I really, really wanted this because it was paraben free and the great reviews it got here at MUA. However, With silicone listed as the 4th ingredient, this is not going to work on my combo skin. It is very light, oil-free sunblock that uses only titanium dioxide as the sunscreen. I had read that titanium dioxide on its own does not provide complete coverage but don't know how accurate this info is. Contains coq10, vitamin e and vitamin c in the form of magnesium absorbyl phosphate. Also not moisturizing at all. So, this could be good for those with oily skin that does not break out from silicone derivatives.
I tried this product because 1.) I like a lot of Clinique's makeup products and 2.) It was so well reviewed on MUA. I was actually looking for a primer + sunscreen and I was directed to City Block.
I have oily skin and the salesperson also said that it would work well with my skin. It didn't. The application was smooth, a little bit went a long way and it didn't make my face feel greasy at all, it was very light.
But the next morning, I had little white bumps all over my chin, around my nose and the center of my forehead. I have NEVER broken out that badly over a product before. I still have the receipt and so I'm going to take it back.
Back to the drawing board for me.
This is the PRODUCT that ruined my skin forever. My once clear skin broke out like hell after using it and even after stopping the use, the saga continued on. Totally hated it. I had heard so much about all clinique products but after using them (clarifying lotion, acne foaming cleanser etc), i realised that it was all publicity. None of them worked well. they were overpowering on my skin, dried me out and caused breakouts though they claim to be non-comedogenic!! my skin is combination-oily-dry. period.
I bought this because it was affordable and promised to be non-greasy. It made me break out with small bumps so I returned it. It also felt kind a heavy to me because I don't like "stuff" on my face (I don't wear foundation). I'm now using Colorscience Sunforgettable powder sunscreen that doesn't feel heavy or make me breakout.
This is my HG daytime face product! I have been using it (or one of the other City Blocks) for over a decade! It does everything I need--sunblock (I itch from chemical sunscreens), light coverage (I am fair with okay skin, so this is all I need), and enough moisturizer for most times of the year. Occasionally I try something else, but I always go back to it. I tried the SPF 40 type this summer and its texture was just a little less compatible with my skin (although if you prefer more SPF, it is good too). I will be so disappointed if it ever gets discontinued! And compared to most department store brands, it is a bargain! Love it!
This physical sunscreen based product comes in a not too moisturising base with a slight tint (I think it's negligible).
When I use it, I do so on my eye contour area as it contains no chemical-based sunscreens. I leave a slight gap near the eye so as to prevent it coming in with any moisture (it would be irritating then).
I love this product! great make-up base. For more intense moisturising, I use L'oreal...anything that come out nice and pinky and not scary-white is great. Both these products are good, in my experience.
This stuff made me break out big time. And it was so oily I had to blot my face continuously. I tried it for a week and then gave it up. It's going straight to the pound.
The container: Super City Block SPF 25 comes in a Clinique green, plastic tube with pretty but difficult to read white letters, a blue band on the front (if you own an SPF 15, you can’t tell from the back which one you’re reaching for) indicating the SPF and a standard, smooth, narrow, screw-top silver cap. I would prefer a wide-based, easy-to-use, flip-top cap so I could stand the tube securely on the counter and open and close it quickly without pain. A larger closure would also be more environmentally friendly by eliminating the need for the box that it comes in as the tubes would stand by themselves on retail shelves and not fall like dominos the minute someone would reach for one. And, wait a minute; wouldn’t a metal tube with a puncturing cap be better for keeping the product fresh and squeezing it out to the last drop? There are things I like about the packaging: the DIN number, the expiry date, the tiny opening, the blue color of the SPF band on the front and the fact that the tube is travel friendly. Herein lies the rub: 1- There is no tamper-evident feature on the tube, like a seal over the opening. 2- When I don’t have the strength to squeeze any more cream out of the tube (very frustrating when I am away from home), I take a large pair of scissors, cut the tube just above the blue band in the front and scoop out the unexpected amount of product left, that is either stuck near the opening or clinging to the sides of the tube. 3- The large enough last portion of product (last time, I scooped out enough to fill a mini 15 ml/15 g Dior jar) is then transferred to a non-identifying jar where (being from now on exposed to light, air and bacteria) its lifespan is quickly reduced.
The product: In addition to titanium dioxide, the active or “medicinal” ingredient, in a concentration of 8.8 %, this cream contains a “boosted level of anti-oxidants” to help protect the skin against environmental aggressors. Which anti-oxidants? I don’t know. I can’t find an ingredients list anywhere, not on the tube, not on the box, not on the 12 x 20 cm paper insert; it’s as if Clinique Labs didn’t have enough space to write it on. (Funny thing though, the last time I bought two of these, I received a package of bonus products including a paper insert listing the ingredients in all of the bonus products!) Regardless, November is coming (month when the new law requiring mandatory ingredient labelling on all cosmetic products sold in Canada comes into effect) and Clinique’s Super City Block SPF 25 provides high level, broad-spectrum sun protection while being gentler to the skin than chemical sunscreens due to its sensitive-skin-friendly physical block. The formula is in fact so gentle that it can even be worn on delicate eye-area skin. ONE no-nonsense product for the entire face – I like that. That’s what got me to buy it in the first place quite a few years ago and it has been my daily “face protector” since. Also, I have no intention of switching any time soon regardless of its less than modern, problematic packaging and its insipid Clinique green color which sticks out like a sore thumb among my other products.
The way I use it: I wear Super City Block SPF 25 alone under my mineral powder foundation. I wait a good ten minutes after applying and blending it carefully – go get coffee, make my lunch, put on my clothes, etc. – to let it fully absorb before I apply my foundation. In my experience, these two products work very well together because the oil-free, non-sticky formula of the cream provides all the moisture I need (I have normal/combination skin). On top of that, it just doesn’t feel or smell like sunscreen: Super City Block is very lightweight and fragrance-free. On special occasions, to make my skin appear extra smooth, I wear Lise Watier’s Base Miracle underneath it. Clinique’s website advises to apply and blend Super City Block on clean skin after all treatment products and before makeup. (Putting it on top of treatment products will prevent loss of potency or effectiveness of the active ingredient.) Clinique Labs add that this cream must be removed with an appropriate makeup solvent, one designed to remove long-wearing color. I use Neutrogena’s Fresh Foaming Cleanser which does a great job.
The look: Clinique Labs claims that Super City Block SPF 25 is “invisible under makeup or alone”. The formula is sheer but the cream is not invisible on me when worn alone (I have medium skin tone and sun damage). Had I not spent so much time in the sun, unwittingly unprotected, during my childhood and teen years, I might now have the type of skin that this product would look invisible on. The cream is tinted a light beige – probably to camouflage the whitish cast of titanium dioxide – and needs to be blended. This doesn’t stop it from working very well under makeup though and it somehow makes my pores look a little less noticeable.
The effectiveness: Clinique Super City Block SPF 25 Oil-Free Daily Face Protector has been granted the Skin Cancer Foundation’s International Seal of Recommendation. Yay! And I have personal proof that this product is effective: 1- I have never returned home from a motorcycle trip with sunburn on my face since I started using it; and 2- the “sun spots” that sneaked up on my face before I started using it have almost vanished and no new ones have appeared.
The cost: At this moment, Clinique’s Super City Block SPF 25 costs $21.50 in Canada for 40 ml or $16.50 in the US for 1.4 oz, a good value in my opinion for such a great face protector if you buy it during Gift with Purchase events at your local Clinique counter. I usually buy two in order to qualify for the bonus. continued >>
This is the only Clinique product I like, and the only sunscreen I like. I am uber pale and very prone to acne so it's important I use a sunscreen and that it won't break me out. I stick with the physical sunblocks because every chemical sunscreen I have ever used has left me feeling greasy and has stung my sensitive skin. There is no whitening effect with this sunblock. In fact, it has a light tint that evens out my skin tone a little bit. This tint might not work so well with darker skin tones. I have repurchased this product many a time. Even if I stray and try something else, I always end up back with this one.