Clinique Super City Block 40 SPF Review

SPF 2 editThey say:

High level daily sun protection in a sheer, weightless formula. For all skins, even the most sensitive. Offers SPF 40 protection from sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Contains antioxidants. Wear alone or as an invisible under-makeup primer. 100% Fragrance Free.


Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 2.00%, Titanium Dioxide 5.20%, Zinc Oxide 6.00%. Inactive Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Laureth-4, PEG-100 Stearate, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’orge, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Plankton Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pantethine , PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Acetyl Glucosamine, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyethylene, Caffeine, Isohexadecane, Methicone, Nylon-12, Zeolite, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isostearic Acid, Calcium Chloride, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Note: Although the description states that this is suitable for even the most sensitive skin, it does contain Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, which can be irritating to some. My skin is extremely sensitive and I have been wearing this for years without any problems. It is always worth asking for a sample to make sure it doesn’t disagree with you.

I say:

This is my go to everyday SPF. Its oil-free, lightly tinted formula is great at disguising minor flaws, while providing your skin with antioxidants and sun defence. Antioxidants can enhance an SPF product by protecting cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.

I would recommend Super City Block for light skin tones; it would probably look ashy on darker skin tones or on women of colour. And although oil-free, this SPF definitely has a dewiness to it, so wouldn’t be especially great for very greasy skin. My skin manages to be oily and dry at the same time (brilliant…) and I find that this doesn’t cling to dry patches too much, but I absolutely have to powder my face, or use blotting sheets, throughout the day to absorb excess oil although this is easily one of the least greasy sunscreens I’ve found.

In terms of application, I use quite a big blob to do my face and neck, and I find that the more you massage it in, the better the finish. The texture is like a thick moisturising lotion, with a slight yellow tinge, which takes quite a bit of blending out and has a somewhat blurring effect on the skin. It needs some extra care around the eyebrows and hairline as it has a tendency to cling to these areas. I’ve included a photo to show the before and after application. Clinique SPF before and after (1)

It’s a subtle effect which just helps to tone down redness and disguise any imperfections. Because of the tint, I take it down onto my neck so there’s no obvious demarcation.

I have a couple of criticisms of Super City Block. One is that I wish it had a greater SPF rating, however, I suppose that this might change the formulation. The higher the SPF the more likely it will be thick and greasy and leave a white cast. I wouldn’t wear this if on holiday or on a beach – it just doesn’t give enough protection. When I’ve used this on particularly sunny days, without a hat and sunglasses (which I usually wear in the sun), within a short amount of time I could feel my face burning. But for overcast days, or during the colder months, it’s brilliant.

The other thing is that this definitely transfers onto clothing around the neck area, but the tint is one of the best things about this product, so I guess that’s just a price you have to pay. I even feel comfortable wearing just this without any other makeup, knowing my skin is protected and my blemishes are less detectable.

You can find Clinique Super City Block 40 SPF on-line at Clinique* or Boots* for £19.00 It’s also available as SPF 25

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