When LookFantastic got in touch with me to see if I'd like to try out some Vichy products, I couldn't have been more excited - however, when I found out what it was that I would be testing, it couldn't have been a better fit for me; Idealia Skin Sleep*. It's not secret that I have a... turbulent relationship with sleep - and so when the offer was there to try out a night cream that claims to carry out your skin's optimum nightly functions even if you don't get an optimum nights sleep (for real, check the blog post out here), it wasn't a chance that I was about to let pass. I have to say, in the time that I've had these - I do think that I've really put the Skin Sleep to the test.
When I opened this package, I was delighted to find the Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream* alongside the Idealia Skin Sleep - not only do the jars looks adorable when they're put together, I think it's always really nice to have matching day and night creams where possible. I have to say though - I was definitely more impressed with the Skin Sleep than I was with the original Idealia. Both have a similar smell, a classic cold cream undertone with a much sweeter top note which actually lends to a really subtle, calming smell - however the Idealia is much thinner and slightly lighter, whereas the Skin Sleep is a lot thicker and a little darker (matching the pots, which is adorable).
I find that, although perfectly fine and useable, the Idealia sits for much longer on the skin than the Skin Sleep does - it leaves a thin residue, although it's only really noticeable if nothing goes on top of it afterwards; if you put make up over it, it seems to hold up perfectly fine. Strangely, the Skin Sleep seems to sink in within a few minutes but it really does leave the skin feeling softer and better hydrated in the morning. Would I say my skin looked as good as if I had a full nights sleep? Maybe not, I still look a little run down as I'm waking up in the night - however it does look considerably better than when I was just using a bog-standard face cream.
So is it worth the money? Well, yes and no - these definitely come in at much cheaper than I'd anticipated; with the original Idealia coming in at £20 (here) and the Skin Sleep coming in at £21.20 (here). I'd definitely say that the Skin Sleep is really worth the money - the only thing that's ever come close to the boost that this gives my skin is when I was using The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask, however this does lack the stickiness that the Bouncy mask has - which is a bonus. Would I pay the money for the original Idealia? Honestly, probably not. I don't hate it, but it's expensive for what it is - I like having the matching jars but I'm not sure that's enough to convince me to swap out my considerably cheaper staples; I do like that they have one available for dry skin as well as normal to combination, however.
Have you ever tried anything from Vichy?
*Products marked by an asterisk(*) were sent by LookFantastic in consideration for a review, however this has not influenced my opinion and all views expressed are completely my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.