It’s been around since late last year, but I’ve only just had a chance to get properly acquainted with Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer (£24.50) – and, boy, did it come along at the right time?! Part of Clinique’s capsule Pep-Start collection, HydroBlur could be the answer to your skincare prayers if dehydration, shininess, redness, fine lines or all of the afore-mentioned get in the way of you looking your best. Which they have been in my case recently – thanks, I think, to hormonal havoc playing out on my complexion.
HydroBlur is a real multi-tasker. Not only is it a lightweight moisturiser but it also acts as a primer. It preps skin for makeup, blurs imperfections and controls oil, leaving the skin feeling smooth and velvety and looking – as Mary Poppins would say – practically perfect in every way. I kid you not! Each time I’ve used HydroBlur, I have actually mistaken my un-made-up face for a fully foundation’d one …
If you’re prone to dehydration, I’d use a serum or even another moisturiser before HydroBlur as it doesn’t feel especially hydrating when it’s applied, thanks to it thick, ? texture. (I’ve been using either Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate or Chanel Blue Serum with mine.) But what it’s cost me in serum, it has saved me in powder and/or foundation top-ups during the day as it seems to make foundation last longer and skin to remain shine-free (no small feat in my case, especially on a hot sunny day!). It can also be used over make-up, should you find you do need to top it up.
Clinique describes HydroBlur as “your new favourite filter”. Personally I think it’s a bit of a miracle worker – and one which I plan to keep handy for times when my skin is problematic or when I have a long day or night ahead and need to look my best while not toting about powders etc.