Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Cream

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Cream

Now that summer is almost here I figured it was time to step up the SPF factor in my face cream. Normally I use the Simple Skincare Light Protecting Moisturizer with SPF 15, which I really love. But sadly, they don’t have anything higher than SPF 15 and my dermatologist said I definitely need to have at least SPF 30 in the hotter months.

Fast-forward to me perusing the Sephora website for a new sunscreen for the face. I landed on the Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Cream ($21.00 for 1.7 oz) which sounded pretty good. Actually I wanted the SPF 50 version, but they were sold out. So I went for it and have been testing it out for a week.

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen-2

I actually always used to use the Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Moisturizer and actually I still really like it but again, I wanted more SPF protection for summer.

There are many things I really like about this so far and not many I don’t like. It offers both UVA and UVB protection, which is great. It also includes something super fancy sounding “solar-activated antioxidants” that are supposed to help with visible skin damage. It’s oil-free, PABA-free, Non-acengenic and great for sensitive skin, which I sometimes have. It’s also water and sweat-resistant.

The active ingredients are: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 5.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.7% and Oxybenzone 4.0%.

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen-3

It comes in a handy-dandy tube and squeezes out white, but doesn’t look white at all on the skin. That is a huge issue I have with so many sunscreens – ghost-face! But no, this rubs in completely clear and doesn’t feel heavy, sticky or greasy on the face. It feels more like the Superdefense Moisturizer than a typical sunscreen.

It disappears completely under BB Creams and foundations, and I haven’t had any issues with it conflicting with any of them. I’ve been wearing it for about a week and haven’t had any break-outs, which is also something I am prone to with facial sunscreens.

You can find this stuff in many places such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Dillards and Clinique.

All in all I really like it. I am wondering how long the tube will last though. The one negative I see is the price for the amount you get. Especially when I compare it to the Simple one I usually use, which is 4.2 oz for between $11-13.00.

What is your go-to sunscreen for face for summer months?


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  • June 6, 2014

    CeraVe has an SPF30 daytime face cream that I’ve been using for years. I have paler sensitive skin as well.

    • June 6, 2014

      I loved their facial wash, I should try this too.

  • June 6, 2014

    Shiseido urban defense for face SPF 42. Protects, blends well, and if formulated for oily skin in mind, so it has a matte finish that isn’t drying at all. I loved it so much I got my boyfriend hooked on it as well!

    • June 6, 2014

      It’s great you got your man hooked. It’s SO HARD to get guys to use sunscreen!

    • June 6, 2014

      Shiseido Urban Defense is seriously the best sunscreen I’ve ever used.

  • June 6, 2014

    Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard. Goes on perfectly dry, SPF 50, stays on during 20 mile runs.
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    • June 6, 2014

      Sounds like a great one!

  • June 6, 2014

    this looks promising and loved the crisp-clear pics

    Hey kelly i had a query regarding sunscreen as summers are almost here as I am a woman of color NC35 so I have a hard time finding a sunscreen that wont make me look like a clown…I would profoundly appreciate if you could give me suggestions from some high end as well as drugstore brands that I could use.

    thanks so much :)

    • June 6, 2014

      Well the Clinique one in this post may work, as well as the Superdefense line because they are clear on the skin. Also there is Cerave and/or Cetaphil at drugstores. They have moisturizers with SPF. Also last summer I wrote about Supergoop here: They have a nice clear serum that has SPF30.

      • June 6, 2014

        thanks you so much Kelly

  • June 6, 2014

    I’ve been interested in the Coola line lately. I haven’t tried this one from Clinique because almost everything they make seems to break me out!
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    • June 6, 2014

      I remember trying their City Block many years ago and that felt so greasy on me and made me break out. I returned it.

  • June 6, 2014

    I’m currently using Neutrogena Visibly Even for my face.

    Any recommendations for a sunscreen to use for the part in your hair? I’ve tried some but they have made my hair look greasy. :(

    • June 9, 2014

      I’ve never tried that!

  • June 7, 2014

    I’ve been using Ole Henrikson Protect the Truth Vitamin C, which is SPF50 and smells yummy! I get hives from the sun, so it’s really important to wear a high SPF. It doesn’t leave my face white… and it’s cruelty-free to boot!
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  • June 8, 2014

    Hi, I’m from Queensland, Australia, melanoma capital of the world. I just wanted to say that the only sunscreens that will work to prevent sunburn, and therefore reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, are those whose active ingredients include either Zinc or Titanium. If they do not contain either, it will do effectively nothing. Thanks.

  • June 8, 2014

    I use Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. It’s tinted and a mineral suncreen. I haven’t really tried it in the most intense of heat but so far so good.

  • June 9, 2014

    Ooh, I saw a big display for this at the Dubai Mall spehora yesterday I think…colour me intrigued! I’m always curious about sunscreens, but they usually irritate my skin… perhaps I might try some of this if I stop by again!
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  • June 10, 2014

    It’s great to hear it didn’t make you break out because that is one of the problems I get with facial sunscreen. It’s great that it is invisible on the skin too! I will burn to a crisp in 5 seconds so I need serious sun protection. Here’s what I currently use…

    Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ on my face, neck, and ears. The fluid is very light and thin (almost watery) which allows it to smooth on easily. A little goes a long way. It works amazingly well, doesn’t disturb my makeup, and it doesn’t make my skin freak out or break out so I definitely recommend it. :D There is one thing that I don’t like about it – it feels kinda yucky going on, like it’s oily even though it’s totally not. That yucky feeling goes away in a minute or two and then it feels like nothing.

    The rest of me gets Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen for Body SPF 50, a lightweight lotion. It “sinks in” and doesn’t leave a layer of whitish stuff all over me (and everything I touch/come in contact with) which is great. I’ve ruined clothes and half the interior of our car with other sunscreens. >.<

    I recently tested out Bobbi Brown's CC Cream SPF 35 in Pale Nude, a very light pink shade. It exceeded all my expectations! I've worn it every which way (completely alone, with a setting powder, under foundation/as a primer) and it is awesome. I've never used anything on my skin that truly "brightened" it but this totally brightens my skin. After I finish up my deluxe sample I'm getting the full size for sure. I'd definitely recommend Pale Nude to ladies with fair skin tones.

    Sorry this is so long! It took years for me to find the right sun care products so I wanted to share. :) I'm still looking for a great lip product with SPF that I can wear under all my favorite lipsticks.

  • July 19, 2014

    I just tried this for the first time yesterday. I have rosacea and VERY sensitive skin. The sunscreens I usually use are either Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 or the Clinique Redness Solutions daily protective base which is only SPF 15 but it is a FANTASTIC primer. I’ve used Clinique skincare and makeup for over 24 years with no problems at all, and the day after I tried this new sunscreen my face was BURNED very badly. This was *not* a rosacea flare at all, there were red welts all over my face and it felt like someone took a steel wool pad and rubbed my face with it overnight! It burned, stung, and itched. Funny that I had just seen my dermatologist the day before and she told me how great my skin looked! I called her when I woke up with this reaction and she said to stop my rosacea meds for 3 days and use OTC cortisone 2x a day instead. It has calmed down a lot (today is day 2) but my skin feels like it was burned. I was very sad that a Clinique product would do this to me. “Appropriate for sensitive skins” doesn’t always mean that! Returning this one and going back to my old standbys!

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