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Smarter Review: Best Eye Cream Awards 2017

Take an Eye-Opening Close Look at Dark Circles and Fine Lines

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In addition to ranking products, we also collect research from the latest studies and clinical trials. Choosing the best product is easy with Smarter Reviews. We offer a clear-cut system that covers the most important criteria, and takes into account the experienced personal reviews of our valued Smarter Shoppers. We've taken the guesswork out of the process, so you can shop smart, and save on time and money.

Don't Waste Money on Another Useless Eye Cream

The age-defying industry, with emphasis on eye creams, is an astonishing $80 billion industry and has been predicted to rise upward to $114 billion just this year alone!

Throughout the years, beauty companies have been saturating the market with thousands of chemically induced eye creams that are made with cheap, synthetic ingredients that can make you look great for a few days but then quickly wear off.* With more and more women looking for the next "miracle cream", money-driven companies will sell and promise you anything.* That is why we at Smarter Reviews have decided to get our hands dirty, and start digging around to find out the truth (with a little help from Smarter Shoppers like you).

Eye creams and serums are the tools of choice for men and women who are striving to maintain healthy looking, radiant skin. Though all skin should be treated with tender loving care, the skin around your eyes is arguably the most precious. It is an area that needs considerable attention, proper hydration, and adequate nourishment.  2*

Just any ol' eye cream is not going to be good enough. Eye creams are a beneficial part of all beauty regimens but you don't want to use just anything.

Top 5 Myths About Eye Creams

We are not going to tell you that eye creams are like a magical youth potion. They're not. If there was such a product, trust us, we'd be the first to break the news. But the truth is that an effective eye cream can very well be your secret weapon to a radiant and youthful look. Before you go out and buy your next eye cream though, there are some crucial facts you need to keep in mind first.

  • MYTH: You only need one facial cream.
    FACT: The type of skin around your eyes can differ from that of the skin on your face. More than likely, the skin around your eyes is drier and perhaps more sensitive. You may prefer a skin care regiment for around your eyes.
    1, 2*
  • MYTH: Eye creams do all the work for you.
    FACT: An excessive lifestyle speeds the progression and appearance of dark circles and lines. A quality eye cream can only be an accessory to healthier lifestyle choices like restful sleep, a healthy diet, and a peaceful routine.
    2, 3*
  • MYTH: Oily skin doesn't need any more moisture.
    FACT: If the skin around your eyes is oily you may think that a moisturizing eye cream may make you look oilier. This is incorrect. A formula that has the right ingredients can be beneficial for all skin types, giving your skin a balanced look.
    2*
  • MYTH: You don't need to apply SPF underneath your eyes.
    FACT: Every inch of your skin should be protected with SPF, and this includes the skin around your eyes. Eye creams that offer mineral-based SPF protection like zinc oxide can be most effective when applying for skin protection.
    4, 5*
  • MYTH: Only use eye creams when you have dark circles or lines.
    FACT: Eye creams and serums are part of an ultimate skin care regimen. As we age, our skin tends to produce less collagen. A quality eye cream is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines/dark circles, and promote skin clarity. 

Crucial Ingredients to Look for in Your Eye Cream:  2, 4, 6*

These all-natural ingredients make a quality eye cream work overtime to give you the appearance you seek. We recommend using an eye cream for at least six months before putting it to the "before and after" test.

Retinol

  • A low dose of this ingredient can assist with brightening the appearance of dark circles gently enough for the skin around your eyes.*

Hyaluronic Acid

  • This moisturizing ingredient works hand-in-hand with retinol. A combination of these two ingredients makes eye creams a perfect choice for delicate skin types.*

Vitamin C

  • Vitamin C is a friend to collagen that helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.*

Kojic Acid

  • This is a natural skin appearance brightener for deep dark circles that have a tendency to make us look tired when we may not be.*

Top 5 Eye Creams of 2017

Based on our own extensive research, the metrics provided by our Smarter Reviews Ranking System, and consideration of numerous reviews by Smarter Shoppers just like you, we've compiled a list of what we've found to be the top five products in 
this category, on the market today.

Review

Swiss Vita
Eye Cream

Total Ranking

318 votes

9.0/10

A-

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 9.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 9.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.2/10

  • Value
  • 8.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 8.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 8.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.5/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Ingredients backed by scientific studies*
  • 100% of the ingredients are all-natural*
  • Additive-free, alcohol-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free
  • Uses aluminum-sealed packaging to help maintain product*

CONS

  • Does not provide SPF protective benefits
  • No money-back guarantee
The Bottom Line

Our Smarter Shoppers found that Swiss Vita helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration under the eyes. The formula and texture of the serum absorbed fairly quickly and helped provide an even glow to users' skin. This is a quality natural eye cream. However, they do not offer a guarantee, which was disappointing to learn. Still, this cream remains a superior product based on customer satisfaction and overall ingredients.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Alina Skin Care Ultimate Eye Cream

Total Ranking

233 votes

8.5/10

B

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 8.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.2/10

  • Value
  • 7.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 8.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.5/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Clinically tested Alguard® Red
    Micro-Algae
  • Unique antioxidant blend of Green & White Tea along with Vitamin C and E provide essential antioxidant support and benefits*

CONS

  • Does not provide SPF protective benefits
  • No money-back guarantee
The Bottom Line

Smarter Shoppers found that this serum formula felt nice on the skin but with a sensation as if it was only a moisturizing cream.* It's unfortunate that this product did not contain SPF protective benefits and offered no money-back guarantee. It does, however, hold a significant number of positive reviews (96% on Amazon based on 969 reviews).

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Revitol

Total Ranking

265 votes

8.0/10

B-

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 8.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.2/10

  • Value
  • 7.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 8/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.5/10

Vote and Review

5/10

Eye Cream

PROS

  • No parabens
  • Active ingredients are sourced from natural products such as Niacinamide and Bisabolol

CONS

  • No money-back guarantee
  • Limited availability
  • Users experienced only a slight change in the appearance of puffiness after an average 3 months of use*
The Bottom Line

This official ingredient list of this product was difficult to find online, which is never a great sign.* Because of this, Smarter Shoppers could not assess the amount of the active ingredients contained within the product.* Shoppers who bought the product, however, were pleased to see that most ingredients came from a natural source, although not enough of them were contained in the cream to have a significantly effective impact on the appearance and glow of users' skin.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

DERMA-NU Anti 
oXIDANT Eye Cream

Total Ranking

475 votes

7.4/10

C

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.2/10

  • Value
  • 7.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 6.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.5/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Made in the U.S.A. at a FDA-registered facility
  • Contains no parabens
  • Not tested on animals

CONS

  • Contains Benzyl Alcohol
  • Some Smarter Shoppers reported a greasy feeling and slight burning sensation*
  • No money-back guarantee
The Bottom Line

Smarter Shoppers voted this as one of the best moisturizing eye creams (about 90% out of 742 reviews gave it 4 stars and above), but did not see the appearance of enhanced smoothing and fading of fine lines that it claims to provide.* There were also reports of some discomfort on the skin and elevated heat sensations under the eyes after consistent product application.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Kollagen Intensiv

Total Ranking

745 votes

7.0/10

C-

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 7.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.7/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.2/10

  • Value
  • 6.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 6.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.5/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Contains only 3 of the 4 ingredients mentioned in our Smarter Reviews Eye Cream study
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

CONS

  • Other than hyaluronic acid, product does not have enough moisturizing properties*
  • The higher dosage of retinol was too intense for some reviewers*
  • Product is not specifically designed for underneath the eyes*
  • No SPF protection
  • No active ingredients to combat dark circles for most reviewers*
The Bottom Line

With regular application, our Smarter Shoppers did notice the appearance of less-pronounced fine lines and dark circles, but for some, the active ingredient - retinol, was in excessively high doses, and for those users, this often encouraged unfavorable sensations on the skin. There was no SPF protective benefits provided, and no active ingredients that helped combat the look of dark circles for many who tried this product. Still, those who were not happy were welcome to use of a 30-day money-back guarantee that helped resolve complaints.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Citations

  1. Pavicic T. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2011.
  2. American Academy of Dermatology.
  3. Herman, A., Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, Oct. 11, 2012.
  4. American Academy of Dermatology.
  5. Amnuaikit, T. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, 2011.
  6. American Academy of Dermatology.

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Desiree has been working in the beauty industry since 2005 as a licensed cosmetologist. She enjoys writing and engaging with readers in discussions on all aspects of beauty & lifestyle.

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