A Review Of Clinique Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40 PA+++

If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that I’m a diligent sunscreen user. If you don’t use sunscreen on a daily basis, even if the day is cloudy, then you should. You really should. If premature skin ageing and dark spots are your concerns, the first thing you should do is to protect your skin from these harmful UV rays while treating the particular concern. If you’re using skincare that targets those concerns yet you’re NOT wearing sunscreen, babe, you’re just wasting your money and time. OK. End of nag.



The Clinique Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution is a sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB, while battling air pollution that might contribute to dark spots. Clinique’s solutions is to develop a filter to help keep out harmful pollutants, then help block other environmental irritants before they trigger excess pigmentation.Β Sounds great right? I’m all for protecting my skin since I do spend all my work days in the city, mostly out and about driving and visiting clients. I can’t tell you if it really works, but let me tell you how it feels.





First, texture. It is creamy but not oily. It is not as runny as my Shiseido so I don’t have to worry about spreading out the sunscreen as fast as I can. I like to make 5 dots on my face – forehead, left right cheeks, nose and chin. Then, I pat it all over my face before spreading it even. It absorbs into my skin rather quickly, and it does not dry matte. There is a slight dewiness that translates to some shine by the fourth hour, but nothing a little blot doesn’t help. The more I use it, the more I like it, actually πŸ™‚





This City Block Anti-Pollution is tinted. Yes, it is a tinted sunscreen. I expected the coverage to be sheer and I was pleasantly surprised that my skin tone is evened out and just some concealer under my eyes and some face powder were enough to make my skin presentable. The tint did not oxidize and it’s light enough for my skin. In fact, this has been my routine the past few weeks and I have been enjoying the freedom of not using any liquid foundations. Clinique could even market this as a BB cream – UV protection, anti pollution, anti ageing, brightening, allergy tested, 100% fragrance free. LOL!




This sunscreen retails for RM140/30ml and is available at all Clinique counters nationwide. Have you tried it? I used Clinique’s City Block ages ago and thought it was really heavy. So, I’m very happy to say that this is so much better than the one I tried and is fast becoming a favourite. Watch out Shiseido!


xoxo Lily


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  • This is exciting! I love the original City Block SPF 40, so this is definitely what I’m getting the next time around (if it’s available here!).

    • Oh, I hope it’s available there. This is so easy to use πŸ™‚

  • Wynnce

    I swatch this on hand before, but I’m so worried that it is too heavy actually. I prefer Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector texture. But as of your review, they’re comparable…OMG~ really? I’ve tried the Take the day off cleansing balm as of your recommendation, it’s great!! How is it if compare to Clarins UV Plus SPF 40?

    • Hi Wynnce, I’m glad you liked the Take The Day off Cleansing Balm πŸ™‚ I didn’t have much luck with the Clarins UV Plus, but my mom seems to love it. The Shiseido one feels very silicone-y but this Clinique one doesn’t. I do recommend trying it on your face. It’s definitely not heavy at all πŸ™‚

  • I need to get a sample and decide if I like this before I head back to Belgium! I read about it on MWS a while ago, and I already put some on the back of my hand the other day. Would love to see how it really fares on my face before I get a tube though!

    • Yes, definitely try it on your face before getting it. I’m so glad I was sent this. I might just get a back up because I’ve been using it so much it probably won’t last long πŸ™‚

  • liyeun

    Tried this in the older formula but find it too dewy for my makeup application. Since this new one seems to be contending with ur shiseido, perhaps I should give this another try again. I like the fact that it is also tinted. Thanks, Lily!

    • Oh, so I’m not the only one who found the old one heavy… this one definitely isn’t. I mean, I still need to blot by the 4th hour, but I still think it’s good!

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    I remember I used to use this and really liked it. The tint was a plus for me too. I used to wear sunscreen daily because it was in my foundation but the last few years, my foundations are mostly SPF-free. I haven’t found a facial suncreen that I love yet, but this post definitely reiterates to me that I need to.. fast

    • Definitely, Catherine! For me, I use sunscreen whether or not there are SPFs in my foundation πŸ™‚

  • This will be my next sunscreen for sure. I keep forgetting about it for some reason, even though I liked the original. Thanks for the memory jolt!

    • Sounds like this sunscreen is a favourite of many! You gotta get this soon before you forget πŸ™‚

  • wow this one sounds really promising! have to get a sample and try it out!

    • You definitely should. Let me know how it goes for you, k?

  • I was really waiting for a review about this product! It sounds awesome but I just wish that it won’t be that pricey. πŸ™‚

    • Hey Emma. Yeah, I guess RM140 for 30ml compared to Shiseido, RM135 for 50ml is pricier… but I can skip my foundation with this, so it’s still cool πŸ™‚

  • BooBooNinja

    The original formula felt heavy on my skin as well. I’m going to look into this one.

    • Please do! I hope you’ll like it too πŸ™‚

  • I wish this would be released here! I looked for it on the local Clinique webshop & sadly the only daily sun protectant available is the City Block Sheer SPF 25. I’ve really been liking the sun products Clinique sent me, so I should definitely give the city block a try. This one you’re talking about just sounds a teensy tiny bit better. Especially with the SPF40!


    • Oh, I wish this was available where you are! It’s good stuff πŸ™‚ Maybe they’ll bring it in later?

  • Liz

    Seriously… I wonder what the difference between this and their BB cream is.

    I have to try the Clinique sunscreens some day. Always hear great things!

    • I never wanted to try Clinique sunscreens because I always thought of that old heavy formula. I’m so happy I tried this πŸ™‚

  • Sounds great! I love their Even Better eye cream and I’m sure I would love this as well!

    • You gotta try this, Taylor. You should like it πŸ™‚

  • Sounds very intriguing. I used to be a fan of the original city sunblock for colder months because as you said it is a little heavy. I’m now curious to try this “even better” version… Sounds great for summer if you don’t want to wear too much base makeup.

    • You’re right! It’s great for summer, when days are hotter and the air more humid. I’m loving this so far πŸ™‚

  • This sounds interesting! I love tinted moisturizers / BB creams etc for summer… anything that lets me save time and put less products on my face. So a tinted sunscreen might be great!

    • Hey Sofia. I hope you can find it where you are πŸ™‚ Definitely a great option to minimize products used on the face!