Saturday, 21 June 2008

Vichy Capital Soleil Protective Cream for the Face

RRP: £13 from
SPF: 30 (others available)

--What does the promo say?--
"Protective Cream for face and particularly exposed areas. SPF 30 Cream. Contains Mexoryl XL. High coverage technology. Vichy thermal spa water. Preservative-free. Prevents sun-induced skin damage. Fights onset of pigment patches. Moisturizing. Matt result. For fair and sensitive skin in less intense sunlight and for dark skin at the start of a holiday. Photostable. Hypoallergenic. Water-resistant. 50 ml tube."

Uses a white and orange colour scheme, though this isn't really distinctive from other similarly-priced suncare brands' colour schemes, such as Dermalogica's suncare range. The tube itself is a plastic flip top and doesn't leak.

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of sunblock from the tube, and rub gently into the skin, either on its own or mixed with your usual moisturiser.

It smells lovely. Not that traditional coconutty smell, but still slightly sweet and yet sophisticated. I'll think on a better description.

To my delight, unlike most sunscreens designed for the face, this isn't greasy in the slightest. It absorbs quickly and well, and isn't too lumpy or runny.

No residue is left on the face, and the cream itself is almost perfectly white.

You only need to apply this once all day long (perhaps twice in very hot climates), and it protects brilliantly against the sun. You won't see even a hint of sunburn with this. I have very fair skin, so this is important to me, and it completely achieves its aims.

--Value for money--
This is an extremely fair price for what is arguably the best facial sun cream on the market. Go out and buy it now - it comes in higher and lower SPFs too, so there's bound to be one to suit your needs.

perfect partners
Vichy Self-Tan Wipes for Fair Skin, £1.50
Vichy After-Sun Milk Gel, £10
Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra Fluid SPF50, £13.50

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