How to Choose an SPF from Black Girl Sunscreen

Black Girl Sunscreen was created by a fantastic entrepreneur named Shantay Lundy, and she created the line to ensure SPF product availability for richly melanated skin. Before, there were no easily identifiable sunscreens that didn’t leave a white cast on richly melanated skin.

All skin can get skin cancer, but a lot of people were under the impression that richly melanated skin did not. But, just because it’s not as commonly diagnosed, doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. So, Shantay decided to fix that, and she created the Black Girl Sunscreen SPF, and it has been one of Cassandra’s favorites from Target. 

This is fragrance-free and ultra-sheer with no white cast. It also has a fantastic infusion of jojoba and avocado oil. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes too.  And when you look at reviews online, so many people are grateful for this. 

On Amazon, there was one person who said they hadn’t used sunscreen in ages because they couldn’t find one that didn’t flashback, and finally, Black Girl Sunscreen came through!


Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 -  $18.99


This is a fantastic formula that Cassandra has loved for years. However, it’s not necessarily perfect for oily skin. Although avocado and jojoba oil are very nourishing for the skin, they can break out some oily-prone people, and they can leave you with a dewy glow that looks greasy for the wrong skin type.

So, Shontay Lundy made a solution. She made the Make it Matte SPF 45!


Black Girl Sunscreen Make it Matte SPF - $17.99

You get less product in this one, and it comes out more oily whereas the SPF 30 comes out looking more like a white goo. The Make It Matte drips down your skin, and it has the scent of Vaseline. This is water resistant for 80 minutes as well, it’s sheer, and fragrance-free. Shontay created this one to make the skin look more matte. So, Cassandra put it to the test. For an entire day, she put the SPF 30 on her face and the Make It Matte on the other half. She used a two-finger swipe for each.

During this experiment, Cassandra used a UV mirror which shows where you have or haven't applied your sunscreen. 

Fenchilin Travel Compact Mirror with UV Camera for Sunscreen Test: 

The Make it Matte covered the skin very well. It went on a bit oily, but as time went on, it did dry down pretty matte. There was zero white cast on both sides, and the coverage was good. Cassandra wouldn’t say it’s very matte, but it’s definitely more matte than the original SPF 30. 

When Cassandra checked her reflection in the afternoon, she was still very protected, and the matte side stayed matte.

Even after a long hike, she took that day, it was still matte by the end of the night!

Here’s what Cassandra thinks of both products.

If you have oily skin, and you are someone who struggles with breakouts, don’t use the original SPF 30. Cassandra likes her SPF 30, but if you hate that look of oily dewiness, this is not for you. 

The matte one goes on like Vaseline, but once it rubs in, yes, it is mattifying. You could also use the matte one on your T-zone and the SPF 30 on the rest of your face. You could use the SPF 30 on the chest and body and the Make It Matte on your face. 

The Make It Matte is probably the most sheer and best for oily skin. And overall, this is probably the best sunscreen that Cassandra has ever used if you want to be mattified!