It was only a couple of weeks ago that I had to hold my hands up and admit that I was wrong about a product. I just didn’t get on with it at first, yet the second time around I was astounded to find out that it has been one of the best cleansing products that I have used in a long time. I’m talking about the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and it has been a bathroom shelf staple and a product I’ve been using every single time I’ve taken my makeup off. Since then, I’ve been trying out a new product, the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser as well as the Clinique BIY Pigment Drops. It’s funny, as I’ve never been drawn to Clinique as a skincare brand before, but I am absolutely loving it at the moment.
The Clinique Pep-Start range is a capsule collection of products designed to make life easy with multi-tasking skincare to prep your skin and pep you up before you leave the house. The Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser is a double whammy of a product in that it can be used solely as a moisturiser, or worn as a primer. As as moisturiser, it’s oil free which is perfect for my skin, and although it looks to be quite thick in the pot, it’s actually a very lightweight gel- mousse texture that gives a lot of hydration. It’s a bit like a filter in a pot and it blurs the skin out beautifully to fill in pores and fine lines, which makes its ideal as a primer as well.
This is where it starts to get exciting for me. A moisturiser that I can use during the day, over the top of makeup? Yes, it’s true! The texture is so fine and light that a quick pat on dry areas instantly hydrates but doesn’t make makeup move around the face nor does it leave skin feeling greasy or slippy, with the oil free formula. It almost reminds me of the abilities of the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector but in a different form.
As a primer, with it’s instant filter effect, it makes no make up days even easier, as well as helping to hold onto foundation if worn over the top. After discovering the Clinique BIY Pigment Drops, it’s turned the HydroBlur into a huge game changer. First of all, the BIY Drops are available in 13 shades and the process is easy. One drop into your favourite moisturiser, gives a sheer coverage like a BB cream. Two drops deepens the colour whilst three drops turn your moisturiser into a flawless, full-coverage foundation. The pigment drops also hold onto whatever formulation your moisturiser is, so a matte moisturiser will be a matte foundation and a dewy moisturiser will give a more radiant glow.
With the incredibly random weather that we’ve been having and ultra high temperatures, the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser and Clinique BIY Pigment Drops have been an absolute god send. My skin has had the coverage of a medium foundation, so imperfections have been covered beautifully whilst my skin has been packed full of moisture, without feeling caked. I’m so happy to have found this combination as I have more no make up days than make up days at the moment, but I still like my skin to be looking somewhat presentable, and a touch of moisturiser has literally changed the way that I view things,
Whilst having a look at what I can try next from Clinique, I noticed that the Clinique website has five free samples with every order, and one of those samples is the mini HydroBlur. I’m very tempted to treat myself just so I can have a pot to keep in my handbag for daytime touch ups. Who would have thought that just two products could change my entire outlook on a brand. I’m amazed.
*Contains PR Samples