Review: Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF50 PA++++

Based on the name of the product, this is a BB Cream in cushion form, isn’t it? This cushion (RM146) is launched just recently this month, so you might or might not have seen it yet. I think we all should know what cushion foundations are by now, but just in case, it’s actually a technology made popular in Korea, where the liquid foundation (BB cream in this case) is embedded into a cushiony sponge housed in an airtight compact case. The applicator is a thin sponge that feels rubbery, and it applies just the right amount of product onto the skin.

Most cushions are dewy and lightweight with light to medium coverage, but this one from Clinique offers higher coverage while maintaining the lightweight texture. It is also sweat and humidity resistant, while controlling oil and shine, which is great for our tropical weather. The shade I have here is 61 (Light) which is a little lighter on me at the moment. I’ve been driving lots the past couple of weeks and got a little tanned. I apply sunscreen religiously, but obviously, it’s not enough to counter the sun.



Clinique super city block BB cushion



So far, all the cushions I’ve tried are fragranced. Some smell beautiful, like a hint of flowers, while some are downright strong perfume. If you’ve been avoiding cushion foundations because of the scent, you’ll be happy to know that this one from Clinique is fragrance free. Packaging wise, it’s similar as other cushions, so nothing interesting to note. One thing I’d like to point out though, is that the cushion is quite wet on the surface – saturated with product. Most cushions have the product pooled at the bottom and for this, I think it’s due to the difference in texture. I find that this Clinique BB Cushion is a little thicker, and that might be because of the higher coverage. I only dab the sponge once and it’s enough to cover my entire face.



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I have normal to dry skin, and I find that I have to properly moisturize my face right before applying this cushion. If I let my skincare sink in too much, I’ll have to apply a hydrating primer before applying this cushion. There isn’t much slip to it, and it does cling to dry flakes. It has medium coverage and can definitely be built up to full coverage. I prefer cushions to be sheerer and lighter, but this is definitely different from the majority in the market. It wears well, for 7 hours, but by the 5th hour when my natural face oil starts to show, the area around my forehead and nose look a little patchy. I’d have to touch up, but because I have some dry skin on my nose, it does emphasize the flakes.

To counter this problem, I apply it using a damp Beautyblender. Ah, with this damp sponge applicator, the BB cream is sheered out a little, and it applies more dewy. I love the finish much more. This application technique is also kinder to dry flakes and that’s how I’ve been using this cushion. However, I do not touch up in the middle of the day. If I had to, I think I’d bring my Beautyblender with me instead of using the sponge provided. If you have normal to oilier skin, you might appreciate the texture more.



before after



As you can see in the before after unretouched photo above, the cushion offers high coverage, covering redness and some dark spots and even my super dark circles. However, because of that, my face also looks flatter, and I’d have to use some blush and bronzer here and there to give my face some dimension again.

How do you like your cushion? Sheer, light and dewy, or semi matte with higher coverage? If you prefer the latter, then you’ll really like this Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact! It’s also one of the more affordable ones in the market, so no harm going to have a look 🙂



xoxo Lily





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  • Hmmm, just read Paris’s review and liked what I heard! But if this clings to dry patches then nope, not for me. I have trouble with that a lot, so it’s a pass for me. Too bad! It does look good on you!

    • Lily

      I think Paris and I have different preferences in our bases. I like mine to be sheer and lately, I also like mine to have a certain glow. I really liked the Bobbi Brown cushion but she didn’t. This one is a decent cushion, don’t get me wrong! It works when I apply using a damp Beautyblender. I still think this is more for those with normal / combination skin because those with dry skin might find this ‘clingy’.

  • It’s like you’re reading my mind, Lily! I was thinking…hmm, does it cling on dry patches and you answered it there. And then I was thinking, it makes your face look a little flat, and again, you said the same thing. Haha! I love my sheer/light coverage and dewy finish, definitely not for me.

    • Lily

      LOL there’s definitely something out there for everyone. I like mine sheerer as well, but I have a few friends who absolutely LOVE higher coverage foundations. They’d be going to buy this soon. I think it’s my skin though. My skin is getting better, and when I wore this cushion just recently, it felt better. And hence, there are so many different foundations for different skin types 🙂

  • Exactly! Looks nice and even and smooth but also a tad flat, but nothing that you can’t remedy with some blush and bronzer 🙂

    • Lily

      Yup, adding dimension is definitely a must – if not I’ll look like a pancake. Hahaha!

  • I like the idea of a fuller coverage cushion! Too bad it’s not very dewy but you can achieve the same effect with primers and highlighters anyways

    • Lily

      Yes, definitely. If you have normal to combination oily skin, you probably can see more dewiness! Ah yes, of course, highlighters are quite the trend nowadays. Or rather, they’re using the new name, strobing 😉

  • The finish looks beautiful from your pics, but it wouldn’t be for me if I have to go through another step like additional applicator. But, I was gonna say. I really dislike the strong perfumed flower scents in cushion makeup (some smells like downright ginseng. LOL). I like to keep one cushion compact in my rotations, so I’ll keep this in mind for a fragrance-free option. Thanks for your review! 🙂

    • Lily

      Hey Lena!! I do like the finish when applied using the beautyblender. The puff provided gives higher coverage, but I’ve found that it’s sheerer if I apply using swiping motion instead of patting motion. That said, swiping isn’t great for dry skin either. I’ve also tried using a brush, but in the end, damp beautyblender wins 🙂 And yes, it’s quite refreshing to have a cushion without all those flowery / herbal scent!

  • This actually looks quite good on your pics! I actually prefer these higher coverage cushions as then I can actually use them for work, and not just for weekends. It’s interesting that they still call this a BB though, but the emphasizing flakes part I can’t deal with.

    • Lily

      My skin was acting up a while ago, much better now after changing up my skincare routine. When I use a heavier moisturizer before this cushion, it looks much better 🙂