|Would buy this product again.||56%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This formula actually worked very well for my combination skin type! The formula was thin, but not watery, and absorbed so fast! Usually 'fast drying' formulas don't work for me, but this one didn't leave behind any oily or greasy feeling!
Thumbs up Vichy! :-)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
VICHY SPF 50 WITH mexoryl XL and sebo-stop.
I got a generous sample of what I thought was this SS, but it was the old version. Because I didnt know that, I bought 3 bottles of the new one with sebostop and its nothing like the old formula.
The old dried within 10 seconds, didnt leave the slightest cast on my dark skin (think Beyonce/Halle Berry color)..its was LOVE!
The new one with Sebostop (whatever that is..) balls up and while it is very matte, it leaves me looking like Casper.
I try to apply the recommended 1/4 teaspoon and I just hate the way it looks, greyish and just generally blah..dont even think about wearing it if you're gonna be photographed, it will look like you've got a thin layer of chalk on your face.
On the good side, its matte and the stayingpower is really good.
It stays on during workouts and I dont bother reapplying when I walk home from the gym (I live just 3 minutes away) because it stays on so well.
I'm saving the two bottles I have left for when I'm stuck on a deserted island or something, where nobody can see the greyish cast.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
1.runny 2. greasy, 3.sticky and 4. veeery shiny, don't know how it does in long-term, 2. and 4. are more than I can take so the testing was over quickly.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
I think Vichy has come up with a few variations on their Capital Soleil Ultra Fluide 50+ (w/ Mexoryl). I've been using it regularly for a couple of years now, and it works well for me. They recently came out with a "new and improved" version called Micro-Matte, which I think is largely the same as the Ultra Fluide, with perhaps a slightly more, well, matte finish. Neither version clogs my pores or causes my acne-prone skin to breakout, nor do they leave me with a white cast (however, my complexion is fair.)
Evidently Vichy has recently come out with another new formulation - SPF 50+ Micro-Fluide with Mexoryl XL with Sebostop. Sadly, it most definitely leaves a white cast and doesn't come off easily at all, even at the end of the day. (Which I suppose could be considered as a sign of the strength and durability of its ingredients.) It also doesn't glide on smoothly like the Ultra-Fluide or Micro-Matte versions, which is made very apparent since you have to rub it in vigorously in order to try to minimize the white cast that it leaves.
If you are extremely pale (and I do mean extremely) and have very oily skin, you might like the Micro-Fluide with Sebostop. But otherwise, I would advise trying the Ultra-Fluide or Micro-Matte formulations. Just be careful when purchasing so you don't buy the wrong one by mistake.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I'm not sure if this is the correct listing. This is a review for Vichy Capital Soleil Ecran Ultra-Fluide SPF 50+ Ultra Protection (40 mL bottle), which I purchased while traveling in Iceland. I love this sunscreen because it contains Mexoryl, it has a lovely light and thin consistency that is easy to apply and sinks in well, and it dries beautifully--matte and truly dry.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
After hearing some raves about this one on the skin care board, I decided to order it from Tubotica. The only way I can sort of get this to work is if I apply it to clean, bare skin. I had once applied a BHA gel as a spot treatment under this and the sunscreen balled up terribly. Even when applied to bare skin, it takes a while to sink in. It is a PITA to apply due to the fluid texture - it just runs everywhere. I will try to use up the bottle, but I will not repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This was just AWFUL for my skin. I would apply it to clean, dry skin, and it would flake or peel off like I was diseased.
I didn't feel comfortable with the fluid consistency either because it dripped everywhere, and got more on my fingers/hands than it got on my face!!
It was also insanely expensive, and while it DOES have Mexoryl in it to stabilize the UVA ingredient Avobenzone, it's not worth it.
It's a real shame, but I've had to resort to L'Oreal's Ombrelle collection because the SPF cream in there works much better - makes my face super oily/shiny looking, but a dusting of powder does the trick for the day, and is worth it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This really irritated my sensitive skin - wanted this for summer time when my combo skin gets really greasy. It was really shiny, and made my skin really blotchy, itchy, and with tiny bumps (i think maybe there's alot of alcohol in the formulation?). i put some on my SO and it burned his eyes immediately.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Vey very good if you have oily skin, by far one of the best in the market.
No white cast, no shine, just briliant.
Very expensive one pack last me two weeks I need to find a cheaper alternative, but very good if you can buy two packs a month
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Other Eyes: Other
awesome protection...the best there is i the market..but sadly it did break me out every single time i used...i really wanted it to be my HG..but sadly...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Like all the other Vichy products this gave me clogged pores, irritated my skin. My skin gave a severe reaction and I wasted so much money for it! Nothing can make my buy this again I'd rather not wear any ss
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was very excited to try this, as it claims it has a matte finish. However, it came out very shiny on me. It is ok to use if I dust some EM finishing dust on top. However, I do like that it does not give a white cast on your face and that it does not sting your eyes. For that I will repurchase, but I will only use it for the summer months.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This ss doesn't leave any residue. Perfect to put make up on. Not shiny or greasy.
It is fast drying and totally absorbed by my combination skin. Both the dry pathes and oily T-zone absorbed the fluid equally well. It doesn't feel oily or drying.
Second, even though I wear it on my eye area, my extremely allegic eyes and sensitive skin did not give any reaction to it!
It is PPD 20 and I read it is stable enough to protect you all day.
I have been using Clinique City Block. But this one beats it. So, I recommend it to everyone. However, just keep it in mind that it is not water-resistant.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I've only been using this for a couple of days (which haven't been REALLY sunny) so maybe i'm jumping the gun a bit by posting here but, ah well!! will update if anything happens....
but so far i love this! i have very fair skin, burn easily, and don't tan. i therefore have been looking for a good SS for my face for years that doesn't make me look like i'm wearing a mask or make my sensitive/combo skin feel/look like an oil slick...... fingers crossed, i've found it! yes, this is expensive but what price on perfect sun protection? i like the fact that it is such a high SPF (60) and that it dries quickly, making my skin matte and non-greasy. I am very prone to break-outs and clogged pores and so far there have been none whilst using this. Will update if i do get any....
I'm hoping this could be my HG face SS........ after years of searching!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
My skin is so allergic to most sunscreens that I was reluctant to buy this at first, but the blurb on the box suggested it had all the qualities I was looking for in a daily use sunscreen for the summer months - and it has. The lotion goes on like a dream, doesn't leave any annoying white cast or stickiness and hasn't caused an allergic reaction. The bottle is also small enough to carry around.
Admittedly it isn't the best value sunscreen product ever, but I specifically wanted something suitable for wearing while at work during the summer without looking chalky, greasy or spotty - my skin is naturally very oily. This has definitely done the trick for the city, but I'll use something else on the beach.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
UPDATE: 8/1/07 La Roche Psay Anthelios SX SPF 15/PPD 15 has replaced this as my HG sunscreen. I switched over in 12/06, when I became very dry from starting RX retinoid use (tax cream .1%). The Anthelios is gentler, more moisturizing and easier to obtain in the US. This Vichy is still my 2nd fave, though.
UPDATE 6/4/06: Still using and loving the Vichy. This is my favorite ss to date!
COMPARATIVE REVIEW OF
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50+/PPD 20 Ultra Fragance Free Fluide
LRP Dermo-Pediatrics Lait SPF 50+/PPD 28
CONSISTENCY: The Vichy is a thin, runny white fluid -- so runny, in fact, that after I've poured it into my 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon, it will spill if my hand shakes *at all*. For this reason, I dump it ASAP from the measure into my palm before applying. The LRP is also runny, but thicker. I can apply it with my fingertips right from the measuring spoon. I do apply a full 1/4 tsp. of each to face.
IMPRESSIONS: The Vichy is easy to apply. I just swipe it on and lightly rub it in. It goes on very white, but becomes transparent almost immediately (by the time I've finished the minimal amount of rubbing it requires). It leaves no white cast whatsoever on my PPP, MAC NW15 skin. It looks and feels quite oily on initial application, but, within minutes, dries down to an almost completely matte finish. (This is, in fact, the 2nd most matte Euro sunscreen I've tried, with the 1st being LRP DermoPediatrics SPF 40 Spray). It leaves me with no shine, and a nicely moist (but not oily) feeling to my skin -- as would be the case if I had just used a moisturizer. It has no discernible odor to me. I've had no sensory reactions whatever to this sunscreen, nor any dryness, breakouts or clogged pores.
By comparison, the LRP DermoPediatrics 50+ Lait is heavier, tackier, and definitely feels more "there" on the face throughout the day. It takes longer for me to apply, as I have to rub it in well to blend it in. It dries down to a fairly matte finish, but is definitely shinier on than the Vichy. It leaves a very slight white cast on my skin, but I'm probably the only one who can notice this. Depending upon how dry my skin feels on a given day, I sometimes have to apply a moisturizer under the LRP, or else it dries me out. Like the Vichy, the LRP has no added fragrance, but this one has a strong sunscreen smell. My nose can also detect the alcohol in it. These odors do dissipate fairly quickly, but may become a problem for me during hay fever season, when I'm more sensitive. Occasionally, the LRP will sting a bit upon application, or a cause a tiny spot of itchiness for a while.
All that said, either of these sunscreens is far more wearable than others I've tried (some Avenes, Ducrays, another Vichy and a few US sunscreens.) As of right now, despite its high price, the Vichy SPF 50+ Ultra Fluide is my HG sunscreen.
My skin type: 52 y/o, quite sensitive, dryish (especially in winter), with a somewhat oily T-zone. (Baumann's skin type DSPW)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I did a lot of research before purchasing this sunscreen. This is for the Canadian version -as I've heard there are Euro and Canadian versions. I bought this for my sensitve, slightly oily skin (Baumann OSPW). First off it made my skin very shiny. If this is the most cosmetically elegant I'm not sure what I do next! In addition I got tiny little zits from this around my nose. They come and go in a day or two - but annoying. This was quite expensive and you get only 40ml, a very small amount. Won't repurchase.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I was surprised that I didn't like this. My impression before trying it was that it would be a bit expensive, but "cosmetically elegant". I was amazed at what a titchy little bottle 40mls actually is. With no pump dispenser or anything you really see how little you get for your money. I accidentally threw away the little cardboard thing in the cap, and my bottle now leaks out a few precious mls when I use it, and I can't carry it around with me, although it's perfect handbag size. I have to keep it upright at all times to prevent it will escaping. To be fair I've only put this on 2 times in 2 days and each time I've washed it off pretty quickly, so I've no idea how good a sunscreen this really is. Also, I've not tried putting powder on top of it. I bought this thinking it might be my ideal summer SS for days when I could manage without MU, but wasn't on the beach all day. I got this idea fixed in my head about ingredients in most make-up degrading avobenzone, which this contains. I think this might be fine with a little powder on top. Anyway, without anything on top these are the reasons I didn't like it, after using a full 1/4 teaspoon.
1) Extremely runny. It's a good job it's quick drying or it would all just drip off your face.
2) Not really all that quick drying.
3) Looks greasy still after 2 hours even though it doesn't feel greasy.
Good points are: doesn't sting eyes, feels light weight, nice smell, no spots/irritation, although limited exposure still.
I'm a serious sunscreen novice and will update when I've used this more. My impression so far is that, for me, this doesn't work well enough to justify the price , particularly as I've got 800ml of SS from my last trip to the UK to use up, which cost me about the same as 2 tiny bottles of this, ( ignoring airfare)
Update: I didn't give this a fair try, so am updating after 2 more uses. I wore it yesterday when a stray ray of sunshine appeared, and we went out for a walk. It felt really nice on my face, very light and forgettable. I didn't look in a mirror for about 3 hours, and at that point it looked really good, slightly dewy, not greasy, in fact better than I would have looked with nothing on. My eyes started stinging a little after about 5 hours. I tried it to wear to work today, and it made my eyes sting like crazy. I rinsed my eyes after a couple of hours, but had to wash my whole face by lunchtime as it still seemed to be getting in my eyes somehow. So, I do think this has a great texture, and it would be very cosmetically elegant if it weren't for the tears pouring down my face. This is not going to be my everyday sunscreen, but might well be worth a try, particularly if you're not planning to put it anywhere near your eyes.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
It does dry quicky, does not leave a white cast. No stinging sensation or red face. Leaves a semi-matte finish in a matter of a couple of minutes, so you can leave the house or reapply while you are out in public with this....which makes it a cut above every other high-ppd sunscreen I have tried. It is very runny, and can be tricky to apply an entire 1/4 tsp to the face..if I had not measured it out, I would probably only have done 1ml, or 80% of the recommended amount. I applied powder foundation over top and 5 hours later it all looks good, no need for blotting papers yet.
My only gripe is the cost: it would be little trouble to Vichy to make a 150ml bottle of this and offer it for 5 more Euro's....but instead they choose to charge and exorbitant amount for barely more than an ounce of product. I really wish the Tinosorbs or Mexoryls were legal in the US, since Coppertone or another US company would probably offer a 4 or even 8 ounce bottle at an affordable price. Due to the high cost, I'll have to save this nice sunscreen for days when I'll be outdoors more and its very sunny. But, were it affordable for daily use, I would use it daily. UPDATE: Makes me breakout, and although it looks nearly matte I cannot apply MU or powder over it because in reality it is pretty greasy, and too much powder sticks.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
This is probably the most cosmetically elegant Euro ss I've tried so far, and I've tried a ton!
It's light and liquidy, and it leaves absolutely no white cast. It gives a matte finish and is slick to the touch. It's similar to LRP FE, but the difference is that the Vichy sinks in, whereas FE sits on top of my skin like an oily fluid. Also, the Vichy has a less strong alcohol smell.