If you read “Ice Cream Showdown” in the title, skip to the “Diet and Exercise” category immediately. For those of you more concerned with crows’ feet than cookie dough, read on! I am sent handfuls of eye creams to review each year, but what do I spend my hard-earned money on? (At full retail price, I should add.) There are four I’ve come to cherish and rotate on a regular basis. Here is the cream of the eye cream crop:
1) Fresh Crème Ancienne Eye Cream: I go through a container of Fresh’s Crème Ancienne every 4-6 months. My SA says the half-an-ounce should last me a year (what?!). Try as I might to use a teeny-tiny bit of this yummy, fast-absorbing cream, I can’t resist scooping out more to drench my tired and dehydrated eye area! I pay full-price for this baby, and I’m not complaining. It’s worth every penny. I switch it up with a few other eye creams (it’s good to change brands every so often to avoid buildup), but like a faithful dog, I inevitably return to my trusty Crème Ancienne. At Sephora for $95 (for .5 oz).
2) Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream: For obvious reasons, I only buy this once a year (buy two pots and the cost nears two dollars a day!). It’s awesome during the harsh winter months, though even then I treat Nano Gold cream like real gold and use it very sparingly. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $260 (for .5 oz).
3) La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF 15: I’ve been semi-faithful to La Prairie’s cream on and off since college. I’ve taken a lengthy hiatus from the Swiss brand; I might have to grab a jar on my next trip to Nordstrom. At Nordstrom for $155 (for .5 oz).
4) Kiehl’s Ultra-Protection Moisturizing Eye Gel with SPF 15: I buy this in bulk, but that hasn’t seemed to stop Kiehl’s from discontinuing it! (Screaming silently.) I have applied this gel with dedication since high school and always used to keep a tube in my car, one in my makeup bag, and another in my beauty drawer. Sadly, those days are gone. But it’s still the best eye cream under $30, by far. We need to petition Kiehl’s to bring it back, ASAP! At Neiman Marcus for $35 (or at least it used to be).