Tested on animals:Yes
Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer makes good on its promise to blur the look of fine lines and large pores and it does so with a silky, lightly hydrating formula that glides over skin and sets to a soft, radiant-looking finish best for normal to combination skin.
The blur effect is temporary, but if you pat this on in thin layers, you will see a difference. How long the improvement lasts depends on your skin type (oily skin will find this doesn’t last too well) and the other products in your skincare routine.
A drawback to the formula is that the high amount of film-forming agent it contains. This ingredient can make skin feel “coated”, as it you applied a light clay mask but forgot to rinse. It doesn’t look bad, but the feeling is a trade-off you might not want to accept.
Also less than great is the fact that this moisturizer is packaged in a jar. This Pep-Start product contains a good mix of antioxidants and plant extracts, but those light- and air-sensitive ingredients won’t fare too well with routine exposure to light and air, as we explain in the More Info section.
Summing up, we can’t fault this product for not blurring imperfections as claimed, because it does that quite well, if temporarily—but that’s true for all such products. We just wish this felt better on skin and, if you’re hoping for anti-aging benefits, wasn’t packaged in a jar.
Works to slightly blur the look of large pores and fine lines.
Super-silky texture hydrates without feeling greasy.
Adds a subtle, radiant glow to skin.
Jar packaging won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
Can feel a bit film-y on skin if you apply enough to noticeably blur imperfections.
This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable for long once it’s opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air sensitive and breakdown in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate.
Jars are also unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product which leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for visible signs of aging among many other problems need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.
References for this information
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88