Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Face Emulsion Dry Touch


13 reviews

69% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


Aqua/Water, Alcohol Denat., Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, Isopropyl Lauryol Sarcosinate, Zea Mays Starch/Corn Starch, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazoyl Tetramethylbuthylphenol (Nano)/Methylene Bis-Benzotriazoyl Tetramethylbuthylphenol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cethyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Edta, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Terephthalydiene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance

on 8/22/2015 1:00:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I have acne prone, combination to oily skin and this is the best sunscreen I've ever used. It doesn't feel heavy on my face, it didn't break me out or dry me out and it also left a nice matte finish so my face wasn't shiny at all.

on 4/27/2015 5:07:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I tried both versions of this SPF (SPF30 and SPF50), so I'll post my review on both.

My skin: oily, sensitive, acne prone.

Review on SPF30:

I first tried SPF30 because it was winter time and I work at an office, so sun exposure is not a big deal for me on a daily basis. However I don't leave the house without SPF on my face, since I'm very prone to hyperpigmentation spots.

Also, reading reviews online, a significant amount of them said that SPF50 didn't perform the same as SPF30 - it was less mattifying, and more pore clogging.

It has alcohol in the formula, which I don't like that much, but I don't experience irritation or dehydration by using it, and I can't really feel it after application, so I'm ok with it.

This is by far the best sunscreen I've tried for oily skin types. There is a minimum amount of any sunscreen that you have to apply to reach the protection mentioned on the bottle. This is the only sunscreen that I don't bother using a generous amount. I just massage it and in a few seconds it's gone! No weird grease feeling, no white cast, no mask sensation. In a few seconds more, it's matte and my face feels soft like I used some sort of primer.

Makeup application is nice and even after using this, both powder or liquid. Oil control is the best out there among sunscreens (Yes, I've tried Japanese ones!). I didn't notice pore clogging by using it on a daily basis, so this is definitely a staple for daily use.

Review on SPF50:

The formula of SPF50 doesn't have alcohol in it, which is a plus. However, it doesn't perform as good. I still like the finish. It's mate, but you can feel it more, compared to the SPF30, but not so much that it bothers me, so I don't consider it a con. It also takes longer to be absorbed.

The only downside is about the formula. It starts to ball up while you're finishing massaging it into the skin, so you have to be quick and give it a few minutes to let it absorb completely. This can make makeup application difficult, so I really don't recommend using brushes or even your fingers to apply makeup afterwards. I use a damp sponge in a dabbing motion (like beauty blender or miracle complexion sponge by real techniques) and it works wonders and the finish is perfect. I also tried powder foundation and it works too. So it's a downside that you can easily work with. My makeup lasted all day, and there was a minimum amount of oil coming through, which was awesome (even on an hot day). I usually am an oily mess in a few hours. :D

Besides the difference between the two formulas, I still recommend them both very much. I use SPF30 on my daily routine before my foundation, because I need less protection on a daily basis, I like to use makeup brushes and I'm afraid the formula SPF50 can cause me clogged pores if I use it constantly. As for the SPF50, I use it for the beach or on days that I'm going to have more sun exposure.

Yes, I recommend them, and yes, I'm going to buy them again! :)

Update on SPF50: I no longer have the problem with this formula balling up. It's perfect, and I already re bought it. I can use makeup after applying it, with no problem. Best sunscreev I've tried so far! Totally recommend.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Applied normally, it would dry in white streaks that would pill up if i rub my skin over the course of the day. The only way I could get it to work is by applying a facial toner (Japanese toner) to wet my skin, and applying the sunscreen while wet.

it dries quickly and matte, but there is a slight white cast. Anyone over NC30 will find a white cast with the formula, I think. Once dried, you can feel it as a layer on your skin, and it can be too drying for some. The layer will also pill throughout the day as you rub your skin.

It does not play at all with any other makeup, there is absolutely no foundation I can wear on top of this sunscreen. It also does not dry to a lightweight finish. Moisturisers with silicone will cause pilling issues with this sunscreen.

It also broke me out.

The package is great, small, lightweight, opaque and with an easy and hygienic squeezy tube.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 12/20/2014 2:01:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

First sunscreen i tried that goes absolutley matte. Wow. No matter how much moisturizer, cream, vaseline i pile on my face before, it goes matte. Doesnt leave a white cast. Price in framce is 9euros which is great. Decent amount too. Only bad thing is, it makes foundation look aweful. Formulations dont mix well. I dont mind using this for daily use as long as i dont wear makeup on top.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

A very respectable daily sunscreen for oily or combination skin. It's perfect for me, but with maybe some caveats for you.

The scent: It *is* lightly scented, which fades as it dries. The scent reminds me of expensive body oils like Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse. Fortunately this sunscreen goes on like a high quality body oil too, with a liquid-cream texture that melts into skin to a comfortable, natural, soft matte, without peeling/pilling or whiteness. I'm not irritated by scents in cosmetics so feeling like I'm applying a luxe face cream instead of a sunscreen only enhances the experience for me. The other Mexoryl sunscreens I've used (La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL line) were "unfragranced" and smelled so strongly of a day at the beach that I felt self-conscious using them indoors or in any season besides high summer.

The composition: This sunscreen has a higher alcohol content than the Anthelios line. I'm only an armchair assessor of skincare ingredients so I'll let you look up the implications of that for yourself. However Anthelios' mattifying facial sunscreen (in SPF 50) made my skin visibly tight with pronounced expression lines (I'm 25), and left an uneven white cast. The gel-cream texture absorbed slowly and pilled, particularly under makeup. It's common for daily use sunscreens and sunscreens meant for combination or oily skin to be alcohol-based. Also, Vichy's Dry Touch sunscreen is still water resistant and formulated without parabens. I prefer a good scented sunscreen with higher alcohol content if it makes me more likely to want to wear sunscreen on a daily basis.

The packaging is a compact orange tube with a modern look, suitable for fitting into your bag for reapplication, though when the cap is open I find the product starts seeping out with very little pressure. I end up squeezing out more than I need for my face when I would rather conserve the more expensive product by using a separate body sunscreen on my neck, ears, et c.

I purchased this in SPF 30 to try to pre-emptively avoid the issues I had with the SPF 50 in the Anthelios line. I may try the higher protection version from Vichy too since another reviewer didn't notice a difference (though someone else said it flaked). Anthelios is a fine sunscreen for extended time outdoors without more makeup than lip color and mascara. For all other occasions, Vichy is now my sunscreen of choice.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 7/18/2013 10:08:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Overall, this product is ok. It's not greasy and it dries up real quick so you get that wanted matte-look. But even if it says that this product is especially made to people with combination/oily skin, you should still be aware of the spf 30 version. One of the active ingredients is denatured alcohol - actually it's mentioned as the 2. ingredient, which is a really bad irritant, and therefore it isn't a surprise that several of the reviewers say that they broke out because of this product. Wether or not the difference between the spf 30 and spf 50-version is small, the 50 spf-version is still prefered, since this version doesn't contain any irritants. Since people never actually put much sunscreen on so they are ensured a spf 30, it would therefore be prefered to use the spf 50-version. Then you will ensure a spf between 30-40, which means a suitable spf.

on 11/27/2012 9:26:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I can't believe I've just paid whole 25 dollars for this!! It's the worst spf face lotion ever! It feels and LOOKS exactly like smearing white toothpaste on my face - it leaves me like I've just seen some ghost, completely baby-powder-white.
To make things worse, due to decades of oily skin (and this stuff is supposed to be for oily skin) I have large pores on the center of my face, and this lotion fills them with totaly visible little white dough beads.
On top of it all, because I'm in Brazil, the farmacy won't take it back - I feel cheated, no less, no more.
This is not the first time Vichy products disappoint me, but will be the last one for sure.
(This review is for Vichy LABORATOIRES UVB+UVA SPF 30 Capital Soleil dry touch)

on 7/22/2012 8:24:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I am posting the same review for the spf 30 version as the spf 50 version because so far I cannot tell much of a difference. Saying that I suppose I might as well wear the spf 50 for the extra protection. Basically, I have been trying for years to find a sunscreen my skin can tolerate and so far this is the best I have encountered in quite sometime. I am oily/combo and this goes on smooth, dries totally matte, and does not leave a white cast. I wish I could get this easier in the US but I order online and its not horribly expensive but not cheap. I also wish it was fragrance free but the scent is not overpowering and doesn't seem to be affecting me. My skin breaks out from everything sometimes immediately sometimes delayed. This is just my initial review and so far I have not had any breakouts from this but we shall see but it is a good sign. Most s/s I have tried lately I can't stand to have on my skin for more than 5 minutes and I have worn this for three full days in the sun so far and it seems to offer the protection I need and be a pleasure to wear. Will update after a month of use! Definitely worth trying if you have oily/combo skin. If you have try skin it is prob. not for you hence the "dry touch" name.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 7/17/2012 1:47:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have very sensitive acne prone skin. I have been looking for sunscreen that leaves the skin matt, yet protected and hydrated... This is only matte and protecting... Cause this is really, really drying!!

I can't smile while wearing this, and I can absolutely not put it close to the eyes or mouth.... This reminds me of a mattifyer more, and those ones goes best on the t-zone... My skin turns red and irritated by the dryness....

I'll try to wear it with a moisturizer underneath, but my esthetician has told me to try to keep my skincare with as less layers as possible: not two layers of creams, and than makeup... In the end it becomes 4 layers with stuff... So I would prefer a sunscreen that moisture a little more cause I'm scared of putting many layers on my face....


* Mattifying
* No white cast
* No strikes, or any sunscreen look
* Quite overcoming price
* High spf (even if I'd prefer higher, the difference between spf 30 and 50 seems to be only 2-4%..)


* Extremely drying
* Causes irritation and redness
* Accentures lines when put around eyes and mouth, impossible to wear all over the face (in my opinion).

This is more matte but also more drying than the avene cleanance spf 30. I hate to feel this tight feeling, so in that way I'd choose avene..(even if it gives a greasy look). This cause I want to minimize the number of layers of creams put on my face, as my esthetician adviced me.....

Update: 12-07-22: Broke me out like hell!! I wore this for a few days, all day long, went exercising with it and used it as a ordinary daycream.... Then I discovered that my whole face was covered with bumps, that developed to pimples! Soooo sad.... I would have liked to keep this and mix it with some other cream cause it really was mattifying...

A esthetician told me that sometimes acne skin have hard to tolerate water resistent products, cause they "lock up" the skin, block the pores, and they are usually harder to remove... Even if I used scrub in the night this seemed to cause me acne...

Maybe it was the water resistent formulation?

Maybe all the silicones?

I don't know but I'm tired of searching for something with spf that doesn't break me out.... :-(

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 7/14/2012 10:02:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This sunscreen is a must have for those of us with oily/combo skin who want to wear foundation as well as sun protection. There's no point in kidding ourselves that SPF in a foundation is going to offer sufficient protection from photoaging, you're always going to need a proper sunscreen underneath!
This product leaves a matt finish that you can apply makeup over with no pilling and minimal flakiness. Perfect!

Note: I also bought the SPF50 version of this but unfortunately is flakes like a mother and is unsuitable under makeup, a complete nightmare, but the SPF30 is fantastic!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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