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Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

Tat Ch's picture
Written on Monday, January 14, 2019

Hello everyone!

I’ve been using this moisturizer for 5 months now.

Appearance: The jar is eye-catching among my stuff. It’s a bright yellow packaging. Not only does it look nice, but also reminds of the fact that it’s a sunscreen too.

Under the screw top there is another lid that protects the moisturizer from bacteria (provided you use a special spatula to take it out). No spatula came with the cream, though. I had to use one from another cream.

Description and ingredients:


Water\Aqua\Eau, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polyester-8, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Tridecyl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul'S Wort) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Plankton Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Ergothioneine, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sea Whip Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge, Caffeine, Algae Extract, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trehalose, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Peg-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylene/Va Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyethylene, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Edta, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Bht, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

The smell isn’t too harsh. It’s a bit chemical but at the same time, herbal. I don’t find it repulsive, on the contrary, I like it.

Consistency: thick, dense and oily. The moisturizer is white.It’s easy to apply. I always do it with patting motions from the middle of my face to the side.

At first, I really disliked this because my face felt uncomfortable and oily. Later I realized why and started applying less. It’s really important not to overdo.

It takes like 5 minutes to absorb, at least.

Age: I’m 33 years old.

Skin type: combination, prone to dryness, especially in winter and fall. When it’s warm, my forehead and nose tend to be oily. There are enlarged pores on my cheeks and occasional breakouts.

How I use this moisturizer:


I bought it for daily use. I wanted my moisturizer to contain sunscreen, as I noticed a negative impact of the sun on my skin. I apply it right after a lotion, in the morning and in the evening.


I used this in the summer and fall. Even though the moisturizer promises to suit any skin type, I don’t think it would do any good for oily skin. It’s a bit too moisturizing and nourishing for this.

With this moisturizer, my skin became smooth and soft to the touch. I even saw a kind of lifting effect, which surprised me.

I have bad eyesight and I often squint and wrinkle my forehead, which leads to fine lines. This cream, however, seems to smooth them. I didn’t expect it.

When it’s cold, this moisturizer helps me avoid flaky skin.

I also saw that I wasn’t getting new freckles with this sunscreen, which I can’t be happier about.

The moisturizer is also great as a makeup base, but make sure it's soaked in completely before applying your foundation. No pore clogging or cakey look. It caused no allergic reaction or irritation.

The moisturizer is long-lasting. I used it twice a day and the big jar with 1,7 oz lasted for 5 months. So I think the price is justified.



  • nice smell
  • easy to apply
  • sunscreen
  • doesn’t clog my pores
  • moisturizes and nourishes my skin
  • works great as a makeup base
  • causes no irritation
  • lovely packaging
  • a little bit goes a long way.

a little con (non-essential for me)

  • takes a long time to absorb


I can definitely recommend CLINIQUE Pep-Start HydroRush Moisturizer SPF 20 and I will repurchase it when the spring comes.

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Tat Ch recommends Clinique Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Cream

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Type: Cream
Brand: Clinique
Category: Skin Care
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