Summer Friday ShadeDrops Mineral Milk Sunscreen SPF 30

Farah Gasimzade By Farah Gasimzade4 min read

Since switching to mineral sunscreens, I have been on a quest for a no-white cast formula with a non-sticky, non-greasy texture for daily use. When Summer Fridays first came with a ShadeDrops sunscreen, I ordered one for myself instantaneously.
Since my initial purchase, I’ve repurchased the sunscreen twice, finished each bottle till the last drop, and currently added this sunscreen to my skincare routine.

Sunscreen is one of the most used beauty products in my skincare routine. I may skip my serums and even moisturizers, but I will not do so with sunscreen during the day, especially after testing my skin a couple of years ago in a sci-fi machine and getting not-so-exciting results.

ShadeDrops Formula and Texture

ShadeDrops is a liquid sunscreen with a lightweight serum-like texture, perfect for everyday use. I love the texture of this non-tinted milky formula that absorbs fast into my skin without any greasy feeling. I live for its soft, non-sticky, natural-looking finish. It also has no white cast on my skin tone. It works well under makeup, over skincare layers and on bare skin alone.

The formula of Summer Fridays ShadeDrops is packed with vitamins and antioxidants while also containing soothing ingredients, such as chamomile. The broad spectrum UVA/UVB filters used in the sunscreen are non-nano, which is not a big concern with liquid formulas but still good to have. ShadeDrops works for Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily skin types. I have a sensitive skin type, and ShadeDrops sunscreen works for me as well. Through review analysis, I’ve seen some people developing a reaction to ShadeDrops, that included redness and rash. From my experience, I have never had any discomfort while using this product, and I’ve tried ShadeDrops from three different batches.

ShadeDrops List Of Ingredients

Here is the full list of ingredients of Summer Fridays ShadeDrop Sunscreen:

Zinc Oxide 9.4%, Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin, Caramel, Polyester-5, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Bisabolol, Phospholipids, Tocopherol, Ethyl Ferulate, Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gluconolactone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

Overall, the list of ingredients doesn’t raise any red flags for me.
As you can see from the list, Water is the second ingredient in the formula, which means ShadeDrops is a water-based sunscreen. While it works great for everyday use, I suggest using another water-resistant sunscreen for sports or your next trip by the water.

For all the highlighted ingredients, please refer to my Ingredients guide, that has been recently updated with a few more ingredients.

ShadeDrops sunscreen formula is vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. ShadeDrops is reef-safe. I do not see any ingredients I would avoid during pregnancy, but I would suggest checking with your physician or OBGYN whether it is pregnancy-safe.


Summer Fridays ShadeDrops is a sustainable product, that comes in recyclable packaging with a droplet applicator and a screw-on lid. I love the minimalistic design of this packaging with this pearl-like finish on the product component, which is well-designed; it doesn’t break, tear, or disintegrate during use. My only wish is for this packaging to be refillable.

Summer Friday Shade Drops vs Sheer Skin Tint

As you can see from the swatches, ShadeDrops has a little bit of naturally-derived tint, that helps with no-white cast finish, but it is not considered a tinted sunscreen. Luckily, she’s got a sister – Sheer Skin Tint.

I find Sheer Skin Tint more oily than ShadeDrops, but in defense of this tinted moisturizer, I picked a shade (Three) one tone darker than I was supposed to. Surprisingly enough, shade Three still works for my skin tone with a single layer.

How to Use Summer Friday ShadeDrops Sunscreen

As with any sunscreen, you need to make sure you use enough product to cover your face, neck, and ears, as well as any exposed skin on your body. I like the droplet applicator as I can apply it directly to my face (I go quickly through sunscreens, so I’m not so concerned about product contamination). Alternatively, I can squeeze sunscreen along the length of three fingers and spread it over my face. Don’t forget to gently shake the bottle before applying.

Since the main ingredient, Zinc is an astringent (shrinks skin and pores and absorbs excess oils), mineral sunscreen requires more hydration. If your skin is on a drier side, it’s best to use a hyaluronic acid serum and a moisturizer underneath. If you have Normal and Oily-prone skin, you can skip a moisturizer, but I recommend adding hydrating serum to your routine.

As with any sunscreen, apply Summer Fridays ShadeDrops generously 15 minutes before sun exposure, reapply every two hours, and directly after any physical activity or exposure to water.


As mentioned earlier, repurchasing a product several times is a great indicator that the product is #sunkissedblush_Approved. I love Summer Fridays ShadeDrop sunscreen‘s non-greasy formula and how well it absorbs without any white cast. It works great under makeup, over skincare layers, and directly on the skin. Again, this may not be the perfect formula for sports and waterside activities, but other than that, it is stellar sunscreen for daily use or as a first layer for double sunscreen protection.

I’m still shopping for a good UV-camera to confirm the protection level for sunscreens, so stay tuned for the updates!