Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream: you tried it, you loved it!

By Aisling | November 17 2012 | 34 Comments

You might remember, a couple of months ago we ran a brilliant trial with Vichy for their brand new moisturiser, Idealia.  There was one big thing about this trial.  It was top secret and I could only drop a few hints or I would have ruined the effects – because we wanted to know what you guys thought without any input.  I hadn’t even tried the moisturiser by then myself so  I couldn’t have even if I had wanted – only 40 came into Ireland pre launch and they were all for the trial.  I’m telling you – my head was wrecked with the secrecy!



It was all great fun and I love doing things like this!  So the first thing we did was ask you what is important to you when it comes to ideal skin. 600 of you answered (read the questionnaire here) and here’s what you thought:

  • 24% – Spot  free (sun spots, blemishes, age spots)
  • 19% – Radiant Skin
  • 16% – Smooth skin texture
  • 16% – Uniform skin tone
  • 86% of respondents had yet to find a product that gives them ideal skin

Interesting no?  So then 40 of you were given the chance to try out the mystery product.  You still only knew that it was going to be some type of skincare until the parcel came in the post.  And when you opened the package you got to trial the new Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream over a four week period – and here’s what you thought!

  • 97% found the texture easy to apply
  • 92% – the product has a pleasant fragrance
  • 87% reported that skin felt comfortable and hydrated after use
  • 89% agreed the cream is easily absorbed into the skin
  • 76% – my skin feels softer
  • 74% found the product suitable for their sensitive skin
  • 87% were satisfied with IDEALIA
  • 74% would recommend it to a friend


  • The texture felt very light
  • Sinks right into the skin
  • Creamy texture is rich without being greasy
  • Very hydrating and sinks in quickly
  • My skin looked instantly radiant which gave me the confidence to pop to the shop without makeup
  • My skin loved it!
  • Within a week of using this product people began complimenting my complexion. Some even asked what my ‘secret weapon’ was, it was THAT good.
  • My skin looks radiant after use
  • I like the way it evened out my skintone

WHAT I THINK: Idealia is a great daily moisturiser especially if you’re seeing the first signs of ageing and have normal/ combo/dryish skin.  It’s not heavy at all but I wouldn’t really recommend it for oily skin, go for the Normaderm range in that case. It’s a great all rounder : helping to improve skin quality, refine and soften skin texture, it makes skin look brighter and it does actually diminish the look of wrinkles because it’s so hydrating.

This is Vichy science at its best and they actually always blow me away with the research and testing behind their products – if you’re looking for a new moisturiser and you like the sound of the trial results, then you’ve found what you need.

Vichy Idealia  Smoothing and Illuminating Cream (€26) available in pharmacies nationwide

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34 Replies to "Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream: you tried it, you loved it!"

  • Sounds great, but it’s not the product for me. My skin needs something else :-)

  • *Aisling* says:

    Kiss&Makeup – yes exactly one product can’t be all things to all people! This is best for the 25-40 age range I would say and it’s not for oily skin

  • Squishywishy says:

    Would love to have tried it. I was picked for the trial but my cream never came and when I contacted the company they said they would post it but it still never came. Bit disappointing.

  • CB says:

    I did the trial but I got one for normal skin and my skin is really dry so it wasn’t nearly moisturising enough. I had to put a ton of oil under it to stop my skin getting dry so after a couple of weeks I gave up and gave it to my sis and went back to my usual heavy duty moisturisers!

  • Shygirl says:

    Aww this sounds really nice, I have oily skin though.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Oh Squishy that’s my fault! I feel awful – I oversubscribed the trial, thinking that not everyone would respond and we’d be left a few short. Unfortunately everyone did and the last couple to reply didn’t get their product (there really were only 40 at that stage you see). I’m going to email Vichy right now and I’m sure the lovely girls there will send you one, I’m really sorry honey x

  • Rosamaria says:

    I was one of the triallists, and even though I am outside the target age group (higher, higher), I still liked the cream enough to repurchase.

    But, I am really pleased to see the results of the survey, it closes the loop.

    Thanks, Aisling.

  • Robyn says:

    Good to see the results of the survey! I was one of the trialists, and absolutely loved the combo skin moisturiser. It’s well worth trying.

  • dublinista says:

    One of the trialists as well – really liked it and l’m dying to try the serum. Thanks foe the resukts Aisling!

  • *Aisling* says:

    Great to hear trialists reporting back! We’re thinking of putting a survey panel together – we have a couple of bigger trials coming up – so should be fun!

  • Robyn says:

    Just putting it out there that if you are putting a survey panel together I’d be interested in participating.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Robyn – noted and approved!

  • Joanna says:

    Oh cool – I’d love to be on a panel…. please. :-)

  • candi says:

    Me too I could be on the oily skin panel ;)

  • Shygirl says:

    Yea, I’d love to be on a panel like that.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Great – I shall unveil my panel plans very soon!

  • tcup says:

    one of the trialists here too and I just wasn’t a fan far to oily looking took ages to soak in. I have combo skin.

    I would like to be on the panel too!

  • Dee says:

    Hi I was one of the trialists, and I got one for combo skin although I asked for dry skin- so it didn’t hydrate enough for me, I felt I culd really see all my lines and wrinkles. It is a lovely moisturiser for those with less challenging skin – I’m 35 and my skin doesn’t know if it is oily or dry, spotty or wrinkly from one day to the next! Was great to be in trial, would definitely do another one.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I was one of the trialists and loved it! I have combination skin and it worked for me. I would repurchase it!

    @*Aisling* I would be very interested in hearing more about the panel!

  • MissNoStars says:

    I was one of the trialists and unfortunately really disliked the product. It looked and felt lovely and I was looking forward to using it but my skin broke out so badly from using it that I had to stop after two weeks and it took another two weeks to calm my skin down :( Unfortunately I didn’t see any improvement in any area either!

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