Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream ($26.50) is a new hydrating eye cream that Clinique launched late December for Spring 2016. I quickly purchased this when it popped up in Sephora but I do urge you to take advantage of the free sample available using promo code PEPEYE with any $25 purchase at Sephora.com because this is a formula you have to try for yourself to see if you’ll like it before committing to a full size in my experience.
Here’s the deal, Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream promises a lot of different benefits but only truly excels at one in my opinion. My tube is almost complete now so I feel like I can review the product fairly enough after daily use.
This is promoted as an instant brightening and hydrating eye cream that has blend of peptides to help to combact the “visible effects of your busy lift”. The formula also promises to de-stress tired looking eyes so they look brighter, hydrated, and more awake.
This comes in a 0.5 oz tube with a round ball applicator that promises a cooling tip to de-puff eyes. I actually struggled with the applicator as I didn’t understand how to squeeze the eye cream into it. It has a little hole where product was supposed to flow but I twisted and squeezed and nothing. I read the enclosed instructions but there was nothing about how to get the eye cream to flow. Finally, I realized at the side of the box there was a diagram showing you had to pull tbe ball applicator up and squeeze to release product. Ummm yeah that was my duh moment.
The applicator is nice to gently massage the eye area but it doesn’t actually de-puff my puffiness nor does it feel cooling!? Some might find the lack of a slant a little irritating as the ball is a little awkward for use around the eye area.
The eye cream is a nice rich cream that absorbs easily under eyes and leaves them very nicely hydrated. It also works very well under concealer and other makeup and supplies quite a good deal of moisture to the area without being greasy or shiny. This in fact the area it excels at. Moisture! There’s plenty of good moisture here.
Sadly, I didn’t experience much else aside from moisture. My eyes weren’t brighter, they didn’t look more awake. It supplied a good deal of moisture but I wouldn’t say the formula did much else. It might be a younger girl or guy’s game as perhaps if you have puffiness from lack of sleeping or a late night gaming this might treat puffiness and make your eyes more awake.
Personally, I didn’t really see any changes using this well over a month daily!
It’s a nice moisturizing eye product but that’s about the extent of the formula for me.
Anyone try it?
What was your experience?
Available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.