I’d read about the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (£15.50 at Boots) on a couple of blogs and was really interested in trying it myself. The key selling point for me was that it claims to give twice the coverage of normal foundations, with a pigment concentration of 25%, as well as ’12 hours of long lasting flawless wear’ and a natural finish.
This all sounded absolutely fantastic! Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the full coverage look, but thought this would be a good choice for bad skin days – I could cover my problem areas without having to cake on the product, and be left with a natural result. What more could a girl want?
I went for the lightest shade, Opal, due to my ‘pale-and-interesting’ look… The product claims to glide on with a ‘smooth blendable texture’, and this certainly delivered! Vichy recommends applying the product with fingertips, which gave me a lot of control and felt beautifully smooth after application.
One criticism I would give upon initial application is its handling of dry areas: any flaky skin was pretty visible.
This is the result with a foundation base only (no powders, contouring etc.):
As you can see, this does leave a really nice, natural finish, with excellent coverage. However, I already knew that this was going to need a powder to have any kind of staying powder, as it remained fairly creamy on the skin rather than drying.
I finished the look with Avene’s Couvrance Translucent Mosaic Face Powder, which I picked up while on holiday in Majorca, Topshop’s Liquid Liner in ‘Tarnished’ (picked up in the January sales for £2 – see my post here), and Topshop’s gorgeous lip gloss in ‘Volt’ – a deep berry colour, also snapped up in the sales for just £1 a couple of seasons ago!
It was all going swimmingly; all that was left was the Time Test. I was at lectures and the library for 8 hours overall before having a cheeky look in the mirror. Now, bearing in mind that I used the faultlessSmashbox Primer (£22.98 on Just Beauty Direct), I was not expecting to be greeted by an oil slick! My skin isn’t even oily!
I gave this two more attempts, using different applications, but still no joy. On the plus side, though, I haven’t suffered any breakouts.
Finally, I’ve come to the same conclusion as several other beauty bloggers before me: the best use for this foundation is as a concealer. It’s very lightweight, won’t irritate the skin and doesn’t disrupt any foundation used on top of it. It’s actually one of the best concealers I’ve ever used.
The verdict? Worth buying, but not for the reasons that Vichy sells it!
What has your experience been of the Vichy products? If anyone’s tried their skincare I’d love to know what it’s like!