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Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40 PA+++

Product samples will be the death - and/or financial bankruptcy - of me! I fell in love with many a Clinique product just because I tried one of their devious sample sizes. You think, "Oh, I like what I'm using already, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to take a gander at this new tester size I have." Before you know it, boom, you're buying a product worth 2 gs. 

At least, you already know that it's totally worth it.

So that's how I discovered the Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40 PA+++ (P2,045). I got a sample of it from one of Clinique's gift pouches, not really expecting that it would be The Sunblock. There are other City Block versions available, but I find that they break me out so I never got around to buying them. Not the Derma White though. This works so well on my skin and I've been using this since May!

What I love about the product

  • Has SPF40 PA+++, so it offers pretty good sun protection.
  • NO BREAKOUTS. I don't know what's up with sunblocks, but most of them give me pimples - if not immediately, they do eventually.
  • Even with the high SPF number, it's not sticky or greasy. It dries quickly as soon as you spread it around and feels light on skin. It's super easy to blend, as well!
  • It's actually a great makeup primer. It has a dry texture, perfect for foundation to stick to. 
  • Has nice oil control! I have oily combination skin though so this may not work for really oily girls.

  • Some girls complain about the shiny finish, but I find that it brightens up my face. (However if you want a completely matte sunblock, you may be bothered by the glow.)
  • No considerable white cast that I noticed. There are also no white streaks, unlike other sunblocks.
  • A little goes a long way, really. A pea-sized amount is good for the whole face. I've used a 5ml sample for a month before it ran out!

Sealed with foil to ensure freshness

It looks like it has coverage, but it doesn't, so you can't use this as a tinted moisturizer

Easy to spread and blend with no white cast or streaks

What I don't like about the product

  • Nothing! Well, ok, it's rather pricey at P2,045 for only 30ml but I'm willing to look beyond it since this product works on my skin.

Full size and sample size


I hope I don't need to remind you that you NEED to wear sunblock everyday! The Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40 PA+++ is a great choice if you're looking for one. I'd say that it would work for oily to combination skin. Dry-skinned girls won't appreciate this so much because of its dry texture; they need a richer sunblock or they need to use a separate moisturizer underneath.

So yes, it's a great daily sunblock that I feel keeps my face protected from the sun and city pollution - it's like a solid barrier, but not an uncomfortable one.


I love it! I never leave the house without it. I'll definitely buy it again - if I don't find a better one, of course!

What's your current sunblock?

Reader Comments (7)

Clnique DermaWhite Liquid Foundation! Haha :) Love it to death, too.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKira

I'm currently using derma white too Ms. Liz and so far no breakouts =)

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterladymishel

The Asian version is much better than the American or European Versions - much better match for Asian complexions!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamilla

Oh, I love Clinique. If it is from them, it is surely a good product... i just wish that it won't be that pricey.... :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

I was really waiting for a review about this product! It sounds awesome but... it's so expensive ;_;
I shall save for this one. Thank you for the review~!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLor

"I don't know what's up with sunblocks, but most of them give me pimples - if not immediately, they do eventually."

- I am totally with you on this one. From BB creams that have spf to pure sunblocks, one way or another they do break me out. Hence, I don't wear sunblock at all (buries head in sand after). I know I should but well I don't wanna breakout.

This post has got me thinking, it also has my wallet gasping too haha. Do they have samples or something? I wanna roadtest it first before committing to buying it.

Thanks for the review! :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlore

I'm currently using Olay Day cream with SPF 15, I really don't know which one to buy so for now I'm sticking with Olay. I really want a higher SPF but mid price .

I also got a sample of this Clinique Dermawhite , and like this because of the higher SPF, I have a dry skin so I don't think I should save for this, maybe I should asks for your suggestions ladies. In the meantime I'll browse here in projectvanity to eye for a great face sun block.

January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMariannafernandez

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