Clinique produces a big range of high quality skincare products and if you have ever tried any of their products you will know they are well worth the money.
I use the 3 step system and wanted a SPF 30 face cream for my beach holiday this year so I wouldn't have to use standard suntan lotion on my face as it's very sticky and not very nice. So I splashed out on the Clinique face cream and was left disappointed.
The cream comes in a 50 ml tube which is a handy size to take on holiday, but this small tube will set you back around £18 which is quite pricey. I bought mine in Boots and made sure I got boots card points too, it's the best way with these expensive products, you may as well make the most of points offers to get a little bit back.
I used the cream daily whilst on holiday, after the first 2 steps of the 3 step system. The cream is quite thick as you would expect from a sun cream. It applies quite well and you don't need to use a lot of it. I found it was just as sticky on my face as normal suntan lotion. My face was well protected though, it did not burn and I did not have to reapply it during the day unless I went to the beach and in the water. So it does what it says on the tin, but I found it uncomfortable to wear. For me it's not worth the money. For the 1 or 2 sunny holidays I may have a year I may as well put up with normal sun cream on my face and save the money.
So don't splash out on this, buy a good quality sun lotion like Nivea for example and just embrace the stickiness.
I have quite fair skin and a tendency to burn quite easily, so a good sun cream is essential for me in the summer. I had been using the Clinique Super City Block suncream with SPF 40 on my face, but I had a few issues with the texture of it, as it sometimes created little balls and rolled off my face. Before I went away to Austria for a couple of weeks I decided to get a different sun cream to try, as my job there in a kids' camp involves being outside in the sun for hours every day. The girl at the Clinique counter suggested I try this one, as it has a different texture to the City Block and shouldn't roll off like that did.
This Clinique sun cream is SPF 30, which I think is sufficient. It comes in a fairly generous sized 50 ml tube (although not huge, that is bigger than my previously used facial suncreams, MAC SPF 50 which is only 30 ml or the Clinique City Block which is 40 ml). It comes in a bright yellow squeezy tube with a flip top, as pictured. The sun cream itself looks and feels more like a typical sun cream - a fairly thick white cream. It rubs into the skin easily and doesn't leave a white appearance behind.
I found it does protect well from the sun most of the time, but it is not water resistant at all, so when going in and out of water all the time it needed to be reapplied really frequently. The back of the tube also states that it is not sweat resistant so may even need to be reapplied in very hot weather just due to sweat. I found that when I went in water with this on, sometimes it seemed to get into my eyes when it was coming off and this really stung and felt horrible! I definitely think I should get a water resistant one next time. Also as I was sometimes in the water for an hour or two at a time, I ended up going for quite long periods with no or very little sun protection on my face, so I am amazed I didn't actually burn.
My other complaint with this sun cream was that it feels quite greasy to apply. I'm not really used to having such a thick and greasy cream on my skin as I like to use quite light moisturisers to stop my skin getting oily, so I didn't react too well to this. It clogged my pores a bit and ended up giving me some spots around my chin due to the greasiness, so I was not too happy about that!
Overall I would say it's not really worth the money, as it is fairly expensive for a suncream, costing £17 for the tube. Since you have to reapply it so often if going in the water or sweating, you can get through quite a lot of it relatively quickly. As I usually get on well with Clinique products I expected this one to be good for my skin and not make me breakout, so I was disappointed.
Clinique allow you to return products if you haven't got on with them for some reason, so I took this one back and told the girl it was too greasy for me. She let me swap it for something else, so as always I was happy with the Clinique customer service.
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