I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet! Despite my need to constantly want to try something new, I went back this summer and bought my Super City Block SPF 40. I used it all last summer under makeup so I'd be protected when out with the kids. It didn't fail me. I could tell though if I didn't get quite up toward my hairline, I would be burned some days! So, I knew it did it's work. It hasn't broken me out, doesn't smell funny. I use instead of moisturizer although I don't think it 'is' moisturizer. It works wonderfully. I only use during the spring/summer/fall as my moisturizer with SPF 15 works fine during winter months. It hasn't failed me and I hope you try it!
This sunscreen has high SPF. It sinks into my skin well. It does not leave a whitish or grey colour. It also does not turn my face into an oily mess. I would give it 5 lippies for that alone.
An added bonus though, is that the sunscreen is tinted. This looks like on my very pale skin and has the effect of a light foundation. It really evens out my skin tone. My skin looks so much nicer with this stuff on and it stays looking nice all day. I'm really pleased with it.
This sunscreen contains angelica extract. This ingredient is capable of causing a phototoxic reaction. Exactly why Clinique put this into a SUNSCREEN is beyond me. (It's like taking a sleeping pill with your coffee-it makes NO SENSE ). Clinique boasts about caring for the skin and then packs its products full of volatile ingredients. This also stings my eyes badly because of the chemical sunscreens. This sunscreen is tinted. It makes my foundation look darker. Why spend hours picking out the right foundation color only to have it ruined by the tinted sunscreen underneath? It is very greasy and never completely dries on my face. My face winds up having a reddish tint when I use this. I will not buy this again. I am very pale and I do not like the tint or the chemicals.
I use this in the summers and the SPF25 city block in the winter and I love both. I do not use a moisturizer with the Super city block as it may become too oily. If I use foundation with it my face does get oily in the afternoon. Not sure if it is the foundation, or it is just too much on my face at one time, so I just stick with concealer. The tint in the Super city block really evens out my face, so I don't really need foundation. I have never had any breakouts with this and have noticed if I run out of this and use another sunscreen I get breakouts. this also does an amazing job at protecting your skin from the sun. If i use the mild clarifying lotion right before applying this then it is much easier to apply and it doesn't ball up.
A broad spectrum SS containing 8.8% zinc oxide, 7.5% octinoxate, 6.6% titanium dioixide and 2.0% octisalate. Now that I am using Retin A Micro, I can slap this on in the morning and have no worries whatsoever about breakouts. It also has a hint of tint. What's not to like? My darling Clinique SA gave me a generous 15 ml sample tube of this and I'm actually liking it better than my Clarins SPF 30 which has an off-putting scent.
I like this. goes on smooth, sinks in, hydrates, and has 40 SPF! :) I put it over moisturizer, under foundation, and it doesn't ball up. can't tell it is on, which is what I want. sun protection and a bit of extra hydration. well done clinique!
I have oily skin, and I know there are a lot of complaints about this being greasy. What I do is put it on, wait about ten minutes, then I blot it with a napkin, and that takes the greasy look away perfectly. Then I put my makeup over it, no problem.
What I like about this is that it is a physical sunblock, not a chemical one. From everything I have read, a physical sunblock (one with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) is a much better sunblock than a chemical one (avobenzone). The chemical one can break down quicker than a physical one.
The only thing that I have to be careful of is the fact that I have to put it on and be sure I leave it alone, because if I try to rub it in, it will ball up on me, and I wish it didn't do that. However, I will put up with being careful with it, because I think this is a great sunscreen. It also works as a great makeup primer. I use Colorstay foundation, and it used to cake up my laugh lines, but with the City Block underneath, this never happens anymore! A huge bonus!
EDIT: Found an even better way to put this on: I put on one thin layer first, then wait about ten minutes, then put another layer on, and no balling up! I don't have to blot it with a napkin, which is probably better, because I don't want to be taking any off.
UPDATE: This has been so wonderful for my face, so I decided to try it on my hands. I put it on the backs of my hands, and I was in the sun all day. I had on a long-sleeved shirt, so only the backs of my hands were exposed to the sun. At the end if the day, I checked the backs of my hands and there was NO difference between my hands and my arms, which were protected by my SPF 30 shirt. This stuff really works!
First, the statement in a below review that the PPD of this is only 2-3 is not correct and it is seriously doubtful that anyone at Clinique gave someone that estimate . The PPD of this is a respectable 9-10. It is difficult to apply the full recommended 1/4 teaspoon of this, but if you apply it slowly rather than in one glob, you can do it without looking messy. The formula is definitely improved so that it is not shiny/greasy. I still prefer by far the finish of non-physical ss, but for a truly broad-spectrum U.S.-available product, this is good. I only give it 2 stars because the finish is still far less appealing than Avobenzone based ss on me, and the tint is too pink for me.
So happy I tried this again. I used Clinique Super City Block many years ago, and like the majority of sunscreens I have used, it left a sheeny, shiny mess on my face. This seems like a completely different formula. On me, it absorbs quickly, is slightly matte, almost like a skin primer. SPF over 30 is mandatory for my fair skin, not an option anymore. I use my mineral makeup over this and have no problems with coverage. I have normal/dry skin which is probably why it works so well for me. Looks like oily skinned gals don't like this as well as I read the reviews below, but for me, it's a winner and a definite repurchase.
This product is quite thick, and rather greasy. It feels heavy on the skin. I contacted Clinique and the informed me that this is only 3.2 PPD! really low! Also, after a short time the product seperated.