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I received a tiny sample of this Vichy Idelia Illuminating cream a few months ago in my monthly Glossybox. I was pleasantly surprised by both the results on my skin and how long the little tester actually lasted, so despite the high price tag, decided to purchase a full size pot.
As it retails for around £22 (Boots) for 50ml, it is much more than I would usually pay, so I went in search of a bargain and finally picked it up for £17 including post from ebay. Although, bargains are few and far between, I had to pay the full price for my latest one.
So, what is so special about Idelia? First of all I think it important to point out that it is aimed for those of us with a slightly more mature skin! The blurb states that it is for those with 'concerns' about aging, wrinkles, dullness and uneven skin texture. It is enriched with Kombucha, which Vichy claim will smooth wrinkles and even the skintone which sounds a whole lot more appetising than the wikipedia results (bacteria, yeast, fungus etc). I'm a reluctant 37 (+49wks) and although my skin is relatively unblemished, I do have wrinkles around my eyes and my skin suddenly does not seem as firm as it was five minutes ago. In other words, any help is greatly appreciated. It also contains thermal spa water, is paraben free and hypoallergenic.
Ok, so I receive my first full size pot through the post. Inside the pale pink cardboard box (which holds all the ingredient info, aswell as the customer care phone number and address and the description of the product, is a very heavy pale pink pot (which I assume is glass) with a thick white lid. It looks very professional, chic and upmarket. But you can also tell that the sides of the pot are at least half an inch thick and there isn't going to be as much actual product inside as you would hope. Opening the lid, the cream is quite a 'normal' looking, very pale pink. The fragrance is very subtle, slightly floral but more of a soft baby smell, without being powdery. It is worth remembering that a little does go a long way, so a small blob on the fingertip is good to get started. I usually use two of those small blobs and that is enough to cover my whole face. The cream does come in two versions, one for dry skin and the other for normal/combination which is what I use. I get the odd, small flare up of dry skin around my nose, forehead and chin, usually in the height of summer or winter and the normal variation has been great for my skin. What I like is the non greasy feel to the cream. It is easy to spread and sinks in so fast and feels so light, it is lovely. It dries on the skin quickly too, no greasy feel, no stickiness, I'm ready to apply my make up in a few seconds. But also, you do feel like you have added something to your skin, mine feels soft and hydrated, honestly, it is lovely!
Result! I've been using it daily now for about three months and I love it. I can't lie and say I look twenty. My eyes still have wrinkles, but I think they do look at least a little better. The rest of my face feels lovely and soft and I can definitely see the illuminating aspect of the product. A 50ml pot will last me about 5-6 weeks if used sparingly and I think that at my age, if I want to look after my skin I have to be prepared to spend a little more. I'm the kind of person who is always looking out for the 'next best thing' so will not claim undying loyalty just yet, but at the moment, this is definitely my favourite face cream.
I received this cream in a beauty box I subscribe to and was intrigued to try what is quite a high end and expensive product.
Vichy is not a brand I was overly familiar with before trying this cream but it is obvious from the packaging alone that this is a high quality and expensive brand. The pot came in a lovely dusty pink coloured box with the Vichy branding. The pot is made from a thick pale pink coloured glass and has a white frosted plastic lid. The pot is nice because you can see exactly how much product you have left and also get every last drop out of the pot, I also find pots like these are great to keep and use to store the remnants of foundation tube and other moisturisers.
The cream itself is of a medium consistency, you wouldn't be able to pour it but I wouldn't say it was thick. It has a lovely smooth consistency to it and a really rich feelings. It has a nice but subtle scent which is vaguely fruity/floral. The cream is a pale pink colour and applies very easily to your skin.
The cream claims to reduces wrinkles and to refine the texture of your skin. I'm only 23 so I don't need wrinkle cream but we can all do with a little help when it comes to our skin. I've found the cream does make my skin feel nice and soft and hydrated, though I wouldn't say I've noticed any real marked difference in the overall condition of my skin.
I tend to use this as a day moisturiser because I prefer a thicker cream at night. I usually apply this before putting on make up and find it create a lovely soft base on which to work in other products and have not seen any flaking at all. It does keep my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day and is therefore probably best used for this purpose.
The price is the real kick in the balls though. At £22 for 50ml I would never pay full price for this. I think it's a nice cream but there are certainly cheaper alternatives that do the job. I'm pleased to have tried this expensive brand because I am always tempted by premium products and I would have been disappointed if I had paid full price for this.
Overall, a nice product but I wouldn't pay full price for it.
This is a review of Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream which I received in a beauty box recently to try. I had heard of the Vichy brand before mainly from suntan lotions I think but I was pleased to have a pot of this to use as I like to switch moisturisers so that my skin doesn't get too used to one kind.
I have got normal skin usually but the cold weather can make it feel a little bit dry. A problem patch of skin has appeared around my nose for the last month and I wanted to see if this cream would make it better or worse.
The Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream comes in an attractive pink pot with silver accents and a screw top lid. It feels quite premium and also comes in a pink cardboard box.
Idealia cream visibly smoothes the look of wrinkles. The skin texture appears refined. Skin feels softer and more supple.It reawakens skin's natural radiance for a fresh and even complexion. Vichy Idéalia is tested under dermatological control and is hypoallergenic and paraben free using soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
I have been using the cream for a couple of weeks now and have found it very nice to use. The cream has a pleasant non-greasy and non-sticky texture and is quite thick without being too much for my skin. I have to say it reminds me a bit of Olay's beauty balm but perhaps that is because it was pink too. This is a little bit thicker than that. I find that I can use this morning and night and at other times when I feel my skin needs a boost (like after swimming) and I get a fairly long lasting effect. I have worn this alone or under make up and it has performed well. The troubled area under my nose I mentioned earlier has got a little better but I would expect this to be more due to time than this product and it certainly didn't make it any worse. I did think the other day that my skin felt really smooth and I think this is the cream working well. I don't really have any wrinkles yet so can't comment on that function but I always think it doesn't hurt to use anti-ageing products whether you think you need them or not!
Boots are selling items from Vichy and the 50ml pot of this cream is £22 (plus Boots points). It is currently in a 3 for 2 deal as well so further discount is possible. You can also buy it online for a similar price.
I think this price is probably at the top end of what I am prepared to pay for a moisturiser and whilst I liked it, it wouldn't be one that I wanted to use all the time. I will look out for skincare offers in the future and perhaps treat myself to the Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream.