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This post will be reviewing the Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Daily Booster.
When it comes to Hyaluronic Acid serums, they are not created equally. You either have to get cheap serums and deal with piling and tackiness or splurge on the pricey ones to have the best experience even though it’s only 2% Hyaluronic Acid across all the price points. There’s no in-between.
I feel like US/UK brands don’t like to put any effort into their hydrating serums because they aren’t their strongest suit. I prefer to settle for Korean Skincare for Hyaluronic Acid serums and hydrating products. You don’t have to splurge on a pricey product like Vichy Mineral 89 to get plump skin.
I honestly have no idea why this serum is such a bestseller. I was given samples at a German Pharmacy, and I didn’t have a choice but to try them.
Vichy is one of the famous French Pharmacy Skincare brands founded in the 90s. Like most French brands, their products are formulated with the Vichy Volcanic Mineralizing Water as their core ingredient. This Thermal Water contains 15 minerals, including calcium, potassium and magnesium.
I’ve used it, and I have some thoughts.
First Impressions of the Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Booster
According to Vichy:
Your skin’s daily dose of strength. Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster is designed to rehydrate and protect the delicate skin barrier.
A hydrating serum enriched with Vichy’s highest concentration of 89% Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water with Hyaluronic Acid, the gel-serum plumps skin and strengthens the skin barrier to protect from the impact of daily aggressors such as pollution.
The perfect first step in every skincare routine for up to 24-hour hydration. Hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin.
Ingredient List & Fragrance
This serum has a super basic ingredient list which includes;
- 89% Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water
- Hyaluronic Acid
The brand is literally just selling Thermal water with a splash of humectants. Honestly, given the price, I don’t even know what to say.
As always, it is alcohol, essential oil and fragrance.
Packaging, Texture & Consistency
The Vichy Mineral 89 serum is packaged in a transparent pump bottle which is nice as you can see how much you use and how quickly you run through it. It has a gel consistency which is quite viscous, so 1-2 pumps are all you need for your entire face. As long as you use this serum on damp skin, it is not sticky, tacky and won’t pill. It glides smoothly on application and leaves your skin feeling plump and hydrated.
Availability & Price
This serum comes in 50ml & 75ml, with the latter retailing from £25- 30 and the former £16 – 20. I tried to get this product on sale, but you still have to fork out a minimum of £18-20 for a bottle. By all standards, this is a pricey product. Quite frankly, they are cheaper and possibly more hydrating alternatives on the market. There’s no reason why you should be paying that much for a Hyaluronic Acid serum.
To make things worse, they recently launched a newer version of this serum, the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotics Serum. They splashed in some 4% Niacinamide, Vitamin E, and some Probiotics for this formula which is an improvement but still doesn’t justify the price.
Review of the Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Daily Booster
I use this serum like I would with any Hyaluronic Acid product. After cleansing in the morning and evening, I use it on damp skin as the first step of my hydration routine before following up with a toner/essence and/or serum. It gives an excellent base for the rest of my routine and ensures my skin is ready to absorb the rest of my products.
As someone that has used dozens of hydrating products, this is a decent Hyaluronic Acid serum. It is definitely better than a bunch of similar serums on the market. It is well formulated and leaves your skin nice and plump as long as you’re using it correctly on damp skin and moisturizing afterwards.
Is it a magical product that will solve all your skincare problems? Not really. Will it make your fine lines and wrinkles disappear forever? Maybe temporarily. But as long as it is not a Retinoid, no product will give you a permanent fix.
Now, if you live in an area where this is the only available quality hydrating product you have access to, go for it. You don’t need to layer several anyway. This serum alone is good enough. On the other hand, if you have access to more affordable hydrating serums, go for those instead. There are more hydrating products with better ingredients than Hyaluronic Acid on the market.
I’m not sure why the Vichy Mineral 89 is popular. But if you are tired of the cheap Hyaluronic Acid serums on the market and want to try a well-formulated one, this is a great option.