May 16, 2016

Time for a Little Clinique Sunscreen

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Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face

It’s freezing out. I’d just like to throw that out there. So much for an early Spring right? But let’s chat sunscreen anyway because you should be worried about both in great weather and not so great weather!

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face ($26) is a lightweight mineral fluid sunscreen that’s apparently even gentle enough for use around the eyes.

Hmmm! Have you every gotten sunscreen in your eyes? It’s so NOT a pretty thing! Oh the burning agonizing pain!

I have a secret confession! I hate fluid sunscreens. They always apply great but they go through this transitional phase during the application. They start out nicely at first but as you apply they go rubbery and suddenly scratchy and kind of matte, and finally they feel sort of mask-like and itchy. I tend to avoid them. I really wish US sunscreens would catch up to Japanese ones. The gel SPF that Japan products are amazing! Super fast absorbing, lighting hydrating, never sticky, tacky, or heavy!

But, I’m confident Clinique’s formula will be good so I’m going to give it a little try out.

I’ll let you know my thoughts.

What’s your fav SPF?


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  • Jane

    Salma Hayek Nuance SPF 50. Perhaps a little dewy for me, but no oxybenzone, it doesn’t seem to interfere with my makeup, the smell is inoffensive and disappears quickly and it’s easily available for $9.00. Until some amazing sunscreens make their way to our shores, this is pretty great.

  • sarah

    I’m with you Muse! I’ve sworn off US sunscreens entirely. My Favorite is Biore UV AQUA rich Watery Essence. I keep a tube in my makeup bag and one in my purse. I even mix up my own cushion foundation and I always include a squeeze of it. I love it so much I order it 2 tubes at a time from Amazon.

    • Isabella Muse

      That’s one of favs too Sarah! 🙂 I def wish the US would catch up with their SPF formulas!!!!!!!!!

  • Alison

    I am like you I hate the liquid sunscreens and I have yet to find a great creamy high spf one. Which ones do you love from Japan? I need to find something good soon. The Elta MD UV clear has sucked the life out of my skin.

    • Isabella Muse

      there’s actually a link in this post to some of my favorite Japanese SPFs 🙂

      • Alison

        Ugh, forgive me.. it has been a long day! I will check this out. Thank you!

        • Isabella Muse

          ha welcome to my world 🙂 I hear you! Def a long day! I feel like a senior, I need to get to sleep ASAP! Tired as hell from the weekend and Monday really murdered me 😀

          • Alison

            You are preaching to the choir 🙂 I have now just purchased two Biore sunscreens from Ebay. Yay at least there is that for a Monday!

          • Isabella Muse

            Ha! Are we getting old!? 🙂 check out alphabeautyuk on ebay! good spot for cheap Japanese SPFs 🙂 Enjoy!

          • Alison

            I am in complete denial that I am getting old. In mind I am still 18… but just need to be in bed by 10 that is all. Ha ha

  • Shanna

    Can you possibly help clarify what is so good about the Japanese sunscreens? I didn’t even realize there was a difference. The one I’m using now is very oily, but I had to go a cheaper route this time. Thanks so much for your advice. I am one of those that has to wear sunscreen on my face at all times, so I’m always looking for a good one to try.

    • Isabella Muse

      The SPF used to be higher than what was offered in the US but nowadays we caught up in that aspect. But the formula is fantastic as well as many are gel textures that absorb instantly on contact with skin which makes them easier to wear, more comfortable, plus they feel much, much lighter and wear well under makeup. Many SPFs here in the US feel like a mask 🙁 and are thick and very, very heavy.

  • Lauren

    I need to try the Japanese sunscreens! I’m super-fair, so I need to wear it more. Problem is that I also have very sensitive and acne prone skin, and I dislike the smell of most sunscreen. If it doesn’t break me out or make me an oil slick, it smells terrible.

    Oh, and by the way, it was close to 90 here in Miami today! Only a week to go before I’m in New Orleans!

    • Isabella Muse

      ugh I WISH! It’s freezing here. Last night I had the heat on in my house! silly! I wish I was going with you to Nola 🙂 HAVE super fun!

  • Dee

    Can’t wait for your review on this! So hard to find a good mineral sunscreen that wears well under makeup.

  • Cheryl

    Paula’s Choice makes a couple of nice liquidy sunscreens that reminded me quite a bit of the Biore watery essence that you got me hooked on, Ms. Muse. However, while the Paula’s Choice formulas absorb into the skin equally quickly, perform about the same under makeup, and smell fairly good, they are much more expensive then the Biore, which I purchased on Amazon with free shipping.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t really explored her sunscreens Cheryl! Now you have me curious, going to check them out 🙂 thanks!

  • Kimmwc03

    I have a hard time finding good SPF (higher than 30) that doesn’t break me out and make my face look oily. I just bought a new one from Chanel; hope that one works out. If not, I’ll check out the Japanese ones or that Nuance one. Thanks for the info!

  • Kathy Smith-Woodcock

    After much experimentation I like Clinique Super city block spf 40

    • Isabella Muse

      a lot of people do! I haven’t tried it but I heard good things!

  • Amanda

    I have combination-normal skin (I tend to get particularly oily in my t-zone but my cheeks are fine) and recently started using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel sunscreen and have been loving it. I’d describe it as like a creamy gel. It absorbs quickly (maybe about 2 minutes). I hate greasy sunscreen so this Neutrogena one is a winner for me.

  • Mariella

    I started using Neutrogena Pure & Free liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 after I read your positive review on it. It is easier to find in stores than having to order the Japanese ones.

  • Ashley

    Bought full size of MD Solar science sunscreen for face after being wowed by a spring presenter at a trend show. Pink and orange tube $30. Non greasy, not so much. I’m definitely not buying this again, on top of, or under makeup and I feel like a grease monkey. Mommas to splurge next time and buy LA MER’s SPF 50, with a green tint to help conceal my redness.