Review: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

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I haven’t been writing reviews for a while, ugh. I somehow lost the passion to do these kinds of review. Perhaps, I’ve been feeling burned out again. Good thing I have a beach trip coming next month, ahahaha!

Anyhoo, forgive me if this review is a quick one. In my quest to preserve my youth, I’ve turned to a fancy eye cream. I know for a fact that eye creams are sham products. The formula is no different to that of a face moisturizer.

The only difference is that the eye cream formula is made thicker or more emollient to give the sense of richness. This tricks consumers into thinking that eye cream formulas are more concentrated compared to regular moisturizers. So why did I get an eye cream?  It’s an impulse buy. I was shopping for a moisturizer and serum a few months back and was in the thick of things.

Basically, I was compelled to get one for the sake of getting one. The SA didn’t even push this product to me, I just saw this on the counter while paying for my purchases and threw it in at the last minute. Not even familiar with the Pep start range.

What is it: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

According to Clinique, the Pep-Start™ Eye Cream aims to be “A pep rush for eyes. Just 3 seconds to look wide awake, refreshed. Hydrates, brightens, perks you up. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh. Smooths the way for makeup, too.

Quality and Packaging

The product comes in a convenient tube, which I love because I don’t have to dip a finger in. Just squeeze the end of the tube and a small amount of the product will be dispensed on the ball-shaped applicator.

I love the overall quality of the product and the packaging. The applicator locks into place so it’s quite purse-friendly and portable. Since the tube is tiny, you can pop it in your kikay kit and forget about it until the under eyes need a little boost of freshness.

To use, just smooth the product all over the lids and under eyes using the applicator and wait for it to dry completely. The formula is quite emollient but not too thick. I didn’t develop bumps (milia), which I heard were quite common when using too-creamy moisturizers. It absorbs easily and has no discernable scent.


As far as the performance goes, I do think the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream improved the texture of my undereye skin. I don’t have panda eyes per se but incessant cat allergies made the skin under my eyes a little sunken and discolored. Also, I suffer from extremely itchy eyes whenever my allergies strike so I’ve developed fine lines near the corners of my eyes, juju.

The product didn’t really reduce my fine lines although it made the skin under my eyes plumper, I feel like. The delicate skin around my eyes feels softer and smoother too!

At PhP 1600 a pop, the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream is surprisingly affordable considering it’s a high-end brand. I don’t get why eye creams are so expensive, they are usually priced similarly to face moisturizers but they only come in teeny tiny pots and tubes. This one is a pretty budget-friendly.

Final Thoughts

The Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream is a terrific eye cream although it doesn’t really reduce fine lines. I think the formula is meant to hydrate and invigorate the skin, not to miraculously erase wrinkles. I had a great experience with this product and I quite like the formula. The packaging is also terrific, it’s petite, convenient, and

That being said, it didn’t make an eye cream believer out of me. I still think eye creams are one of those extra steps you could add to your existing skin care routine but it’s not really crucial to skin care as a whole. But if you’re the kind who think an eye cream is an essential part of your routine and you’re in the market for an affordable yet high-quality eye cream, try the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream!


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Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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