11.26.2014
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Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
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1.4 fl. oz. for $22
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for UVA protection, along with a couple of synthetic sunscreen actives. Because of the synthetic actives, this is not preferred to Clinique’s Super City Block with SPF 25 for those with sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

In early 2013, Clinique reformulated this product, increasing the percentage of the mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) and removing the problematic plant extracts that caused us to give this an "average" rating. The current formula earns our highest praise and is worth considering!

This has a sheer, flesh-toned tint and also contains mica for a soft shine finish. The formula is best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin, though if you have oily skin or oily areas be sure to test this to be sure you're OK with the somewhat radiant finish.

This works beautifully under makeup and its formula treats skin to a good range of antioxidants for additional environmental defense.

Claims

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. Antioxidants help protect against environmental irritants. Wear alone or as an invisible under-makeup primer.

Ingredients
p>Active: Zinc Oxide (9.6%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (7.3%), Octisalate (2%), Other: Water Purified, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Steareth-2, Silica, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Yeast Extract, Sodium RNA, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pantethine, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Hexylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Barium Sulfate, Polyethylene, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Lecithin, Ceteth-2, PEG-40 Stearate, Sodium Stearate, Steareth-20, Sorbitan Tristearate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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02.23.2015
Feels great on, but made me break out

I reeeaalllly wanted to like this since it goes on so nice, but I ended up with my whole forehead covered in little bumps! :(

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Claire
08.07.2014
How is this Oil-Free??

It provides adequate sun protection and the price is reasonable, but the claim to be Oil-Free is quite frankly hard to believe. Every time I put it on, it feels like I am putting oil all over my face. Not only does it feel like oil, it also broke me out in whiteheads. It's a good thing I got a sample of this before purchasing.

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Anonymous
05.19.2014
looks great, but a pain to apply...

I tried the City Block SPF 25 and loved it, but wanted something with more protection, so I bumped up to the SPF 40 w/o trying it on first. This product looks awesome on my combination skin and gives a slightly dewy finish, however, applying the product is an absolute PAIN. I'm not sure what it is, but it sort of "pills" on my skin when I put it on. I have to be really carful and it take me twice as long to apply as any other tinted moisturizer. Looks great, but not sure if I will repurchase.

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Samantha R.
08.10.2013
t did not work for me!

I wanted this to work for me. It went on nicely and I was pleased with the finish. After spending some time outside on a sunny morning, about 30 minutes from 10:00 to 10:30, I had a sunburn at the end of the day. Not a serious burn, but this was supposed to be a block. I gave it a second chance with the same result and returned the product.

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Anonymous
05.14.2013
Best Sunscreen Ever

I have used this product for years. It serves as an excellent base and/or primer. I use it in place of facial makeup and have had compliments on my "skin" for years. I love collecting samples so that I can give them away to friends and family. My greatest fear is that Clinique stops making this product. Especially appreciate that the product bumped up the SPF to 40.

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Cassandra A
04.26.2013
Bought it, threw it away.

I rated the "results" a two only because it provides excellent sun protection. However, the finish this product leaves on my face looks as though I feel face first into a vat of olive oil. Shiny doesn't even begin to describe it. Still on a quest to find a truly MATTE broad spectrum sunscreen that offers adequate protection when I'm out in the middle of the Queen Charlotte Straight working the shrimp traps or halibut lines all day.

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