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OK, so these are not quite as cheap as a couple of tea bags, but these eye creams are affordable and effective. All our Five Best affordable eye cream picks have been thoroughly tested and recommended. They will work a treat for anyone just noticing the appearance of fine lines. For those trying to repair wrinkles and crepiness, you will - I believe - still need to reach for the serious players in our Five Best eye creams, however, you can eke them out by alternating with something that is less expensive. With that in mind, all of these affordable picks will provide excellent maintenance, doing a  more than adequate job of holding the fort until you need to call in the cavalry and heavy artillery.

Reviva Labs’ Firming Eye Serum ($34). This has a refreshingly short list of ingredients that includes the cosmetic industry’s new botanical darling, mulberry extract, an antioxidant and skin brightener. In my experience, brightening is what this eye cream is best at. I don’t really have a dark circle issue, but I did notice that the skin around my eyes looked especially clear. Along with mulberry, the alpha lipoic acid had a hand in this. This “universal antioxidant” helps fight future skin damage and repairs the existing by diminishing fine lines, giving skin a healthy glow, and boosting the levels and efficacy of other antioxidants, such as the vitamin C.

Nurture My Body Isanna, Kim and Copley love this eye cream. Its whipped cream texture goes on smoothly.  It has a visible effect on fine lines, crepiness and puffy, tired eyes. A Five Best eye cream in any price category (in fact it was one of our Five Best eye creams of 2009). The formula is populated with too many lovely botanical infusions, extracts, and oils to mention. But worth a shout out are eyebright, which calms irritated eyes and reduces puffiness, and lavender and red clover with their anti-inflammatory actions, while comfrey root has the ability to stimulate cell proliferation by virtue of muco-polysaccharides.

Nutra-Lift Maximum Eye Repair ($35). I'm not sure how Nutra-Lift does it, but it seems to get great ingredients and keep prices keen as mustard. As well as botanicals (including bearberry and cape gooseberry, Maximum Eye Repair has added  as many power peptides as it could muster - Pentablend-ST9, Matrixyl 3000 and Argirline - plus Hyaluronic Acid, this eye cream is aimed at the expression and fine lines around the delicate eye area.

Dermaradiant’s Ageless Eyes ($32). Ageless Eyes will send your bags packing with something called Eyeliss. This is made up of hesperidin methyl chalcone, a flavonoid extracted from citrus fruits that helps reduce capillary permeability (so the little blood vessels around your eyes don’t leak) and a couple of peptides. Ageless Eyes does more than provide quick relief. There is the antioxidant peptide formulation, Matrixyl 3000, which along with retinol, encourages collagen synthesis. DermaRadiant, for what it’s worth, claims to use mid-leaf aloe, which it says is where the most potent properties reside. This was featured in our roundup of Beauty Bargains That Do A Great Job.

Your Best Face Concentrate ($55 in the TIA shop). Can’t afford my all time favorite eye cream, YBF Correct at $150, then get the next best thing. Concentrate was formulated exclusively for Truth In Aging readers and it contains two of YBF’s signature anti-agers, spin trap and Lipochroman 6. Use on its own or mix it with that drug store eye cream that you’ve got lying around. Suddenly, it will have antioxidant power that punches above its weight.

NB: There are no additional shipping costs on any products in the TIA shop.

Ingredients in Nurture My Body

Purified Water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)***, Vegetable Glycerin, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Infusion**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Flowers) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Infusion**/****, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Carthamnus Tinctorius (High Oleic Safflower) Oil**, Olive Squalane Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Hydrosol**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Alexandrian Laurel) Oil**, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Borago Officinalis (Borage Seed) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil**, Glycine Soja (Soy Lecithin), Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) CO2**, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Essential Oil***, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil***, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract

Ingredients in YBF Concentrate

Reverse osmosis water, triglyceride, ppg5 ceteth-20, vitamin E, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), C10-30 alkyl acrylate, crosspolymer, Lipochroman-6, triethanalomine.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift

Deionized Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Glyceryl Stearate, Vegetable Derived PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hyaluronic Acid,C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin-C), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Plant Derived PPG/SMDI Copolymer, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Seed Butter, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Cococos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf (Bearberry) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin-A), Natural Mixed Tocophorols (Vitamin-E), Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract.

Ingredients in Dermaradiant

Deionized water, ceteraryl alcohol, ceterearyl glucoside, glycerin, hesperidin methyl chalcone, montmorillonite, steareth 20, dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, caprilyc/capric triglyceride, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloydimethyl taurate copolymer, squalane, polysorbate 60, butylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, polysorbate 20, carbomer, sodium hyaluronate, retinol, lavender extract, licorice extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, centella asiatica, euphrasia officinalis, biotin, hops extract, L-tyrosine, rosacanina fruit extract, citric acid, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben.