Made in: France
What is it?: A Lightweight, fluid, High protection SPF50+ Sunblock that also helps to improve the skin’s barrier and tackle fine lines / dark spots.
What makes this different?: Vichy boasts a Netlock technology (multi-patented) – which keeps the SPF in place. Dermalogical Skincare actives are also included to help improve the skin’s barrier too. I.e. 1% Vitamin E, 4% Peptides Complex, 2% Niacinamide and 10% Vichy Volcanic Mineralizing Water (the water is supposed to help soothe inflammation), and Probiotic (Bacterial) segments.
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types
What I think: I would agree, I think Combination Skins would particularly enjoy this as I find it still moisturising but not too heavy on the skin. It has a dewy finish so very oily skins need to consider this.
Packaging: Plastic bottle with a pump mechanism and cap (very easy to use and I prefer pump packaging).
Directions: ”Apply in the AM and spread evenly until fully absorbed into an invisible skin-like finish. Makeup can be applied on top of this now smooth and protected skin base.” (From the Vichy Website).
How I use it: I use this in the AM – for my combo skin I find this moisturising enough to use as my moisturiser.
Sunscreen Filters: Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid
Key Ingredients: 2% Niacinamide (Skin brightening + Skin-barrier reinforcing + Anti-acne – Dark Spots and Fine Line reducing). 4% Peptides (Helps improve the overall look of the skin). Probiotic fractions (smaller parts) – helps improve the skin’s barrier. 10% Vichy Volcanic Water (supposedly anti-inflammatory).
Full Ingredients: Aqua/water, Alcoholdenat, Diisopropylsebacate, Silica, Isopropylmyristate, Ethylhexylsalicylate, Ethylhexyltriazone, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenolmethoxyphenyltriazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C1222alkylacrylate/hydroxyethylacrylatecopolymer, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Drometrizoletrisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/caprictriglyceride, Acrylates/c10-30alkylacrylatecrosspolymer, Caprylylglycol, Hydrolyzedriceprotein, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pentyleneglycol, Terephthalylidenedicamphorsulfonicacid, Triethanolamine, Trisodiumethylenediaminedisuccinate, Vitreoscillaferment, Parfum/fragrance
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
- Denatured Alcohol keeps the formula very smooth and lightweight (like a fluid).
Texture: This is a lovely, lightweight fluid texture. It’s not so light that it totally disappears once absorbed/rubbed into the skin, but it’s light enough that it’s not uncomfortable and my skin can breathe. This also makes my skin have a smooth-feeling finish. It’s definitely moisturising and as you can see, it has a more dewy over matte finish.
Hopefully you can see how lightweight and liquid this is.
Vichy Claim that this SPF provides uniform, invisible coverage that does not leave a white cast or a tacky finish. The skin overall looks smooth and feels protected. I would have to agree with all of this! This has a lightweight, breathable texture, it does feel like it’s ”sticking” onto the skin without making me feel uncomfortable, and as you can see – this provides a moisturising finish, isn’t sticky, tacky or greasy! The skin also does feel smoother in texture.
Winter or Summer?: For Dry skins I think this is a great Summer SPF and for other skin types, this could be used all seasons.
Stings the Eyes?: Doesn’t sting my eyes 🙂
What about Sweat?: I work out in this and it seems to be absolutely fine i.e. no white streaks melting down my face when I sweat, and this doesn’t transfer onto my towel i.e. in a white mess.
White Cast?: No white cast! 🙂
Fragrance?: Yes – This doesn’t smell strongly of fragrance and to me, simply has that typical SPF scent.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes (no balling up issues).
How long have I been using this?: Until Completion (Daily, 2 layers on the face, neck and ears, back of neck) – 1-2 months (maybe it can be stretched to a full 2 months if another SPF is used on the neck and ears + back of neck).
The Effect?: Moisturised, dewy finish + sun protected skin, providing some skincare benefits (i.e. Niacinamide, Protein + Probiotics).
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What I like:
- Didn’t sting or irritate
- No white cast
- Doesn’t ball up
- Not oily feeling
- Not too shiny (dewy finish but not greasy)
What I don’t like:
- 40ml (I wish it was bigger)
- ££ for the ml (I already need to repurchase)
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4.4/5 – This is a lovely SPF. It feels texturally like a great replacement of the Krave Beet the Sun SPF (Also fluid in texture, now discontinued).
Would I repurchase?: Yes! This feels cosmetically more elegant (less grainy and more smoother) than the Garnier Sun Fluid (Review HERE), and thinner than the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Fluid (Review HERE).
Dupe?: The closest thing in the West would be the Garnier Ambre Solaire Sun Fluid (very similar however this is less grainy). In terms of K-Beauty, this is similarly light like the Missha Aqua Sun Gel (But the Aqua Sun Gel has a more matte finish), Review HERE.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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