Vichy is one of my all time favourite skincare brands, so you can understand my excitement when I got news that they were launching their first makeup range. Okay, so they have done BB cream, but whatever... I love that they call their makeup the last step in a skincare regime, as their products do more than just perfect skin. Formulated to give skin a naturally perfected look, illuminate, let skin to look like skin (no heavy, mask like foundations here), and improve skin health. Exactly what you'd expect from Vichy. I've tested the bulk of the range and have been very impressed.
Anyone who knows Vichy, knows their iconic Eau Thermale (aka Thermal Spa Water.) It's a staple ingredient in all of their skincare, featuring 15 minerals and the highest diversity of minerals amongst all French thermal waters. It works to strengthen skin against environmental aggressors, restores and preserves pH levels, and calms and soothes skin. It's a great starter when applying makeup as it plumps skin, feels nice, and aides in application and blend-ability of your base. A quick spritz mid day also refreshes skin without disturbing makeup. It's great stuff.
"The last step of your skin care routine is the first step of your makeup routine.The Teint Ideal range offers two foundation options, a liquid and a cream, with the Teint Ideal Illuminating Foundation Fluid formulated for normal to combination skin types. I'm more dry-normal, but this has been the formula I've been wearing the most lately. The light-weight formula features vitamin E and C, mineral pigments, and a liquid light technology to give skin an instant healthy glow.
Teint Ideal is a makeup range that contributes to the skin's health. A fluid, a cream, a powder, a bronzer, a concealer, and a highlighter form a complete range to give your complexion a natural glow and reveal it in all its splendour."
I was very pleased that the foundation offers a light to medium coverage (I was expecting something very sheer) and a natural, skin finish that is just slightly dewy with a very soft radiance. It's water based, and as such blends super easily, melds perfectly with skin, and wears beautifully all day. Vichy claims 14 hour hold, which seems about right given my days wearing this.
Drier skin types can opt for the Teint Ideal Illuminating Foundation Cream, which offers a similar formula, but has the added benefit of hylauronic acid to aid in hydrating and retaining moisture in skin. The foundation has a richer, cream texture, but is still light weight and with a gorgeous, natural finish. The Ivory shade looks a bit lighter than the Fluid one when swatched (see it below) but I didn't notice the difference on my face. I have yet to experience my usual winter dry out, but I know when my skin does eventually get direr, this will be my go-to foundation.
For those who like a more matte finish, the Teint Ideal Illuminating Foundation Compact Powder delivers. It's a compact powder foundation with a sheer-medium coverage, but it also works nicely as a touch up and finishing powder to set liquid/cream foundation. The powder has a velvety semi-matte finish with a light feel on skin. I love that this evens skin tone, but isn't heavy or drying and has the slightest bit of radiance from mother of pearl. It keeps the powder from looking flat, and retains a natural look.
Bronzer isn't a staple product in my usual makeup routine, but the Teint Ideal Bronzing Powder might just change my mind... Available in one universal shade, the bronzer gives a subtle warm glow to skin that I really love. The formula is light, finely milled, and very smooth. It's sheer, but easily built up to suit most skin tones. It comes in the same mirrored compact as the powder foundation, but with a half moon style brush. I know, those little brushes usually suck, but the one included isn't too bad and is handy if you need to apply on the go.
Vichy Teint Ideal Illuminating Foundation Fluid, Cream, Compact Powder, and Bronzer
Overall, I am a total fan of this range! It also includes a concealer and highlighter, which you can bet I'll be picking up soon. I love that these products give a perfected look, but skin still looks like skin and it's pretty much impossible to overdo. What do you think? Could your makeup routine use any of these products? Tried them?