9 Eye Creams Editors Use To Look More Awake

by Alysh Lynch
Matteo Scarpellini

If you’re like us, chances are you probably don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night. Between summer nights and all that Netflix, how could you? But just because you’re a night owl with a secret binge-watching habit, it doesn’t mean it should be written all over your face. Don’t let your under-eye bags expose you to your coworkers, especially in your 9am Monday morning meetings. Here, shop the eye creams TZR editors swear by for looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, even if we don’t feel like it.


"I am completely obsessed with this eye cream. It's got coconut oil and shea butter, so it's very very hydrating but not greasy or heavy. It also contains a bit of retinol to help boost collagen and smooth fine lines. I used to have milia at the corner of my eye, and I swear this eye cream made them disappear."

—Allie Flinn, Associate Lifestyle Editor

"I'm not a fan of layering on too many products, but this eye gel has been a total game-changer. It's incredibly hydrating and calming, and it sinks into the skin super fast so it feels entirely weightless. Plus, it's miraculous for puffy eyes."

—Laura Lajiness, Fashion Editor

"After I turned 30, my need for an eye cream went from moderate to immediate overnight. I discovered this K-beauty line during one of my random online product-search binges and fell in love with this eye cream immediately. It keeps my eye area hydrated and supple and even softens the lines that may or may not already exist."

—Angela Melero, Managing Editor

"I love using this eye cream in the morning to combat my haggard, puffy eyes. You only need the tiniest bit, and the cream can be easily spread and applied to cover a good amount of surface under the eyes—I even dab some on my eye lid. It feels amazing, and I feel more awake after a few minutes. It wears nicely under makeup and smells absolutely delicious, like sweet coffee, which is my favorite part."

—Amy Lee, Fashion Editor

"I'm maniacal about what I put near my eyes (particularly because I wear contacts), so Tata Harper's 100% natural, non-toxic restorative eye creme is a favorite. It delivers fantastic results and I don't feel like I'm jeopardizing my eyes."

—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director

"With this eye cream, nobody will ever know you were up until the wee hours watching sappy rom-coms or accidentally ordering a Chardonnay too many on a Tuesday. (True stories.)"

—Samantha McDonald, News Editor

"I love this decadent cream, which feels intensely luxurious on my thirsty skin. I've definitely seen an improvement in fine lines and dark circles since I first became addicted to this product."

—Erin Nicole, Lifestyle Editor

"I love this eye cream because it's comfortable enough to wear overnight and doesn't leave a greasy feeling on my skin. My under-eye area would typically get really dark and puffy by morning, but not with this formula."

—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor

​"I know how important it is to start antiaging early as a preventative measure, but it's difficult for me to stay motivated if I don't see immediate results too. Luckily, this cream brightens and makes me look more awake, while also hydrating and lifting the delicate area around my eyes."

—Stephanie Montes, Beauty Director