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No matter your age or skin type, one thing is for certain – an eye cream should be an essential part of your daily routine. Whether you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles or puffy under eyes, investing in a decent eye cream can make a huge difference to the condition of your skin.

We asked the OK! beauty testing panel to try out seven new eye creams and here’s what they thought…

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Eye cream expert advice

Do I really need an eye cream? "The skin is very delicate skin around the eyes, and particularly susceptible to wrinkles and a loss of hydration because it doesn’t produce its own natural moisture, so you would benefit from a targeted eye cream," says Dr Murad, dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare.

How much should I use? "The skin here is naturally thinner, so we must be careful not to overload it with product as this can cause problems like puffiness or bumps under the skin," Dr Murad says. "You only need a pea-sized amount for both eyes."

How can I prevent eye wrinkles? "Along with a good eye cream, you need daily SPF protection. Putting on sunglasses every time you’re going out into the sun will reduce the amount of time that you spend squinting and in the sun, which will in turn help prevent crow’s feet," adds Dr Murad.

Look younger

ESPA Tri-Active Lift and Firm Eye Moisturiser, buy it here for £45

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This combines olive and argan oils with white lily to give the skin around the eyes a brighter and more youthful appearance.

Our tester says: "I haven’t tried an ESPA formula that hasn’t worked on my sensitive, fussy skin – and this eye cream is no different. It’s lovely and creamy, and you only need a tiny bit to cover both under-eyes. After two weeks of using this, I noticed my skin looked smoother and much less dry."

Improve dark circles

Boots Glow Eye Cream, buy it here for £4

An instantly revitalising eye cream that hydrates the eye area with glycerine and silicone – which smooth and act as a primer for your concealer.

Our tester says: "I thought this range was a little too young and trendy looking for it to do much, but it did make a noticeable difference to the dark circles I normally wake up with. I didn’t think the tube was very full, so it ran out quite quickly, but it was really brightening and such an affordable price!"

Brighten under eyes

Skin Proud Bright Eye Pomegranate Eye Cream, buy it here for £14.99

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The formula is packed with pomegranate, which is a rich source of vitamin C, so it has the ability to brighten dark circles. It also contains shea butter for an extra nourishing hit.

Our tester says: "It isn’t the lightest cream I’ve used, and has a balm-like texture. It wasn’t the quickest to sink in either, but it’s good for days when I’ve overdone the retinol and I need some serious hydration. I’m using it a few times a week but it’s not going to be a daily favourite."

Beat bags

Q+A Caffeine Eye Serum, buy it here for £6.50

Caffeine is a natural stimulant and an antioxidant, so when used under the eyes it can constrict blood vessels and reduce the look of bags. This cooling gel also has cucumber in to soothe sensitive skin.

Our tester says: "I started using this in the first summer heatwave and it was lovely. I put it in the fridge and I found it really reduced morning puffiness when I applied it after having a shower. I didn’t see much improvement on my fine lines, but it felt very nice."

Wrangle wrinkles

Murad Retinol Eye Cream, buy it here for £70

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Made for use on lids and skin underneath the eyes, it improves the look of wrinkles with a retinol formula that’s gentle enough not to aggravate the delicate skin. In clinicals, 93 per cent of users saw a reduction in lines in four weeks.

Our tester says: "The price is more than I’ve ever paid for an eye cream, but I’m going to be devastated when this runs out because it actually works. After only three days of using it, my under-eye area looked smoother, there was less texture and my concealer applied much more smoothly – probably because all the little lines were less present."

Disguise dark shadows

Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream, buy it here for £46

You’ll notice this has a pink tone, which is for extra colour-correcting against dark circles. This algae-rich formula also claims to make skin look smoother and more lifted from the first use, with wrinkles reduced within the week.

Our tester says : "The light pink of the cream did immediately brighten my dark circles, and felt very soft and soothing to apply. My concealer sat nicely on top of it, without creasing – and after a few days of using it, I began to notice I was waking up with less tired-looking skin around my eyes."

Fill in fine lines

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Cream, buy it here for £50

This lightweight cream banishes the look of fine, dry lines, puffiness, and under-eye darkness with green coffee-infused formula. It also has a pearly shade to give immediate brightening.

Our tester says : "Has a bouncy, almost jelly-like texture that feels creamy and moisturising on the skin, and makes a good base for make-up. The light-reflective sheen does brighten up the under-eye area – not enough to skip concealer, but it definitely helps. Because of these added pearl pigments, I’d only use it in the morning though."

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