Monday, May 27, 2013

Vichy Beautifying Sun Protection Compact review - before and after photos

As a self confessed beauty junkie, I have a lot of beauty products.  And as a lady, I carry around a handbag.  The bigger the bag, the more crap I carry around.  So in an attempt to whittle things down, I've undertaken a mission to find the best multi tasking products, so I don't have to carry around a wheely suitcase instead of a handbag.

This product is amazing....  And it's orange....

The Vichy Beautifying Sun Protection Compact protects like a sun cream, spreads like a fluid, mattifies like a powder and beautifies like a foundation.  I know.  This is groundbreaking stuff and is a lot to take in all in one go isn't it?

Let's go through it step by step shall we because it sounds too good to be true.  So it has the protection of a sun cream you say?  With SPF 30, it offers broad spectrum protection and protects against UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays.  

It has the texture of a foundation you say?  This is where it gets interesting for me.  I haven't used a cream foundation in years because I've always found them too thick for my skin.  Well slap my ass and call me Sally when I tell you that I'm converted to this one.  Despite looking thick in the compact, the dry oils and emollients in the formulation allow me to work it into my skin in seconds.  Now it comes with a sponge underneath the product, but I don't use it.  I prefer my Real Techniques Buffing Brush as I can really work it into my skin and you'll see below why.

It absorbs like a powder you say?  I've used cream to powder products in the past before and haven't been a fan of what the product looks like when it sets.  I've found them to look really powdery and drying, but not in this case.  This contains perlite, kaolin and talc which absorb excess oils and sweat giving a matte finish that doesn't look powdery.  

Now, the before and after photos.  I can't get over how flawless my skin looks in these photos and I kept having to go and check myself out in the mirror to make sure my skin really did look that good.  As I mentioned above, I use my Real Techniques brush to work the product into the skin and using that means I can take a little at a time and make sure it's all blended properly.  

It feels light and comfortable on my skin and you can see in the photos that it gives my skin a matte finish and really does even out my skin tone and makes it look like I've been airbrushed!  But you can also see that despite the gorgeous finish, my skin doesn't look cakey and my skin still shows through from underneath.

The Vichy Beautifying Sun Protection Compact comes in two shades, Sandy Beige, which is what I was sent to try, and Golden Beige.  It retails at €19.50 and is worth every penny in my opinion.  Summer holidays are coming up and if you want something that will protect your skin, work as a foundation and keep shine at bay, then you definitely need to check this one out.  It's the perfect travel companion but alas, I don't have any summer holidays booked, so will be using it to look after and beautify my skin in (hopefully) sunny Ireland!

Vichy, you've done it again.  After last year's Capital Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Emulsion which knocked it out of the park for those of us with oily skin, the Beautifying Sun Protection Compact is going to be another summer stable pour moi!


  1. Oh wow, that coverage is flawless! Do you think it would work with dry skin?

  2. Wow, such a great coverage! <3

  3. It looks great Karen! May keep an eye out for it in my local chemist!

  4. Ooooooh - I need this! It was 42 deg here today and I don't think my usual spf15 foundation is going to hold up much longer...

  5. Wow! Looks like exactly what im after and bad value either... Good call!

  6. I think I need this for my holliers! Do you think it would melt in the heat?

  7. I bought this during Escentuals French brand sale. (France has some amazing purse friendly beauty products)

    I used it today, topping up my existing foundation. I used the sponge and it looks lovely, not cakey or over done, but can't wait to apply it from fresh with a buffing brush tomorrow.


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