Meh. No better, and no worse, than a bunch of other facial sunscreens I've tried. I like the high SPF and the physical blockers. But it feels just as greasy/goopy, with just as much white cast to it (even on my fairly light NC-20-ish skin) as other facial sunscreens I've tried.
It's a winner! What's not to like. Price is right, easy to find, makes a perfect under make-up primer, made it through an aerobics class, doesn't irritate the eyes, doesn't make me white, didn't break me out or sting & made my skin feel like satin - wasn't greasy or cakey. I was concerned about the tint being too dark from people's descriptions. It's actually light beige yellow tinted! I am C4 in MAC during the summer and this is much lighter then that however it disappeared into my skin. Didn't leave me feeling white. Tried it on the back of my tanned hand and no white mark - it just disappeared. There is no reason every person shouldn't use this product!! Clinique is making me rethink their products with another winner. Will definately repurchase.
I am on Tazorac, and apparently I get burned even when using an spf 15 sunscreen, plus I tend to get very red when using a chemical sunscreen, so I have been looking actively for something that would not make me red or break me out.
In comes Clinique. At first, I was worried about the colour, but it fades to almost nothing once applied. It feels a tad heavy (heavier than my other sunscreen), but after applying my foundation (Clinique Soft Finish), my skin looks absolutely flawless. Redness is decreased throughout the day, and I feel like the foundation lasts longer, too. No more oiliness than normal, no more flakes than normal, and after three days, no increase in blackheads and/or breakouts. I will have to test it some more and updated on the breakout situation since this is what worries me most. It kinda smells like diaper cream, but who am I to complain about that (plus the smell fades quickly).
If the current situation doesn't change then I will upgrade to 5 lippies because:
1. Doesn't cost an arm and a leg
2. Is readily available at the Clinique counter
3. Has a PPD of 8 (and is stable)
4. Works well as primer
5. Doesn't increase redness
6. Doesn't increase oiliness
Please, please, please - don't let me break out from this!
I haven't been impressed at all with Clinique's previous City Block SPF products and have generally stuck with Murad Oil Free Sunblock SPF 15 Sheer Tint and, more recently, Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer. BUT the SPF 40 product from Clinique is like a God-Send!! (Although honestly, the other two I mentioned are also great products). I am always on the prowl for as high of an SPF as possible for my face that doesn't smell terrible, break me out, make my skin like an oilslick or leave a terrible white/gray cast. Even more importantly, I prefer one that has a physical block such as Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide and has a slight "skin" tint so it can almost double as a super-sheer foundation or primer. The Super City Block SPF 40 really delivers in all aspects and the texture is wonderful (MUCH nicer than I anticipated)--not too thick or thin, not too heavy or sticky, not greasy or drying. The scent is a tad medicinal but I'm not the most sensitive to scent. And I have slightly oily skin that tends to break out but this sunscreen hasn't added to my breakouts. Clinique really did their market research on this one. I feel like they sent me a questionnaire about what I want in a facial sunscreen and then worked out a formula to address all my desires--or maybe a lot of other people out there just feel the same way as me and cosmetic companies are starting to deliver! Either way, win-win. After all, one of the best "cosmetic" things you can do for your face is sun-protection!
OMG? have i found a HG sunscreen? i used to use skinceuticals but with the warmer weather it's just too heavy and greasy, since i have the oiliest skin ever! i love that this stuff acts more like a light foundation! it sinks in immediately and dries down quick, no stickiness or greasiness. even though it is tinted, it blends into my C3 skin perfect. i've been using it for almost a month and no breakouts, bumps, or redness, nothing but great skin! now i use this, a little blush, some loose powder, and i'm done! i can skip foundation entirely! hopefully this will stay around for a while and not be discontinued!
This is a great sunscreen. Stable, estimated PPD of 8 (or so someone said on the skincare board, sorry can't remember who). It is tinted, but that is to off-set the whiteness of the two main active ingrediants-- titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It evens out my skin tone-- a very nice sheer foundation effect--without looking madeup. As one might expect of a sheer foundation it doesn't cover my recent acne scars. It has a bit of a smell to it and one I don't enjoy when I first put it on, but the smell quickly fades. It's moisturizing and I sometimes dust powder over it because it can look a little slick when I first put it on. It seems to stay put. There are comedogenic ingrediants listed, but my face hasn't reacted (but I'm on Tazorac, so my tolerance may be higher than it used to be) and it claims to be oil-free. I've been using it every-other day or so and I like it. I'll update if anything changes. UPDATE: I can't wear this anymore. Though it has a sheen to it, it dries my face out and I feel like it blocks my pores. I've been correcting the pink tint with mineral makeup, but I'm sick of trying to make it work-- I'd rather just find something with a white cast than this as I have yellow undertones. I'm looking for my next good sunscreen.
I found this a little heavy for daily usage under make-up.... but, I do slick it on my face, neck, and chest before heading out to the beach & it's worked wonderfully! My acne-prone combination skin hasn't broken out from the product, and the sun protection is awesome! Cons: It has burned my eyes quite a bit, and can be difficult to remove.
I've been using it for the past few days, and I am totally in love with it! As others have already mentioned, it is lightweight -- I'd say, lighter than the LM TM that I usually use, non-greasy, and gentle enough to go over the eye area (though I am not sensitive, many other SS break me into tears). To my surprise, the oil-free formula is not drying to my dry skin either.
As for the tint, I have no problem with it. I am an AAB, LM Warm Ivory, and it's almost an exact shade! Curiously however, if I wear this under my LM fdtn, I look awefully pale, as if wearing a fdtn a shade too white; if I wear this by itself, it works as a TM for me -- too sheer to make any difference. I've found that this works best used under LM TM Nude, which is a bit too beige on my face by itself, and I have to say, it's My Skin But Better! Hence I think the tint actually alters my complexion (in a mysterious way unknown to me; perhaps has something to do with the light-reflecting properties in its formula), and it might become a problem if you use fdtn over it. I would recommend getting a sample before purchasing, and try to use it with AND without fdtn to see for yourself.
I have used the spf15 version of this before and liked it. This, however, has a diferent texture. It is very lightweight and sheer. I read some reviews in which it was revealed that this block had a deeper color than the other City Blocks; I foud no difference. Perhaps it is a Canadian thing - I don't know. Excellent, light, easy to wear sunscreen.
This is the only sunscreen I've found so far that doesn't make me break out or cause an allergic reaction. I have extremely sensitive skin and every product I've tried from Neutragena, Estee Lauder, Lancome, you name it - I've tried it and I've gotten rashy from it. This product works great - it's lightweight, doesn't smell, and most importantly, I'm not allergic to it. However, I do have a problem with the tint. I'm asian and I have extremely light skin, my skin is P-A-L-E, but apparently not pale enough. The tint isn't too bad on me, but it is noticeable, it makes it hard for me and most people to match the color. Other than the tint, I'd highly recommend this product. Would most likely buy again especially since I can't find any better SS out there!