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Clinique Super City Block SPF 40
Member Name: helenc72
Clinique Super City Block SPF 40
Advantages: High SPF, good protection, cheaper than MAC
Disadvantages: Bit greasy, peels off my skin, tint doesn't seem to do anything
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.
Summary: Not the best product from Clinique - it does protect but can peel off!