Searching for an eye cream that instantly camouflages under-eye dark circles, corrects hyperpigmentation, and provides SPF protection may sound like you’re asking for way too much, like holding out for a 6-foot-tall millionaire model/chef who rescues abandoned animals. While the latter may be a pipedream (although hey, you never know), Kiehl’s has managed to make this eye cream fantasy a reality with their new Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30.
The multitasking eye cream contains caffeine to reduce puffiness, as well as Activated C (a vitamin C-derived ingredient) and licorice root extract, which team up to correct the hyperpigmentation that contributes to dark under-eye circles. It also offers broad-spectrum protection in the form of titanium dioxide, fending off both UVA and UVB rays around your eyes — an often-neglected area. Plus, the eye cream is paraben-free and fragrance-free.
How to Use: Dab on a small amount under your eyes. Word to the wise: A little goes a long way. If you need more coverage, the eye cream is buildable so you can dab on more if you’ve had a particularly rough night’s sleep.
Results: The eye cream immediately erased my dark circles. The lightweight creamy formula goes on smoothly so it doesn’t tug at the delicate eye area as you apply it. It isn’t drying and doesn’t build up in the fine lines below the eyes, which can make you look more tired and older than you actually are. I love that when I’m in a hurry to get ready or just going to the gym I don’t have to use separate products (an eye cream with SPF, followed by concealer) to get the both camouflaging coverage and UV protection I need. This has become my go-to, time-saving eye cream that I reach for most mornings.