Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25 and SPF40 Face Cream

It's all about the C word today. Those of you who know me of old will remember that is what I used to call Clinique - the 'C' word. Well, *deep breath* I apologise. 
On some counts. I still think Clarifying Lotion (except the mild one) is akin to nail varnish remover but THAT ASIDE - I've been more impressed with recent offerings. These are two of them.


City Block Sheer 25SPF is an oil-free tinted broad spectrum sunscreen designed for use alone or under makeup. Don't be put off by the tinted part - I've tried both of these on four of us in the office - the tint only highlights your skin with a glow - it's not foundation.

Available in two strengths:
SPF25
SPF40

One size:
40ml

'UVA' symbol on pack:
No

Water resistant?:
No

Perspiration resistant?:
Yes

Rub resistant?:
Not stated.

Texture:
Goes on and feels like a tinted moisturiser

Fragrance:
Smells lovely - has the SPF smell but it is not overpowering

Suitability for darker skins:
I tested the SPF25 - that was fine on very pale to darker olive skins. Not tested on black skin but there is no white residue that I think would be problematic.

What else?:
City Block is designed to do just that. Protect from grime, smog, smoke, pollution in general. 
Oil-free.
This is a mineral sunscreen - not chemical - so those of you allergic to traditional SPF should be fine.
Acts as a primer - use this instead of a BB/CC/TT (total timewaster) cream. 

Verdict:
Pretty much the perfect SPF for those of you that need/want protection on a daily basis. Not just on a beach. I like this. I will use this myself. Now someone go pick London Makeup Girl up off the floor and give her a gin.



Right. When you leave the city behind and head for the beach - you need the real deal. Clinique Sun has lots of variations and comes in a 35 stick, 30 and 40 for the face.

Available in three strengths:
SPF35 STICK
SPF30 cream
SPF40 cream

One size:
The creams are 50ml

'UVA' symbol on pack:
No - however, the leaflet states 'Formulas comply with EU recommendations for UVA/UVB protection'. I an guessing it doesn't contain the UVA 'circle' symbol to save Clinique having different packaging for different countries?

Water resistant?:
Yes.

Perspiration resistant?:
Yes - sweat resistant. Score for The Hirons. Does anyone actually 'perspire'? Like a Lady would in Downton Abbey? My entire side of the family sweat like rugby players wearing thermals and uggs near the equator. I digress.

Rub resistant?
Says 'reapply after rubbing'. 

Texture:
Really nice. Predictably thicker than the City Block but one comment from a tester was 'WOW. That is REALLY good for a 40.'

Fragrance:
Fresh SPF. 

Suitability for darker skins:
Black skins would get a glow. Healthy glow. Not Frankenstein glow.

What else?:
Fragrance free. Allergy tested. Suitable for sensitive skins. Has Clinique patented 'SolarSmart' antioxidant protection that is triggered by sun exposure for extra help. Stick with the SPF info - the jury is very much out on whether antioxidants in creams do anything to protect the skin. Internally, yes. Externally, derms will argue about it for days.

Verdict:
Another one that is coming home with me. Good, solid, SPF - the UVA symbol is missing but it does say 'UVA/UVB high protection'. And yes, I love the yellow packaging.

Clinique suncare is available at all Clinique stockists and on www.Clinique.co.uk. Prices start at £17.00.


*PR samples. But I would buy.

28 comments:

  1. I am laughing at you LOVING Clinique now. Clinique SO owe me a commission on this.

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  2. Hi Caroline - is the City Block Super 40 SPF the same formula as the Sheer 25 - albeit with a higher SPF or is it quite different?

    Thanks, Helen

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  3. Hi Caroline, apologies if this publishes twice but I can't seem to find my first version. I have a couple of quick queries, hope you don't mind. I use both the city locks but I find that the product kind if plies or rolls into thin balls, just wondering what I am doing wrong? I use redness solutions underneath by clinique? Also, I am only outside when walking to work or the gym etc but I don't use anything else I.e. no foundation, TM etc just the city block. I am just wondering whether this is enough SPF protection each day? I am also a little concerned about the lack of UVA info and whether that is a problem (I am guessing not as you said you would use it daily - I had thought about using the yellow tube one but I get on ok with the city block and it doesn't irritate my rosacea so would rather stick with this). On my rosacea, I don't get on well with natural products or those with essential oils in (have tried a lot, darphin, pai, ren, alkaitis, etc) and was just wondering whether you have come across any products or brands that maybe worth me taking a look at that don't contain oil or essential oil? I find the more products I use the worse my skin is e.g. I have lines on my forehead and have used loads of serums on my forehead to try and help with them but I always end up with breakouts or blocked pores and often sore skin. Any thoughts you may have would be massively appreciated. Thanks xxxx

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    1. Hi Caroline, I know you are super busy but would love to hear any thoughts you may have on the above or whether you may be doing a clinic soon, have time for appointments or will be back in Liberty?mthamks. Kelly xxx

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  4. All of us use the yellow one for body during the summer. It's excellent. The stick is great for kids too - I stick it in C's backpack and she can top up cheeks, nose and ears whenever.

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  5. I love City Block Sheer used it for quite a few years now :)

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  6. I love City Block Sheer I've used it for years

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  7. Thank you for reviews. How far up to the eye do we take sun protection and also how long should we leave it on skin before applying foundation. Ta

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    1. The two Cityblocks are safe to use around the eye according to Clinique. I've always applied them all over the eye area with no issues.

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  8. Another vote here for City Block, I have used it for years, no irritation on my extremely sensitive skin.

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  9. why are you against the Mild Clarifying Lotion? I agree the other ones are terrible and practically just alcohol, but the extra mild one is great! good ingredients, still working on sensitive skin.. win-win for me!

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    1. I'm not. I specifically said (except the mild one). :)

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    2. oh great, I read "especially" instead of "except", haha. sorry for the confusion, my brain has a lazy day it seems ;)

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  10. Ooh, this is interesting. I've been looking for a decent non-grey-tinge-giving sun block. To reference your latest post (ex1), I'm Frieda Pinto on the colour scale...would this still be okay for me?

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  11. Can I get an opinion from you on BB/CC/TT cream in general? From the post, it doesn't seem like you are very fond of them. I was going to try a new BB cream, but having a second thought after reading your blog.

    Btw, big fan of your blog!

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  12. Hi Caroline
    I've been using Alpha-H spf 50 cream because I need a high spf(bad pigmentation from pregnancies) and also have oily skin and it's the least greasy I can find BUT it has mineral oil (I know). Is this a bad idea even in sun block? Would this Clinque spf 40 one be light enough do you think? Ellen x

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  13. Hi Caroline. I've just spotted Supergoop sunscreen mist on the Space NK website. Do you know if it is any good or not? I love the idea of just being able to mist it on through the day. I could also just line the kids up and have them done in seconds rather than the usual greasy mess and ensuing moaning! Thanks :)

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  14. when you use a product like the city block shear do you use it in place of a moisturizer or underneath/overtop etc? thanks

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  15. This looks great! Is the city blocker suitable for sensitive, acne-prone skin?

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    1. Every thing seems to break me out but this does not. Find it a bit heave and drying though. Prefer the Lrp anthelios :)

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  16. Caroline, I have been using the origins A Perfect World age defense spf 25 moisturiser but am a bit confused. Origins state it is "oil free" but then when you look at the ingredients list it is full of essential oils?! Do these not count as normal 'oil' that can cause breakouts. Feel a bit annoyed with Origins because lots of their moisturisers seem to say oil free but then are loaded with essential oils. Could you shed some light on this?

    Also, can you recommend any other brands instead of Origins for a good oil free moisturiser that is not loaded with essential oils? Is Kiehls Ultra Oil Free Lotion okay? (not worried about spf - would rather have a separate product on top for this). P.s I know even with oily skin not to avoid oil altogether but would rather use a oil free moisturiser in the day and get oil from specific night things such as Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm.

    Really interested to hear what you have to say. Thanks X

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  17. What do you think of the Origins perfect world UV protector SPF35? I was thinking of getting it but not sure?

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  18. I bought the Clinque Sun factor 40 for travelling. I have acne prone skin and although this started out ok, after a while I had the worst breakout on my forehead. Loads of small bumps which I've never had before. As soon as I stopped using this, the spots cleared up. Because of travelling the rest of my skincare wasn't great (just Liz Earle) so this could be the cause, but the reaction was so bad that I threw it away after.

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    1. Sounds like an allergic reaction to either the oxybenzone or one if the oxides. Can you use others?

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  19. Hi Caroline! I know you have quite a lot of comments now after talking with Sam and Nic so no worries if you can't answer my question! I have been thinking about using Clinique City Block Sheer or Super for everyday use for some time now and am glad to have found your review. I want to make sure there is UVA protection which it looks like there might not be? Unclear on that count. My biggest concern is actually my eye area because I have bad allergies and end up crying off all my moisturizer and foundation if I get them anywhere near my eyes (tough if I ever try and use concealer). I have heard this is good for the eye area so I just want to clarify whether or not there is UVA protection because for everyday use that is a must, right?

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