Today, I am back with another Clinique product, this time a sunscreen from them. For the past few years, I have not used anything on my face to protect myself from the Sun God, the sole reason being chemical sunscreens irritate my sensitive skin breaking me out into rashes. Then, finally Clinique Sheer City Block Daily Face Protector came to my rescue and I never looked back again. Read on to know why.
1400 INR for 40 ml
Sheer high-level broad spectrum UVA/UVB daily sun protection. Lightweight formula helps wick away perspiration and absorbs excess oil so makeup looks fresher, longer. Antioxidant enriched. Wear alone , or as an invisible under- makeup primer. Appropriate for eye area , sensitive skins.
It comes in an opaque light green coloured sleek plastic tube with silver screw cap on top. The packaging is practical and it keeps the product from degrading.
From my research, I got to know this is loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti – irritant (Gentian , Bisabolol), wound healing (Pantethine) and generous amount of antioxidants (Vit E, Vit C, Barley , Rosemary, Linoleic acid).
Active: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%), Zinc Oxide (6.9%), Other: Water, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Steareth-2, Stearyl Heptanoate, Aluminum Stearate, Silica, Lecithin, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Linoleic Acid, Polyquaternium-51, Caprylyl Methicone, Sorbitol, Sodium Rna, Phospholipids, Peg-40 Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phytantriol, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cellulose, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Pantethine, Bisabolol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Ceteth-2, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Steareth-20, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Stearate, Nylon-12, Citric Acid, Nylon-6, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
My Experience with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil Free Daily Face Protector with SPF 25:
This is the only sunscreen which never made my sensitive skin act up. It is all physical and that’s all I can use. My dermatologist prescribed me Suncross gel and even that one gave me breakouts, but this never has. The best part is that it can be doubled up as tinted moisturizer also. It evens out my skin tone beautifully, giving it a subtle glow and you never need a moisturizer follow up. It has moisturizers in it along with antioxidants to help deflect free radical damage. On days, when my skin feels drier, I wear Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Creme under it and I am sorted out. Clinique has nowhere mentioned on the packaging that this one is tinted and available in one shade. I am light medium and I experience no problem with it and it stays all day long, but in general, Indian skin tones would be having problem making it work for their skin.
However, it protects me very well from the harsh sun rays and I never got tanned with this on. There is another variant with SPF 40 and if you seek a higher level SPF, you can go for that one also. It has a tendency of liquid getting separated from the product, so every time I use it, I shake it vigorously for some time. Clinique adds another feather to its crown by making it oil free, so girls with skin issues like mine who expect a lot from a product would definitely vouch for this one.
The major drawback of this product is that it provides very low UVA protection (PA+). Clinique has nowhere mentioned it which I got to know doing some research online. The other variant in this line with SPF 40 provides ( PA++). Another complaint is the quantity provided, could have been better given the price as one needs to repurchase this quite often.
Me wearing sheer city block sunscreen
Now, let’s sum up the pros and cons:
Pros of Clinique City Block Sheer Oil Free Daily Face Protector with SPF 25:
- Contains physical UVA and UVB blockers suitable for sensitive skin.
- It is tinted, so would not cast white cast like most physical sunscreens.
- Hides minor imperfections and evens out skin tone.
- Gives amazing glow to the skin.
- Has moisturizers in it, so you won’t need a moisturizer follow up.
- Antioxidants rich.
- Oil free.
- Never broke me out.
- Protects you really well.
- Paraben free.
- No pore clogging ingredient.
Cons of Clinique City Block Sheer Oil Free Daily Face Protector with SPF 25:
- Very low UVA protection (PA +)
- Available in one shade which may not be suitable to the most Indian skin tones.
- In hot humid months, it would make the skin greasy, so you need to use powder on top.
- Dry skinned beauties need to use a separate moisturizer prior to the application.
It is another excellent product from the house of Clinique and I love this sunscreen a lot and can’t live without it. If you have sensitive skin like I and generally you face a tough time finding a sunscreen that won’t cause breakouts or sensitivity that too making your skin glow, then you have the answer, Clinique city block sheer oil free daily face protector . If you enjoyed reading my post, do not forget to drop your comments below . Hope to see you all next time. Till then Bah bye!!
4/5 (1 mark deducted for very low UVA protection).
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