|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
this product is an A the only way it could become an A plus is if there was some extra credit like antioxidants but really why mess with perfection.
before this I was using neutrogena 45 dry touch and I guess it worked but it looked greasy, stung my eyes and seemed to accentuate dry patches. vichy spf 60 is none of those things. I took it from my dads golf bag when i forgot my neutrogena back at school and have never looked back
for reference I have extremley fair but golden skin that freckles extremly easily. If i didnt wear sunscreen every day my face would be full of freckles like it was when I was younger. My skin is also very sensitive and with the wrong products is prone to breakouts and dryness. This does not agrevate it
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
This sunscreen is a wolf in sheep's clothing for me. I used it consistently for a month and wondered why my blackheads looked twice their usual size and why I was breaking out with deep zits that never came to a head. D'oh. It applied shiny and dried rather matte, but later in the day it became disco-ball shiny. I won't repurchase, but maybe I'll try another Vichy sunscreen.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I have very fair skin and find this sunscreen to be fantastic. I wear sunscreen on a daily basis, this does not leave my face shiny/glowy and I easily wear my mineral make-up over top without any orangy-tint later in the day. I like to vary my skincare so I alternate this sunscreen every other day with Osmosis Shelter, my other current favourite.
I have tried La Roche Posay 60 and found it too thick, heavy and greasy for me. Therefore I do not agree with the other review saying these are the same product under different trade names. ROC 60 is another great product, lighter in texturel than Vichy, but it was too shiny/glowy on me. I will continue to repurchase Vichy!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Other
I bought this for a trip to Ecuador since the sun is really strong near the equator (plus I was at over 2000 metre elevation, so the UV rays are strong). This protected me well. I maintained my original skin colour after 3 weeks in the country. It does feel a little thick, but not as bad as the L'oreal Ombrelle. I like how it doesn't have the sunscreen smell to it. When applied to the face, it still leaves some shine, but I was fine walking out with it without adding powder to my face.
I stayed in Shoppers Drug Mart for 45 minutes comparing this and La Roche Posay's SPF 60 sunblock. The sunscreen ingredients were exactly the same (same percentage as well). So I figured, might as well buy this since it was $27 for 150 ml versus LRP's which was $24 for 100 ml. The texture of the two are the same too. The SA at Shoppers confirmed that they are really the same products under different names.
Now the downside of this is its water resistance. Although the box said "very water resistant", it was not. I went surfing for an hour and when I came back, all the sunscreen was probably washed off and I had bikini tan lines. (Though not too severe given that I was at the equator). After finding out about that, I put on extra product when I went white water rafting. Not long after I got splashed (I didn't even fall in the water), my arms were both all white with the sunscreen running down them. So I guess if I did fall in, the sunscreen would have washed away immediately.
That said, this is still a good sunscreen for its PPD factor and I would rely on it if I ever run out of my Bioderma sunscreen (which has PPD 35, the highest I found on the market).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I was excited to try this because I found it in my local pharmacy and it wasn't outrageously priced. Too bad it made me break out horribly in cysts, dermatitis, and clogged pores :( It was also very shiny, even after letting it sink in for over a half hour. Such a shame because it's fragrance free and has a high PPD.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
(This review is for the Canadian version)
I wanted to like this sunscreen, since it's high PPD (PPD 15) and not too greasy or oily, unlike most other sunscreens (others have reported that this is one of the most cosmetically elegant sunscreens on the Canadian market). It's also fragrance free, which I really appreciated since I'm frequently sensitive to fragrance. Unfortunately I seem to be sensitive to avobenzone, which this contains; this sunscreen stung when I put it on, and it was getting worse each time. This sunscreen has an extremely noticeable white cast on my medium-toned skin, which disappears after around 30 minutes, but other people commented that I appeared "ghostly" wearing this. It might be workable with those with pale skin who aren't sensitive to chemical sunscreen filters.
Active Ingredients: 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (5.0%), Titanium Dioxide (4.0%), Avobenzone (3.5%), Mexoryl SX (3.3%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12/C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Triethanolamine, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Octyl Cocoate, Stearic Acid, PEG 100 Stearate, PVP/Eicosene Copolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Aluminium Hydroxide
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I am on my fourth tube and planning to get more. This is so far the best European sunscreen for me. It is not shiny and spread easily. I don't notice any whitecast on my yellow undertone skin. I have a combination acne prone skin and this sunscreen doesn't cause any breakouts. I wish it is less greasy/sticky but comparing to other European sunscreen, this is my HG. Really nice for winter time.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is a review for the Asian equivalent of this which is SPF 50+ PPD 20. Unfortunately, like the body version which I also tried. My skin reacted VERY angrily to this in spite of the supposed suitability of this for sensitive skin. The only thing I like about it was the texture which was not too heavy and rather matte. The price was also reasonable compared to the Shiseidos. It did look a little cakey under foundation though. After the first use, my skin broke out in a rash - bumps and blotches. Users with sensitive skin please be careful.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
UPDATE: Ok, this is still the only sunscreen I tolerate well. I tried experiementing with LRP which an SA told me was even better than the Vichy for those with sensitive skin. NOT so for me. After using the LRP for an entire day only, I noticed that after removing it in the evening the dermatitis prone areas on my face were red and irritated. It did calm down later on in the night though. This wasn't apparent at all though when I first applied or throughout the day. I wasn't sure if it was the sunscreen or maybe just my dermatitis acting up. Tried it again the next day, the same thing. The third day, I went back to using my Vichy. After removing, no redness or irritation. It's too bad though becuse I liked how easy the LRP was to spread, that it was more moisturizing. After sinking in, it wasn't terribly shiny (though high shine at first). The Vichy is still more cosmetically elegant though. Well, today I tried the LRP again, but this time I had to remove it almost immediately after putting it on. One dermatitis prone area began to itch and burn, when I removed it the area was all red. Anyway, I'm certain it is from the LRP as it was the only thing I've changed in my routine. Needless to say, I'll stick with Vichy. Oh and I also don't get any bumps anymore using this around my eyes, like I said originally. Not sure what that was anymore.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I am still loving this sunscreen; I cannot believe I haven't written a review for it yet. This is for the Canadian version. I find that it's not shiny or greasy, but might feel like it when you first put it on (if you use a lot of it, and especially if you use the 1/4tsp or more). It looks thick and creamy when squeezes out of the tube, bit scary at first. However, after rubbing it in and after a while it does absorb and it's a dewy appearance which can definately be matte with very little powder. I like the dewy look though. Also, there's no tint to this s/s so some might find it leaves a white cast. I have an olive complexion & find that it does seem to leave a somewhat of a white cast when I first put it on but after a while as it dries or absorbs or whatever and it disappears. I don't wear make up much but I find that wearing this s/s does make my skin appear smoother and more even toned when I'm not wearing any make up. It's also drying on some areas for me to wear alone & definately accentuates any flakes, so if you have any dry areas moisturize first. Also, I'm prone to clogged pores and extremely prone to dermatitis. So far, I think this might have irritated my dermatitis once (redness, bumps) but I'm not completely sure if it was the s/s or perhaps the s/s coupled w/ something else.. or something else altogether. I decided to use less s/s over the area and moisturize first, so far it's worked much better. It's also fairly easy to remove. I don't have a problem with clogged pores with this except perhaps around my eyes. I find that I actually can use it around my eyes, no sensitivities there but using it daily gave me bumps around that area (medium to largish). They weren't very apparent while wearing the s/s but after removing it, I could tell better. They went away when I stopped using it around my eyes. Anyhow, this is def a good (chemical) one to try if u have sensitive skin!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
"VICHY CAPITAL SOLEIL SPF 60 EXTREME SUNBLOCK LOTION FOR VERY SUN SENSITIVE SKIN"
Retails for $24 CDN for a 100 mL tube in Canada.
This review is for the Canadian Vichy SPF 60, which doesn't contain alcohol. This is one of the most cosmetically elegant sunscreen in Canada, and possibly the gentlest sunscreen I have found so far. It has a nice texture, spreads easily/evenly and gives a dewy finish. I don't see any white cast. It is much less shiny and sticky than Canadian Ombrelle. It is light on the skin I don't actually feel it on. However, like LRP Anthelios L, this sunscreen makes my skin go oily more frequently. Please note that this is not water-resistant at all, so it's not for running or swimming.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Holy hamsters, Batman, call the Comedone Cops!
One week into using this and I now have blackheads on my forehead, nose, temples, mouche (don't know how I found it, but there it was) and on top of my old acne scars. That's one heck of an achievement, to be perfectly honest. The silica pleads guilty, but I'm suspecting henchmen.
Other than that: pleasant consistency, flip cap, doesn't dry even remotely matte but does give a neat kabuki glow and has so far protected me against everything - save for blackheads - 100%.
Beloved Vichy sunscreen, it was not to be. I am once again forced to enlist a new maitresse from lands afar (well, Spain is a bit off, dontchathink?). I hope you find someone new, I really hope you do, because I loooooove you!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I had used the Anthelios L sunblock for the past 2 years and had found it to be okay for the purpose at the time given that I reside in Canada, and that was the highest ppd sunblock available. However, after having tried this I can say I have found my HG sunscreen, well at least until something with a higher ppd is available domestically.
My skin is normal to oily, not acne prone, is sensitive, and prone to clogging. This product has not broken me out thus far, no clogged pores to date, and it dries matte with no funny smell. The price point is good at $22-$25 at most drugstores.
Update: I find this product to leave my skin looking like an oil slick when I use the 1/4 teaspoon rec'd amount on my face. This makes it hard for me to want to wear this on a daily basis, and looks hideous under makeup. However, for the time being this is the SS I will use until I am able to find something with a high ppd that is mattifying. For everyday use I'm currently using Shisheido SPF 55, though lower in ppd, its great under makeup and mattifying.
Update: Found Gentle protective lotion SPF 45 to be a great alternative. Not greasy, does not break me out, and is an all physical block if that's important to you. Oh it's great under makeup. I believe this is my HG.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I got this while on vacation in Canada. I found this to be heavy and shiny, but i'd wear it again since it's better PPD than US sunscreens. I have combo skin most of the year, oily in summer. Acne prone and sensitive as well.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I used this cream for years in summers, but since I moved to a very sunny climate, I need a suncreen that I can afford for 12 months.
I just tried Antelios gel SPF40, I can say that this cream is definitely more matte than Anthelios gel SPF40, altough Anthelios is less dense and easy to spread.
'Easy to spread' is a good property, however it is useful for 2 minutes, namely when when you spread it. I prefer difficulty in spreading for 2 minutes and less shine for the rest of the day.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This review is for the 100ml Canadian version. After using up 3 bottles of LRP FE 40, I decided to try something else. I like the fact that this is a cream and applies easily on my face. I have medium skintone (asian) and this does leave me with just a hint of whitecast, not too bad. I also like that it comes in 100ml tube with a flip cap. I have no breakouts or bad reaction from using this sunscreen for the past month. I do still use a separate moisturizer under this suncreen. I have dry, sensitive skin that is prone to dermatitis.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I bought the 100ml size in Canada for $24 (Canadian, of course, and then you add on the 14% taxes!). Despite the price, I'm now a loyal fan of this product due to the quality and level of protection. I have dry skin so I don't normally have to worry about breakouts in any way, but I noticed that this sunscreen has a really nice finish, very little white cast, and also manages to moisturize my skin a bit. Knowing what I now know about the quality (or lack thereof) of different sunscreens, thanks to MUA boards and notepads, I will henceforth be a devoted user of this product. I live in VA, though, so I won't be visiting Canada again anytime soon, which is quite sad. If you can get your hands on this product, try it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
This comes in a 50 ml tube with a flip-top cap. It has a nice creamy, smooth consistency which spreads well. On my oily skin it takes a while to absorb--probably twenty minutes, and it becomes dewy. With a little powder it is almost matte. I have experienced no irritation or breakouts from this. This has a rating of SPF 60/PPD 20. Overall I like this sunscreen and would purchase again. I am impressed with all of the Vichy sunscreens I have purchased so far. I ordered this online from Europe.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
I have been using Clinique Super City Block 25 SPF and decided to switch to something with more protection. I am reviewing the Euro version of 60 SPF and 20 PPD. This sunscreen feels pretty light on the face. It behaves very well when the weather is not too hot, it is not greasy, not sticky. In hot weather it is a bit too emollient but I sweat a lot in the summer so it might be different for other people. It is a bit shiny, but it looks more like glowy in less that hot weather. It does really look shiny around the eyes though, where the Clinique behaved much better. The white cast is barely noticeable. The big positive about this sunscreen is that it does not break me out at all and my skin looks better since I have been using it (since 2005 spring). Overall more even smoother texture, fading of marks is noticeable. So I really like it, I find it relatively easy to wear, I have repurchased several times already. I must add that the lait-gel version, in my opinion, is only suitable for the body, I find it much greasier and heavier in every way. The ultra fluid I cannot wear at all, it's very runny and shiny.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Update: I did a split-face test with the crème ecran spf60 (PPD20, meant for face) on one side of my face and the new, reformulated lait-gel ecran 60 (PPD28, meant for body) on the other side. Conclusion: they both have the same (semi-matte) finish! On my skin they are exactly alike in terms of stickiness and absorbtion. The lait-gel may even be a tiny bit more matte. Because of this and the fact that the lait-gel has PPD28 instead of 20 ánd comes in a tube twice as big as the crème, I highly reccommend people to buy the lait-gel if they like the crème.
Old review: This ss has a wonderful creamy texture, spreads easily and doesn't leave a white shine. It is moisturizing, gets absorbed pretty fast, is unfragranced and comes in a handy, sturdy tube. So far the good news...It is also shiny, although this contains both alcohol and silica. This shine is especially noticable on hot/humid days. When I sweat with this on, it looks terrible. When its a cold day, though, it's not that bad (though still noticable).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
i love LOVE absolutely love this product. i tested it out today for the first time and it's perfect. my skin just soaks it up and it dries to a matte finish. nor does it leave a shiney residue. absolutely awesome. my only complaint is that it's so freaken pricey! for $33 i only get 50 ml!!! omg! because of that price tag, this sunscreen is now only reserved for outdoor excursions and long luxurious sunny weekends. i honestly wish that i can "afford" to use this everyday but not with that price tag.
Update: okay - so much for the holy grail. after using this sunblock a couple of times, it's now just collecting dust in my medicine cabinet. i'd give it up for "swap" but it's already half gone. for whatever reason, this stuff does NOT absorb well and just "sits" on top of my skin. thus leaving me w/ a semi-transparent white mask. yucko! maybe there's a reason after all why the us will not sell it.
additionally, this sunscreen is a pain in the butt to obtain! after a quick research on MUA, i had to google various sites before i finally found one that had it in stock. in the process,i accidentally ordered the milk body version from germany. now THAT one, you do NOT want to put on your face. i learned that quickly after two attempts. this product was found on an irish website and it arrived approximately 10 days after the order was placed.