The 9 best drugstore eye creams

Here's how to look bright-eyed without breaking the bank.
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By Aly Walansky

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With busy days of work and school and long nights of after-school activities, we're always feeling kind of tired — but, of course, we don't want it to show.

To keep our eyes looking photo ready, TODAY Style asked celebrity makeup artists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons to find out their personal favorite eye creams for dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. The best part? They're all available at your local drugstore.

The best eye creams for wrinkles

1. Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

"I love this thick cream for hydrating and revitalizing the skin around the eyes. This cream will help lift droopy eyelids, smooth under-eye wrinkles and brighten the skin. Plus, the caffeine in the eye cream will help increase circulation, which helps reduce dark circles and puffiness,” said Cinthia Lomeli, a celebrity esthetician, whose clients include Annabelle Wallis, Cheryl Hines and Kate Beckinsale.

2.Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Eye Swirl

"This gel-and-cream combination includes skin-firming peptides and regenerating niacinamide and mica to deflect light and smooth the appearance of fine lines. The eye area will be hydrated but not greasy, so you can still use your favorite moisturizer and makeup for flawless skin," said esthetician Lora Condon of Jersey Boutique Spa.

3. RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment

“This is great because of the included Retinol, which helps organize the collagen in your skin to reduce fine lines and uneven texture. It even helps fade dark spots. But give it about four weeks to start seeing results,” said Dr. John Paul Tutela, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York and New Jersey.

The best eye creams for dark circles

1. Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment

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"Surviving (any busy season) means being prepared with beauty products that work. The under-eye area, in general, is the first to show signs of fatigue. I love this eye treatment because it addresses dark circles and puffiness, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Applied in gentle tapping motions from the outside inward, it helps the area look vibrant and luminous. The light formula is ideal to use just before applying concealer," said Geoffrey Rodriguez, a celebrity makeup artist.

2. NYX Professional Makeup Gotcha Covered Concealer

"Another great tip for maintaining a well-rested, healthy look is to always have a good concealer on hand — ideally one that looks seamless and blends effortlessly. This is formulated with coconut oil and blends beautifully and is also very long wearing. It even comes in a convenient squeeze tube," said Rodriguez, whose clients include Padma Lakshmi and Gigi Hadid.

3. Physicians Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct and Cover Cream

"One of the makeup artists on my team turned me onto this under-eye concealer from Physicians Formula, which I now consider a staple in my own makeup bag. This dual-sided product has a yellow corrective cream that helps neutralize dark under-eye circles and glides on smooth. On the other side, you have a light-colored concealer to help blend in the yellow color and give it a velvety finish. It’s a great drugstore find at an amazing price point," said Marie Watkinson, the founder of Spa Chicks On The Go in New York City. Her celebrity clients include Kristen Bell, Marcia Gay Harden and Leslie Jones.

The best eye cream for puffiness and bags

1. Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage

Use this daily to reduce the appearance of bags, suggested Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, whose patients include Jonathan Cheban and many well-known models.

The best hydrating eye cream

1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer

“It has hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin cells better than regular moisturizing cream. It allows for the skin to absorb water from the air. It doesn’t work as well in drier months, so a more humidified room helps it take action,” said Tutela, whose celebrity patients include Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Lauren Pesce.

2. Boots No7 Lift and Luminate Eye Cream

"When I need extra love around the eyes, this shea butter-based eye cream gives long-lasting hydration. The added peptides give extra firmness and if you keep this in the refrigerator, you’ll also diminish under-eye puffiness," said Condon, whose celebrity clients include Tory Johnson, Tea Leoni and Joey Fatone.

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