Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer makes good on its promise to blur the look of fine lines and large pores and it does so with a silky, lightly hydrating formula that glides over skin and sets to a soft, radiant-looking finish best for normal to combination skin.
The blur effect is temporary, but if you pat this on in thin layers, you will see a difference. How long the improvement lasts depends on your skin type (oily skin will find this doesn’t last too well) and the other products in your skincare routine.
A drawback to the formula is that the high amount of film-forming agent it contains. This ingredient can make skin feel “coated”, as it you applied a light clay mask but forgot to rinse. It doesn’t look bad, but the feeling is a trade-off you might not want to accept.
Also less than great is the fact that this moisturizer is packaged in a jar. This Pep-Start product contains a good mix of antioxidants and plant extracts, but those light- and air-sensitive ingredients won’t fare too well with routine exposure to light and air, as we explain in the More Info section.
Summing up, we can’t fault this product for not blurring imperfections as claimed, because it does that quite well, if temporarily—but that’s true for all such products. We just wish this felt better on skin and, if you’re hoping for anti-aging benefits, wasn’t packaged in a jar.
Works to slightly blur the look of large pores and fine lines.
Super-silky texture hydrates without feeling greasy.
Adds a subtle, radiant glow to skin.
Jar packaging won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
Can feel a bit film-y on skin if you apply enough to noticeably blur imperfections.
This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable for long once it’s opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air sensitive and breakdown in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate.
Jars are also unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product which leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for visible signs of aging among many other problems need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.
References for this information
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88
This oil-free moisturizer instantly blurs imperfections while providing all-day hydration. Skin looks naturally perfected with a matte finish. Wear it alone, or under foundation. It’s so lightweight you can use it for touch-ups throughout the day. We call it your new favorite filter...the ideal way to give your skin the moisture it needs, and the forgiving ‘retouch’ that blurs the look of pores and fine dry lines.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-1, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Gillidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Algae Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Squalane, Ceramide NP, Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire D’Abeille, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Pentylene Glycol, Laureth-9, Laureth-23, Silica, Silica Silylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
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 brand’s state that they don’t 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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