So you can imagine my horror when I saw the old Vichy Idéalia range was being sold on clearance where I work. I knew something was up….and that ‘something‘ meant it would be the dawn of a new thing and that new thing might, just might be a terrible thing. I am a huge fan of the original range that I have featured here multiple times before (read here, here and here) so let’s see how I got along with the newly launched Idéalia range.
This new range boasts the addition of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water that is rich in 15 minerals, 2% Blueberry extract that contains 9 times more antioxidants to shield the skin from free radicals, 3% Fermented black tea extract that is rich in AHA, vitamins and polyphenols and finally, Adesosine which is an amazing skin soothing and restoring ingredient.
Idéalia Radiance Activating Night Peeling Care* (C$39.95/100mL)
Idéalia Smoothness & Glow Energizing Cream For Normal* and For Dry Skin* (C$45.00/50mL)
|For normal skin|
|For dry skin|
Both are scented and have cream texture but the moisturizer meant for normal skin* feels a little lighter and absorbs faster without leaving any residue on the skin however my skin feels dry after 3-4 hours. On the other hand, the one meant for dry skin* seems to sit on top of my skin despite using very little and takes a long time to sink in. I am unable to use it under makeup because it makes my foundation shift so I could only use it in the evenings.
Looking at both the ingredient lists is also another disappointment to me, the old version has Niacinamide listed as the 7th ingredient while nothing spectacular really jumped out at me in the new ones. Again, don’t get me wrong, both are decent moisturizers but not ones that I would repurchase as I think my skin needs more than what both can offer. If you are in your late 20s or early 30s then these might suit you better.
She loves that the cream gives her skin a touch of luminosity without making her look greasy and she also loves the texture and spreadability of it. It wears beautifully under makeup which is a huge bonus. She’s not the biggest fan of the scent however on the plus side, it doesn’t linger and dissipates quickly.
Now to the not so good part, this cream actually makes the oily parts of her face oilier if she doesn’t wear makeup on top of it and this has led to minor breakouts around her temples and the sides of her nose. She did find this to be a minor setback and will continue using it.
I love that Vichy has revamped one of their oldest line of products and introduced an acid toner to the range however I wish they didn’t cut out niacinamide from their moisturizers. All in all, it was a hit and miss experience with the new Idéalia range but I will definitely be repurchasing the serum and peeling lotion.
Have you tried the new Vichy Idéalia range? What are your thoughts of these new products?