Product Type: Clinique body care
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Some protection but too greasy
Clinique Face Cream SPF 30
Member Name: helenc72
Clinique Face Cream SPF 30
Advantages: SPF 30 does protect against sunburn
Disadvantages: Not water or sweat resistant, need to frequently apply, very greasy, clogged my pores, spots
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.
Summary: Not the best sun cream and an unusual disappointment from Clinique