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Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF

What it is:A lightweight daily moisturizer that provides a high level of protection against sun and environmental damage.What it is formulated to do:This daily screen provides remarkable protection against both sun and environmental damage. Its sheer, weightless formula includes broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun-blocking ingredients and antioxidants. Perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this product can be worn alone or as an invisible makeup primer.What else you need to know:This product is oil-free and non-acnegenic.
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Questions & Answers for Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF

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Does this mattify?
Does this mattify your face? Will it make my skin look more oily than it is?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
jcmlle
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
7 answers
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answer 1
It won't actually mattify or control oil, but I find that my skin doesn't get any oiler throughout the day when I use it with my normal skin care/ makeup. A little powder and some setting spray will do the trick for me. Also, it's definitely on the greasy side right when you put it on, but once you rub it in well, let it set, and finish off with a little powder, it doesn't look nearly as oily. A little Dewey and shiney, yes, but not obnoxiously oily. My face pretty much looks the same at the end of the day as it does when I just finish up my makeup.
answered 3 weeks, 4 days ago
wareagle0223
answer 2
pretty greasy, so don't hope for any mattifying effect.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
fairlady82
(Ann Arbor, MI)
answer 3
No this product will not mattify your skin. In fact, for being advertised as "lightweight" and "non-greasy", this product made my skin surprisingly shiny (and I have what I would consider to be very normal, balanced skin). I can't wear this without at least applying powder on top of it because of the shiny finish.
answered 4 years ago
psychchick
(Bowling Green, OH)
answer 4
it claims to be oil free but i found it makes my face more greasy.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
niki54
(allentown, pa)
answer 5
No, once it is absorbed you can't tell you're wearing anything
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
janesez22
(San Luis Obispo Ca)
answer 6
it will if you apply under makeup. in my case mineral foundation. alone (i have dry combination skin with an oily t-zone) and it makes me face shine A LOT.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
vendettapink
(Texas)
answer 7
I found that the The Super City Block SPF 40 is too greasy to use under foundation, but if you just want to use it as a lightly tinted sunblock on its own, it's fine.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mv2331
(Orange County, California)
Question
can you wear this under your eyes
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
duchess2
(Lindstrom, MN)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
6 answers
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answer 1
I actually wear this under my eye as well as on the eye lid too. I just make sure that I set it with some powder. I have oily skin and wear contact lenses, but I have never had a problem with the city block sliding around or getting into my eyes. This is a very good, oil free, and high SPF product for the eye area. I'm sure a lot of people will tell you not to put it on the eye lid, but I've personally never had a problem in the years that I have used this product on a daily basis. Honestly, my lids actually feel less oily when I use it there- doesn't matter if i'm outdoors, indoors, in winter, or in summer. Even if I use a different sunscreen, I still keep some of the city block around for my eye area!
answered 3 weeks, 4 days ago
wareagle0223
answer 2
I use it mainly under the eyes and i have extremly sensitive skin.
answered 4 years ago
skycutie2010
answer 3
Yes, I carefully apply a small amount just under my eyes and I have had no problems.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
r8chelk
answer 4
Yes and it looks good, but don't get too close to your eye, especially right above your eye. It can sweat and it'll sting your eyes
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
easilyaddicted
(Newton, MA)
answer 5
it's best to wear a high spf under your eyes and protect it since it's the most delicate area of the face
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
jess90
(BC, Canada)
answer 6
You can use this under eyes
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
annalsph
(SF, CA)
Question
How to prevent it from flaking?
I love this product, but it flakes when I put it on top of Even Better Tone serum. Any way to make it easier to blend? I put foundation after this product too.
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Hayward, CA)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
5 answers
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answer 1
I can't live without Super City Block especially living in NYC where it seems to really protect my skin from the grit & grime of the city air. Through trial and error over the years I've found what works the best for me:

1. Apply serum on clean skin. I use Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus. Let serum dry completely.
2. Apply City Block with a foundation brush, not your hands. It goes on in a thin layer and more evenly. Don't use too much, and don't try to rub in!
3. Let it dry completely. I usually wait 5 minutes and apply eye makeup while it dries. I have combination skin, and I haven't had an issue with dryness or oily patches.
4. I use either mineral powder or foundation over City Block. When I want a little more coverage, I use Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free makeup.
5. Occasionally if I'm not paying attention, I wind up applying a little too much City Block, which causes it to flake once it's dry. When this happens I use my contouring brush to lightly 'buff' the flaky area and it smoothes it out again.

This sounds more complicated than it really is...it's just tips & tricks on how to best use this amazing product!
answered 11 months ago
andreabnyc
(New York, NY)
answer 2
Don't use it! It's terrible!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
red777
(Michigan)
answer 3
try using less and rubbing it in more. i found when i apply like a lotion it doesn't flake off. maybe making sure its dried completely before putting more products on top.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
niki54
(allentown, pa)
answer 4
I wear this product under my primer and foundation and havent had an issue with flaking. The only answer I can think of is maybe the time you wait between applying the products should be longer. Allow the serum to totally dry before you apply the Super City Block. If that doesnt work I would alternate between the serum and the protector. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
pyroprincess
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 5
I've never had this problem. Are you using the moisturizer before the even better product?
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
finchie
(Perrysburg, OH)
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Chemical or physical sunblock?
Does this product contain chemical blocks or physical blocks in regards to its SPF?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
blondiejess
(Las Vegas, NV)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
5 answers
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answer 1
It is both
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
anu3030
(Syracuse, NY)
answer 2
Physical sunblock
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
red777
(Michigan)
answer 3
titanium oxide. It's a physical sunblock.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
fairlady82
(Ann Arbor, MI)
answer 4
I believe it has both.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
jeunesse
(concord, mi)
answer 5
contains a physical block with a little chemical.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
bpoole
(Jenners PA)
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How Noticeable Is The Tint?
I'm looking for a product for my husband who has recently developed skin problems due to sun exposure. This was one of the products suggested but now I see it's tinted, and obviously he doesn't want to look like he's wearing make-up! He has fair skin - how much of a tint does this really give? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!
asked 3 years ago
andorragirl
(San Francisco, CA)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
5 answers
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answer 1
Honestly I take the sunscreen off at night and really can't tell the difference with the tint. I think it makes you skin glow more than look like there is a tint. However, once it dries and absorbs I don't notice the glow either. I think it would be ok for a guy to use.
answered 3 weeks, 6 days ago
artlesszebra
(Lexington, KY)
answer 2
If he is really fair you may not notice but it does transfer onto clothing a bit if you are not careful. My husband borrowed mine and did not care for it.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
FeralBallerina
(Colorado)
answer 3
There is not much tint at all- the color blends in. Your husband would not look like he is wearing make-up.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
emg910
(Jersey City, NJ)
answer 4
You just see the tint from the package on your fingers but the minute you put it on your face, the tint goes away. It's not a makeup just a good sunblock and primer. I've used this for years!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Agoura Hills, CA)
answer 5
The tint is quite sheer on this. I have extremely pale skin, and it didn't leave me looking orange or "made up". I'd imagine it would work well for your husband. Fair warning, though- it was really, really shiny on me. He may need to powder after applying this in order to avoid looking greasy. If he's not down with the idea of powdering, I'd suggest a different sunscreen,

If you do go with something else, my husband uses the Peter Thomas Roth uber dry sunscreen. Of all the things I've made him use, this is the one he's complained the least about, so I'd say it's pretty darn good!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
psychchick
(Indianapolis, IN)
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when worn alone, do you need to use make up remover?
i know of course if you wear make-up over it, you need to remove it all with some oil or stronger facial cleanser. But when worn alone, to feel squeaky clean after a day, do you need to remove it with a make-up removing oil? i'm worried my cetaphil gentle skin cleanser won't remove this entirely. I guess the center of the question is whether this is more like a moisturizer or make-up? If it's more like a moisturizer i don't think i need a strong removing agent.
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Aliso Viejo, CA)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
4 answers
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answer 1
I wear this alone and find that my Clinique face wash removes it. I do use a washcloth though and have never tried Cetaphyl with the city block but I believe they are somewhat similar and that it would remove it completely.
answered 1 year ago
Laurenmomof2
(Bakersfield, CA)
answer 2
Personally, I don't need one. I apply, do whatever I need to do, and do my nightly skincare routine before bed. I wouldn't worry about taking it off, then doing your skincare routine. Hope this helps! : )
answered 4 years ago
makeupfanatic23
(Hazel Park, MI)
answer 3
It is more like a moisturizer than makeup, just with a slight tint. It is completely oil free and rich in antioxidants so it is beneficial to your skin and not harmful. Your Cetaphil should wash it off completely.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
carleigh
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 4
it washes off really easily, so youve got nothing to worry about.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
lullaby
(b.c.)
Question
do i need to wear my moisturizer before this?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
magsy
(pasadena, ca)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
4 answers
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answer 1
I don't unless I am really dry. I put it on after my serum and use it as moisturizer/foundation/sunscreen. If I want a more matte look I brush on some powder to finish.
answered 1 year ago
Laurenmomof2
(Bakersfield, CA)
answer 2
If you have dry skin I would say yes. If not, you may be able to get away without.
answered 6 years ago
avasmomma
(Londonderry, NH)
answer 3
I do, but my skin is pretty dry. For most people it probably would not be necessary.
answered 6 years ago
girl74
answer 4
Product can be moisturizing, but if you have dry skin I would recommend using your moisturizer beforehand. (I do!)
answered 6 years ago
danathinkspink
(Princeton, NJ)
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Will this make me breakout?
I have acne and what i was using has been discontinued so i'm looking for something new. Will this make me breakout at all?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
blondiejess
(Las Vegas, NV)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
4 answers
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answer 1
Yes!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
red777
(Michigan)
answer 2
im 18 and it didn't make me break out at all
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
niki54
(allentown, pa)
answer 3
This product does not make me break out, although I have combination skin.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
round
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
eventhough i dont like the product, as an acne sufferer I can say that, it doesnt make me break out
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
gamsc
(MD)
Question
Can someone with deeper skintone use this product?
I just saw a review with someone saying the slight color in it can be a problem for darker skin tones
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Barbados)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
4 answers
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answer 1
It is definitely tinted. I am very very fair and it matches my skin.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
FeralBallerina
(Colorado)
answer 2
I'm a neutral beige and it's almost too chalky for me.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
eloraaa
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
I have darker skin tone, NC35 and I find the tint works perfectly with my skin. It is not a strong tint in any case so I am sure t will work for everyone.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
DrNA
(Toronto)
answer 4
I'm a light medium to medium depending how tan I get and it blends in. If I was lighter or darker, the difference in color would definitely show. Obviously, you can use it if that isn't an issue for you.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
socal05
(Buena Park, CA)
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Does this product works as a sunblock?
Can this product be substitute for a sunblock when on the beach? or Do I need to use this plus a sunblock. I live in FL and in summer sun can be very damaging. I normally use SPF 60 on my face.
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
Msglamorous
(St. Petersburg, FL)
on Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF
4 answers
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answer 1
I used it on my face when we went to Disney in August and I did not get burned while the rest of me did! I live in Florida and I have used it on the beach, just make sure you reapply if you are out for a long period of time or go in the water.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
missy526
(Lake Worth, FL)
answer 2
This product is a sunblock. Any physical sunblock (zinc/titanium dioxide) is much better than a chemical sunblock, so using this at the beach would be perfect. This should be the last skincare product you put on your face, so put on all your creams/serums, moisturizer, then this. If you want, you can then follow with a face primer and/or foundation.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
tica128
answer 3
I think you probably can. I haven't tried, but I wouldn't hesitate to in a pinch. I usually prefer a "sport" sunblock on my body, but if your skin is sensitive. I would do it.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
nappingpig
(Houston, Tx)
answer 4
I live in CA and it still works ^^
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
lucy204
(CA)
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