The thinnest layer of skin in our body is located under our eyes. It's a sensitive area, prone to hyperpigmentation due to allergies, fluid buildup, or excessive sun exposure. It also shows the blood vessels which is why some people have a bluish or purplish tint around their eyes.
The best way to solve dark circles (if at all possible in your case) is to get a lot of sleep and hydration. Drink water generously and don't forget to apply a moisturizing eye cream to keep that area elastic and plump! If your dark circles are hereditary or caused by age, then there's not much you can do except to use a bangin' concealer or undergo cosmetic surgery.
My point is that eye creams can only maintain the best possible version of your eye bags. They can't dramatically lighten dark circle or remove wrinkles, any more than what your skin would naturally allow. :) That being said, I do believe in using eye creams precisely because of the maintenance. When I stop, my bags look saggy, wrinkly, and ugh, papery. My current eye cream is the Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (P2,450)!
This eye cream promises to lighten dark circles over time but I suggest you don't expect that. It does help improve the appearance of under eyes instantly due to the very fine mica shimmer in the formula and the slightest hint of tint.
I love it because it moisturizes my eyebags well without giving me milia and irritating my eyes. And that cooling applicator is so lovely - it fits my eyes perfectly and does help improve the blood and fluid circulation when massaged in that area!
This is love
I'm touch and go when applying eye cream because aside from the laziness, for some reason most of the eye creams I've tried so far give me millia over time. :/ These are small flesh-colored bumps around the eyes, usually caused by blocked pores in that area. But the Cinique Even Better Eyes thankfully does not inspire that kind of reaction. It has a very light, silicone-y texture that I feel gets absorbed thoroughly.
Flesh-toned but this is very sheer
You won't see it unless you look in person very closely, but there are shimmers in the cream. They are golden, fine ones. :)
This is great under makeup due to that silicone texture, which I think makes it ideal for use during the day. I actually won't recommend using eye creams with potent actives when you're out under the sun; imagine all that harshness plus the environmental stress! It's best to use those heavy-duty creams at night and to leave basic moisture to a simple, soothing eye cream like this one from Clinique.
After about four weeks of at least once-a-day use, my eyes appear lifted and indeed less dark (but only because they're now moisturized better). I've stopped using eye cream for a while because of the millia problem; so the Clinique Even Better Eyes was working from ground zero.
Overall, I am really liking the Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector simply because it maintains the moisture in my eye area and wears well under makeup. I know the limitations of eye creams and don't expect the moon from them! It's actually enough for me to hydrate my eyebags to lighten them a little; the drier they are, the darker and saggier they appear. I also sleep eight hours most days. ^_^
Will definitely finish this tube. What's your current eye cream? Is it working as you expected?
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Water, Isostearyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Caffeine, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Milk Protein, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Laurate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Sodium Chloride, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Whey Protein, Glycerin, PEG-8, Phytosphingosine, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Silylate, Cholesterol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Linoleic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Disodium EDTA, Pyridoxine Dipalmitate, Propylene Carbonate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Iron Oxides