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Caffeine Eye Cream Is Going Viral (And TikTok’s Favorite Brand Is Only $11)

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Caffeine eye creams are the latest skincare trend to have taken over TikTok, with more than 91 million videos posted about the skincare product to date. While many affordable eye creams claim to leave a smoother appearance behind, TikTokers are praising The INKEY List’s caffeine eye cream not only for its effective formula, but its wallet-friendly price of just $11 — making it arguably one of the best beauty deals out there.

What differentiates a caffeine eye cream from the rest is exactly what the name suggests: it uses caffeine. When you apply the ingredient to your skin though, caffeine will not only help wake you up ( by decreasing the appearance of dark circles), but also help reduce eye puffiness as well. This occurs as the ingredient narrows blood vessels and ultimately calms your skin, according to Dermstore.

The INKEY List’s caffeine eye cream has generated a cult following with one bought every 30 seconds globally, according to the brand. The brand even praised how it’s been used by Alana Haim, which she showed off during a 2023 nighttime routine video for Harper’s Bazaar. Amazon shoppers also can’t get enough of its “smooth application” that also “is quickly absorbed by the skin,” per reviewers.

You can buy the caffeine eye cream online below or find it on Amazon, Sephora and TheINKEYList.com.

black and white tube of inkey list eye cream

The INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream

For the best results, the brand suggests patting a small amount of the caffeine eye cream around the contour shape of your eye using your index or pinky finger. Make sure it’s evenly distributed and absorbed around the eye area, then follow up with your moisturizer and makeup as usual. Per INKEY List, you can use it morning and night or as much as needed until your desired results are achieved. Amazon reviewers also claim that one tube can last you a few months.


Aamna Adel a dermatologist at the National Health Service hospital in London, U.K., even posted a TikTok describing the benefits of a caffeine eye cream and even recommending The INKEY List’s cream.

“The best results are seen with consistent use,” she says in the video, which has generated more than 43,000 likes.

Along with The INKEY List’s eye cream, the dermatologist also recommended L’Oreal Paris’ Revitalift Eye Serum and The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution, as good caffeine eye creams, which you can shop below.

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Caffeine Serum

$27.97 $29.99 7% off

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L’Oreal’s caffeine eye serum utilizes a paraben- and fragrance-free formula making it more sensitive-skin friendly. Along with caffeine, the eye serum also infuses hyaluronic acid, retinol and vitamin C to help brighten and smooth your under eyes.


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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%

More than 6,000 Amazon shoppers have purchased this caffeine eye solution in the last month making it a must-have for your skincare routine. The formula incorporates 5% of a highly-purified EGCG from green tea leaves to help give your under eyes an almost instant boost while also reducing dark circles. We’ve been using this for months and love how lightweight the formula is and how easily it absorbs into our skin. The cute packaging is great for a bathroom #shelfie as well.


Does Caffeine Eye Cream Really Work?

As Adel describes in the TikTok, the results are temporary but you will see them if you keep up with application. Since the caffeine within the formula contains anti-inflammatory properities, this will not only help soothe the under eye area, but also aim to reduce the look of redness, brown spots and dark circles. It can be used day and night or you can just use it in the morning to give your eyes a boost.

Is Caffeine Bad for the Under Eyes?

Caffeine eye creams can actually be beneficial for your under eyes depending on what you’re looking to achieve. Since the ingredient helps shrink the size of red blood vessels, this will help minimize color pigmentation as well as soothe your under eye area for a smoother and more awake appearance.

For more product recommendations, check out our roundups of the best sunscreens, TikTok beauty dupes and stress relieving tools.

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