It's been awhile since I've reviewed a Clinique skincare product. With all their great makeup options, I'd almost forgotten that skincare is actually their main focus, so it was nice to take it back to that with this new eye cream, the Pep-Start Eye Cream.
This brightening and hydrating eye cream contains peptides and a mix of natural extracts to give you the illusion of having slept like a baby, instead of the reality, which is reading blogs and Youtube till 2am! The Pep-Start cream is lightweight so it's suitable for use both morning and night and comes with a pretty neat applicator, which I'll get more into in just a sec...
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Glycerin - a humectant (draws moisture into skin)
- Butylene glycol - helps other ingredients penetrate skin more easily and gives products a slippery texture
- Shea butter - a wonder moisturizer that helps skin repair itself and is an antioxidant
- Squalane - a proven moisturizer and antioxidant
Other interesting ingredients in this eye cream include Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract (moisturizing), St. Paul's Wort (moisturizing), algae extract (antioxidant), molasses extract (moisturizing), Sapindus Mukurossi fruit extract (moisturizing), and caffeine (antioxidant).
Price & Packaging
A single tube costs about $31 from Sephora and contains about 15 ml of product, which is standard for eye creams. What's really cool about the Pep-Start cream is its packaging. This little tube is opaque and contains a large spherical topper. To dispense product, you have to push the ball up until it snaps and then squeeze cream out. The idea is that you apply the cream using the ball top as a cooling eye massage to reduce swelling and dark circles. In most products I've seen with this feature, they usually feature a metallic or even gold ball and the coolness of the metal is much more effective than the Pep-Start's plastic sphere. Also, the plastic sphere kinda drags on the delicate eye area so it may even be counter-productive! It's a nice idea, but I wish Clinique had splurged a bit and used an actually effective applicator instead of this half-way measure.
My preferred method of applying the Pep-Start cream is with my fingertips. The Pep-Start eye cream feels really light and refreshing, with a watery texture that makes it easy to spread around the eye. Although I usually prefer richer eye creams, I found the Pep-Start eye cream to be surprisingly hydrating. My eye area stayed nicely soft and moist for most of the day and I didn't notice any extreme creasing with my concealer.
Unfortunately, I didn't notice any lessening of the fine lines under my eyes, but most eye creams don't do that for me; nor did I notice any brightening. Another thing I have to note as well, which was also really weird, was that this cream made my eyes sting like a mother f*cker when I would put my contacts in. I have no idea why, but whenever I would apply it and then put my contacts in, my eyes would sting so much and water like crazy. When I applied after putting my contacts in, I felt fine! I've never had this reaction before with any product so contact wearers beware.
Despite that awful side-effect, I would still recommend trying this cream, especially if you're just getting into eye creams and want something that absorbs quickly and doesn't feel too sticky.
Buy - this eye cream provides ample moisture while not breaking the bank.