Vichy • Capital Soleil SPF 30 Face Emulsion Dry Touch • Sunscreen

rated 3.9(10 reviews)

Average Rating.3.9
Would buy this product again.70%

rated 4 of 5 tladbstjs on 12/20/2014 2:01:00 AM more reviews by tladbstjs

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination   Hair: Black   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.

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rated 5 of 5 beetrootcheeks on 5/24/2014 9:12:00 AM more reviews by beetrootcheeks

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.

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rated 3 of 5 camillaisabel on 7/18/2013 10:08:00 AM more reviews by camillaisabel

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Red   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.

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rated 1 of 5 rosademarzo on 11/27/2012 9:26:00 AM more reviews by rosademarzo

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   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)

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* blondchick12 on 7/22/2012 8:24:00 PM more reviews by blondchick12

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond   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.

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Tindra78 on 7/17/2012 1:47:00 PM more reviews by Tindra78

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.... :-(

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rated 5 of 5 AnnaODowd on 7/14/2012 10:02:00 AM more reviews by AnnaODowd

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination   Hair: Brown   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!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Seattlemama on 6/23/2012 12:11:00 PM more reviews by Seattlemama

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

WOW - what a gorgeous product!! No greasiness, no white cast, no breakouts, no clogging, just matte perfection and great protection. Love it and will buy it forever. The only bummer is it's tough to get if you live in the states but I ordered mine from pharmamundi on Amazon and got it within 5 days.

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rated 5 of 5 ponto on 6/10/2012 2:35:00 PM more reviews by ponto

Age: 44-55   Skin: Oily, Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Other    

This sunscreen is really great, dries matte, no white cast, lots of UVA filters including Tinosorb M and Mexory XL and SX. Really gives my skin a nice smooth matte look. Most of the European sunscreens I've tried are either too shiny or too white, this one eliminates both of those problems. The only slight negative is that is not water resistant, so for sports it can eventually run off. Still works great though if you don't perspire too much.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* SugarFreeSheila on 8/25/2011 1:03:00 PM more reviews by SugarFreeSheila

Age: Unknown   Skin: Other, Neutral   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

Yay, a new Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX, titanium dioxide, & avobenzone-based HG SPF! Here's why:

1.) Goes on with zero white cast.
2.) Goes on completely matte. GREAT for oily skin or if you just hate shiny, sticky sunscreens.
3.) Uh-oh, that usually means it pills if you dare to touch your face. This doesn't. 1, 2, & 3 are my "cosmetic elegance" qualifications for sunscreen, and Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Face Emulsion Dry Touch passes all with flying colors.

... and finally ...

4.) I insist on applying SPF all over the upper eyelids & all the way up to the lashline - the real "eye sensitivity" test for an SPF. No eye sting hours later - even after a sweaty workout.
5.) Any foundation you want to apply on top of this, go on ahead. Again, there is no pencil eraser issue to speak of.

No parabens. Good for sensitive skin if you have that. Will definitely repurchase.

MSRP is roughly $19.95.

Ingredients: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, isononyl isononanoate, octocrylene, alcohol denat, dicaprylyl carbonate, cyclohexasiloxane, glycerin, titanium dioxide, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, bis ethyhexyloxphenol methoxphenyl triazine, dimethicone, propylene glycol, teg-30 dipolyhydroxysterate, silica, nylon 12, polymethylsilsesquioxane, drometrizole trisiloxane, ethylhexyl triazone, isobutylparabenm, soybean oil, terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid, triethanolamine, methylparaben, diphenyl dimethicone, alumina, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, propylparaben, lauryl peg/ppg 18/18, methicone, pentasodium ethylenedaimine tetramethylene phosphonate, ethylparaben, butylparaben.

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