This Sunscreen Serum from Venus Williams Is the Cure for All of Your Oily-Skin Troubles

Jennifer Hussein
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Photo credit: Credo; Jennifer Hussein
Photo credit: Credo; Jennifer Hussein

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: EleVen by Venus Williams Unrivaled Sun Serum

Tester: Jennifer Hussein, beauty editor with extremely greasy skin.

The Brief: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — sunscreen is the most important part of skincare. It’s not just a statement. It’s a fact. According to the American Cancer Society, ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) is extremely harmful, and can lead to issues like sunburns, premature aging, a weaker immune system, and even skin cancer. So why are so many of us so hesitant to use sunscreen?

One major issue that causes people to feel skeptical about using sunscreen is its texture. Many people are turned off from the idea of looking like a ghost (or Mark Zuckerberg), plus it can leave a greasy film on skin that's far from comfortable to deal with. But thanks a new and nifty formula on the market, consider these to be problems of the past. Say goodbye to the ashy white cast and oil-slicked complexions of yesteryear by switching over to the EleVen by Venus Williams Unrivaled Sun Serum.

Photo credit: Credo
Photo credit: Credo

Yes, the tennis icon Venus Williams decided to grace us all with a sunscreen, made in partnership between her activewear brand EleVen and The Sunscreen Company, that actually works without making us feel like greasy ghouls, and my oily skin couldn't thank her enough.

I know — there are a lot of celebrity beauty products out there to choose from at this point, but let me tell you why this is one for the beauty books. This clean formula acts as both a serum and sun protection, allowing you to get all the hydration à la trendy skincare ingredient prickly pear. Plus, it contains broad-spectrum SPF 35 to shield you from harmful rays. All of these skincare benefits come in a lightweight and mattifying formula that reveals oil-free skin that feels velvety and plump.

To say I'm a huge fan of sunscreen is a major understatement: Here at, I'm basically the human guinea pig for SPF products. So it takes a lot to impress me, but here I am sitting in my room still bewildered by this formula. First off, the bottle itself feels super luxurious, and has a dropper-like cap that keeps your product fresh with its air-tight seal. But it’s not all looks with this formula: The serum is white and feels light as air from the get-go. Once it hit my face, the white suncare elixir immediately turned transparent, absorbing into my skin without leaving a trace behind.

Plus, it left a velvety, mattified finish on my skin without making it too dry or over-stripped of my natural oils. My only issue was that it did cause my moisturizer to slightly pill off, but I was able to easily sweep off any residue.

So, it works great on its own, but what about with makeup? Well, I'm happy to report that it layers under your favorite cosmetics perfectly! I wore this serum-sunscreen hybrid under both my heaviest foundations and lightest skin tints, and this sunscreen's ultra light formula doesn't mess with my makeup's efficacy. Just make sure you carry around a sunscreen setting spray to reapply every 2 hours as per the American Academy of Dermatology guidelines (if you're looking for a good one, I love the Supergoop! Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40).

The Closing Argument: If you have a complexion that lies on the oiler side of the skin-type spectrum, then you should definitely look into trying out this serum. Its ultra lightweight, breathable, and invisible formula, paired with clean, botanical ingredients makes the whole process of using sunscreen much more enjoyable — plus, it’s Williams-sister-approved to work overtime to perfect your complexion, so why not give it a chance?

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