Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser Review

Clinique is a brand that is very hit and miss for me with both their makeup and their skincare. I’ve had products that I’ve really not liked, products that have been okay and then products that I’ve loved. One thing I think the brand does do well is pore products. I’ve tried the Pore Refinign Serum which makes for an excellent primer so I was intrigued by their Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser –  here’s my thoughts.

Blue is my favourite colour so I do like the packaging, it’s also appropriate for the moisturiser however, for some reason pep-start makes me think of sunshine and fresh orange juice so I did expect this to be orange and white like the eye cream. Clinique is a high end brand so the full size of this product retails for £24.50.

Clinique describe this moisturiser as the following:
This lightweight, 24/7 hydrator provides matte moisturization, instantly blurs imperfections and preps for makeup.”

Although this claims to be oil-free (according to Fragrance Direct), I’m pretty certain that this has silicones in it as it feels like quite a silicone product (not too dissimilar to Benefit Porefessional and Maybelline Baby Skin.) When you use this it’s a white/pale pink colour and it has a very silicone texture. It does blend into the skin but it doesn’t feel creamy like most moisturisers.

This did blur my skin slightly, but it didn’t fill in pores like I had hoped. Additionally, I do feel that the name of this is quite misleading. It’s marketing as a moisturiser but it didn’t feel like it hydrated my face, instead it felt more like a pore blurring primer. I couldn’t find an ingredients list anywhere but if this does contain silicones it would be quite counter-productive as silicones can dry out the skin.
(Left before, right after.)

As this is a product that claims to blur I wanted to show some before and after photos (despite me feeling quite self conscious about my skin and makeup free face). You may not be able to see very well but before my skin is quite red and blotchy, I also had visible pores on my cheeks (which seems to be something that has only recently developed on my skin.)

The sachet didn’t offer much product and I found that I could have done with more than I had, with this a little doesn’t go a long way as it doesn’t spread very easily so I do think that you need to be a little more heavy handed with this. The after results showed an improvement on my skin, my pores and redness were still visible but were lessened somewhat.

All in all my opinion is a bit ‘meh’ with this product, I think it tries to do too much within one product and therefore isn’t as effective as it could be. I don’t think it’s very hydrating and although it does blur a little I have tried better blurring products. I don’t think that this is awful but it just didn’t standout to me and I wouldn’t rush to repurchase or recommend this.

The Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser is available from Boots for £24.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this and what your go-to moisturisers and blurring products are I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading.



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