I have a feeling that July was not really a good month for blogging. I posted only few posts, but I promise that that’ll be different in August. Telling the truth, I didn’t had much time in last two weeks for my blog, and also the heat did not influence on me in a good way – it was just too hot to sit in front of the computer and because of the heat I often had headaches and I just couldn’t get proper words out of my head. I also had a short personal and blogger crisis (those days come, too, you know), but now I feel much much better and I’m actually planning to post four to five times a week in August. I hope nothing will come in between and I’ll manage to realize my plans.
For today I prepared a review I know many of you were waiting for. I’m reviewing Vichy Teint Ideal foundation in lightest shade 15. If I'd write this review few weeks ago it wouldn't be very positive review. But in those last few weeks I really changed my mind about this foundation or better said in the summer this foundation become my most used summer foundation, and in this post I’m going to tell you why. But let me start with the review at the beginning.
Since Vichy is quite expensive brand, their packaging is in accordance with the price. The foundation has a fancy glass bottle packaging, which contains 30 g of product. I can give the highest grade to the packaging, because the bottle is sturdy and it won’t break fast. The cap is plastic, but despite the frequent usage it didn’t break. I think that till now this is the only foundation that I got in a cardboard packaging, on which all important information about the foundation are written. Slovenian ladies can get Vichy products in most Slovenian pharmacies and on Salma.si for around 21 - 22 €.
I received this product around four months ago. I didn't buy it, I won it in a giveaway, but that doesn't effect on my opinion. Four months ago I was much paler than I am now. Because I spend a lot of time in the sun while working outside in the fields and garden I got tanned. I'm still not that dark, but I could say around one to two shades darker than I was. Shade 15 is the lightest shade in Vichy Teint Ideal collection and in the bottle it looks very light, so I thought and expected that the shade will suit me. Well, I was wrong. You can't imagine the first shock I got when I applied this product in my skin. Beside the fact that it was too dark for me it became orange. It looked horrible. I was so disappointed. But because I liked the formula of the foundation I decided to find a solution so I could wear it. Back then the best way for me to wear it was to mix it with white Makeup Revolution foundation. White foundation made it lighter and it almost matched my skin. It still became a bit orange, but that wasn't as noticeable as it was before. Some people also adviced me to set it with powder and that after a while it'll adapt to the skin and the orange undertone won't be visible anymore. I tried to do that, but unfortunately it didn't help, because the foundation was too dark for me. After few usages I put it in the shelf and stopped using it for some time. Meanwhile I managed to use up Catrice and Yves Rocher foundations and although I did buy a Bourjois foundation that matches to my skin tone, I decided to give Vichy another chance. Well, I was surprised again. The shade matched my skin better than before and although it still became orange on me, I solved that with the powder (by my experience loose powder worked the best). I used powder that was translucent or very light and after some time the combination adapted to the skin and the orange undertone was gone (maybe it was only visible on my forehead). But still, Vichy has one huge flop - the lightest foundation is too dark for pale people, so they should make even lighter one. I guess Vichy is going to be my go to foundation in the summer because of its light texture and darker shade, since it'll be impossible for me to use it during winter when I'm going to loose tan.
Vichy Ideal fluid is designed for people with normal to combination skin type. It’s a bit liquidier and less creamy than Catrice or Bourjois foundations, but it’s easy to apply and blend on the skin. It has a medium coverage and it’s buildable without looking cakey. The finish that Vichy foundation leaves is dewy and the duration time really is good – it lasts up to 10 hours. Another flaw that this foundation has is that it emphasizes dry parts, but for me this isn’t a huge problem because for example also Bourjois foundations do the same on my skin. A have to provide good moisture to the skin before I apply foundation and the problem is solved. Vichy foundation does not contain parabens and it's appropriate for sensitive skin.
I made a comparison with lightest shades of Catrice Nude Illusion and Yves Rocher Youthful Glow foundations. I think the photo says enough. Vichy foundation is much darker and orange than Catrice or Yves Rocher.
Today while writing this review I remembered that it would probably be good if I'd compare Vichy foundation to Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, since many people use it. Unfortunately the swatch isn't the best, because of today's strange light, but at least it's noticeable how much darker is Vichy from Bourjois.
Some time ago I read an article on one of Slovenian beauty portals about beauty rules that you should break, and the writer recommended in it that you should test the foundation on your forehead, not anymore on your neck. Telling the truth, I have no idea where this statement came from, because from my own experience I can tell that my forehead is darker than my neck or my body and if I’d buy a foundation considering this advice I’d get too dark foundation. Anyway, I remembered on this article because I wanted to show you this photo that was taken around a month ago. I used Vichy foundation here and as you can see it still looks a bit orangey on me, but if I set it with brighter powder it adapts to the skin tone and it looks okay.
My final opinion: this foundation definitely has an amazing texture that feels light and great on the skin, but unfortunately it has one huge flaw – it’s too dark and it becomes orange on the skin. I like to use it during summer, but I’d definitely recommend to any of you that you try a tester before buying a full size product, because 20 € isn’t little money. I know some people (like Tara) adore this product because it suits them and it doesn’t become orange on them. If you’ll try tester you’ll know if it works for you or not. I personally probably won’t repurchase it after I use up this bottle, because cheaper foundations (Bourjois, Catrice), work better for me.
Have you tried Vichy Teint Ideal foundation? How does it work for you? Thank you for reading!