Hi everyone! I hope you're all well and having a fabulous weekend so far. It feels like such a long time since I last wrote a product review for you all so I've made a point of sitting down today to write all about a fabulous little product I've been loving lately - Vichy Idealia BB Cream*. If you've been reading my blog for a while you might know that I'm not usually the biggest lover of the ever-hyped BB creams. I've tried my fair share of them and have almost always been left disappointed. Well, until now that is. I think I may well of been converted. As a huge fan of the Vichy Idealia moisturiser, when I discovered they were releasing a matching Idealia BB Cream, I was very intrigued and couldn't wait to get my little mitts on it.
As I mentioned earlier, BB creams are a product that have never wowed me. I've always had high hopes that they'll help me achieve flawless, smooth and glowing skin but instead have been left with an exceptionally light coverage tinted moisturiser that adds nothing more to my skin than a wash of colour that is more often than not far too dark for my skintone. What is it with most 'light' BB creams being more suitable for a watsit than someone with fair skin? However, the newly released BB cream from Vichy provides all of those things I've been searching for and more. Designed to illuminate tired, dull skin, it works wonders at adding brightness and luminosity to my face. Here's how Vichy describe their wonderful new product -
"Enriched with a unique complex (Kombucha + UV Filter System) and light reflecting pigments; the formula is designed for 6 different actions: Illuminate, hydrate, smooth wrinkles, refine skin texture, reduce the appearance of dark spots and protect with SPF 25".
Now although it seems hard to believe that one product can contain so many benefits for the skin (believe me, I was sceptical at first too), it really does. As soon as I applied it to my face I was amazed by how bright and smooth my complexion looked. It instantly gave my skin a pick me up and although it doesn't have a heavy coverage, it evened out my complexion and provided me with enough coverage that I felt confident to wear it alone. Another thing I noticed was how amazing it felt on my skin and that it feels more like a moisturiser than a base for makeup. With a matching scent to the Idealia moisturiser, it smells amazing too and is a real joy to apply. It blends like a dream and sinks into the skin to provide a natural flawless base. I find my skin feels hydrated after application which provides a nice smooth base for the rest of my makeup and I generally look a lot healthier after applying this product. I can't confirm whether it smooths wrinkles or reduces the appearance of dark spots as I don't have either of these but I certainly imagine it would if the other benefits are anything to go by.
The are currently two shades available - Light and Medium and the one I've swatched in the photos above is Light. I realise it looks exceptionally light in my swatch but it adapts to my skin tone very well once blended in. It contains light reflecting pigments which is what helps to illuminate the skin but I haven't found they make me look too shiny or glittery. I do have combination skin though so I've been dusting it ever so lightly with a powder after application to keep any shine at bay.
Overall I absolutely adore this products and would recommend it to anyone who might of been left disappointed by BB creams in the past. I was convinced they were all talk and no action but this one has seriously proved me wrong. I used it almost every day on my recent holiday to Marbella and the added SPF 25 meant my skin was protected whilst also looking fresh and radiant. If you're going away on holiday any time soon - I'd really recommend checking this out. It was a staple for me!
What do you think of BB creams? Do you like the sound of this one from Vichy? Its available to buy from various stockists but the cheapest I found it for online is £14.00 from Esenctual here. Its worth every penny in my opinion!
Lots of Love,