This is the perfect example of a product that has everything going for it except that it simply isn’t made for black women. I really wanted to love it but it really is a no-go for me. SUN SMART Tinted Universal UV Shield SPF 30 is NOT universal.
This chemical-free Lise Watier Sun Smart Tinted Universal UV Shield ($39 CAD) has an SPF 30 and is oil-free and paraben-free. It’s tinted to help even out skin tone.
I have read many reviews of it and girls seemed to love it. It can act as a base as it does smooth out skin and it also leaves a velvety finish. Application is smooth and easy and it leaves no greasy film at all. Actually its mattifying power is quite impressive; as soon as I tried it on the back of my end I noticed how smooth and matte my skin became. I got real excited and then I tried it on my whole face and…total fail.
You probably know how sunscreen usually leaves a white film on skin right? Well this was the mother or all white films. My face became totally ashy. I actually burst out laughing. It was so freaking bad.
Then I thought, ok, I’me put my foundation on top. But even the foundation couldn’t fight it. Ashiness prevailed people. I had to wash my face. My skin did feel smooth, it was matte and I love all of that, but I cannot use a product that makes me look like I powdered my face with baby powder. At the end of the day we, black women, have to stand by products formulated by companies that had our skin tone in mind. And this one was not, unfortunately.
I really wanted to love it, but it’s a no-go for me.
But, if you are fair skinned, this should be good for you. I would not recommend it to people with dry skin as it did seem to suck out some moisture but if you have oily skin, this could be a holy grail sunscreen/base for you.