If you save the majority of your beauty budget for fancy skin care--and in particular, eye creams--get ready to blow it now because there are some phenomenal new offerings out for fall. Eye care is getting pretty specialized, as evidenced by new formulas and some pretty unique applicators. Just make sure your credit card balance can handle it.
Yes, it's pricey, but it's a multi-tasker. (I'm great at justifying just about any purchase. Never take me shopping with you.) La Prairie targeted eyes and the area around your lips because the skin is thin in both spots and prone to show its age earlier than elsewhere on your face. It contains an amino acid complex to help fill in hollowed out eyes and fine lines, and is super moisturizing. The best part is the application process: After you dot it on, you use an adorable tiny silver spoon to disperse.
• Lancome Absolue L'Extrait Ultimate Eye Contour Collection, $250: This one could possibly be the most luxurious thing I've ever tried. The cream contains Lancome's signature rose cells, and incorporates them into a system that claims to smooth, firm, and plump up your eyes. It also comes with six under eye patches; you should use a patch once a week for ten minutes for an extra dose of radiance--and it has an amazing little applicator. It looks like a scepter: One end is a pliable scooper for application, and the other is a golden, faceted orb for dispersing it. Schmancy.
• Darphin Stimulskin Plus Divine Eye Cream $136, and Eye Sorbet Mask $46: The eye cream contains tons of botanicals and hyaluronic acid for the now-familiar hydrating/firming/radiance-boosting trifecta that I expect from an eye cream. The truly interesting thing here is the eye mask. You use it just like any face mask, except only around the eyes, then rinse off after ten minutes. The end result is an extra dose of hydration and some soothing capabilities.
• Perricone MD Blue Plasma Orbital, $65: You don't see under eye peels very often, so this one is pretty unique--it claims to be the first "non-acidic and non-abrasive" exfoliator for eyes. It contains salmon egg enzyme, plankton extract, a blueberry extract, and other ingredients for hydration and plumping. The formula is light and my skin actually physically felt tighter after I applied it. You can put a heavier cream over it if you like extra hydration, because that's not the main purpose of this product, though it could be a standalone for daytime use.
Which one looks tempting?