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11 Under-$25 Eye Creams That Work Just As Well As The Fancy Stuff

Karina Hoshikawa

Much like the ongoing debates around pineapple pizza and the proper pronunciation of "GIF," the need for eye cream in any good skin-care routine is hotly contested. For those who do swear by a little extra TLC for your under-eye area, the reality is that it doesn't always come cheap. However, that doesn't mean that amazing, affordable options don't exist — and if you're in search of proof, then you've come to the right place.

Whether you're looking to address fine lines or brighten chronic dark circles, there's a wallet-friendly formula with your name on it. Behold, our edit of the best eye gels, creams, and serums you can snag at the drugstore, all for $25 or less.

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Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream

This anti-aging eye cream addresses fine lines and wrinkles with the help of hero ingredient bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative that delivers similar smoothing benefits to the vitamin A derivative (minus dryness and peeling).

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Versed Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel

This newish Target-exclusive brand isn't just bringing clean, affordable skin care to the masses, but is looking good while doing it. Reviewers love the brightening benefits of this vitamin C- and turmeric-infused gel.

Versed Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel, $, available at Target

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream

The eye-cream sister to the UK brand's wildly popular Lift & Luminate serum delivers on brightening and firming benefits, while being lightweight enough to wear under makeup.

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Eye Cream, $, available at Ulta Beauty

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

$13 won't typically get you very far in the world of skin care, but Insta Natural is looking to change that. This weightless gel contains plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid and a proprietary amino acid complex that works to make dark circles and puffiness a thing of the past.

Instanatural Youth Express Eye Gel, $, available at Walmart

Olay Ultimate Eye Cream

This bestselling eye cream nourishes the delicate under-eye area while offering a nearly imperceptible peach tint to counteract discoloration.

Olay Ultimate Eye Cream, $, available at Walmart

RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Retinol is the gold standard for smoothing fine lines and addressing pigmentation, making it an ideal addition to any eye cream. Just be sure to use it only at night and wear SPF during the day, since the ingredient is known to cause sun sensitivity.

RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment, $, available at Walmart

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Cream

Looking at you, sensitive skin types: This Beauty Innovator Award-winning eye cream is free of preservatives, fragrance, parabens, and alcohol, and is made with niacinamide, squalane, and shea butter to brighten and hydrate.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Cream, $, available at DermStore

Pixi By Petra 24k Eye Elixir

We love the cooling rollerball on this peptide serum, which is perfect for keeping in your purse or desk drawer for quick mid-day touchups.

Pixi by Petra 24K Eye Elixir, $, available at DermStore

L'Oréal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream Treatment

Retinol and centella asiatica (aka cica) are the starring ingredients in this anti-aging eye cream, which clocks in at an accessible under-$20 price point.

L'Oréal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream Treatment, $, available at Ulta Beauty

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream

Derms love the Rapid Wrinkle Repair line for its ability to target stubborn wrinkles just as effectively as formulas three times the price.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, $, available at Ulta Beauty

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

When in doubt, reach for CeraVe. If you're looking for deep hydration that works around the clock, this ceramide-infused eye cream is just what the doctor ordered.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, $, available at Ulta Beauty

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