Review | Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40

by Jess on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 · 25 comments

Proper sun protection prevents skin from premature ageing, and brings us healthy and beautiful skin. Therefore, Even though we think we are not going to expose ourselves to a lot of sun, we still should not leave the house without using any sunscreen! Not even on a cloudy day!

So today, I’m going to review the Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40. Oh my, what a mouthful, haha…!

I got it about three weeks ago, and have been using it almost everyday since then.


| Product Information by Clarins |

Beauty Benefits:
Invisible protection for the face designed for life and beauty in the city. An incredibly fine texture. Triple anti-UV, antioxidant and anti-pollution protection.

UV Plus HP forms an imperceptible protective film, with no white traces or oily feel, which leaves the complexion velvety-smooth. It protects against UVA-UVB, dark spots and darkening of the complexion. It also delivers very high antioxidant and anti-pollution protection, to protect skin against premature ageing. Size: 30 ml

Compatible with all skin care products, UV Plus HP is applied after day care and before make-up.

Active Ingredients:
100% mineral screen. Extract of melon from Provence, obtained from organic farming: antioxidant. Extracts of white tea and succory dock-cre protection against the harmful effects of today’s pollution.

Source of Image and Product Information:


Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 ~ Transparent


| Packaging |
Clarins UV Plus HP comes in a very handy little 30 ml bottle. I think this bottle looks really cute!


| Formula, Scent and Finish |
The oil-free milky formula blends out transparently, spreads very easily and gets absorbed very well.  There is a light scent to it, which I personally find to be quite pleasant. Even people who might not enjoy the scent can rest assured, since it faints quickly after application.

The dewy finish leaves skin look smooth and even without the white cast. It absolutely doesn’t leave an oily feel or stickiness behind. All you will feel and see is soft, moisturized and glowy skin.


| Availability and Price |
Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 is available internationally at Clarins counters and department stores. Retail price is 38,00 USD / 35,95 €.


| Verdict |
I’m very fond of the super lightweight formula that provides a non-sticky and dewy finish. Makeup seems to go on more easily when using this beforehand, and it doesn’t make my skin get oily during the day, but rather helps my makeup stay fresh the whole day.

Keeping in mind that my skin is quite sensitive and easily reacts with break-outs, this sunscreen didn’t cause any troubles!

I highly recommend Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 to people with sensitive skin or with skin that easily tends to breakout from sunscreens, since it uses 100% mineral screen, which is well-tolerated. This is also for you, if you prefer a sunscreen with a weightless wear!


Packaging: 5/5
Texture, Scent and Finish: 5/5
Price: 4/5
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Overall: A


I hope this review was helpful! Thanks for reading, and do share your thoughts about using sunscreen on a daily basis in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila May 3, 2011 at 04:14

Oooh that sounds good! I’m using Biore from Japan right now and loving it! It might be a little dry, but I love it =)
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Cynthia May 3, 2011 at 04:27

Thanks Jess for reviewing this. It’s time to break out those sunscreen since summer is coming around the corner soon. I typically don’t like sunscreen that is oily and I do have sensitive skin. I definitely will look into this but the bottle is so teeny tiny.


Jess May 3, 2011 at 04:40

Cynthia, I totally agree with you that oily sunscreens are very unbearable! But do check this one out when you have the chance! Hm… I thin the bottle will last quite long, since you will only need a bit of product!


Cherry May 3, 2011 at 05:16

omg, now I really really want it, haha. But does this have a strong scent though?
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Jess May 3, 2011 at 13:15

Cherry, no the scent is quite decent! ;)


ji May 3, 2011 at 05:31

sounds great, but I don’t like how Clarins so vague about the percentage of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide is in the product. That’s really the only way we can tell just how “full-spectrum” it is at protecting…


lyn May 3, 2011 at 06:42

Thanks for the wonderful review! I’ve been seeing a revival of Clarins sunscreens lately and am itching to try the new formula out. I’m currently using one from Dr. Ci:Labo and really like it.


Mindy (minky) May 3, 2011 at 07:35

Wow! it received an A?? Must be really good then! haha. Thanks for this review!!! I love reading about different uv protecting suncreens and moisturizers since there are SO many out there! <3
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Jess May 3, 2011 at 13:16

Mindy, haha… yes, I gave it an A, because it works so well on my normal to dry skin with oily t-zone, and did not break me out!


Jie Jie May 3, 2011 at 09:25

Thanks Jess, your review is definitely very useful especially for sensitive skin like mine. I’ve been trying out different type of sunscreen and eyeing on Clarins too. I’m using Biore UV Aqua Rich (with 50 PA+++) and so far works ok (a bit oily around my T-zone).


Fruity Lashes May 4, 2011 at 12:17

this sunscreen looks so light weight. i always wanted to try clarins but i just got so much junk at home that i can never finish haha.
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Jess May 4, 2011 at 15:59

This sunscreen is indeed super lightweight, and I love it!


Nic nic May 4, 2011 at 19:09

Nice review Jess.. I have seen this around before. You can’t go wrong with high SPFs! I always go with 50 these days haha
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Eva May 4, 2011 at 22:23

this sounds so good!! thanks for the review! I think i might actually get this :)
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worshipblues May 5, 2011 at 23:06

I think I need this in my life. Off I go tomorrow to try it out xx


Jess May 6, 2011 at 00:36

Yes, try it out! Not a single day without sunscreen! ;)


Lisa May 27, 2011 at 08:01

Thank you for such a thorough and well executed web review. Your visuals are pleasing and I enjoyed the review. I am anxious to find a sunscreen/moisturizer for the day that is non-acneogenic as well as tolerable for make up application on days that I choose to wear a “full” face. Not asking too much am I haha! I have heard good reviews from Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 55 PA+ (however I believe this is a sunscreen only, but fits my other criteria) and Lancome’s Bienfait SPF 50+ Lotion. Could you do reviews on either or both? I am asian-canadian, NC 35/ B40 Chanel A. Vitalumier, combo-oily skinned and in dire need of a beauty guru who indulges in safe skin care-hard to find! Thanks and keep up the great work!


Jess May 28, 2011 at 15:31

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad to hear the you enjoy my photos and reviews.

I’m sorry to tell that I won’t be able to do a review on neither the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 55 PA++, nor on the Lancome Bienfait SPF 50+ Lotion. My skin is relatively sensitive to quite a few products, so I always choose the product carefully. I hope you understand that!

I got a sample of the Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 35 PA+++ to try, and I really loved this one too! It has a creamier texture than the Clarins UV Plus HP, but spreads easily, didn’t irritate my skin and goes well with makeup too!


Lisa May 28, 2011 at 16:58

No worries at all. I understand and appreciate that you use products which are for sensitive skin. Thank you for the info on Shesieido’s urban environment UV protection SPF 35. I did not even know about it; I will have to check it out as it seems to be along the lines of what I need. Looking forward to your continued reviews!


Jess May 28, 2011 at 23:17

Thanks so much for your understanding, Lisa! I will keep up doing product reviews, and hope to ‘see’ you here again! ;)


Lisa May 31, 2011 at 23:18

Bit the bullet and purchased the ClarinsHP 40. It works wonderful on its own and with makeup. Woo hoo! Being that you have sensitive skin, have you put any thought into natural skincare options for personal use or reviews? I had/occasionally still have acne prone skin but refuse to take any harsh medications. Currently I use aloe, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, and tea tree oil as alternate toners (to switch up from my Clarins skin care regime every other week) and baking soda as a mask 1 every other week. This has worked wonders for refining my pores and keeping blackheads away/removing them without using harsh, over zealous ingredient-filled materials. Just some thoughts…:)

Lisa June 1, 2011 at 23:00

First take a wet face cloth and put in the microwave for 10-15 sec. It should be warm but not too uncomfortable to touch. Lay over a clean face for a few min. until cloth is no longer warm. Then use equal parts baking soda to cool (previously boiled) water to make a liquidy paste consistency (about 2 table spoons). Gently apply to face with clean hands avoiding eye area and let dry (10 min). Wash off with warm water using gentle circles to exfoliate skin/blackheads. Some people say to use a soft toothbrush or a facial brush but I don’t like to be too harsh to my skin-its abused enough haha; it’s up to you…good luck!


makeupmag March 18, 2012 at 17:11
Jennifer September 27, 2013 at 22:39

ah thank you for reviewing this!! I’ve been wanting to try it out. have you tried the RMK UV face protector??

I reviewed it here if you wanted to check it out :) | UK beauty blog



Jess June 1, 2011 at 02:14

Thank you so much for sharing your skincare regimen and your way to treat sensitive acne-prone skin! How do you use baking soda as a mask?
Refining my pores is definitely a big issue for me!


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