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Clinique is my favourite skincare company and I use a lot of their products, but I only tried this Super City Block SPF 40 facial sun cream quite recently. I had heard a lot of good things about the City Block and I know how important sun protection is especially for someone like myself with pale skin and a tendency to burn, so I decided to pick this up during a Bonus Time a while ago (I think this was when we had a few really hot days back in about May!) I had high hopes for it.
Sadly, this definitely hasn't been one of the best Clinique products I have used and I am not overly impressed with it. It's not awful, but it definitely does have some big downsides for me.
=== Packaging ===
The sun cream comes in an okay sized tube, although it is not massive. It contains 40 ml. This is more than I got in the MAC SPF 50 primer which I have bought before (and cheaper too at £16 for a tube, compared to £21 for the smaller MAC tube) but it is stingier rations and way more expensive than a lot of general facial suncreams which are not from any of the makeup counters.
The tube looks fairly basic but nice enough. As you can see above it is pale green with a silver screw top. The hole for dispensing the product is quite small, so it is easy to control the amount and not waste too much.
=== Application ===
This should just simply be rubbed on with finger tips as you would expect, and it rubs in quite easily. It does feel a little greasy, which I was disappointed about. It has a slightly weird texture to it - it is hard to describe but I would say it feels a bit gloopy and elasticky! It doesn't really feel that creamy or smooth to me.
One surprise I got when I first squeezed some of this out of the tube is that it is quite dark in colour. I expected it to be white, as most sun creams are, but the shade is closer to what I would expect from a tinted moisturiser. When I rub it into my face I find the colour does not really show up much at all, and I don't think it really gives any coverage or colour to speak of. Personally it doesn't really seem to even out my skin tone more than marginally or do anything to my complexion, so I am not really too sure why it is coloured.
=== Wear Throughout The Day and Effectiveness ===
My main gripe with this sun cream is that it sometimes seems to react a bit strangely with my skin. It doesn't always sit perfectly on the surface, and it can often create little balls or flakes and seems to try to peel itself off my skin. This is really annoying! I have had this problem with a Nivea moisturiser before too, but normally it is not an issue that I experience with any other Clinique products, so I was surprised the first time this happened. When it does this, it makes my skin look less even and obviously just looks quite unpleasant as there are slight signs of peeling on my face, which might make it look slightly like a subtle sunburn, which is what it is supposed to be preventing!
This occasional peeling or rolling off the face which I get from the suncream means it is not really ideal for wearing under makeup. This is a shame as Clinique do say that this is also intended for use as a primer, and they suggest that you can apply your foundation and makeup over the top of it as normal.
To be honest, most of the time my makeup does goes on okay over the top of this and the peeling effect is only very slight, but a few times the suncream has reacted more and tried to flake off a lot, so I am always a bit concerned about whether or not this will occur when I use it.
As sun protection I have to say it is effective, as I haven't been burned or gone red at all in hot weather while wearing it. SPF 40 is a really good and high level of protection so I did feel reassured by that. This also comes in SPF 25 for people who don't want such a high SPF.
=== Overall ===
Despite being decent sun cream in terms of protecting my skin and stopping burning and the fact it usually wears okay throughout the day, the fact that I have experienced this flaking/peeling/rolling off on quite a few occasions has put me off this product a lot. For that reason I doubt that I will buy it again.
I definitely prefer the MAC SPF 50 primer which gives even more sun protection and sits smoothly on my skin under my makeup, even if it is a bit more expensive. I was at the Clinique counter today and got a different sun cream from them (the normal yellow facial sun cream SPF 30) so I will take that with me when I go away for the next two weeks and try that one instead. It is worth mentioning that the Clinique counter lady told me that if I do experience this issue again with the other sun cream she will be happy to let me return it for a refund even after I have been using it, so as far as customer service goes they are good.
This is a curious product in that it doesn't seem to fall neatly into either the 'sunscreen' category or the 'make-up/foundation'. It is, according to Clinique, a primer, - something to be worn under make-up - which happens to contain a strong sunscreen.
This product generally gets mixed reviews, because people who like to wear foundation tend to think the coverage is too light, and people who are just looking for a sunblock are likely to think it's too much like foundation!
I use SuperCityBlock SPF40 after cleansing and toning (but without using moisturiser underneath) and I find it sits on the skin fine, is not too greasy, and is a nice, light foundation which evens out minor flaws in your skintone without looking like you're wearing make-up. The high SPF is an added bonus, though I've yet to put it to the test in terms of sitting out in the sun for long periods of time.
I couldn't imagine putting make-up on over the top of it, as I think it would be too much, and I don't think you need a moisturiser underneath it, because the product itself is quite moisturising, even though it is said to be oil-free.
It needs to be removed of an evening like you would make-up.
All in all, I'd give it the thumbs-up, as it does make my skin look better and from an anti-ageing point of view I like the idea of my skin being protected from the sun's UVA rays.
It's expensive at £16-ish for a tube, so I recommend you try and get a sample size to begin with.
I have used this for two years now. I like the idea of wearing sunblock everyday but find it difficult to find a product that doesn't make me look like I've just crawled out of an oil bath. City Block spf40 is the closest I've come. That doesn't mean to say I'm 100% happy with it however.
At £12 odd a tube I find it on a par or a tad more expensive with most other suncreams aimed at facial use. The product itself is a light beigey colour. Previously I had tried City Block SPF 25 - these two products are very different, despite what the Clinique lady will tell you! 25 is orange, no question. I have very pale skin and people would spend all day telling me I'd not blended my foundation properly when I was wearing the 25. Thankfully this isn't the case with the SPF 40, it is much more like a suncream though in that it's a bit 'white' when applied. Fine for my pale skin, might take a little careful application on dark skin though. The main plus with City Block is that it doesn't make you look too shiny - now I'm not saying you DON'T look shiny, just not as shiny as you might with other products. It goes on easily and doesn't sting eyes, another major bonus, is great for wearing under make-up and doesn't feel too heavy.
I'm a little concerned at it's effectiveness however. We're all told that suncream needs to be reapplied regularly for protection and this is marketed as a product you apply in the morning, before make-up - surely by lunch time the protection you receive will be diminished without reapplication? My second concern is the seemingly poor UVA protection. I like the idea of wearing suncream to prevent my skin aging but the SPF rating is for UVB rays, not the aging UVA rays. I contacted clinique and was told that all their sun protection products carry UVA protection at 1/3 that of the UVB rating. Now 40 is quite high but 13 doesn't sound so good when you do the math. For these reasons I'm looking for an alternative product but have yet to find one that's so 'matte' and in the meantime figure that something is better than nothing :o)
Clinique city block is a life changing product if you live in the city.
I moved to London a few years ao and my skin went terrible - i'm convinced due to the pollution i was encountering on my tube commute.
I was reccomended cityblock by a clinique saleswoman and was to be honest, really cynical, but thought I would give it a go. Amazingly, it really made a difference- I hate wearing proper foundation, but this gave light coverage like tyhe tinyted moisturiser I used to use, but with the added benewfit taht it seems to hae ealy helped protect my skin, as the pollution related blackheads have almost stopped appearing. It has the aded bonus of a high SPF - something that's essential for anti ageing protection especially if like me, you are in antd out of doors across the day. You can use this on its own, or layer powder (I like Colinique mineral base) over the top for more coverage.
Let's cut to the chase. I am a woman. I am (nearly) 35 and would probably, in all honesty, feel a bit of a fraudster if I ticked the 'Spring Chicken' box. I live in Sussex where the climate is mild. (Such a beige word, 'mild' isn't it. Like 'pleasant'. Discuss). I have skin. It is neither particularly dark nor English rose pale. It is, however, a little on the blotchy side, I suppose. My nan had similar skin. On her, it looked right, but she was old, as nans are. On her it was rosy-cheeked. On me it is a blimmin nuisance.
Is it my own fault? Yes it is, thank you for asking, because I may have sunbathed once or twice when younger without any sun cream on my face, thinking, I don't know, that my youth would repel the bad sun stuff and let only the good sun stuff in. Result - blotchy skin. Solution - Clinique Super City Sun Block. (Please please avoid saying this if you have a lisp. I'm saying this for your own good. You don't want blotchy skin and no friends because you spat on them).
Is it really that good? Yes, it is. It's fab. Great under foundation as someone else has mentioned, and it doesn't irritate or burn the skin as I have found some other similar products have done in the past. Naming no names (ask me ask me)
I find that it's a little paler than my natural skin tone when first applied but that this quickly settles down. In short, I love it. Buy it. We're off to Oz in December and I will definitely be stocking up on this before we go.
I have been using Clinque Super City Block SPF 40 for a couple of years now, and can't live without it!
Part of the reason is I live in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania quite near the equator. It is extremely hot and humid so I need a good strong sun protector, which it is, and it is quite light, so it does not block the pores. Other products really make me sweat as the skin can't breathe. Also it serves two purposes as a sunblock and a tinted base all in one. It is easy to apply, gives a good all over cover, with or without foundation on top. It looks very natural.
Price wise, I find it very reasonable compared to other products on the market. I am not afraid to use it generously and reapply it when necessary. It is simple to use with a natural finish and all the time protecting my face from the suns damaging rays.
I have use Clinque products for years as they are gentle on your skin and look natural unlike some of the other brands that give a more caked appearance. Last year I was getting married in August and was looking for a product that would give sun protection in addition to acting as a make-up primer. I had a make-up trial and was recommended Super City Block. It helped give my foundation a natural look and stayed on all day on the trial day so I bought it. On the day of the wedding I applied the City Block before foundation and was so pleased with the results. My make-up stayed on all day and looked fab in the photos, understated and natural and I didn't need to touch up or reapply any make-up all day long. Also as the sun was shining and we got married and had all our photos outdoors, I didn't have to worry about going pink or burning. I would definitely recommend this product.
I am the typical English Rose - I have the whitest skin in the world! I have never had a tan in my life. The closest thing to a tan I have had was being the colour of a lobster! I find it's quite a pain to be so white.
I spent a lot of my childhood in Africa and I did not really have much of a problem. Then I had a shock, two years ago I went on a holiday of a lifetime to Mauritius and after the first day I was feeling rotten and got lumps and bumps on my skin and after a trip to the Dr I realised I had an allergy to UV rays! I now have to take allergy tablets 1 week before I travel abroad. So it is essential that not only I buy a good hat, I buy the appropriate creams and lotions.
My boyfriend lives in Athens and at the airport on the way to visit him last summer I bought a special bumper pack of Clinique Super City Block SPF 40! It is a little embarrassing in the mornings to apply all the different creams and things, I feel like a total prima donna! The only thing I really worry about is my face to be honest, I hate that red cheeked, red nosed british holiday look so I applied the city block quite liberally to my face.
I did keep re-applying the block throughout the day, before and after swimming, but I noticed that my face was still slightly flushed at the end of the day. The lotion is actually quite thick, and it does feel like you have protection. When I returned to England I had a lot of freckles, which is a clear sign of skin damage. I was really upset because I followed the instructions and was very careful and still I got burnt!
I really do not know what to say about this product now. I loved the idea, but I am not really convinced it works in really sunny climates. I do wear this whilst in England because I want to keep my skin looking youthful.
To conclude, I am really not sure what to say. I do put my trust in Cliniques products, but I think this time I got burned, literally.
The Super City Block is £ 12.23 for 40ml. You can wear it alone or underneath your makeup. I have tried both ways. To be honest it does work well with makeup (although it did feel a little more greasey that usual but I think that is to be expected with a product like this). It is also available in SPF 25, and 'New Derma White SPF 40' which apparently prevents dark spots and discolourations.
As part of my attempts to get a proper skin care regime up and running before the sun damage overtake my face, i was introduced to Super City Block at the Clinique counter.
The product was sold to me on three counts - the first was that it was a nice, light product that could double as a makeup primer. The second was the SPF factor, essential to make sure you have coverage from the sun on even the gloomiest of days, and the third, which i found most interesting, was a protection from the day to day fumes and nasties associated with living in a city. i was hooked, so bought it.
the product itself is a creamy lotion with a hint of tint. it's not as light as i thought it would be and can be quite thick and won't absorb into your skin if too much is put on. it's a bit of trial and error figuring out how much does your own face, but i have found it worth going through that process.
the tint of the product is enough that i can go out with just that on my face rather than this and foundation. in fact, i've found that if i slap on moisturiser, then this City Block and then foundation, it can overload my skin and can end up looking too shiny. if i want to wear foundation, this City Block does double as a moisturiser so can do without my usual moisturiser, or if i don't want to wear foundation, i make do with moisturiser and the City Block.
I bought this around six months ago and still have at least a third left in the tube. once i've found out how much to use, a little really does go a long way and it is quite good value for money.
Until a year or so ago I was under the impression that I only needed sun protection on days when I was planning to spend a lot of time in the sun, and in the Summer months only. Then, on a trip to the Clinique counter to repurchase my favourite eyeliner (Brown Sugar Creamshaper, incase you are wondering!), the Sales Assistant handed me a small sample of one of their sunblocks. I kindly refused, informing her I didn't spend much time, at all, in the sun. Shocked, she told me I should be wearing sun protection daily, even in the Winter, to protect my skin from UVA and UVB rays which are present and harmful all year round - even on cloudy days. I took the sample (sceptically, I might add!) and headed home. After a little internet research that night, I realised that she had been - of course - correct, and decided to try out the sample the next day.
Clinique's 'Super City Block' is a daily face protector with an SPF of 40. Allergy tested and 100% oil free it is suitable for all skin types. It is marketed as being 'remarkably sheer' and 'lightweight'. Containing such a high level of sun protection and a boosted amount of antioxidents it provides hours and hours of protection - not only from the sun, but from smoke, smog and pollution too - Perfect!
It claims to slip on easily and comfortably and to absorb quickly. It is safe to use around the immediate eye area (often the first place to show aging). It can be worn alone on bare skin or underneath makeup where it acts as an invisible primer.
It retails at £12.50 for 40ml. I usually only have to repurchase this every six to eight months so it's great value in my opinion. It is packaged in Cliniques signature green, easy to use squeeze tube with a silver screw on lid. No fuss, just professional looking and functional :-)
Working in the Makeup field, it's virtually impossible for me to go barefaced throughout the day, therefore when I use 'Super City Block' I have to wear it under makeup. I apply it after toning and moisturising, leaving ten minutes or so beforehand for the moisturiser to fully absorb into my skin. I squeeze a five pence piece size of product onto clean fingertips and apply liberally onto my face, concentrating mainly under the eyes and on the forehead. 'Super City Block' has a thick, lotion like texture that feels sticky for a while and takes around five-ten minutes to absorb 100%. It is tinted slightly - a pale nude shade - that soon dissapears but is there to stop you looking 'pasty' and white as you apply. After the five-ten minutes, I apply my foundation and powder as normal - I no longer need to use a Primer either, since this product creates a smooth, even base and keeps my makeup fresh and fade-resistent all day. Both money, time and skin saving - what could be better?!
After using this religiously for about a year, I can't say I've noticed any huge differences in the appearance of my skin, but I'm only twenty so I hope I won't be seeing any fine lines or wrinkles *just* yet!
However, I havn't had any problems or breakouts either, so that's always a bonus for my sensitive skin :-)
I like the lightweight texture and it's ability to hold onto makeup all day. It gives powder foundations a slightly dewy finish so bare that in mind if you like a super matte look.
Although, as I mentioned before, I have not been able to see any real visible results yet, I feel much better knowing that I am wearing it. I trust Clinique as a brand and I trust that one day I will be able to see the results. Until then I will continue to repurchase this product everytime I run out and would recommend others to do so too.