Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm

0.12 fl. oz. for $ 17.50
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Clinique's Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm continues the brand's impressive streak of creating good skincare products focused on lips.

This emollient balm comes in a swivel-up tube, much like a lipstick, that features the Pep-Start line's bright packaging (in this case, a pop of light pink). The balm feels soothing and hydrating, gliding across lips with ease. It comes in a clear option, plus a handful of shades that leave lips with sheer coverage and a slightly glossy sheen.

The standout aspect of this lip balm, though, is that it's fragrance and irritant-free (which is rare in the world of colored lip balms), and includes emollient, hydrating, and skin-restoring ingredients. This balm doesn't just make lips feel good while it's on—lips are left feeling smoother even after this has faded away (which takes a couple of hours).

While not the least expensive tinted lip balm option around, it's a worthy splurge that treats lips to what they need to stay soft!

  • Balm feels rich and hydrating.
  • Sheer, glossy color coverage.
  • Includes emollient, hydrating, and skin-restoring ingredients.
  • Lips feel softer even after it's faded away.
  • Fragrance free.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm provides instant hydration and lasting moisturization to lips. One smooth, even swipe hydrates and conditions, leaving lips feeling soothed and comfortable. Perfect to wear alone or under lipstick for an extra moisture boost, it comes in three luscious shadesplus a clear, non-tinted balm.
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Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.

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