Jun 26 2014

Clarins Sunscreen UV PLUS HP SPF 40 (Summer Essential SPF)


On to our next victim, the Clarins Sunscreen or rather, “Day Screen” UV PLUS HP (“High Protection”) SPF 40. I feel like I am finally getting somewhere with this Summer Essential SPF Series. By the way, do you guys find it helpful to have the reviews, such as this one, housed on their own pages? Or is it just as well to use the categories or search option? I find pages on websites helpful in general. So, as long as I am able, I will try my best to keep them updated.

Clarins Sunscreen Review

According to the Clarins USA website this “protection powerhouse helps prevent early signs of skin aging. Helps shield facial skin from daily sun damage with a 100% mineral filter. Defends against the elements with a patented anti-pollution complex. Fights free radicals and DNA damage with organic Cantaloupe — Clarins’ powerful new anti-oxidant from Provence. Invisible protection so sheer, it pairs perfectly with any moisturizer”.

I used the entire 0.4 fl oz deluxe sample that came with the Sephora Sun Safety Kit. As you may be able to tell from the “swatch” below, this sunscreen has a thin, watery consistency.  While applying, it almost feels like a liquid to powder foundation in the sense that there is a distinct “powdery” essence. However, it is very light-weight and I did not have difficulties applying my foundation over this.

Clarins Sunscreen Review - Texture/Consistency

Upon initial application, it does leave a noticeable white/grey cast which lingers for about 30 minutes. This is not a problem if you are putting foundation over it but can be if you are going sans makeup. FYI, these also come in tinted versions which I’ve heard offer pretty good coverage (for a tinted moisturiser), though not the best colour selection (3 shades in light, medium and deep).

In terms of sun protection, the primary ingredient is titanium dioxide (8.1%) which is a physical sunscreen (accounting for the moderate white/grey cast). I get into the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens more on the Summer Essential SPF page here.

Although I love the high SPF and light-weight feel of this, and am actually also a fan of the “powder” like finish, I do feel like I tend to develop a bit more oil than usual when I use this.  As the description says “pairs perfectly with any moisturizer”, I tried this with and without an additional moisturiser. I found that it did not make a difference in terms of how oily I felt by mid-day. I will qualify this statement, however, by noting that it has been extremely hot and humid for the past two weeks.


  • White/Grey Cast: Moderate
  • Absorbs quickly and feels light weight, foundation applies well over this
  • Watery consistency, Slight “powder” like finish
  • Cost: High ($41.00 USD for full size 1.7 fl oz)
  • Best for: Normal to Combination Skin (Can cause oil to develop later in the day)
  • Available Locally: Yes! (Check John Bull or the Beauty Spot, Downtown, Nassau)


For perspective on skincare product reviews, it’s always useful to know a little something about the reviewer’s skin type. Rather than repeating the information in every post, I have a summary on the “My Skin States” page.


Are you a fan of this clarins sunscreen? Or the brand in general?  I am not very familiar with Clarins and its one of the few brands that we can get easily in The Bahamas. So let me know if you guys have any recommendations as I am interested in testing out some of their other products.  Thanks!




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  1. Sounds like great product!

    1. Yeah its pretty good, just maybe not the best for those with oily skin! 🙂

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