Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer Review

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Well this is an unusual one: a moisturiser that feels velvety to the touch but seems to melt into fresh-feeling perfection the moment it hits the skin. And then, despite this gorgeous fresh feel, manages to keep oiliness in check as well as hydrate. What is this marvel of a formulation? It’s Clinique’s Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer!

The Pep-Start HydroBlur almost didn’t make it onto my face, because for some reason I assumed that it was solely a mattifying product. Perhaps because it’s oil-free, or maybe because I spotted the word “matte” in the PR blurb, I don’t know. Luckily I’m a faffer and a potterer and I like to stick my fingers into jars and squeeze product out of tubes even if I know that the product’s unsuitable for my current skin conditions, because actually Pep-Start HydroBlur turned out to be quite the hydrating wonder cream. I mean it’s not rich – it wouldn’t sort out overly parched skin or the sort of dryness that makes you want to rub your face with a pack of lard – but it’s an excellent lightweight troubleshooter if you’re dehydrated.

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It’s a bit of a double whammy effort, too: great on the oil-less moisturisation front, but with a secret weapon in the form of the “blur” part. Now look, these blurring products – there’s only so much they can do. I mean, they’re clever and everything, and they do create a sort of soft-focus veil over the skin, but if you’ve blemishes then they’ll still be visible, so will redness and so will deep wrinkles. What they can do (and what HydroBlur seems to do very proficiently) is skim over fine lines a bit so that the skin just looks fresher and less knackered. The blurry part coupled with the excellent hydration part is a winning combo when it comes to plumping out and semi-disguising those crepey little creases. This makes Pep-Start a great day cream if you have oily or combination skin and want to look fresh-faced and moisturised rather than clogged-up and greasy; it’s also good if you just have “normal” skin, no oiliness, but want a light sorbet style moisturiser that will sit well beneath makeup.

Pep-Start HydroBlur actually works very well as a primer, if you like to keep your skincare and makeup steps minimal and fuss-free. It’s suggested that the product can be used throughout the day for “touch-ups” over makeup, but personally I think that this type of thing can be a bit of a disaster zone. What possible benefit could you get from disturbing your makeup by slathering a cream on over the top, no matter how lightweight? I’ve tried it, it’s not for me. If you’re getting oily then use a good powder – the Hourglass Ambient Lighting ones are amazing for keeping glow but deadening down any oily shine – I just wouldn’t faff about with creams and things that need patting in.

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The final masterstroke when it comes to Clinique’s Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer is the price – £24. Very, very reasonable I feel, especially as the texture of the product is so beautiful and the semi-matte finish so pleasing. And that hydration! It’s really rather excellent. If you’re after something to keep your oiliness in check but don’t want to look and feel as though you’ve just spent eight days in the Sahara then it’s absolutely worth a try.

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer is £24 online here.

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  1. November 23, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I just got a sample of this, I must try it after what you’ve said! x

  2. November 23, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I didn’t think it was even suited for oily skin… Might give it a try. Thanks for the review!

  3. November 23, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Haven’t tried any “blurring” products yet so this looks like a good start.

  4. Onya1213
    November 23, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    My skin almost always likes Clinique products. I like the sound of this. I’m one of those women who HATE the feel of anything on the face. Makes me feel like the sausage in the sausage casing. Can’t. Abide. It. Maybe this one will be the exception. Thanks for the thorough review, Ruth.

  5. November 24, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I recently started using a prescription strength retinol and experience dehydrated skin, something I did not know before. This one might be a good starting point on my journey into moisturizer wonderland.

  6. Juliana
    November 24, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I bought this as I love its eye-cream counterpart and didnt really know what to think about it at first, but you’re right it is just wonderful. Definitely hidrating and perfecting in a way, and perfect under makeup. It is not heavy duty but it gets the job done and feels oh so nice, very interesting texture.

  7. November 24, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    This sounds lovely! I’d love to give it a try!

    Gemma x

  8. November 25, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I’ll have to sample it.

  9. February 3, 2017 / 11:56 am

    What a beautiful looking product!

  10. Roberta Lima
    March 17, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Thanks! Is this similar to the other one that has SPF?? Clinique’s Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF 20 Moisturize
    I wish all moisturisers had SPF…

  11. Tracey
    March 17, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I tried this moisturiser based on this, and a few other blog reviews. Sadly, I find it makes me very greasy. Thumbs down from me.

  12. SSH
    June 8, 2017 / 2:18 am

    this cream is lovely on Dry Skin, but smells very bad.

    • SSH
      June 8, 2017 / 2:42 am

      sorry, forgot to add, cannot use this a daily moisturizer as it has Silicone.

      may be good underneath make up as it acts as Primer +moisturizer

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