Clinique’s Pep Start range is set to increase in September with a selection of products aimed at – did you guess by the name?! – lips. I love a good lip treatment and these are lovely – particularly the Night Mask (£16) which is a thick (but not gunky) layer that holds in moisture overnight with a boost of peptides to boot. My lips were definitely softer for using it – I could easily add this to my night routine. I like the fact that it doesn’t feel gunky but it’s thick enough that it stays put, but in essence, it’s just an extra nourishing balm so it’s perfectly okay for day use as well.
So this is where Clinique must feel like kicking themselves for their fragrance free policy! It’s just rather odd that these juicy looking balms in Guava, Cherry and Tangerine, don’t even have a hint of the fruity scents. I love this kind of soft, glossy tint that feels conditioning and very soft on the lips – quite more-ish really – so expect to power through them! But, in this instance it really does feel as though something is missing without fragrance. The colours are lovely, being a translucent wash of colour – enough to have a presence but not enough to look like a full on lipstick.
In the swatch above, Tangerine, Cherry and Guava. I rarely wear a red a full strength so Cherry is ideal for a scarlet wash. There is also a clear Balm too, in the same packaging as the Night Mask. They’re £16 each which does feel a bit on the top side – if Pep Start is chasing the younger Clinique customer, I think these should probably have come in at under £10.
Ingredient listing update:
Shea Butter, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Linoleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.
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I need to try the Night Mask, I always use a regular lip balm at night and I need something strong because my lips are too dry!
These look and sound lovely but I think Clinique do charge too much for this sort of thing. I do wonder if what you said with them pushing these out towards teenagers is true, if so they should have made them more affordable. I’d just buy myself a Maybelline Baby Lips if I was a teenager. £16 is expensive! 🙁