Free shipping on all domestic orders over $39

Five Best eye creams for less than $65

Five Best eye creams for less than $65
August 27, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 9 Comments

Two months ago, I selected the Five Best Eye Creams of 2011. It includes some great heavy hitters, but some of the prices might be eye popping. So it’s time for a round up of the best eye creams that will put less stress on your flexible friend and there are some great new finds since the last inexpensive eye cream round up of 2010. These are all under $65 and would be good choices for those wanting to take preventative measures or maintenance to help eke out those pricier creams.

HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate ($60) Attention panda-eyed people everywhere. This eye cream is a helpful eliminator of dark under eye circles. The key active is hesperidin methyl chalcone. One study documented that it lowers the filtration rate of capillaries, and less blood flowing though capillaries close to the surface of the skin. Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf extract is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, according to a Taiwanese study. There are plenty of other peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, plus antioxidant tea and vitamins. So this is a collagen boosting, wrinkle fighter as well as the enemy of dark circles.

Your Best Face Nourish ($45). Nourish is an eye cream for those twenty-something or 30-something people that are smart enough to begin preventative maintenance. It is a pleasant lightweight cream that readily absorbs and does a good job of moisturizing and hydrating the eye area. This is a good choice for youthful skin that wants to remain so. At this price point, it is an economical way to give your eye area a daily dose of cutting edge antioxidants such as spin trap and Liprochroman-6, normally found in $100-plus eye creams. Read the full review

Nutra-Lift Maximum Eye Repair ($37 in the shop). Reviewers report that this eye cream is very moisturizing and helps smooth very fine lines. 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. Recommended for preventative use rather than for someone looking for heavy duty repair. Read the full review

Reviva Labs’ Firming Eye Serum ($19). 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. Read the full review

La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream ($60 in the shop). This eye cream gets lots of love from the TIA community. It was recently reformulated to get an anti-aging boost with caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, a peptide that targets the laminins (think scaffolding of the skin). LVC's mostly natural and organic ingredients are formulated to feel luxurious too. A pampering treat. This eye cream majors on R-lipoic acid, a chirally correct form (which means the molecules are well absorbed by the skin) of this powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that it helps overcome vitamin C and E deficiencies (although vitamin E is here for good measure as well). Dark circles will appreciate the brightening effects of bearberry with a natural alpha arbutin, while coffee will send your bags packing. Read the full review

  • September 5, 2011

    by Anna

    Marta and Teri,
    Sorry for a delayed response, I had visitors and had no chance to write earlier.
    Thank you so much for your responses. It’s, actually, the first time ever, I purchased something on line and feel that someone cared about what they are selling and about the customer. I am truly grateful that my questions are taken seriously and you took time to explain. Thank you!
    Marta, you asked where I found those quotes; they are from numerous articles from the EWG website. Here is the link for this article, ending with the note: “In light of those findings, EWG recommends that manufacturers of cosmetics, sunscreens and other personal care products remove retinyl palmitate from all products to be used on sun-exposed skin and that consumers avoid buying products that contain this chemical” -
    After posting my questing on TIA, I thought to ask Dr.Teri Dourmashkin as well and sent her a message on LaVieCeleste website. She replied instantly and in a great detail. I knew that Dr. Dourmashkin has been a passionate advocate of safe and non-toxic skin care, but now I also know that she does truly cares about her customers. I have already tried the Cleanser, Toner and a Day/Night Cream from LaVieCelest. Those products are just remarkable! I have very sensitive, combination skin, and have difficulties finding skin care which doesn’t irritate or doesn’t make it too oily. During the day I usually used just the Serum and Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF30. Any cream on the top of the serum, after 2-3 hours, made my skin too shiny and too oily. But La Vie Celeste Day & Night Restorative Face Cream is different; it absorbs immediately and doesn’t leave any shine. My skin feels toned and comfortable. I am totally in love with it already, after just 2 days.

    Thank you for all your hard work, for trying to make our skin and planet healthier.

  • September 3, 2011

    by Teri Dourmashkin

    Here is a link with comments from Farah Ahmed, Chair of the PCP Council/Sunscreen Task Force. He does address the NTP's January 2011 peer review on this subject and believes that the study which came to these conclusions was seriously flawed. We certainly need to continute to keep a watchful eye on this subject. The safety of the LVC products is of paramount importance to me.

  • September 3, 2011

    by Marta

    This is a direct quote for the National Toxicology program's report: " The mice received topical applications of control cream or creams containing 0.001% (w/w) RA or 0.1%, 0.5%, 1.0%, or 2.0% RP to the dorsal skin region". But as I said there are several studies and we may be referring to different ones. This one is the On The Photococarcinogenesis Study of Retinoic Acid and Retinyl Palmitate” which was peer reviewed on 1/26/11

  • September 3, 2011

    by Teri Dourmashkin

    Thanks for the link Marta. Sorry, if I wasn't clear by using the word, "straight." What I meant is that the mice were given RP (in varying concentrations)rather than being treated with a sunscreen containing RP. In the link that I provided, if you go to "The Great Sunscreen Cover Up...Is Retinyl Palmitate Causing Cancer?" they stated, "The mice were treated with RP, not sunscreen that contained retinyl palmitate."

  • September 3, 2011

    by Marta

    I would just like to add a correction Teri. The mouse study did not use straight RP. The amounts were very specific: 0.1%, 0.5%, 1.0%, or 2.0% RP . There is more detail here:

  • September 3, 2011

    by Teri Dourmashkin

    Thank you Marta for your thoughtful response on the retinyl palmitate matter. Anna personally wrote me and I did respond to her. Yes, this is a controversial matter, and based on some of the latest research, there does not seem to be any scientific evidence that retinol or retinyl palmitate can cause free radical damage when exposed to sunlight. Even the Skin Cancer Foundation debunked EWG's report on the danger of Vitamin A and sunscreens. It was also unclear in EWG's report whether any product containing Vitamin A sans a sunscreen would pose a problem. I directed Anna to some of the fine work at They have written about this issue extensively. While the Founders are most certainly passionate about "natural" products, the site was developed in order to examine only those studies which are backed by scientific evidence and not by speculation or flawed studies. One of the links is as follows:
    If this link doesn't work, you can just go on the site and put "retinyl palmitate is it safe?" into their search bar or something similar. I truly believe that the amount of retinyl palmitate that is used in cosmetic formulations today are safe. However, it is up to each consumer to read both points of view so that they may make an informed decision. This is a very personal matter and some of us may make different decisions regarding any ingredients (s) which may be controversial.

    Also, it is not always possbile to generalize the results of animal studies to humans. Very often, very large amounts of a given substance are used in animal testing which far exceed that which is used in skin care formulations, so it is like comparing apples to oranges. I firmly believe that the dose makes the poison. And in some cases, animals may react very differently (because of their physiology)than humans would, despite the dose. Also, the mice were treated with straight retinyl palmitate, so is is difficult to compare that with a suncreen that would likely contain a much lesser amount. I hope this information helps...

  • September 3, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Anna,
    I understand your concern and we have been following the retinyl palmitate issue and reported on the most recent study from the National Toxicology Program here: . The issue remains controversial and there are some other studies that have had different results . My personal view is that I'd prefer to avoid RP, but for practical purposes that isn't really possible. It is in very many formulations. I note that the study on hairless mice by the NTP exposed them to direct light and that the debate is focused on sunscreens. I would hope that daily use of a cream with RP - eg working in an office most of the day rather soaking up rays on a beach - is probably going to be OK. I have never seen - and I get a daily news alert on retinyl palmitate - the FDA speculating that creams would build up and damage a fetus. Where did you get this quote? The FDA does have recommendations for pregnant women and the dangers of oral consumption of vitamin A, but that's rather different.

    My take at this stage is:
    1. I try to avoid RP in products when I am going to be exposed to the sun in a prolonged way.
    2. For normal daily use, I'll take my chances or use the product ONLY at night to be on the safe side
    3. Let's hope formulators take heed of these concerns and stop using RP

    Anna, if you are concerned then you may prefer to use this eye cream at night only. If you wish, you may return your LVC eye cream unused and we can help you find something else.

    LVC's founder, Teri Dourmashkin, takes a very responsible approach to her formulations and you may be interested to read our interview with her here: . In the meantime, we'd welcome any input from her or any other formulators/manufacturers

  • September 3, 2011

    by Anna

    I recently purchased, but haven’t yet received, La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream. I was so excited to start using it soon, there are great reviews about it and it’s on Marta’s’ 5 BEST List! I read the ingredient list and saw that this cream contained Retinyl palmitate, but didn’t think anything bad, I didn’t know much about it and also, Marta recommended it. But I am worried now, after reading that “EWG recommends that consumers avoid products containing vitamin A, retinyl palmitate and retinol.” “When exposed to UV light, retinol compounds break down and produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and cause gene mutations, a precursor to cancer. Recently available data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. FDA also raised a concern that extensive, daily skin application of vitamin A creams may build up in the woman’s body a high enough level of Vitamin A that may be toxic to the developing fetus.”
    Pretty scary. I am not sure anymore if it’s safe to use this cream. Or, maybe, if used at night only, it’s OK? Strangely enough, on LaVie... website recommended to be used day and night…
    I’ll be grateful for any advice about it. Thank you, Anna

  • September 1, 2011

    by Naja

    M.D. Forte's Skin Rejuvenation Eye Cream ($62) should have made this list. It has 10% Glycolic acid, plus .15% Retinol and antioxidants (vitamin e). This stuff works. Most manufacturers won't list the percentage of active ingredients in their products. This thin non oily lotion keeps my eye area smooth, even toned, tight and wrinkle free.

    I appreciate the fact that it is not overly moisturizing. Not everybody has dry skin.

Join the discussion! Leave a comment below.

My Comment

Add a comment...

-or- Cancel Comment
* Required Fields
truth in aging's five best

Truth In Aging's Five Best

The very best to choose from for your skin concerns.

Read More

truth in aging videos

Truth In Aging Videos

Helpful how-tos and reviews from Marta and friends.

Watch Now

meet our contributors

Meet Our Contributors

The TIA community consists of our trusted reviewers.

Meet Them

be inspired

Be Inspired

Inspiring thoughts and women who are aging gracefully.

Read More