It's probably a little unfair to be reviewing this product already considering I only purchased it last week, but I have been using it daily and I love it! I love the fact that it has a higher SPF than you would typically find on face products. Just three pea-sized squirts gives your face and neck necessary sun protection and dries to a semi-matte finish. This helps slow down oil production, which is great for me because I have pretty oily skin. With this I find that my makeup lasts twice as long as it would with just moisturizer. No premature foundation sliding here. My only complaints are that it goes on a bit thick and it's somewhat hard to blend, but it can be easily bypassed if you're aggressive in your blending or a great brush. Oh, that, and it has a slightly nutty scent to it, which put me off a little bit. But I can overlook that, because it makes my makeup last and this hasn't broken me out yet. I'll be repurchasing when I run out, unless this somehow stops working for me somewhere along the line.
I got given a deluxe sample of this stuff a couple of weeks ago and have been using it most days since then. I'm not really happy with it at all. At first I thought it was great but I have been noticing more and more my skin is becoming a bit flaky, especially on my forehead and chin, also my pores on my chin are becoming quite clogged and prominent.
I have had a couple of big zits on my chin in the last two weeks too which is usually not a problem for me on my regular moisturiser - Paula's Choice mattifying lotion with spf 15. I think I will sacrifice the extra 10 SPF points and go back to the one that doesn't make me into a swamp monster.
This product retails at AUD$36 for 40ml so is expensive (online it can be bought for less). It is a physical sunscreen completely free of nasties including fragrance so particularly suitable for sensitive skin. IMO it smells kind of like oatmeal (!) but this is not noticeable after a few minutes and isn't offensive to begin with. The sheer tint deposits barely any colour but nonetheless is a nice touch; I think it helps to even out your skin tone just a *little*.
It is non greasy and dries to a semi matte finish (I applied on top of moisturiser). I found it didn't apply as easily as some I've tried but even so a little goes a long way. Whole face easily covered with 3 pea size drops. Applying over a moisturiser allows for a better finish and easier application in my experience (I do it almost straight away before my moisturiser has started to dry). Nice primer for MU but takes a while to dry. I dont use this everyday as I tend to rely on SPF15 for Winter (Olay Total Effects) but this is perfect for the warmer months when I'm outdoors more. I have worn it during vigorous outdoor Summer excercise and it's behaved perfectly! Doesn't run and/or get in to my eyes, and stays put. Great!
Definitely recommended- see if you can get a sample size off the nice SAs before purchasing full size to be sure it suits you. I initally got a sample size that came with a cute little Clinique keyring! 5ml was enough for 3 full face applications.
Update: changed my rating from 4 to 5 lippies....this is HG stuff for me.
Update 2: (July 08) Still loving this stuff...this is so perfect for someone with sensitive skin, fragrance intolerance AND dislike of foundations! :) I have also just discovered EDMs Natural Reflections (Light) and use this over the sunscreen; perfect faux foundation for good skin days! Love it.
Super City Block used to be one of the few sunscreens I could use on my rosacea during the summer. Was truly ticked when I heard they reformulated but this new version is very good. It is more hydrating to my dry skin than the older Super City Block and it is sheerer as the name says. Still has titanium and zinc as main sunblock ingreds. I can see why many oily-skinned folks would have a problem with this new formula as I think it is more suited to n/d skin type, and so far I am impressed with this one.
My sunblock is running out so thought of getting Clinique oil-free City Block Sheer SPF25. It has light tinted texture which was good and also even out my skintone. As far as I know Clinique product mostly is Fragrance-free, oil-free and also great on sensitive skin. But this product really disappointed me. I've had been using this for about 1 week but it gives me flakes as it blends on to my face and mid-day my face gets oily. It does not control-oil as it stated. And my face gets little bumy spot. It feels like clogging my pores too. So I don't think I'll repurchase the product again.
I loved this at first, it made my skin look great, and i like the neutral smell, and the coloring is really good for me (olive skin). makes me glow.
But ---- i'm pretty sure my skin is reacting to it with little bumps. *sigh* my skin is very sensitive and I have recently had this reaction to BE, so it's possible that it's just making that flare up, but it's basically making tiny cystic zits around my jawline. so. i will reluctantly have to tear myself away from this product.
if your skin isnt sensitive/acne prone though, it could be great!
EDIT: im pretty sure it actually not hurting my skin these days. i think i wasnt removing it thoroughly enough. now i LOVE it on days when i want just a little more coverage or a very slightly more put-together look without a lot of makeup. thank you clinique!
This is a great daily sunscreen for my oily, sensitive, acne prone skin. The texture is light, easy to apply, the sheer tint is not noticeable after application.
This is my favourite sunscreen. It is so sheer, non-oily and feels like nothing on. I haven't experienced any break outs and I've noticed that I've been using less oil blotting papers since using this. On the package it says this product "absorbs excess oil so makeup looks fresher, longer. I totally agree.
Edit: After a few months, I've noticed that I've been breaking out more often. I'm not 100% if this is the cause though.
this is really great! its very similar to the super city block spf 40, but it doesnt have the chemical sunscreens. It just has TiO2 and ZnO, which are UVB and UVA filters, and are stable, and really gentle. They dont sting my eyes like chemical filters. its tinted, which is nice because now I dont have to put on foundation - just concealer and powder, if that. But the trick to putting this on so that it doesnt ball-up is to put on layers. put a small amount on and rub it in, then wait a minute, and do it like 2 or 3 more times, so you get enough on (1/4 tsp for your face is what you need to get the specified SPF). But thats not a problem because it soaks in quickly. Its a little shiny, but that can be fixed with powder on top. Considering how much TiO2 and ZnO it has (about 7% of each) it doesnt leave a white cast at all, especially if you layer it. Though I have lighter skin so I cant tell as much. Its fragrance free, and the 1.4 oz tube was $16.50. Yep, I think I found my fall/winter sunscreen :) Oh - it also has a lot of antioxidants, including Vit. C and E, so for some people this can do a 4-fold duty - antioxidant, moisturizer, stable broad-specturm sunscreen, and (light) foundation. Repurchase :)**********************update******************** I still like this a lot but I prefer more UV protection since Im using a retinoid. But for days where I dont really go outside, this is great because its everything you need in one product. the only thing - the tint is slightly muddy in color. its blends pretty nicely, considering. but its a great multi-tasker and I love how it has physical sunscreens and is in a tube.
I love this sheer texture sun screen :), from the ingredients that state on the package show that this sun screen can really give the protection both of UVA and UVB, so it's nice fact. The slight tint of the product doesn't bother the makeup I put later, actually, it's good gain because this can provide the duty of makeup base whenever I am too lazy to apply foundation primer :D anyway, I've found that if i put too much it can be "abit" slicked :)