I have OSPW skin (Oily - Sensitive - Pigmented - Wrinkle prone) according to the Bahmann system. NW10 (fair), blue eyes, oily/combination skin in the summer, normal/dry in the winter.
I bought this sunscreen as my first foray into incorporating sunscreen into daily wear. I found I ended up avoiding it in the summer, as it was too creamy (translation: greasy by 1pm) for use under my foundation, even when I used it as a moisturizer/sunscreen/primer.
I did like it in the winter, except I suspect it clogged some pores, as I had pretty frequent (although minor) break outs while using it. I see from some reviews that I am not alone, and that shea butter may be the cause. I can handle some oils on my face, such as jojoba, but others, such as coconut, make me explode in acne, so who knows.
There are cheaper matte drugstore foundations that I like better for summer (Neutrogena's Sheer Matte) and creamy sunscreens for winter that don't break me out, so while this wasn't a bad value or product (sunscreen worked well), it is not a repeat buy for me.
I have very dry skin and this sunscreen worked great on my face, it became my favourite sunscreen this summer, I saw it in a CCO for 16 $ and went back later to get it but it was gone (no surprise) but they had the body sunscreen for 17 $ and its a HUGE bottle/tube, I tried it on my hand and it felt very similar to the facial sunscreen so I got the body cream and now I have been using it on my face for a while (i have very dry skin so Im not sure this would work on people with different skin type) so basically for me, the face and the body cream are both great.
I'm attracted to Clinique's products because of its fragrant-free, it caters to my needs and preference. However, when I use the SPF50 face cream, my face started to itch and rashes began to appear. I do not have sensitive skin, and this is the first time I encounter such incident with beauty products. I used the cream twice and on both occasions, the symptoms appear, this bothers me and I feel disappointed in the product.
This is perfect BUT for the fact that is has Shea Butter. Why? Why put such a comedogenic ingredient in an otherwise wonderful sunscreen? WHHHYYYY? It breaks me out. And I couldnt return it. I may use it on my hands and feet.
I love this sunscreen!! and use it everyday. I have been using this for over a year now and it has never broken me out and I have very dry, thin sensitive skin. It doesn't make your face white and doesn't leave it feeling greasy at all.
My only complaint is that at times it has a strange smell, like prunes? but im not too sensitive about smells but for those who are i would try the tester first at sephora.
I have medium blond hair and fair skin, so I use the SPF 50. I tried the 30, but still burned. This sunscreen will last, but if you get wet it washes away easily and has to be reapplied. I don't like a lot of scents, but it has a light "sunscreen" smell, without any other added fragrance(s). It's a thick lotion that easily spreads; at first it can feel a little greasy, although it's made without oil - my skin is oily and it works perfectly (no outbreaks or additional oil(s) added). The greasy feeling does go away after a little while. It's expensive ~ $18.00, but will last me for the entire year.
It has the usual sunblock smell yet it's not watery consistency as a sunblock lotion and thick as a cream but feel very light. It apply on thicker layer on areas where the sun will hit directly on the face firs which is on my forehead, cheeks and nose. That is also the area where I get oily and sweaty from the sun but when I applied this on my skin wasn't that oily as it usually would be. It is waterproof, sweat proof, hypoallergenic. Most importantly it doesn't live a white cast on the skin.
This sunscreen is very moisturizing without causing a white 'mask' on my face. Goes on smooth under makeup, and most likely best for normal to dry skin. It did tend to break me out a bit, but I didn't want to take off lippies for that, as my skin is overly sensitive. Took one lippie off because the product tends to clog up around the opening.
Edit-really ended up breaking me out badly...ladies, be careful if you have even the slightest sensitive skin!
I used this for three months, spring into summer. This ss has stabilized avobenzone for UVA protection. When I ran it through the CIBA ss simulator, the avg PPD ( with /without spf) was about 15. This ss is very, very thick and very emollient. Shea butter is hight ont he ingredient list. I found that touching it, however lightly, within about a hlf hour of application, resulted in more balling than I've ever experienced in a ss. This ss was simply not made for under m/u. I even had a difficult time getting powder over it to reduce the shine. It did not irritate my eyes, despite the high spf, and did not irritate my skin, even when I perspired.
This chemical sunscreen keeps my oily, acne-prone face protected and relatively breakout-free. It has a fairly high PPD for an american sunscreen (approximately 15). The antioxidants in this product (and there are quite a few) are nicely preserved by the airtight, opaque tube. The major drawback with this product is the texture-- it's thick, and I find it doesn't work very well under makeup. Overall, a sunscreen worth considering if you're not looking for a matte finish.