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Vichy Idealia BB Cream SPF 25

This wonder product promises everything from anti-ageing, light reflecting properties, to intense hydration that lasts for a day, to even coverage, SPF and a post holiday glow. It is one of the best quality BB creams I have tried till date. The liquid is a very runny foundation like texture and not your typical gloopy thick consistency when it comes to BB creams. It's extremely light reflective is what I immediately discovered on application. Now my camera isn't even picking it up in full glory but you can still see me glistening can't you? It did that on my otherwise dull skin that hardly glows on it's own. Brilliant!
lol at me on holding the tube the other way round! #no concealer 

I feel it's like the Touche Eclat of BB Creams and that it shouldn't be treated as a Foundation or make-up base unless you have HD skin. It has absolutely no coverage at all and I would look just like myself but extremely glowy when I'd wear this on its own outside. It should be used correctly as a liquid highligher to brighten up dull areas of the face and even under the eyes prior to concealer or perhaps mixed with a heavy duty creamy concealer like MAC's Studio Finish that tends to try up the eye area.

I can see why it would be superb for mature skin as I tried it on my mum and it made her fine lines blurred and took attention away from the deeper, more exaggerated expression lines. Again, she has normal skin so this provided an intense boost of radiance which everyone loves. If you're lazy to pop on UVA and UVB protection separately, this does the job for you as it contains an SPF of 25.

I really do love it for what it is but I personally use it as hydrating primer or a brightening serum with SPF under my Foundation. Because of it's thin formula which sinks right in and minimal coverage, it doesn't interfere with Foundation application on top. Just use a foundation if you're looking for coverage peeps, this product has a use of it's own and I recommend you get it if you suffer from dry, dull or flaky skin and feel Laura Merciers primers are crazy money to spend.

It's available in two shades Light and Medium. I have Medium and it suits my NC30/35 skin colour perfectly.

You can get it here from Escentual.com
Unknown said...

Lovely post <3


Unknown said...

Hello there!

Too bad this foundation gives your face the glow I'm looking for. But I have an imperfection-prone skin and need much more coverage. I usually use foundation all year long but switch to a BB in the summer time for that lighter weight feel. So I'm searching for that perfect one right now!
I often use the foundation finder on http://www.beauty.ps/tool/foundation . It's pretty accurate on finding the right shade and product for your skin type. I haven't tried searching for a BB on it yet but will be soon!

Hope you like it too :)

Xx Lucy

Unknown said...

Texture seems lovely. I hat the fact that all bb creams are so thick, blending them is a task!! Hope Vichy brings this to India soon.

Unknown said...

Your skin looks flawless!!

J said...


This product looks great for the summer!

Can you tell me what are your top summer products for the face? I am looking for something like a tinted moisturizer/ light foundation- more for everyday use but light coverage so its alright in the heat.

Any recommendations?

Sheefa F said...

@Kadvakarela13 - La Roche Posay's skincare is my fave for the Summer. They do a BB cream too that's great for the humid weather.

Have you tried Jemma Kidd's Light as Air foundation? I didn't like it at first but it's a stunner for hot climate. It looks like you're wearing nothing but still provides coverage and dries matte. MAC Face & Body has been my favourite since years. Cover FX's Cream Foundation is what I wore in the heat on my holiday to India and it behaved so well :)




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