Hey everyone! Today I wanted to give you the insider view into a luxury VoxBox I received complimentary from Influenster, the Vichy Aqualia VoxBox.
Don’t know what Influenster is? Influenster is an online community where you can review different products, ranging from beauty, family and home to food. Because of this, Influenster is a great resource that can help you make smart purchasing decisions, which I am all about. In addition to this, Influenster is constantly publishing really helpful articles that revolve around the release of new products. The major draw of this website is that, depending on your social media influence, you may even be sent complimentary items to test in exchange for your honest review of these products. These products come to you in a package called a “VoxBox”. I have received three VoxBoxes now. If you haven’t already, you can check out my other VoxBox posts below!
Please know, that although I received these items free from Influenster, all thoughts and opinions expressed here and on my blog are always my own opinions and have not been solicited in any way.
So, if you would like to hear about the skin care items in this luxury VoxBox, then please keep reading!
Vichy Aqualia VoxBox
This VoxBox came with two skin care products:
- Vichy Laboratories Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Water Gel
- Vichy Laboratories Aqualia Rehydrating Serum
The Aqualia Thermal line is all about rehydrating parched skin to help smooth fine lines and give you a fresh and dewy complexion. No parabens, silicones or mineral oils are used so that you know you are using products that are safe for your skin. The formulas are also allergy tested and hypoallergenic. So far sounds good, right? Let’s get into the products.
Packaging and First Impressions
Both of these skin care products come in similar light blue glass components, however the serum comes with a pump, while the gel cream comes in a jar. It’s too bad about the jar, since this is definitely a less hygienic way to use a product, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. Both of the products have a light, clean fresh scent that is not at all obnoxious.
In terms of texture, the serum and cream look very similar, but the serum is a lot thinner. The gel cream is like a slightly thicker version of the serum.
Something that is a slight source of confusion is that the name of the moisturizer differs between the outer packaging/website and the jar. On the outer box and the Vichy website the moisturizer is called “Rehydrating Water Gel”, whereas on the jar it is called “Gel Cream”. This is a little annoying, but not problematic so long as you know that both names refer to the same product. Use “gel” as the hint.
Price and Quantity
On the Vichy Laboratories website the Rehydating Serum is listed at $42.95 CAD for 30 mL of product and the Rehydrating Water Gel is listed at $39.95 CAD for 50 mL of product. Let’s just do some quick comparisons to other high end gel moisturizers and serums. For these comparisons I made sure that the other skin care products included hyaluronic acid as an ingredient and that the products were mainly targeting skin hydration.
Here are the comparisons for the SERUM listed from best value to worst value:
|Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel||$65||1.69||$38/oz|
|2||Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum||$43||1||$43/oz|
|3||First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Hydrating Serum||$45||1||$45/oz|
|4||Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum||$59||1||$59/oz|
|5||Amorepacific MOISTURE BOUND Rejuvenating Serum||$110||1.7||$65/oz|
|6||Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster||$82||1||$82/oz|
|7||Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum||$83||1||$83/oz|
|8||Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum||$114||1||$114/oz|
Here are the comparisons for the MOISTURIZER listed from best value to worst value:
|Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||L’Occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel Moisturizer||$34||1.7||$20/oz|
|2||Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Water Gel||$40||1.7||$24/oz|
|2||Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator||$61||2.5||$24/oz|
|3||Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer||$50||2||$25/oz|
|4||Laneige Water Bank Hydrating Gel||$45||1.6||$28/oz|
|4||Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel||$48||1.7||$28/oz|
|5||Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer||$50||1.6||$31/oz|
|6||GLAMGLOW Waterburst™ Hydrated Glow Moisturizer||$62||1.7||$36/oz|
|7||Tatcha The Water Gel||$78||1.7||$46/oz|
Overall, clearly these products are very affordable compared to the products from other high end skin care brands. But do they perform well? Keep reading!
Here are the claims from the Vichy Laboratories website:
AQUALIA THERMAL REHYDRATING SERUM
48 HOUR HYDRATION FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
Aqualia Thermal skincare serum recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally-derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution.
Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum has been tested on 58 women, clinically proven by dermatologists for a healthy-looking skin, after one month of use:
- Instantly : Skin feels well-hydrated for 94% of women, and feels well-nourished for 94% of women.
- After one month: Skin looks softer for 98% of women, and revitalized for 95% of women.
- Decrease pollution adherence.
AQUALIA THERMAL REHYDRATING WATER GEL
48 HOUR HYDRATION FOR COMBINATION TO OILY SKIN.
Aqualia Thermal skincare gel recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution.
Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Gel Cream has been tested on 53 women and is clinically proven by dermatologists for a healthy-looking skin, after one month of use:
- Instantly : Skin feels well-hydrated for 83% of women, and complexion appears fresher for 94% of women.
- After one month: Skin looks more tonic for 85% women, skin seems bouncier, and replumped for 83% of women.
- Decrease pollution adherence.
- Tested on extra sensitive skin under dermatological control
- Paraben-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, non-greasy and silicone-free
- With soothing and fortifying Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water
Overall, while all these claims sound really great, I do have to question what they define as more “tonic” and “revitalized” and what these actually look like as results. There were also a ton of typos in the claims, so I had to edit it, a lot. Not very professional.
Overall, I have been so happy with these products. I’m often pretty nervous to try out new skin care products, and really, unwilling to do so because I have had trouble in the past. I have acne-prone combination skin with dry, normal and oily areas, so my skin is hard to please. What I have found over the last year is that using more hydrating products is the way to go, so my go-to moisturizer has been the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. Luckily when these products arrived, I has just run out of it!
Because I have been using the serum and the moisturizer together for the whole of my testing period, I really can’t tell you if they have different effects. After all, you are supposed to use a serum in combination with a moisturizer, so it was a no-brainer to use these together. Overall, the effects have been intense hydration. Almost to the point where I was thinking maybe these weren’t the best products during a hot summer, for me personally, as I do have oily areas.
Both of these products are very light-weight, while delivering a lot of moisture. I have used them day and night, and they work well for both routines. During the day, these products work so well under makeup. They don’t pill, ball up, or move around. They also only partially sink in, leaving you with a slightly tacky surface that I believe primes the skin really well for makeup. I never see dry patches develop through the day (although it’s freaking hot here lately). At night, these products make my skin feel so fresh and plump. Although the fact that it leaves your skin tacky isn’t the greatest for sleeping. You will definitely stick to your pillow. But a lot of moisturizers do this to me, so I’ve just gotten over having an issue with that. There are never stains on my pillow cases anyways.
As for the claims of replumping fine lines, I’m not sure that that has happened. BUT, I do think that my skin feels slightly smoother, and it is DEFINITELY more hydrated. Not 48 hours hydrated, because I’m wearing makeup and often washing my face, but hydrated enough to impress me compared to how other moisturizers perform. Also, the most important thing is that these products have not broken me out! That is huge, and can likely be attributed to the light-weight nature of these products!
Overall, I am so happy and thankful that I was chosen to receive this luxury VoxBox! I definitely would have never tried these products otherwise. Vichy isn’t a brand that is really on my radar, but guess what, now it is! I would absolutely repurchase these items, especially considering they are very affordable compared to other high end products on the market.
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