Unpopular Opinion: I Don’t Like This Vichy Sunscreen

Wasn’t going to review it. Sunscreen is hardly the most exciting product is it? Unless it’s epic, like the Vichy mattfying face one I love. A sunscreen you don’t even like? Quite the non-story.

But am seeing this one everywhere. New from Vichy, the Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 30 Solar Protective Water to full name it. Two versions, one hydrating, one tan-enhancing. The Guardian beauty writer Sali Hughes posted them on her Instagram. Beauty Blogger Ruth Crilly wrote a rave review on her blog, A Model Recommends. Most recently, The Sunday Times columnist India Knight declared it to be ‘the dream sunscreen’ with ‘the texture of water’ and ‘completely non-oily’.

Pretty high profile praise. It’s probably why I bought it. That and I thought that an SPF water sounded interesting – innovative, something new. But I’m confused. They say water, I say it’s a blinking oil mate. A dry oil. You can see the oil in the bottle, as it’s a bi-phase product that you need to shake up.

Vichy Ideal Soleil Solar Protective Water Review

Do you see? Oil, mate. Oil.

The mist is nice and fine, the product is easy to rub in and offers effective sun protection. No complaints there. But on the oilness scale, it’s much more Hawaiian Tropic than it is Evian. In fact, it’s so greasy on the palms that I feel compelled to wash my hands after I’ve applied it. Which is not particularly convenient at the pool or beach.

Vichy Sunscreen Review

The Great and the Greasy.

Unpopular opinion: I don’t like it. A little surprised as Vichy is a brand that I love. Currently obsessed with the Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 30 Dry Touch Mattifying Face Fluid. I’ll use it up, sure, but definitely won’t repurchase. And all this chat about it feeling like water? Utter cobblers.

Til next time,




  1. Kairen
    July 19, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Thanks! I’ll avoid that one then. Hate an oil slick on the beach. xxx

  2. July 19, 2018 / 8:40 am

    We used a dry oil spray last year for the 1st time & I worried it would be mega greasy but it wasn’t at all & was £4 a bottle, we didn’t burn & it sank in nicely & smelled nice too. I wouldn’t buy this if it leaves such a greasy feel on your hands, very inconvenient!! Great honest review as always xx

    • July 19, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Thanks Zoë! I quite like dry oils too, but yes, this is is so greasy on the hands. Particularly for something called a ‘water’! H x

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