Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation Review

Published by Donna Coppack on

Vichy Dermablend _£18 *

So everyone’s favourite budget longwear foundation, Revlon Colorstay, has had it’s formulation changed.  You could stump up the cash and swap to Estee Lauder Doublewear or you could try something new.  That is what I did.  A makeup artist used this on me recently and the finish was perfect.  I liked it straight away but what I liked more was that 6 hours later it looked barely any different.

I can find that many long wear formulas can be a little too matte and leave you looking slightly chalky (which I find preferable to greasy so I have always put up with.)  It is very hard to find good foundations that last when you have oily skin. The natural oils that your skin produces have the same effect as makeup remover oil, and can dissolve your base well before you are ready to go makeup free.  I have found using Effaclar Duo and Serozinc really reduces my oil production but I still need something with a bit more oomph if I want my makeup to last.

Any beauty addict has heard of Dermablend, it is well known for using to cover severe scarring or tattoos.  What I wasn’t aware of was how natural it looks on and it’s staying power.  I had always assumed that it would be too heavy coverage for everyday wear and that it would feel heavy on the skin.  I’m glad to say I was wrong.  I use the foundation with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush  and buff it iinto my skin to help blend the foundation into my fine lines and also to sheer it out a bit.

This photo was taken in Rome with my Husband, and is just shade 35

It’s priced mid-way between Colorstay & Doublewear and at £18 I think it’s good value and can be found on 3 for 2’s at Boots pretty regularly.  The finish is more dewy looking that Colorstay, which I like as I find the end result of of both Colorstay and Double wear to be too one dimensional. It also glides on much more easily too, you have more time to work the foundation in and so can get a flawless look more easily.  The shade selection has also been increased, so that now even those of us with pale and darker skin will find a shade to suit. It has an SPF of 35 which I love as it allows me to forgo sunscreen in winter entirely when I’m using this.

Ooooo Look, I’m wearing it again, in fact I’m wearing it in every picture of me since September!  This is shade 25 with the setting powder also.

 I originally had this foundation in shade #25 but it was just too light for me. Regardless I still wore it most days but I had to darken down my face to match my neck with bronzer.  Luckily Vichy sent me my correct shade which is #35 Sand and it’s a just perfect on.  It is more yellow toned than 25 which I like as I have pink tones to my skin that I like to cancel out.  I was also sent the Dermablend setting powder to try.  I was a bit dubious at first as it is a white loose powder in the container and I was concerned that it would lighten up the foundation when applied.  I shouldn’t have been.  This powder leaves absolutely no trace except a matting down of the foundation on the areas you choose to apply it to.  It is super lightweight and a little goes a really long way, but most importantly it increases the staying power.  This is a great alternative to the Makeup Forever HD setting powder and is only £15 compared to £22.

Overall – I’m in love.  I have worn this everday since I got it as it’s very buildable and so you can adjust the look you are going for.  I think it good value for money for such a high end product.  The only slight downside is the lack of a pump applicator.  This shouldn’t be a problem with good hygiene practises, but I always prefer a pump where possible.

Has anyone else tried Dermablend?

This post contains PR Samples.

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1 Comment

Janine BakeGlueandTrend · January 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

As I posted on Facebook, I love Dermablend too and try to convert everyone to it haha. My Mum didn't apply it correctly and now won't go near it again but I keep going on her with it. I might put it on properly for her one day (she is the type to only wear a CC cream). Every time I wear this foundation I get compliments on my skin and it photographs beautifully. I recently got the setting powder and have been too scared to try it yet (when I try a new makeup look or product it has to be at a time when I have time to wipe off my makeup and start again if it all goes wrong – I have been too busy lately. But this post has inspired me to give it a go this weekend). Well done Vichy for sending you the correct colour, I have a few tubes in the wrong colour from when I was experimenting with it. I keep them though as I might mix them in with some of my other foundations that are either a little too light or dark at different times of year.

Great review!

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