Sunday, January 5, 2014
Skincare Sunday: Vichy Mini Spa Review
For the first Skincare Sunday of the year, I'm going to review some Vichy items that's included in a Mini Spa Kit. This kit no longer exists, but the items in it are all individually available for sale. It has 3 deluxe sample items, 2 foil pack samples, and a headband.
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The items included in this kit are show above. The included headband is really thin and not really useful. I have thick hair so it doesn't keep the hair back well. I haven't tried the two foil-pack samples, but they are the CelluDestock and ProEven.
Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream is formulated for dry/dehydrated skin. The newer formula claims to have 48 hour hydration, but this one claims 24 hours. It contains the proprietary Vichy Thermal Spa Water and Activ Hyaluronine that helps strengthen and increase the natural protective function of skin while soothing away the discomfort. The skin is visibly fortified, allowing increased radiance.
It's a super rich cream that does sink into the skin once applied, but you can tell that it's rich. It's not something that is comfortable to use in warmer months (which is when I originally used it). If you don't need extra moisture, this will make you feel greasy even though the actual product isn't greasy. During cold months that require extra moisture, this feels nice. It does provide long term moisture, although I don't think it lasts the 24 hours. There is a slightly floral scent that's not too strong.
Purete Thermal Soothing Eye Make Up Remover For Sensitive Eyes is formulated for aging, dehydrated, dull skin that is also sensitive. It's a make-up remover with cornflower water and pro-vitamin B that helps to reduce the appearance of fatigue around the eyes. It also contains the Vichy Thermal Spa Water. The pH level of this is equal to tears, so it's gentle on the eyes and doesn't need to be rinsed off. No irritation or dryness will occur.
In reality, this is lackluster in terms of a makeup remover. It doesn't fully remove make up as it claims to do, so any other claims are pointless. It is gentle, and it doesn't hurt my eyes. I don't need to rinse this off, but I still need to wash my eyes with soap to get all my makeup off. I don't find it to be particularly effective in reducing fatigue around the eyes. It's not a horrible product, but the job doesn't get done.
Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is formulated once again for the aging, dehydrated, dull skin of the sensitive variety. It's a 3 product combo of a cleansing milk, toning lotion, and eye makeup remover. It contains Captelae, a plant extract, that traps impurities therefore minimizing rubbing with cotton balls/rounds. Other ingredients are the Vichy Thermal Spa Water and vitamin B5 to help fortify, soothe, and moisturize skin. No rinsing is required with this product.
This was pure crap of a product. It does NOTHING besides leave a slightly greasy film behind on the skin. It does not remove makeup, just smears it around a bit, then gets into your eye and makes it hard to see. It might be a good toning lotion, but the concept of leaving this one after rubbing the makeup off with a cotton ball/round seems like a bad idea regardless of this magical Captelae. And it doesn't work as a cleansing milk since it doesn't cleanse. I'm not sure exactly what a cleansing milk is, but I'm going to assume it's supposed to clean. Don't waste your time with this one.
Bottom Line: I was rather underwhelmed by this sample kit as a whole. I only like one product, the Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream. The Purete Thermal Soothing Eye Makeup Remover and 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser where useless and didn't work.