Vichy Purete Thermale Cleansers & Micellar Oil Review

vichy purete thermale cleansers and micellar oil review

Hi Lovelies! You may have noticed I haven't posted in a little bit. I actually haven't had internet for a few weeks and took a bit of a break as well. I am happy to say that I will still be continuing reviews and will try to incorporate other posts as well! I said in the past that I wanted to expand on the blog, but as of now, I have decided to stick to beauty and skincare reviews :) Now onto my newest review!

As you know, I am a huge fan of Vichy. When asked my favourite skincare line, this is the first brand that pops into my head. They have so many product lines that are suitable for my skin type (sensitive) and are always innovating. I have here 2 new cleansing products of the Purete Thermale collection, and one that turns cleansing and toning into one step!

Vichy Purete Thermale: 

•  Collection contains 11 cleansing products (as stated on the Canadian website). See rest of line here.

•  Highly concentrated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water
•  Suitable for all skin types
•  Respects the hydro-lipidic barrier
•  Hypoallergenic, Paraben-free, Dermatologically tested

vichy purete thermale fresh cleansing gel review

Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel:
$19.95 for 200 ml

•  Contains Purisoft Technology (Moringa Seed Extract) to cleanse impurities, pollution particles, dust, excess sebum.
•  Reduces effect of hard water on the skin
•  Glycerine and amilite technology to cleanse without leaving skin tight

It is so hard to say much about a cleanser other than it works and leaves the skin feeling and smelling fresh afterwards. It is very gently foaming (don't expect a facial bubble bath or anything) and easy to rinse off. This is so ideal for morning showers as it is quick and will help reduce excess sebum from the night before. It will NOT really remove makeup and was not designed for that. You can see my test results at the end of this post.

vichy purete thermale beautifying micellar oil review
vichy purete thermale beautifying micellar oil review

Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil:
$19.95 for 125 ml

 Contains Micellar Technology + Camellia Oil 

This is truely something different from Vichy. With all the new cleansing oils coming out on the market, I knew they had to get in the game! I am so in love with this cleansing micellar oil and it really makes taking off makeup a breeze! It gets just about everything and is quick and simple. I typically use two pumps, massage it onto my face (being cautious not to get it too close to my hair), add a bit of water to the hands and continue massaging then rinse.

The oil becomes milky once it comes in contact with water and my foundation comes off easily! Eyeshadow = no problem! It does remove mascara but takes a bit of rubbing and irritating of the eyes so I prefer to just use another makeup remover beforehand (if I have mascara on). I've used this on its own and no my skin does not feel dry afterwards, but I do prefer to use the Cleansing Gel right after.

vichy purete thermale one step cleanser sensitive skin 3 in 1 review

Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser for Sensitive Skin:
$19.95 for 200 ml

•  Unique milk-gel texture to leave skin comfortable and non-greasy

This One Step Cleanser is the only one that let me down! I was under the impression it would remove makeup a lot better than it did. It does state that it is ideal for cleansing make-up for the face and eyes, and it does seem to (almost) do the job in my demonstration below, but the results just didn't live up to my expectations. It is definitely something to try out (samples at Shoppers Drug Mart anyone?); Maybe for someone who doesn't wear too much makeup, or those days when you are too lazy to tone and moisturize. I just prefer to take an extra step and use the Micellar Oil and Cleansing Gel together.

vichy purete thermale review
vichy purete thermale cleansing gel beautifying micellar oil and 3 in 1 cleanser tested review

L to R: Fresh Cleansing Gel, Beautifying Micellar Oil, One Step Cleanser

vichy purete thermale cleansing gel beautifying micellar oil and 3 in 1 cleanser tested review

As you can see, the Beautifying Micellar Oil did the best job of removing the eyeliner and lip crayon swatches. The Fresh Cleansing Gel (on left) does not claim to remove makeup and it does need to be used with a makeup remover beforehand. The One Step Cleanser did ok, but just doesn't live up to my expectations when using it on a full face of makeup. 

I don't think the prices are out of this world at all and definitely affordable for the average shopper. I would gladly purchase the Micellar Oil and Fresh Cleansing Gel. You can find Vichy Purete Thermale products at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, Ulta in the US, FeelUnique online or in the UK.


These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 

Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation in 102 Review

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude review

Paul & Joe Beauté is a brand you might not be familiar with; being quite new to Canada and currently only available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. I have here their Moisturizing Fluid Foundation in shade 102 (Nude). There seem to be only 3 shades currently available here, 102 (Nude), 103 (Clear), and 201 (Fresh). 

The brand was originally launched in 1995 as a menswear company and a year later, womenswear. In 2002, founder Sophie Mechaly launched the Beaute line, which includes skincare items, cosmetics, and fragrances. The whole idea behind the Paul & Joe Beaute line is to provide women with vanity-worthy products in fun and gorgeous packaging, but that also work to give luminous skin.

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude review
paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude review
Shade 102 Swatched.

Paul & Joe's Moisturizing Fluid Foundation contains a special key ingredient, Orange Flower Water. This smells lovely and is used instead of just regular water.

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude shade before and after
Before and After. After photo is Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation on top of Bioderma Sebium Mat Moisturizer and Pore Refiner. No concealer. 

NOTE: I apologize for the After photo being a bit blurry!! See the final look below for more sharpness :)

My first impressions of this foundation was that the orange scent was lovely of course, and the texture is light, and a bit runny. It comes with a pump (yay), and I typically need about 1 1/2-2 pumps. The foundation instantly blurred my imperfections and made my skin look great, considering how light the coverage was. I used my Sigma F80 Brush, but the coverage was not enough to go without a concealer (for me, at least), so I do end up using a concealer on top of this for the final look below. 

I would recommend using a mattifying moisturizer, or a light moisturizer underneath this. I also wouldn't recommend this for oily skin. You might have to blot every few hours and possibly re-apply. I got quite oily in my t-zone.

It is definitely a 'light-medium coverage' foundation and you will not have much success building up this foundation so no need for a second layer. Use concealer instead, if necessary. The finish is very natural and dewy, great for summer. Personally, I need to use a mattifying/setting powder on top of this. With a powder, it doesn't transfer so super easily after a few hours, and I can go a bit longer without blotting.

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude shade final look with concealer
Final look with Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer, Benefit Hoola and NYX Sunny Bronzers, and Covergirl Lipstick.

In regards to the shade 102 (Nude), I am typically a NC20 after using my St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse and the colour matches me well on days when I've applied the self-tanner recently.

Overall, the foundation did stay on longer than I expected and just needed touching up in my problem areas (t-zone!!).  It is ideal for non-oily skin, and those with minimal imperfections or willing to use a concealer alongside the foundation. It is a light foundation and not intended to be built up or layered on. I would not rely on it to cover redness for very long. I am a fan of the foundation when applied correctly but wish it lasted longer without showcasing my oiliness so quickly! It would definitely be nice to see a matte or longer lasting version of the Moisturizing Fluid Foundation in the future.

You can find Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Canada for $54 CAD; also available on the BeautyBay or Asos.

This product was received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates.