Mar 27, 2011

Clinique Derma White Super City Block (SPF 40/PA++)

I have never been a big fan of sunscreens/sunblocks - they made me oily and only added to the usual acne - and I figured I would rather be dark and tanned than spotted!  A visit to the Clinique counter changed my mind.  I know every skincare brand would tell you to use a sunscreen, but what was different with Clinique was that their moisturizer (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) was just that - dramatically different, in a good way.

Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen
Clinique Derma White Super City Block (SPF 40/PA++)

Clinique's Derma white Range includes a range of products meant to reduce/prevent spots and imperfections - specially formulated for Asian skins - but I heard this range is being discontinued in India.  Do let me know if anyone has any info regarding this.  On to the sunblock itself:

Clinique claims:  Invisible high-level UVA/UVB shield helps prevent dark spots and imperfections.  Clinique's proprietary melanin-dispersion formula with Black Out Yeast Extract adds a whitening boost.  Oil-free.  Lightweight.  Wear as makeup primer or alone.

Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen

My experience with the product:  First thing, this product looks like a tinted moisturizer.  It's light brown in colour - like any tinted moisturizer would be.  Clinique does not specifically state this, and really, it did not make any difference to me, but just in case you buy this online or without trying it at a store - this is not white or creamy in colour.  The product is easy to spread.  I use a moisturizer first, then dot this product over my face and blend it in.  I wait about 15-20 minutes before I apply any other product over this or even step out.

Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen
Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen
Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen

As you can see from the photos, the skin seems a little shiny after applying this.  After some time, as this gets absorbed better by the skin, this shine gets greatly reduced.  I just apply my powder foundation over this and that sorts out any remaining shine.
  • This is an oil-free product, but it does give a little shine to the face - which can be easily managed with any powder.
  • If applied in excess, in darker skin tones, it can leave a whitish cast.  I am pretty dark, and I don't usually get a white cast, so I think normally that should not be a problem.
  • Perfect for oily-skinned girls or the acne-prone - it never ever broke me out.
  • Clinique Super City Blocks are marketed for those stuck in the city where pollution levels tend to be high.  These act as barriers to the smoke and grime along with providing sun protection.
  • I don't use this on a daily basis, so I really cannot comment on how effective this range is at reducing existing imperfections.  I have not got any new break-outs with using this, though, which is never the case with me and sunscreens!
  • Clinique claims this works as a primer - I guess it does, but I have never tested to see if my foundation lasts longer over this.  It does allow for a bit more smoother application of foundation.
This comes packaged in a tube.  Although pretty leak proof and safe to carry in the bag, the opaque tube makes it difficult to tell how much of the product is left.  Another thing, it is a bit runny, so you have to be careful how much you squeeze out.  It is easy to take out too much and the tube does get messy near the cap area over time.
Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF 40/PA++ review sunscreen

My only gripe with this product - I was told by an SA at Clinique that it has been discontinued.  I am not sure if this is true, but if yes, then I really don't know what to say!  I love this product, and I really wish Clinique continues to sell this in India.

Cost:  About Rs. 1500 (I bought this a long time back, and I don't remember the exact cost).

Ingredients:  Check here for ingredient list.  Clinique prints the ingredient list on the box, and I threw that away :P

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