Cream or spray, mineral or chemical, high sun protection factor or not – there are many features that allow you to choose a sunscreen. In the long run, however, it depends on whether you actually wear it and wear enough of it.
If your sunscreen lends your face a chalk-white glow, or if it's sticky or greasy, you'll be tempted to spread it thinly. But the sun protection factor on the bottle is exactly what you get when you apply a thick layer – to be honest, unrealistically thick -. So, the thinner you get, the less protection you get.
If you hate your sunscreen ̵
My husband is one of those who used to think that sunscreens did not work. He hated it, used it thinly, never used it again and tended to burn himself a lot. One day by the pool I sprayed his back with the same spray I used for our shaky kids, and by the end of the day, the parts of him that were sprayed were okay, while areas that were overlooked were sunburned , His insight was that the spray sunscreen I use is the only sunscreen in the world that actually works.
In a sense, it is that he did not bother wearing other sunscreens or did not use them appropriately so they could not protect him. The sunscreen that works is the one you apply every day.