Here Are Sephora's Very Best Vitamin C Eye Creams to Tackle Dark Circles and Puffiness
Here's how to decide: if you look in the mirror and see anything under your eyes you don't want to see there (like puffiness, dark circles, or fine lines) or if you do not see those things right now . . . but aren't in a rush to see them in the near future, either, then this product is for you.
Choosing a vitamin-C-rich eye cream is a smart choice because the ingredient boosts radiance and brightens skin anywhere on your face — and these creams often also have other ingredients like peptide complexes, retinol, or hyaluronic acid to help skin's resilience, wrinkles, and hydration, respectively.
But don't get exhausted while blindly searching eye creams at Sephora and trying to choose on your own: we've picked out the very best brighteners right here for you. All earning an average of four-plus stars from other shoppers, find the top-rated eye creams from Sephora ahead.
Shiseido Waso: Eye Opening Essence
You may think it's not even necessary to look further than the five-star rating for this Shiseido Waso: Eye Opening Essence ($28), but if you did that, you'd miss out on learning about the vitamin-packed blend of grated daikon and carrot (aka Japanese momiji oroshi) that tackles puffy undereyes here. The gel also features a skin-brightening vitamin C complex for added radiance, plus vitamin E, which promotes the circulation that keeps that area bright in the future.
Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm With Bakuchiol
Yes, this Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm With Bakuchiol ($62) is new at Sephora, but it's already racked up thousands of loves from other shoppers. There's brightening ascorbic acid inside, along with firming caffeine and algae to take on puffiness. Skin's cared for under the surface even more with plant-based, retinol-alternative bakuchiol, which supports cell turnover to smooth out fine lines, too.
Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Eye Serum
The stable vitamin C complex in this Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Eye Serum ($70) helps fight free radicals, block pollutants from the environment, and brighten skin (with an added antiwrinkle peptide). It's also lightweight and antioxidant-rich, with other natural ingredients like chia seed and mushroom extracts also fighting on the puffy-eye combat team.
Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream With Acerola Cherry
This top-rated Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream With Acerola Cherry ($45) has earned an average 4.5-star rating from other Sephora shoppers for how well it tackles dark circles. It's a bouncy cream with three types of vitamin C — including acerola cherry, one of the richest sources of vitamin C around — added to other brightening actives and hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Obagi Clinical Vitamin C Eye Brightener
The Obagi Clinical Vitamin C Eye Brightener ($60) features tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a more stable form of vitamin C — and 90 percent of the Sephora shoppers who reviewed it would recommend it to others. That vitamin C brightens skin around the eye area, while adaptogens like rhodiola rosea support collagen and elastin production for firmer, suppler skin.
Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème
Sure, there's vitamin C in this Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème ($39) to help your undereye area look brighter, but the yellow tint of its banana powder also works to color-correct, whether the cream's applied on its own or under concealer. Plus, there are more than 1,500 five-star reviews (and 178,000 loves) from other shoppers to back up its collagen's work reducing the look of dark circles.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Vitamin C Power Eye Cream
When your tired-looking eyes need a boost, this Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Vitamin C Power Eye Cream ($65) comes to the rescue with a 10-percent concentration of superstable THD ascorbate, 50 times more powerful than traditional vitamin C. There's also ferulic acid, which helps ingredients like that vitamin C work even better at brightening and depuffing the undereye area.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff
If you just want to get rid of your dark circles and can't really be sure where they came from, this Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff ($25-$32) has you covered with ingredients like panax ginseng to brighten up under your eyes. There's also an added wake-up boost to the area with none other than coffee beans, which bring radiance right to your face.
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
The rich Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment ($38) features antioxidant plant extracts to fight those pesky free radicals that can cause puffy or droopy skin under your eyes. There are also light-reflecting particles to counteract any darkness, fatty-acid- and vitamin-C-rich maracuja (aka passionfruit) to hydrate and brighten skin, and more than 40,000 loves from other Sephora shoppers.
Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 PA++
Not only does this Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 PA++ ($70) brighten up the undereye area with vitamin C, but there's also an added boost of UV protection inside so eyes stay safe from sun damage and younger-looking longer. The hard-working, top-rated cream also has retinol to support cell renewal and caffeine to limit puffiness at the same time.
Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream
The popular Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream ($46) uses date seed extract and ascorbic acid to brighten up the undereyes of anyone who's had a full week of Mondays. There's also protein from avocados (which ensures well-hydrated skin as the natural moisture barrier is strengthened) — and more than 1,000 reviews.
Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream
The Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream ($68) highlights a complex of kombucha, lychee, and black tea that improves skin's suppleness and slows down free-radical damage. In the case of this top-rated cream (with more than 40,000 loves), the vitamin C comes from noni fruit juice, which helps increase and retain moisture in the skin so it truly glows.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
Several reviews of this top-rated Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream ($56) praise it as an excellent safeguard for people who are already beginning to think about wrinkles and bags under their eyes, even if they don't see those things yet. The prevention comes from a brightening vitamin C derivative, a balancing mineral-water blend, and other nourishing ingredients like jojoba seed oil and witch hazel extract, which all take care of your undereye skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Stress SOS Eye Cream With Niacinamide
The new Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Stress SOS Eye Cream With Niacinamide ($65) already has an average 4.3-star rating from Sephora shoppers, thanks to its niacinamide (to reduce redness and undereye breakouts) and its brightening ascorbic acid, too. The lightweight cream also features a superfood complex that limits any visible signs of tension in the skin . . . which is very helpful when puffiness or dark circles come from being sleepy or stressed.
Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream
As its name implies, the Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream ($33-$55) is an extrahydrating eye cream that reduces the look of shadows and fine lines by using moisture — and water-soluble vitamin C — to plump up dull, wrinkled spots. There's also the top-rated Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream ($33-$55), which does the same thing but with a lightweight gel formulation instead. It's hard to choose incorrectly, as there are more than 3,000 reviews and 80,000 loves for both of these products combined.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
The Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm ($68) nourishes and tones the undereye area with plant extracts like cucumber, aloe, and green tea, along with vitamin C. The balm-like texture fills in fine lines so any makeup that follows has a smooth canvas waiting.
Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Brightening Eye Serum
If you're looking for something lighter than a traditional cream, there's this top-rated Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Brightening Eye Serum ($60), which promotes collagen production in skin while antioxidants protect it against stressors. While this product brightens skin on its own, there's also a partnering Perricone MD High Potency Classics: Firming Eye Lift ($72) that plumps undereye skin with squalane, hyaluronic acid, and its own dose of stable vitamin C.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Do Not Age With Dr. Brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream
The triple-peptide complex in this top-rated Dr. Brandt Skincare Do Not Age With Dr. Brandt Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82) includes vitamin C polypeptides to boost skin's elasticity and limit the look of dark circles. Several Sephora shoppers also note how well it hydrates the undereye area without leaving it greasy.