The best anti-ageing eye creams for smoothing wrinkles – tested by real women

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Now we’re all wearing face masks, there’s a big focus on making our eyes look brighter and younger. So which creams are up to the task of tackling crows feet, bags, dark circles and puffiness?

To find out, we put this year’s hottest new eye creams to the ultimate test – the Real Beauty Awards. We sent each shortlisted eye cream to five different women to use for a month, in the hope of seeing smoother, younger peepers.

It was a tough category to crack but we found four stand-outs in the premium category, as well as two mass market eye creams that were in a different league to the other cheaper products we trialled.

Here are the six to keep your eye on…

PS: If you like the sound of our eye creams, you’ll find a selection of them in our incredible giveaway, where three lucky people will each win £1,800 of skincare from The Real Beauty Awards.

Premium eye cream

JOINT WINNER: Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum, buy here for £41

Four out of five testers saw their crow’s feet flying away and would love to carry on using this vit C cream.

Tester says: “This is an excellent cream, a real multi-tasker. It smooths, plumps and brightens. It made the skin around my eyes look more moisturised and plumper, the wrinkles were definitely reduced! There was an improvement in under-eye dark circles. It can be used day or night as it works under makeup as well. What more could you ask for!”

JOINT WINNER: Syrene Aqua Restore Eye Essence, buy here for £65

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Another eye cream that four out of five testers rated, and even the lone naysayer saw some anti-ageing effects.

Tester says: “I noticed the inner corner of my eyes and under the eye socket have less lines and skin is less crepey. When I smile the lines are less noticeable. As I have aged my skin tends to become dry, but this gel kept the skin around my eye area moisturised all day and night, and never puffy. People told me my eyes looked fresh.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream, buy here for £46

A hit with the majority of testers who were left eyeing up their impressively smoother skin.

Tester says: “I have tried many, many eye creams and seriously this is the best! It’s been a real discovery for me and a good confidence boost. I no longer look like I haven’t slept for months. My whole eye area is looking brighter. I have also noticed the smoothing benefits are lasting. When I wake in the morning my undereye area is much less lined and craggy.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Filorga Optim-Eyes Contour Cream, buy here for £43

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This should be kept in the fridge for max lifting results, and our testers definitely thought it was a cool product.

Tester says: “The finer lines underneath my eyes certainly appear reduced, with the skin looking much smoother. The texture of my eye area is much improved. I suffer with a little puffiness in the morning; this was negligible by the end of the trial. I also had comments about looking brighter around the eyes.”

Mass market eye cream (£40 and under)

JOINT WINNER: Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Eye Cream, buy here for £24.50

This really hit the spot for four out of five testers, and was one of only two cheaper eye creams we felt had consistent enough results to earn a Real Beauty Award.

Tester says: “Each week, the fine lines reduced more. My eyes can get quite puffy and I get dark circles and bags, these have all been reduced quite significantly and I have been happy not to wear any concealer or tinted moisturiser. My daughter noticed something different, she thought I was applying concealer as soon as I woke up as normally I look ‘more tired’.”

JOINT WINNER: The INKEY List Retinol Eye Cream, buy here for £9.99

Impressive results for four out of five testers, especially considering you’ll get change from a tenner for this tube. Nobody reported any issues from using retinol around the eyes either.

Tester says: “This eye cream makes my eye area hydrated and it has a great effect on reducing wrinkles. I also saw an improvement in under-eye bags and dark circles. My skin feels so smoother than before. A friend asked what I use as she said that my look seems more fresh than before. This product does a great job and I am very pleased with the results.”

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