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I wouldn’t say I’m hard to please, but with the number of products that I’ve swiped, dabbed, and patted on all in the name of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, I might as well have my PhD in drugstore beauty. I’ve found a few favorites in pricier serums and creams, but it’s the grocery and drugstore antiaging finds that really put the wind beneath my wings. What’s not to love about a product that won’t induce instant remorse the minute you hit purchase? And, in case you missed it, there are drugstore products out there that truly work. At the top of my list of cheap thrills that deliver is L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Honey Eye Gel (SHOP: $19.99; target.com). I’ve been using it twice a day since May (a lifetime for a beauty editor) and I can’t stop telling people about it.

I wasn’t quite sure about the golden formula when I first spotted it. It didn’t have all sorts of scientific-sounding ingredients and percentages on the front the of the jar—something I’ve become rather used to. Instead, just one signal ingredient that didn’t take a google search to decipher: honey. It’s long been lauded for its smoothing, soothing, astringent, and even healing properties, but I was dubious about whether it would have a real impact on the problem area known as my under eyes. Surely, I needed something stronger, a retinol, high-level hyaluronic acid, and perhaps a whole alphabet of vitamins. That was before I took the cooling rollerballs of L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Eye Gel to my eyes. Since then, my skin and antiaging situation has never been the same.

One of the best aspects about this eye serum, and the application in particular, is that it smooths and depuffs on contact thanks to the rollerball wand. It gently massages, easing away bags as you swipe it back and forth. I typically use my ring finger to dab in any remaining product. I apply twice a day, so with the morning application, I’ll allow the formula to soak in for about 5 minutes before applying my makeup, next round of hydration, or SPF.

As I mentioned, honey, specifically of the manuka variety, is the star ingredient here. It’s bolstered with antioxidants and calcium to provide high-impact moisture to stressed, damaged, or extremely dry skin. The light, non-sticky gel has improved hyperpigmentation around my eyes, smoothed out fine lines, and provided every bit of hydration my skin needs. When I wake up in the morning my eyes actually looked refreshed rather than showing the levels of exhaustion that come with 5 a.m. wake up calls from teething toddlers.

In a nutshell, I’m telling everyone about L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Eye Gel. If you’re also a fan of drugstore antiaging products (that actually work), this one is a sure thing.