These 5 Best Eye Brighteners Will Revitalize Your Eyes -& They Have The Reviews To Back It Up

April 19, 2018 by Brianna Peters
shefinds | beauty

It’s no secret that your eyes are surrounded by the thinnest and most sensitive skin on your body. Surely since we spend tons of time learning about how to perfect winged eyeliner and how to do barely-there eyeshadow we take care of our eyes, right? Maybe not so much. Not only do we need to be diligent about our actual eye health, but we also need to take special care of the skin that surrounds our eyes. As someone who suffers from dark circles (sue me, I’m a night owl) I’ve constantly been a believer in loads of concealer to help me look refreshed and awake. Since no one wants their coworkers looking at them like they’re the walking dead, I began looking into the best eye brighteners.

Nothing short of magic can actually rid you of under eye bags completely but some good quality sleep, water and one of these eye brighteners will come as close as it gets. While looking for the best eye brightener for you, it’s important to remember that magic doesn’t happen overnight. If at first you don’t succeed, apply and apply again.


drunk elephant eye cream

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64)


Consider me a convert because I recently began using Drunk Elephant products and let me say, the proof is in the product. Drunk Elephant is known for their top of the line skincare products but I can’t rave enough about this - it’s the best eye brightener cream to make a difference in the long run. I’ve been using this for three weeks and have noticed a major difference in my under-eyes. This recently launched multi-vitamin eye serum is a magical combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area. The ingredients really work to restore and brighten your eyes throughout your day.

One customer said:

“This eye cream is AMAZING! I’ve been using the Shaba Complex serum for quite some time, and while it is amazing - just like the rest of the DE lineup - the C-Tango is a must have. I use the C-Tango in the morning and the Shaba at night, and between the two products, my eyes have never looked better. The C-Tango noticeably improved the tone of my eyes, so it’s a great partner for the Shaba, which does wonders for puffiness. It doesn’t agitate my super sensitive skin, and it doesn’t make my eyes water like many eye creams that I’ve used in the past. It’s significantly thicker in consistency than the Shaba, but it is absorbed super quickly. It’s definitely going to join the rest of the DE staples in my routine.”

farmacy dew it all eye cream

Farmacy Dew It All Eye Cream ($38)


Featuring echinacea, this eye brightener helps minimize the signs of aging, stress, and fatigue. That’s clearly never a bad thing and using this for a few weeks really helped treat my dark under eye circles. I have relatively large eyes so when I’m skipping out on sleep, it’s instantly noticeable due to the bags under my eyes. I especially like the fact that this dewy brightener cream is gel-like without being oily. It can err on the sticky side but it settles into the skin quickly without leaving your fingers greasy.


One purchaser said:

"This has helped my dehydrated under eyes so much!!! I've noticed a substantial reduction in the fine lines (caused by dryness) and I do notice my dark circles lightening. I only wear this at night because it doesn't wear well under makeup and if you put it on your lids, it can feel quite sticky. You only need to use a little bit at a time, so it lasts forever. I haven't had any adverse/allergic reactions or irritation. Absolutely would recommend."

kate somerville retinol eye cream

Kate Somerville + Retinol Firming Eye Cream ($85)


This product is an amazing anti-aging eye brightener. It uses retinol, one of the main products that continually fights the signs of aging on your skin, to help brighten and firm your eyes. This brightening eye cream is so fabulous because the tube allows you to squeeze however much of the product you need under your eyes. Then, you can massage it into your skin with the cool metal tip that provides a cooling effect without getting your hands dirty. It’s super easy and efficient to use and basically, I’m obsessed.


A huge fan said:

“Don't be scared by the price tag, this eye cream is worth every penny. Please note, this is NOT an overnight fix. It takes a week to weeks to work its magic, but when it does IT DOES. The metal tipped applicator helps the product glide on like a soothing dream, but please note the retinol might burn a smidge, mine never caused issues past that. I think I used this for 6ish weeks pre-wedding and by my wedding day my eyes looked amazing. I can't wait to keep using this.”


kiehl’s eye cream

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado ($29)


This Kiehl’s cream wins for my best eye brightener for night. Although it’s not slotted as an evening-only eye cream, I tend to get the most results by leaving it on overnight. I simply remove all my makeup, put on my night serums and then dab this lightly under my eyes before I hit the hay. Be warned, it’s green and comes off super thick and goopy but it absorbs into your skin smoothly and doesn’t feel heavy on your skin once you’ve applied it. 


A satisfied customer said:

“I am on my second pot of this (prior to its sale through Sephora) and it's a great product. A little goes a very long way. It starts off creamy and absorbs into a liquid on contact with a slight brightening effect. I use morning or night depending. It also doesn't slide around and is safe to use on lids as well as under eye, which is a HUGE bonus for hooded lids like mine. I've tried samples of other eye creams but keep coming back to this one.”

skin iceland eye drops

Skyn Iceland Eye Brightening Serum ($35)


These are the best eye brightener drops on the market. I really love the fact that this eye brightening serum has a cooling effect especially since I seem to find myself always on the warmer side. A little goes a long way so I prefer to swipe the product directly on my fingers and then dab it under my eyes and lightly pat around my orbital bone whenever I have puffiness to help with the swelling. It’s GREAT for the spring months if you tend to have really bad allergies. It really helped minimize my puffy under eyes thanks to the pollen influx this spring.


One customer raved:

“I absolutely love this eye serum! I've been using it for several weeks now and it's one of the better eye serums out there. It's lightweight, a little goes a long way, and it really keeps your eyes from looking tired and puffy, smooths out any wrinkles, it's all around an amazing product!!”


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