Thanks for all the lovely feedback I have received on my blog posts last week including the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum*. I promised to also talk about the Vichy Idealia Life Serum and here it is. I kindly received the Vichy Idealia Life Serum* to try out and I have really enjoyed testing it out. I don't think I hear so much about this particular serum compared to the Thermal Serum. I am not sure why but they are equally amazing products although the Idealia Serum is slightly more expensive than the Aqualia serum. If you are stuck on which serum to choose, stay tuned for my comparison post sometime this week. If you want to find out more about Vichy, check out my previous post where I talk about the brand.
I was really attracted to the bottle because it is a light pink colour which is so feminine. The outer packaging has a beautiful iridescent pink colour which is really eye catching. The bottle feels as luxe as the Aqualia Thermal Serum but the only difference is that it comes in an opaque bottle. It's not too much of an issue except that you can't see how much product you have left. However, the bottle has a pump which can be removed so you can unscrew it and see how much product is left. It contains a standard 30 ml of product which makes it travel friendly.
Formula// What Vichy Says?
According to Vichy, this is the first skin idealizer serum from Vichy with a formula made from an LHA and LR2412 complex which is capable of promoting good "skin behaviour". The Vichy Idealia Life Serum also promises to provide an instant radiance to the skin as well tighten pores and refine the skin texture over 4 weeks. It is fortified with the popular Vichy Thermal Spa Water and it is also Paraben-free. Of course, I was more than curious after reading these claims which was why I decided to test it for a full 4 weeks to monitor the results I got. Just to recap on my skin type- I have combination oily skin which is acne/blemish prone.
Although it is designed as a serum, I would say it is a serum-moisturiser hybrid because it has a silky texture. It is slightly thicker than a regular serum but it's not quite as thick as some moisturisers. Either ways, I like the texture and how it feels against my skin. The fun part is that it has an iridescent pearl pink colour which is responsible for the radiant glow that you see once it hits the skin. I know this is just a cosmetic effect but I really like that the way it makes my face look luminous. I always use around 1-2 pumps all over my face and it is enough to keep my complexion radiant. The downside for people who hate fragrance is that it has a fragrance. I really like the fragrance because it makes the product feel rather luxe. I know some people may not like this but I don't think it's overpowering at all and it disappears after a short while. I particularly love the silky texture and how it easily gets absorbed into the skin.
Now the moment of truth is here. The first thing I noticed on application is the subtle glow on my face after use and this is because it contains Mica. I like that this glow is still evident even when I have completed my skincare routine and applied my makeup. I love to use this serum in the morning when I want a luminous look. I also use it at night under the Balance Me Radiant Face Oil* to seal the deal. It has helped prevent my skin from looking dull. The best result I experienced from using this serum is how soft it left my skin. I think this may be due the ingredients used in the formula and its light silky texture. I did not notice any remarkable decrease in my pores per say but very few products have an effect on my pores. Overall, I noticed an improvement in my skin's texture and it felt smoother. I have even combined the Idealia Serum with the Aqualia Thermal Serum (very naughty I know) and my skin felt so supple, hydrated and radiant. If you love the hyped Lancome Dream Tone Serum and you are after a more affordable option, I suggest trying the Vichy Idealia Life Serum because they are very similar. I even think the Lancome Dream Tone serum uses similar ingredients as this Vichy offering and they both offer an iridescent pearly finish to the skin.
Cost // £31 (currently on offer for £23.25 in Boots) // Link
I think this serum may be one of the more expensive Vichy Serums as it retails for £31. It is sightly more expensive than the Vichy Aqualia Serum but I do think this offers more overall benefits for the skin. The good thing is Boots currently have 25% off selected Vichy products so you can get this serum for £23.25 which in an amazing bargain. I am really tempted to buy a backup but I have a good amount left so I would get it another time. Escentual also has a 20% off everything on their website so this is a good time to purchase this serum.
I have thoroughly enjoyed using the Vichy Idealia Life Serum and it's a little skincare gem. I love the results I get with it. I can't say it is as hydrating as Aqualia Thermal Serum but it does provide a decent amount of hydration to the skin. If you are looking to infuse some radiance to your skin without breaking the bank, I suggest trying this serum out. That's it folks!! Have you tried the Vichy Idealia Life Serum?...xx
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