This Suncream Is My New Favourite Primer

Got a new facial suncream. Had been loving the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch SPF50+ but decided that it’s actually too effective. Have a brown bod with a ghosty white head floating above it. Looks most odd.

Have been redressing the face-chest disparity with self tan, but you know what? I want a tanned face. There, I said it. I know I am supposed to know better. Factor 50, a massive hat and all that. But not forgoing the suncreen completely, just dialling it back a notch. Factor 30.

Usually I like to look dewy dewy dewy, but sunbathing makes me sweaty sweaty sweaty so an anti-shine suncreen seems like the way to go. The La Roche-Posay is anti-shine in that it has a nice texture; doesn’t go on white and sticky like a lot of suncreams. But it doesn’t really mattify. The Vichy however, is a step up. This one got some oil control magic happening up in here. You don’t notice it straight away, but you sure notice it a couple of hours into a sun session, when the rest of you is a sweaty betty but your face is still dry.

That’s not even the best bit. Have also worn it under makeup. Under makeup, it is extraordinary. Foundation applies super smoothly on top, as does the rest, creams and powders. Not only does it apply super smoothly, but my base looks great. Possibly a touch more matte than usual, but also flawless. Foundation doesn’t settle into my forehead or smile lines like it normally does. It does something excellent in the pore minimising department too.

This suncream is my new favourite primer. What a touch. Could easily be sold in a glass bottle in SpaceNK as a primer with sun protection at three times the price.

Vichy Idéal Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SPF30, currently 25% off, £12.37 (was £16.50), here.

Til next time,




  1. Kairen
    July 10, 2018 / 7:47 am

    That looks like a fabulous product! Get me some soon!!

    • July 10, 2018 / 10:56 am

      I thought of you when I wrote this!

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