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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power serum

As much as I love the Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating serum I am a beauty blogger and therefore the allure of trying other products is always strong. I was fully aware the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power serum is a blogger favourite so when I got through my last bottle of the Avene serum I decided to give the Vichy one a try.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power serum

The Vichy power serum (I feel like I need to shorten the name a little!) offers 48 hour hydration and a fresh and radiant complexion with plumped skin and smoothed dehydration lines. It contains 10% thermal spring water and hyaluronic acid. Packaging wise it comes in a blue tinted glass bottle that you can see through so you can see how much is left in the bottle. I don't believe you can remove the lid to get into the bottle but as it comes with a pump there shouldn't be a problem getting all of the product out. There's a clear plastic cap over the pump to stop it dispensing if it's stored in a wash bag but I don't find this lid very secure. If I pick the bottle up by the lid it often comes off, meaning the bottle drops, and when I take this out of my wash bag the lid has often come off.

I find the pump dispenses quite a lot of product and for me at least this is far too much. If I applied it to my neck as well (which I probably should start doing) the amount of product might be more appropriate but I only apply it to my face. About half a pump at the most would probably work best for me. The way I've been trying to use it is to do a mini pump to get enough for one area of my face, forehead, one cheek, chin etc, but this is difficult to do and I often end up with more than I wanted.

When I first started using this I applied a whole pump to my face and was really disappointed to find that it didn't absorb fully and left my skin feeling tacky. I reduced the amount I was using and still found that it left my skin tacky. I then discovered that it was just my skin throwing a wobbly and refusing to absorb products and more recently this has been a lot better, as long as I don't use too much. 

I'm a big fan of hydrating serums and this does exactly what I want. It moisturises my skin leaving it soft, smooth and flake free and ready for makeup. If I feel like I need to follow up with a moisturiser on top then I will but if my skin is being particularly good or I'm in a hurry this is often enough. I wouldn't say it provides 48 hours hydration but then my skin is often dehydrated and as soon as it comes into contact with water it becomes dry. 

I would consider using this again but in general I don't think I would chose this over my current favourite Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating serum. The loose top is one reason for this but also because the Vichy serum is £22.50 whereas the Avene serum is £17, so there is over £5 difference in price between them. 

What is your favourite serum?

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14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review, I was thinking of buying this but the sticky residue would really annoy me, I'll stick to what I'm using at current :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. It doesn't always leave a sticky feeling behind but I do have to be careful how much I use or it can do, but then I have strange skin! x

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  2. I love hydrating serums. I've only heard amazing things about this but it's good to read a different review. I'm just trying to use up some of my current skincare products and then I'll check the Avene one you suggested. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. It's a good serum but I just personally prefer the Avene one, especially as that one is so much cheaper x

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  3. Thank you for the great review lovely! Hydrating serums are amazing, I'm currently testing the Bioderma serum and I really like it so far! :)

    www.anacelinelabod.com

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    1. I'm not sure I knew Bioderma did one but of course it makes sense that they do. I'll be wanting to try that one next! x

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  4. I've been curious about this Serum for ages! My skin is grumpy too so I probably won't bother trying it now haha, thanks for reviewing it :)

    littleyellowbutterflies.com xx

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    1. Eugh my skin really is such a pain most of the time, why can't it just be normal?! x

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  5. I haven't tried any Vichy serums before. I have quite a few on the go at the mo by Antipodes and Ole Henriksen. The Hosanna serum by Antipodes is great for dry/dehydrated skin, it absorbs brilliantly too xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. I do really like the couple of Antipodes products I've tried so I'll bear that one in mind x

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  6. I really like this serum, I prefer the Idealia one but I think both are lovely!

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    1. I don't think I knew there was an Idealia one, I might have to take a look at that one next x

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  7. Thanks for the review, chick! I've been eyeing up the Vichy ranges but I have no idea where to start!

    Dannie x
    famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. I'd definitely recommend the Skin sleep night cream from the Idealia range x

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