I’ve been meaning to get Vichy Dermablend on my face for a while. Did this foundation’s rep live up to reality?
When it comes to skincare, French brands have simply got it down. I’ve only been completely happy with my routine when a few French products have been thrown in so to say I was excited to try Vichy Dermablend* a try is a bit of an understatement.
Dermablend is designed with skin complaints in mind and provides a high-coverage, long lasting base. Vichy kindly sent over a tube of Corrective Fluid Foundation and a pot of loose setting powder from the range for me to give a whirl. My skin isn’t too bad at the moment but something I really struggle with is oiliness. Nars All Day Luminous foundation does a pretty good job at staying on my face all day but I’m always up for finding something that keeps me from being hugely shiny and, given that Dermablend is apparently a go-to for dermatologists and plastic surgeons, I definitely had high hopes!
A word of caution when applying both the foundation and the powder… a little goes a long way! I used only the smallest drops to achieve a medium amount of coverage which I then built up a little more for a fuller base. The powder was hard to see in the pot so I was accidentally a little over-zealous and ended up with a very white cheek! The powder puff was alright but I turned to my trusty Real Techniques brush for an easier application.
The foundation sat well on my skin and evened out my skin tone flawlessly. I’m happy to say it didn’t sit in any fine lines (yep, I’m 22 and have wrinkles) or pores so left me with an extremely airbrushed finish. At first I felt that the powder left me looking very chalky but this was probably down to me applying too much as when I topped it up a little later in the day it looked much more natural.
I was really, really impressed by the coverage. I found that I did need to reapply the powder once or twice during the day to keep me from glowing a bit too much but, other than that, my skin stayed looking flawless. I liked that it stayed looking natural too, making it almost believable that I woke up looking like a magazine advert.
The biggest drawback is the range of shades not readily being available for trying out. You can buy Dermablend at Boots but, from experience, they don’t always have the full shade selection on offer for testing, making buying the right shade guesswork. I got lucky and found that ‘Porcelain’ the lightest shade (duh) was an exact match for me (for reference, my usual shade in Nars is ‘Mont Blanc’).
Unless you’re lucky enough to have naturally flawless skin I recommend giving Dermablend a try. The coverage is perfect, the wear time outstanding and the finish is absolutely ideal. At £18 for the foundation and £15 for the setting powder it is a little more expensive than most high street offerings but it should last more than long enough to justify the price and definitely delivers on quality.
I’m really keen to go and buy the Corrective Concealer Stick now as I can only imagine how well it’ll work on my dark circles. Word to the wise, as Vichy comes under skincare in regards to offers at Boots, Dermablend products are a great way to edge your way to a bonus skincare points offer!
*PR sample sent for review.