Rated 4.47 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Understand the Product
A lot of these reviews are complaining about the tint, and saying this product doesn't absorb into the skin, but "sits on top of it." First, that's exactly what it's supposed to do. The reason this product is called City "Block" is that it is a true sunblock, a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. Read the description. It says it has no chemical sunscreens. The sunscreens that do absorb into your skin are able to do that because their SPF comes from chemicals. Not so with City Block. Its active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which do sit on top of the skin to prevent the sun's rays from getting through. You know that white stuff you see on lifeguard's noses? That's titanium/zinc oxide. And it works. Physical barrier sunscreens are superior to chemical sunscreens, and if you're at all concerned about putting chemicals in your body, a physical barrier sunscreen--which is also natural and nontoxic--is the way to go. The tint is necessary because without it, you'd look like that lifeguard with the white stuff all over your face. Just smooth it on evenly and then go over it lightly with a mineral veil/makeup. I, for one, am very glad that Clinique offers a non-chemical sunscreen, and City Block is a great product.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not my fave
City Block Sheer is just not one of my favorite products. And I have LOVED Clinique since high school. I wanted to like it since it is oil-free, but it flakes if you rub it in too much. I guess it's supposed to rest on surface of skin, but with make-up and then powder on top, especially with moisturizer underneath, it is just to much. I would maybe recommend it for someone with drier skin, or don't use with make-up too, just finish with powder.
Reviewed by 660 customers Great product
India 231 from Clearwater, FL
I am living in FL and every day I am driving towards East in the morning and towrds West in the afternoon. Consequently, each time I have the sun in my windshield. I bought this product in May and since then I noticed the difference. My face looks better, no new dark spots, and the old ones have diminished. I can say that I am happy I bought and used this product and I'll use it during the winter season as well.
LiliP from IL
It works like a tinted moisturizer but without enough hydration also i wish there were at least 2 shade to choose from .A little greasy for me to use at the summer but works fine during winter and i love it has SPF!
Best Daily Face Protector
crisfont from Atlanta. GA
I love this face protector!!! It's lightweight, oil-free, SPF 25, has a hint of color, works great under makeup, and has no chemical sunscreens. I couldn't ask for more!!!
White Cast on Brown Skin
JDOT from CA
I have oily, acne-prone skin and have searched for an absorbent, lightweight sunscreen for an added barrier on my skin. While I enjoyed the texture of the product and how it felt on my skin, it left such a bad white cast. I am a brown-skinned woman and the cast was so evident. There was nothing "sheer" about this product.
Hard to blend and stings
Jane from NJ
Bought it because of the high rating and comments. When I opened it, the product came out in a weird texture, like part of the product settled out of the mixture. It felt slightly liquidy. It's difficult to blend on the face, need to apply small amount at a time. When I wore it today, it started to sting after my face sweated a bit :/
BRING BACK THE SUPER CITY BLOCK 40 SPF PLEASE!!
SadLittleBunny from California
This one pales in comparison and honestly the 40 SPF was the most amazing I've ever tried of all SPF's out there. Even the really expensive ones! Super city block 40 is hands down the best with the most amazing skin finish and perfect light coverage! I am devastated I cant have that any more! Why get rid of such an amazing product?!!?! Please, bring it back!!!
Disappointed from San Antonio
I am still waiting on my shipment, contacted Clinque and told it's been shipped.
So far so good
ashley from Iowa
Seems to work really well. It's a little thicker and harder to blend than I expected. But it is a sunscreen so it makes sense.
Brown Girls Beware
Hal from Ohio
The white cast is terrible. If you have melanin in your skin, then you will look like a ghost.
Great but needs more spa!
Heidi from tennessee
After Clinique replaced my beloved city block 40 with their new version that did not work for me at all, I ordered this. It is lovely. Great for sensitive skin. It sinks in nicely, has a very subtle dew finish, is not greasy or slippery at all, is a great tint, blends in nicely. It is the closest thing I could find to city block 40, which was all the before mentioned but more sun protection. For others looking to replace the city block 40, here are the main differences-the tint for this is slightly paler, has the most subtle white tint, when compared to the city block 40. It has a dew finish like city block 40, but more subtle. Lastly, it blends in much easier, dries down faster, and is not as thick going on.
The Worse Face Moisturizer
Domo from Phoenix, AZ
It's just like wearing sunscreen as a moisturizer.
Great Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin!
B from Maine
I have quite sensitive skin, and this sunscreen doesn't irritate my skin! I'm super impressed with the sun coverage and the way it blends easily. It's super lightweight and I can't feel it at all. A plus, plus, plus for having all mineral sunscreen ingredients! It exceeded my expectations!
Christy30 from Kingsburg, CA
I have been using this every morning for years. I love the way it preps my skin for foundation and protects from sun damage.
My dark spots have lightened some and I have not seen any new ones.
Feels light in your skin.
noangel1981 from california
A little thick going on so I use a good pea size on each section: forehead,L cheek, R cheek and neck. But once blended and absorbed it looks great(a little airbrushed) and feels weightless. I wait 10 minutes to fully absorb and then dust with a little tinted powder. no makeup needed.
It keeps my skin in good condition every day.
Gemini from Delaware
It keeps my skin in good condition every day.
BRING BACK THE SPF 40
HG from Arkansas
I am so disappointed that you have discontinued the SPF 40 version. I have used that product for nearly 15 years now and it was by far the best! I know you have created a "new and improved" product to take its place, but I was not impressed at all. Bring back the original!! From what I see on these reviews and reviews on other retailers you have a lot of unhappy longtime customers who all agree!
Feels SO good on my face!
SusieQT from Southeast US
An online chat consultant recommended this to me. I just got it so don't know if I will have breakouts from it, but love the way it feels on my skin. I have Beyond Perfecting foundation and I mixed just a little in with the City Block. Looks very natural. It goes a long way.
Lucy from Delaware
I have definitely bought this product again!
Patty from Cleveland, Ohio
I layer this sunscreen on top of my moisturizer.
Best Tinted Sunscreen
Lipstick and Teacups from New Jersey
I adore this product. It goes on easily, and the slight tint helps even out any discoloration on my skin. I do wish Clinique hadn't discontinued the version of this that had SPF 40, since SPF 25 isn't enough protection from sun damage. I do have to wear an additional sunscreen under this, but since I use it as a sheer foundation I don't mind too much.
Non greasy and stays on
Ruby from Wisconsin
I love this product. It is non-greasy and stays on until you take it off. Great for every day use. I like to know that even when driving in my car I have protection from sun damage.
Love this product!!!
LadyTNK from Wisconsin
This is definitely worth the money. I absolutely love that it is safe for the sensitive eye area. Smooth, not greasy or sticky after application. I will be using this every day! The slight tint that the product has is an excellent benefit too.
Like it very much!
XXY12 from San Jose, CA
I really like it, I use it as primer and then use powder foundation on top of it. Looks great!
City Block SPF40
Aj1414 from Los Angeles
This was the only sunblock that had ever truly worked for me! So disappointed you no longer have this product available.
Bring BACK The SPF 40???
CHERYL from SEATTLE, WA
I've been using the super city block spf 40 for more than 5 years now and i love it. And now they discontinue selling it and change it to a lower spf.Since i was using this spf 40 it change a lot on my face and protect my face to the sun. CLINIQUE BRING BACK THE SPF 40!!!!