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Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25

What it is:A lightweight daily sunscreen that provides UVA/UVB sun protection.What it is formulated to do:This daily sunscreen provides the face with broad-spectrum sun protection in a sheer formula. Worn alone or as a primer under makeup, its oil-free formulation helps to absorb excess oil and whisk away perspiration. Formulated without chemical sunscreens, it is appropriate for sensitive skins and the eye area.
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Questions & Answers for Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25

Question
what color is this exactly?
I have very fair skin, would this be too dark for me, or is it sheer?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
sarih
(brookly, ny)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
7 answers
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answer 1
The color pigment for this product is almost non-existent, and therefore it is not at all like a traditional tinted moisturizer or BB cream. After a few minutes it melts right into my skin and its as if I have no makeup on.
answered 8 months ago
lipsnyc
(NYC)
answer 2
It's very sheer and blends in well with many skin tones.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
lnjohnso
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 3
It does have a tint to it but once you put it on and blend it in completely you can't see anything.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
kittymom62
(Wilkes Barre, PA)
answer 4
I'm really fair too, and it looked completely natural on my face.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
derenzopa
(Carlisle, PA)
answer 5
City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 is very sheer. It appears tinted, but it's just a light natural blend that doesn't leave the white residue on your face. I love it! Plus it doesn't have that bad sunscreen smell. It's exactly what I was searching for.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
dvyn1
(Dallas, tx)
answer 6
This does have a tint - a light buff / beige color. But I too have very fair
skin & it doesn't really show. I put my foundation right on top of this
application.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
bet60
(Kalamazoo, MI)
answer 7
I don't know if this will help because I am not faired-skinned (I am light skinned but right now I might be more like medium because I am a little tanned - it's summer where I live). City Block Sheer looks ashy on me, actually.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
reviewer1967
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Question
is this waterproof?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(ny,ny)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
6 answers
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answer 1
No, not waterproof, but long-wearing.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Pink
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 2
It's not waterproof- If you want a waterproof I suggest shiseido ultimate sun protection lotion for face and body- very water resistant, but you will need an oil based cleanser to remove it (shiseido ultimate cleansing oil for face and body works very well)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
kuromi2
(honolulu, HI)
answer 3
Nope - not waterproof
answered 4 years ago
peejaym
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
No product is completely waterproof, but I would say that Clinique City Block is fairly water resistant. But with any product that has an SPF you need to reapply every 2 hours and more often if you towel off, spend a lot of time in water, and perspire heavily.
answered 4 years ago
mpere
(Victoria, BC)
answer 5
I wouldn't say its waterproof, maybe water resistant. You should probably re-apply after sweating a lot, too.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
apricot2121
(Omaha, NE)
answer 6
This item is not waterproof.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Is this tinted and if so, are there shade options
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Gainesville, FL)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
6 answers
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answer 1
It is tinted but blends well, unless you're very dark skinned. The tint helps to hide the normally whitefish cast from the oxide based sunscreen ingredients
answered 1 month ago
yvonne67
answer 2
There is a tint to it in the bottle but it doesn't change the color of my skin when I put it on (i'm fairly pale).
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Tinks46
(New York, NY)
answer 3
There is a very sheer, slight beige tint. Some people say that this is not noticeable on them, but I can definitely tell. It is slightly to dark for my very pale skin, but it looks nice, like I've just had a bit of sun. There is only one "tint", if you will.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
CailinO
(East Van, BC)
answer 4
Not tinted and ineffective as a foundation/coverup.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
pegra
(Graham, WA)
answer 5
It's not tinted
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
morkvo4ka
(Kiev, Ukraine)
answer 6
It is a bit tinted. The color looks like a light/fair foundation color. I actually use it with Too Faced Primed & Poreless Bronzer and I get a great effect.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
wmstchic
(Laurel, Maryland)
Question
City Block or moisturizer with sunscreen and 'sun screen' smell?
I usually prefer a moisturizer with sunscreen, because they don't usually smell like sunscreen and because I don't like to wear a lot of products. But Im fair skinned and going south for a few months?
Any comments or recommendations?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
loopinlace
(Toronto, Canada)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
5 answers
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answer 1
It doesn't have a smell that most sunscreens have, it does have a smell to it at first though. However, after a few minutes it goes away completely.
answered 4 years ago
mcoswa
(El Paso, TX)
answer 2
I do not like strong smells on face products. This does not have a sunscreen smell and I use it without moisturizer. My skin is normal - dry. It is not heavy and invisible on your skin.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
joceym
(Astoria, NY)
answer 3
There is no bad "sun screen" smell. How well I know that odor - like bug spray. No, nothing like that. if you have doubts, go to the cosmetic counter and check it out. The product has helped my skin in a number of ways. I have to wear sunblock for several reasons. I recommend this product and would buy it agiain.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
babs779900
(Bronx, NY)
answer 4
I do, too. With this product I have to apply moisturizer first. But, I believe this offers greater protection than a moisturizer with SPF. No smell at all. Does not apply like a moisturizer, it is slightly thick and does not spread easily.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Chris13
(kennesaw, ga)
answer 5
It doesn't have a sunscreen smell, this stuff is awesome.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
funnice1
(Tucson, Az.)
Question
application with foundation brush
I was wondering if anyone here had tried applying this product with a foundation brush and if so, did you notice a difference in coverage or anything?
asked 4 years ago
mcoswa
(El Paso, TX)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
5 answers
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answer 1
Since it is a tinted moisturizer WITH spf.. I would use the product as you would a moisturizer.. by rubbing it on the skin a bit.. not painting and blending like you would do with makeup. The tint really isn't much anyways.. it's just a little added benefit for very LIGHT coverage.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 2
I have, and depending on your foundation brush, it does give a nice sheer finish. But with tinted moisturizers like the City Block it's the same as with foundations, some prefer putting it on with fingers, others with brushes... Just a matter of preference!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
juliexo
answer 3
I think it's mainly supposed to be used as a tinted sunscreen. It's very sheer and I don't see any way of increasing the coverage. It works well as a primer though, so you could go with a powder or liquid on top of it, whatever you prefer.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Pennsylvania)
answer 4
It's very sheer. You wouldn't notice much coverage.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Pink
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 5
Don't think it would make much difference with a brush - you'd have to put a LOT on for any tinting. I'd recommend the Clinique "Almost makeup" for the next step up of coverage.
answered 4 years ago
peejaym
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
primer?
can this be used as a primer?
when i put it on, do you put the makeup on top of the spf or on top of the makeup
asked 5 years ago
Anonymous
(Houston, TX)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
5 answers
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answer 1
I think it depends on your skin and the type of makeup you use. I have combination skin and have gotten by using it as a primer. I don't, though, because I like to have more "insurance" under my makeup. I use a separate primer.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
ChristinaDBP
(Pflugerville, TX)
answer 2
I use it as a primer it works really good.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
horseladylynne
(santa paula,ca)
answer 3
I put on the protector first and then wear my mineral make-up over it. Works great.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Addiebo
(Calgary, Alberta)
answer 4
Either way you use it, on top or underneath, it definitely doesn't work as a primer.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
AdnamaCustoms
(Montreal, QC)
answer 5
Put this on before any makeup and after moisturizer.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
lola24v
(Los Angeles)
Question
difference between city block sheer and super city block
I'm wondering if anyone has tried both the City Block Sheer SPF 25 and the Super City Block SPF 40. Which is better for hot weather and more oily skin? The products seem rather similar (few differences in ingredients). Does one provide more coverage? Thanks!
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
threedrapers
(Charlottesville, VA)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
5 answers
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answer 1
The SPF40 sunscreen has 1 chemical sunscreen along with the mineral ones; the SPF25 one is mineral only, making it the best for sensitive skin. According to Beautypedia.com, the SPF40 one has a potentially irritating fragrant plant extract in it, so I'd suggest you stick with the SPF25 one which is rated as a Best Pick on that site. I have tried both and prefer the SPF25 one because the SPF40 one made me break out (a few years ago and way before I new about Beautypedia).
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
answer 2
The Sheer City Block 25 SPF was less 'heavy' to me... try them both if you can before buying.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
sosomoto
(skokie, IL)
answer 3
When I have a soccer game or am going to be out extensively I bump up to the stronger one. It is heavier and thicker but does not break me out. I would probably consider it too heavy for everyday.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
allielu
(Lafayette, IN)
answer 4
City Block 25 is my preference because it doesn't irritate my skin like the higher spf City Block. If you don't have sensitive skin though the higher spf is nice and I don't have a problem with oiliness when using this product except for on the most muggy and hot of days in the summer when pretty much nothing seems to not make my skin look pretty gross. :-)
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
jrjbunny
(San Diego, CA)
answer 5
City Block Sheer contains NO chemical suncreens, whereas Super City Block does. My dermatologist told me to "layer" a 25 SPF to get the protection of, say, 40 as in the Super City Block. I am a skin cancer survivor and have been cancer free for 10 years using this approach :)
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
irishcherokee
(Batavia, Ohio)
Question
What are the Main ingredients in this product?
I'd like a detailed list of all the ingredients and the concentration of the sunscreen(s) that this product contains.
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
NaturalSweetness
(NY)
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
4 answers
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answer 1
It does not smell at all.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
horseladylynne
(santa paula,ca)
answer 2
Ingredients:
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.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
00000000000
answer 3
The main ingredient is zinc oxide which is a non-chemical sunscreen
(which is why I bought it.) No chemicals or oils to cause breakouts and irritation. I have SUPER sensitive skin and had been using a sunscreen that was twice as expensive as this. I (nervously) decided to try this and couldn't be happier.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
apricot2121
(Omaha, NE)
answer 4
This product lists only the active ingredients which are: titanium oxide and zinc oxide. The website www.clinique.com may answer further questions about the content.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
cedarhillmom
(Seattle, WA)
Question
Is this one non-acnegenic like the spf 40?
Just curious. They're almost the same, but this one doesn't say.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
laurmcm
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I believe it is. I find this formula less irritating. The spf 40 has chemical sunscreens as opposed to mineral.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
penny1872
(NY)
answer 2
Has yet to cause any skin problems for me and I prefer it over the higher spf version.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
jrjbunny
(San Diego, CA)
answer 3
I haven't tried the SPF 40, but both my husband (somewhat oily skin, ruddy & sensitive) and myself (dry, sensitive, mild rosacea) have been using it for the last couple of weeks and it hasn't made either of us break out. My husband especially always has the oily buildup on his nose by midday and usually lots of whiteheads, and when using the SPF 25 City Block, his face looks matte all day but he doesn't get the whiteheads either, AND he doesn't look like he has makeup on either.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
katevet
(Richmond, VA)
answer 4
I have never had any problems breaking out by using this. I have with others before I found this awesome product.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
kittymom62
(Wilkes Barre, PA)
Question
Moisturize?
Does this product moisturize as well? i'm looking for something that will moisturize AND protect.
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
Luvmusc59
on City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have combination skin with dryness on my cheeks. For me, it wouldn't be enough to just use this product without a moisturizer. That being said, there is some moisture in the City Block but nothing rich or decadent.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
ChristinaDBP
(Pflugerville, TX)
answer 2
This product can be used as a primer if your skin is not too dry. I would use the step 3 moisturizer before putting it on. That's what I do. Then I have no trouble at all. I don't really need makeup after putting this on. If I were at the beach, I'd be reapplying it as needed. It's OK for sensitive skin. I have not had any reactions. I am avery fair skinned so this product works well for me.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
babs779900
(Bronx, NY)
answer 3
Absolutley it moisturizes. I tend to have dry skin. It abosorbs quickly, which isn't a bad thing, but also will leave your skin feeling refreshed, and with a glow. I highly reccomend using this product form Clinique. It protects just as well as it hydrates. I have paid for expensive creams, sunscreens, ect and was left with nothing but dissapointment. And for only $17.50 it's a steal and product I'm more than sure to buy again!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jfurry
(Salt Lake City, UT)
answer 4
If you have combo/oily skin, then this would be moisturizing enough. It's on par with a lightweight gel moisturizer.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
HotCurry
(OH)
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