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Tired Eyes? Try One of These Brightening Eye Creams to Look Wide-Awake ASAP

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While we aspire to have peaceful and relaxing mornings, our reality often looks more like a quick dab of makeup, followed by a mad dash to the computer, and a slurp of coffee as we sit down at our desks for the day.

To fake our way to polished and perky, we turn to brightening and hydrating eye creams that quickly whisk away under-eye circles and puffiness before you can say “9 a.m. meeting.” Scroll on for the best brightening eye creams according to Ipster reviewers and our beauty editors.

CONTEXT SKIN Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream
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CONTEXT SKIN Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream

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Hydrating? Check. Brightening? Yup. Refreshing? We looked like we slept a full eight (instead of staying up until 2 a.m. finishing Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix) thanks to this super-concentrated eye cream. It hydrates yet it’s so insanely lightweight. We dabbed it on and our skin soaked it right up (so it’s perfect to wear under makeup).

Ipster charitylynette agrees: “Not a fan of serums or eye creams typically. I don’t have a skin care routine🤷🏻‍♀️ But I actually really enjoyed this one! It gave me great moisture under my eyes and smoothed my skin helping my makeup glide better. WIN!”

For mornings when your alarm clock is your mortal enemy, you need a beauty product that soothes your puffy eyes and lessens the look of dark circles. Fall back on this brilliant eye cream, which packs trusty ingredients that has never let you down: Vitamin C and turmeric. Not only do they tackle your morning woes, but they also treat any dark spots. Top off your nighttime moisturizer with a few dabs as a preventative move against puffiness, or let it be your saving grace in the morning and tap on to brighter skin.

GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate
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GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate

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We’re supposed to get at least seven hours of sleep, but sometimes our Grey’s Anatomy rewatch has other plans. For nights of sleep that might technically qualify as naps, grab this brightening cream from dermatologist-founded brand GOLDFADEN MD. It’s loaded with hyaluronic acid and both Vitamin A and Vitamin C. All three of these hydrating ingredients get to work moisturizing and firming, while also softening up the delicate skin under your eyes. It’s so good, you might just end up tossing out your concealer. As one Ipster noted, “The moisture lasts all night fighting puffiness, and fine lines, and you wake with hydrated, refreshed skin.” Another Ipster wrote, “This stuff is amazing! Brightens under my eyes and makes them look hydrated.”

MURAD Renewing Eye Cream
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MURAD Renewing Eye Cream

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Who has time to sit around and wait for thick eye cream to absorb into their skin? Not us, which is why we turn to this super absorbent cream that’s free of parabens and won’t take over your morning skincare routine. The retinol encourages your skin’s collagen production, while the natural ingredients, like Iris root, take over moisturizing, plumping, and smoothing out your skin. Ecstatic Ipster reviewers wrote, “This stuff is the bomb!” and “I used it for two days and could tell a difference. My eyes were more bright and aware looking!”

IT COSMETICS Confidence in an Eye Cream
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IT COSMETICS Confidence in an Eye Cream

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Make sure to have this antioxidant eye cream on your bedside table after a late night. It’s the ultimate accomplice, quickly treating your dark under-eye circles thanks to nourishing hyaluronic acid and green tea. For an even bigger boost to your skin, try using it daily, like one Ipster has been: “I have been using this eye cream daily, and I can definitely see how my eye area looks brighter and more awake!”

ANSWER FROM Luminous Collagen Eye Cream
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ANSWER FROM Luminous Collagen Eye Cream

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If you’ve got oily skin, the last thing you need is an eye treatment that’s going to inspire more shine and undermine your favorite foundation or blush. ANSWER FROM’s eye cream delivers just enough moisture to brighten your skin and treat the appearance of dark circles without causing any breakouts. As one Ipster reviewer wrote, “Very cooling and hydrating on my eyes. I use this before primer and helps my eye makeup stay on, as well as keeping my skin smooth.”

111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel
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111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel

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Where do we even begin with all the ways we love this hyper luxe eye gel? Its de-puffing powers are truly impressive, whether you’re using this on a sleepy morning or you’re dabbing it on after a particularly teary rewatch of A Star Is Born. And while you can't completely nix away fine lines or crow's feet, you can reduce their appearance with a few dabs of this anti-aging eye cream before your trusty moisturizer. Ipster reviewers wrote, “This stuff is amazing! Works wonders on puffy, tired eyes. I was skeptical, but I love it!”

SKYN ICELAND Brightening Eye Serum
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SKYN ICELAND Brightening Eye Serum

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Make your under-eye circles freeze in their tracks with a chilling formula that relies on Icelandic glacial water and cucumber extract for brightening and firming power. We’re obsessed with this serum because it’s way more than just a quick fix—it actually makes your skin brighter over time, and even reduces the appearance of fine lines. Ipster reviewers were super impressed: “It has been making my dark circles brighten up everyday. You don’t need much and really makes your under eye look glowy.”

You add an extra shot of espresso to your latte Hulu binge bleeds over into your beauty sleep, and now there’s a way to give your sleepy eyes the same caffeinated treatment. Your skin will be feeling buzzy (in a good way!) thanks to the caffeine boost from coffee and ginseng. Together, they deliver a powerful eye treatment that perks up your skin and reduces puffiness, just in time for your a.m. meeting.

JUICE BEAUTY Green Apple Brightening Eye Cream
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JUICE BEAUTY Green Apple Brightening Eye Cream

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From tasty pies to crisp cider, green apples lend a sweet flavor to so many of our favorite treats. With this green apple eye cream in your skincare product lineup, now your taste buds aren’t the only ones benefiting from this crunchy snack. The fruit acids and vitamins in this formula make it powerful enough to tackle fine lines and uneven skin texture, but fair warning: this potent eye cream might be a bit too harsh for those with sensitive skin.

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Angela Velez
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Article Last Updated July 24, 2023 12:00 AM