Monu
This is joint first for packaging. Light, controllable pump, small enough for travel and handbag - perfect. I would recommend this as a good cream for someone in their mid 20's/30's. Contains arnica, marine extracts and evening primrose oil - great feel on the skin - this is my 'I don't really have any one major concern today' cream.

Best for older, wrinkled, dried up eyes - The 'I'm older, more wrinkled and can afford it' cream
Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream - £230 - SpaceNK
OK - firstly - yes it's £230. No I did not buy it. I had a handful of samples. But let me tell you this: if you can afford it, and you are older and suffer from a typical crêpey, ageing, dry eye - then this should be your first port of call. This feels like luxury on the skin - you do not need this is if you are under 35/40 (younger if you smoke) - but if you are my age or older this is divine. Absolutely divine. Contains gold particles and is massively anti-inflammatory and healing - when I put this on my eyes literally go 'aaaahhhhhhhhhh'. Bliss. If you can afford it.

Best Feel on the skin and Joint Best Packaging
Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream - £123.00 - SpaceNK
This is my current favourite. Perfect packaging - including a window on the side to see when you are running out - which by the way - is one of the MOST requested things from customers on the shop floor - why more brands don't offer this I do not know - controllable dispenser and airtight. I look forward to cleansing so that I can apply this. Makes my eyes glow, gets rid of my lines and visibly reduces puffiness. Again - it's not cheap - but if you are in your 40's and your eyes show it - this is really wonderful. A joy to use.

Lancome Renergie Eye - £44.50 - all Lancome stockists
Mum's favourite. In her words - 'Amazing - If I can see a difference then it bloody well works miracles! Makes my eyes smoother, calmer and the concealer helps my dark circles.' Mum may not look it but she's in her 60's and suffers from a chronic illness so this is pretty much the word of Jesus. Recommended and much loved.

A couple of points worth mentioning:
  • Most reputable brands provide samples - in the case of Chantecaille and Somerville, Harrods, Fenwick, Liberty and SpaceNK have samples - if you are spending that much - try it first!
  • If no samples are available and you are at the counter - squeeze some out and put it on your eyes over makeup - at least you'll know if you are allergic before you buy...
  • Once again - stay away from mineral oil. Makes your eyes puffy and congests the area. If you are prescribed a heavy cream for dermatitis/eczema that contains a lanolin that is different - but it's too heavy in normal circumstances
  • Don't forget the previous advice about bismuth oxychloride - avoid if you are prone to allergies
And a final word on the cost of skincare products in general. I'm constantly asked for recommendations for 'something cheaper' by some readers. I don't generally blog about cheaper products (for facial skincare) because I don't really use them.
I read some of the same people on twitter saying they have bought a new dress/pair of shoes from New Look (for example) and saying 'it was only £25.00!' Why won't you spend that on your face?

Here's my theory: Spend on your skincare what you would spend on a good pair of shoes or a good handbag and you'll be ok. People tend to have shoes and handbags relevant to their financial situation.
Clothes and accessories come and go but you only get one face.

The above is a mixture of products bought by me, available over-the-counter samples and PR samples 


  1. I wish I could find something cheaper I like, but I tried a tiny sample of the Caudalie Premier Cru eye cream last week, and was in heaven. I actually cut my finger trying to cut up the little tube to get the tiny remaining bits of cream out to slather on my eyes. Have you tried it for longer - what did you think - worth the money?


  2. I so want the Chantecaille one, might have to stick with the "mum knows best" theory though and go for Lancome.

  3. Glad you liked Monu: this is now available at

  4. This was really interesting reading. I am terrible when it comes to using eye creams yet age and years of smoking mean I can't really keep on ignoring the creases. I love the sound of the Lierac cream.
    Jane x

  5. Hi.

    I L O V E your writing. Every day I come here to check if you have new posts. Obviously the cheat sheets and all product reviews are fantastic but your style is really what makes me come back. I'll say it again. I L O V E it. (:

    To stay on topic: I have only just started on my first eye cream every so this last two posts were exceptionally helpful.

    Many thanks,

    a faithful reader

  6. You are just perfect when you mention a caution for the use of mineral oil.It is the main reason for blackheads on skin that produce acne. Thanks for the right instruction.

    Correct Beauty Tips for Women

  7. I would totally recommend the caudalie premier eye cream- its light, slightly concealing and for me has a long term effect in terms of dark circles. 100% worth the money! It lasts for ages as you only really need the tiniest amount- i'm still on my first and i've had mine for over half a year :)

  8. I'm looking to try a new eye cream. I have dark circles underneath my eyes,but as they are from insomnia(I think...I've had insomnia for the better part of my life),I don't think they can be dealth with with just an eyecream. I'm 24,and am starting to get 'scared' of wrinkles,lol. I've used a Decleor eyecream,which was just 'basic'( I heard that all the Decleor products have anti-aging ingredients in them,so...). Could you recommend something similar from another brand? :)

  9. I've discovered you on pixiewoo video last week and been reading your blog ever since. It is so full of information, I need time to digest everything, but it's been so helpful, so thank you. My biggest face issue are my dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. I'm 29 and been using some anti-aging eye creams. The last ones were Strivectin and Lange. I've developed a big rash/swollen/redness/deep wrinkles because of them, I have no idea what ingredient I'm allergic to! I was really looking forward to liking them, as they were so praised on blogs:( and now I can't find any good eye cream for wrinkles that won't be that hard on my sensitive eyes. I am using MONU for a month I guess, it is OK combined with Eucerin, but I really need to find something perfect. What do you recommend I should do? Maybe, see a dermatologist? Thank you and sorry for this loooong comment.

  10. Hi Caroline, I've recently found your blog and have been having a beauty-mouth-marathon! So informative, thank you so much for sharing all your expertise. I just had a couple of questions, I've heard about exfoliating eye creams, how do you feel about them? I read somewhere they help with milia? Also is organic coconut oil good for the face/under eye.

    1. For some reason I was having problems posting the above comment from my iphone last night! Grr, plus it wouldn't let me finish my comment!

      Wanted to add that I've been using coconut oil as a facial oil when I feel like I need that extra kick of moisture... I've seen so much info on coconut oil online and the benefits of it, but have also seen lots of other tips and advice that go against all you are teaching us!! Just wondered what you thought about it? LOVE your blog and SO glad I found it, thanks to the Pixiwoo sisters :)

      Many thanks to you and hope to hear back from you.

      Ella :)

  11. I'm a little confused. It says on the ingredients listed on the Sephora website that the Lancome one contains mineral oil. To use or not to use? I never use mineral oil but I'd really love to try that cream if it didn't contain mineral oil...

  12. I have been searching for an eye cream that is not greasy or irritating...and I chose Made from Earth's Chamomile eye Cream - and it is way better! It goes on and moisturizes my eye area so well. I have noticed a reduction in the lines and wrinkles around my eyes as well as a decrease in the puffiness in my under eye area.

  13. January 2016 Am new to Beauty bloggers and came across Caroline's blogs etc. a lot of info is dated 2012, 2013. There have been so many new products on the market this last few years. Is the info out of date?

  14. Any recommendations for an eye cream with spf?

  15. La Mer eye cream is excellent and I've been told that My dad eye lift firming treatment is better than Kate Somerville