Name: Black Girl Sunscreen Make it Matte Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Size: 1.7 fl. Oz/50 mL
Packaging: Sunscreen comes in a plastic squeeze tube with an applicator tip similar to lip gloss
Best Skin types to use it: Dry, combination-dry, normal
Active ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5% Octocrylene 10%
First five ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Isododecane. Check full ingredients list on packaging to determine potential allergens.
Claims: Ultra sheer and lightweight, yet hydrates all day. Non-comedogenic. Water-Resistant (40 minutes).
Other: Vegan / Non-GMO / Gluten-Free / Paraben-Free. Hawaii Reef Compliant Act 104. Recyclable plant-based tubes sourced from sugar cane.
How I use it
I applied the BGS Make it Matte sunscreen after doing my regular daytime skincare routine. The texture is definitely gel-like (it melted a bit due to the temperature in my room) and lightweight. As you can see it’s definitely clear and it remains so when it dries.
The good: It’s fragrance-free. It’s inexpensive and accessible. It’s lightweight. It goes on and dries clear. Didn’t make my skin feel dry despite being a matte formula.
The bad: Any makeup I applied on top went on smoothly but it didn’t last long. By hour 2, I blotted off half of my base makeup. Normally I would’ve inserted a pic of the product applied to my face. It’s noticeably missing in this review because I didn’t like the feeling of it on my skin. The product didn’t seem to ever dry down which probably contributed to my makeup not sticking to my face.
The ugly: It made me look greasy as hell. For this to be a matte formula, it was a short-term effect on me. Those with normal or dry skin may enjoy it more.
All in all I think the BGS Make it Matte sunscreen is okay. Those with dry skin may enjoy this more if you like glowy skin. Fellow oil-skinned peeps may be disappointed in this and find that it makes you oilier, which is what most of us try to avoid. One last thing, I feel it’s best to wear this product without makeup. Otherwise be prepared to have anything you put over it to slip and slide on your face.
These types of reviews are for skincare items and how they work (or not) for me. I don’t like to go into too much detail since skincare is so personal and subjective. I’m not a professional and am not responsible for any outcomes you have if you try this product. If there’s a skincare product you would like to see me do a 2 minute review for, please let me know in the comments below or email me using this form.