At the moment, I am constantly on a lookout for a better sunscreen. I have my matte/long wear options sorted but I’d like more daily options for days that I don’t leave the house or when I am not wearing makeup. (Update: As this post is going out, I think I have found The One, so please anticipate a review for that!)
For an at-home sunscreen, I thought I would be more lenient on whether it dries matte, is easily absorbed or leaves a white cast. Turns out, I’m still really picky. It has to be light and comfortable to wear, take no effort to slather on so I can reach for it every day and not blanch at the idea of having to use it.
Unfortunately for me, Vichy Capital Ideal Soleil Sunscreen SPF50+ is none of those things.
I was recommended this Vichy sunscreen from a fellow skincare-loving friend and snagged it online a while ago. Now, after hesitant daily use, I am possibly a week or three from finishing it and I thought it would be a good time to review it.
Brand: Vichy Laboratoires (official product page here)
Product Name: Ideal Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid
Cost: £11 for 50ml. I purchased mine for £9.33 from ChemistDirect.
Availability: at all Boots and some other online stores like ChemistDirect which is where I got mine.
Ingredients: (from the product page)
ALCOHOL DENAT. , DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE, SILICA, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, OCTOCRYLENE, ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, AQUA / WATER, ZEA MAYS STARCH / CORN STARCH, ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE, POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL [NANO] / METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL, DISODIUM EDTA, DISODIUM ETHYLENE DICOCAMIDE PEG-15 DISULFATE, DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, DECYL GLUCOSIDE
As usual, the CosDNA analysis is here. You may be concerned with the denatured alcohol, fragrance or cetyl alcohol in the product. As the list below demonstrates, it contains chemical filters so be aware if you are sensitive to those.
The sunscreen filters in this product are:
- Titanium Dioxide (Physical) – UVB and UVA2 (not the whole range of UVA)
- Avobenzone (listed as Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) (Chemical)- UVA 1 (whole range of UVA)
- Octocrylene (Chemical) – UVB, UVA2
- Tinosorb M (listed as Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol) (Chemical) – UVB, UVA 1, UVA2
- Mexoryl SX (listed as Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid) (Chemical) – UVA1, UVA2
- Mexoryl XL (listed as Drometrizole Trisiloxane) (Chemical) – UVA2
(I referenced this list here.)
Packaging: Squeezy tube, which is sanitary and easy to use.
Despite the name, this comes out as a white, dense cream. It’s heavier compared to my other sunscreens. I’m reusing an old comparison photo from my sunscreen round-up so you can see how the texture is different.
Frankly, I am kinda sick of this stuff. I liked it back in December when it started to get cold and my skin was not handling the transitional weather so well, because it felt thick enough to feel substantial on my skin yet still dried down fairly matte but not drying.
These days, I have noticed that if it’s not rubbed in properly, it’ll leave quite a white, powdery/rubbery cast which I hate and that I always have to look in a mirror in natural light to notice. It can also pill if not rubbed in properly before it dries down. I had to take a break from it once every week or so and hug the last rations of my Biore Watery Essence which I have decided I may actually repurchase (in the 2017 reformulation) to try out its new properties.
I just cannot wait to be through with all of it but at the same time I don’t like having to put it on my face. It has been going on my hands recently where it seems to rub in a lot more easily and as a result, dries down less annoyingly. So it would make a fantastic overpriced body sunscreen, but on the face it’s… effort to use, and effort to muster up the determination to use it.
Finally, a reminder that whilst I am not a fan of this stuff, my friend has a drier skin type and she seems to like it a lot – she’s not on the search for a new sunscreen and has gone through multiple tubes of this! So who knows. This product just isn’t for me, though.
If you would like to see how this compares to some other sunscreens, remember to check out this round-up post.
Thanks for reading – I hope you found this helpful!