The Best Eye Creams for Every Budget

tired eyes, eye creamFall is gearing up, and that means everyone is back to school, back at work, and the fun late nights of summer are no more. As we know, getting back on track can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle and leave you with a one-word vocabulary: "coffee." The dark circles and puffiness under our eyes give us away -- that is, if folks aren't immediately clued in by our scowls.

In a bid to fake that refreshed look, we find ourselves scouring the web or aisles of our pharmacy for the perfect magic potion. It's hard to know what's worth spending money on, and what's the equivalent of throwing our cash pointlessly at squirrels. We've got three eye-cream winners, one for every budget. Read on to find out what they are!

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aveenoFor a quick, budget-friendly fix, I am obsessed with Aveeno's Smart Essentials Roll-On Eye Treatment ($9.97, mySupermarket). While it espouses the splendors of its "active natural" ingredients, I dig it for slightly more high-tech reasons -- well, one reason: the metal roller applicator ball. It soothes and cools immediately, making you feel totally refreshed. Keep it in your purse, or (pro tip) in your fridge for that extra dose of oomph!

 

 

 

 

mario badescu For a slight splurge, may I humbly present you with Mario Badescu's Herbal Ceramide Eye Cream ($18, Nordstrom). Still under $20, this nice, mild-smelling cream goes under eyes and on crows' feet to super-moisturize. It's rich without becoming oily or too heavy on your face. Buy seven of them. (Sometimes I use it on my elbows in the winter, true story.) It is the best.

 

 

 

 

la mer And now, let us visit a dreamland of luxury-living with La Mer 'The Eye Concentrate' ($185, Nordstrom). This here is the mother of all eye creams -- in case the adorable spoon that comes with it didn't tip you off. La Mer's infamous 'Miracle Broth' as good as turns back the hands of time, so it's basically Cher-approved (it absolutely is not).

 

 

 



What's your favorite eye cream?

 

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