Skincare

Under-eye bags, be gone! These are the best cheap eye creams in Australia

Stress? Insomnia? Anxiety? Don't know her.

By Rebecca Sullivan
I'm tired. You're tired. We're all tired.
While we figure out how to get eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye and formulate some healthy nighttime screen habits, we've been on the hunt for hydrating eye creams that can help reduce puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as our giant under-eye bags.
But here's the thing - finding a cheap eye cream that actually works is super hard.
While there are loads of expensive formulations that definitely work the trick - like this glorious $105 one from Estée Lauder - they're not exactly affordable, especially in the week before payday.
So we've been testing out a few more affordable options on our tired little under-eyes, and have found these cheaper products definitely make a massive difference.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème: $57

$57 from Sephora. Supplied
This is a cult-favourite eye cream that constantly sells out at Sephora, thanks to its vitamin C-packed formula that can help reduce dark circles.
It's a great eye cream to wear during the day because the formula is not too greasy or oily, making it easy to apply your makeup over the top.
FYI, if you've been trying to get the men in your life to be more diligent with their skincare, this product could be great for them.
It sinks into the skin well, so it doesn't look like they're wearing anything at all, plus it smells amazing - like orange juice.
SHOP: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, $57, from Sephora

Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream: $20

$20 from the Paula's Choice website. Supplied
American skincare guru Paula Begoun is the brains behind her wildly successful eponymous skincare label, which is all about delivering science-backed ingredients for the most affordable price possible.
This eye cream contains shea butter, vitamin C and the popular antioxidant resveratrol, to brighten and hydrate lacklustre under-eyes.
SHOP: Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $20, from the Paula's Choice website.

The Inkey List's Caffeine Under-Eye Serum: $15

$15 from Sephora. Supplied
The inclusion of caffeine in skincare products is a new trend that has emerged over the past year.
Because caffeine is a diuretic, it can help to reduce water retention under the eyes, a major cause of puffiness.
The addition of squalane, a popular hydrating ingredient and a small amount of hyaluronic acid, means this gel-like formula is also super moisturising.
SHOP: The Inkey List Caffeine eye cream, $15 from Sephora

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: $12.70

$12.70 from The Ordinary's website, Adore Beauty. Supplied
This popular caffeine eye serum from budget skincare brand The Ordinary (check out their entire range at your local Priceline store) is delivered in a dropper bottle, meaning the formulation stays fresh and preserved from the elements.
Plus, it lasts for ages!
SHOP: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, $12.70 from The Ordinary's website, Adore Beauty.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado: $50

$50 from the Kiehl's website, Adore Beauty, Sephora, Mecca and department stores. Supplied
This eye cream is a cult classic, thanks to it's uber-hydrating formula.
You only need a little bit, so that tiny pot can last you for months and months, making it a worthwhile investment.
SHOP: Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado, $50 from the Kiehl's website, Adore Beauty

Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Crean, $58

$58.00 from Mecca. Mecca
This anti-ageing product seeks to target areas to promote elasticity and reduce puffiness. It promises that the cream will work to diminish crows feet and fine lines over time for a more bright and fresh appearance.
The unique ingredients include copper PCA, which stabilises collagen, calcium PCA to reduce the damage to collagen fibers, and caffeine to brighten the eye.
SHOP: Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Crean, $58, from Mecca.

Innisfree Jeju Orchid Eye Cream: $42

$42.00 from Adore Beauty. Adore Beauty
Korean skincare is one of the best choices on the market, and this Innisfree product is a great antioxidant power that will keep your eyes young.
It's made up of a rich consistency that targets fine lines and wrinkles.
SHOP: Innisfree Jeju Orchid Eye Cream, $42 from Adore Beauty.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $50

$50 from Mecca. Mecca
Mecca sells this product as "like a shot of espresso for your eyes," and we are obsessed with its brightening, hydrating and restorative qualities.
Its ingredients like caffeine and magnolia extract are the perfect combo for tired eyes that need an energising boost. If that wasn't enticing enough, this product was voted "best eye cream" in the Mecca beauty election 2020.
SHOP: Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $50 from Mecca.

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream: $42.95

$42.95 from Adore Beauty. Adore Beauty
Weleda is the French brand of choice for those of us who are obsessed with hydration, and this delicate product infuses the skin with antioxidants, and it's fragrance-free, which is a bonus.
Plus, this is a good choice for vegans.
SHOP: Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream, $42.95 from Adore Beauty.