Most of you will know that I very rarely change up my foundation routine as I have some staples in my collection which I always come back to. That may be, but it’s still obligatory for me to test out new products now and then. The inquisitive side of me always wants to know if I can find something else that works just as well, or at least find a good back-up option for some of my expensive purchases, which can then last that bit longer. Well, I was very kindly sent some products from the Vichy Dermablend range to review and although I am always that little bit reluctant to change up my base routine, I’ve been testing away and can now come back to you with my thoughts.
The Vichy Dermablend collection consists of a range of complexion enhancing foundations, concealers and powders which not only conceal, but also treat skin concerns such as blemishes, uneven skin tone and scarring. I was sent the Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation, the Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation and the Dermablend Setting Powder to review.
This is a new product in the range and as its name suggests, it is a compact powder foundation and therefore matte in finish and texture. This also consists of salicylic acid, zinc and vitamin E, which help to improve skin texture whilst treating skincare concerns and would be better suited to those with oily skin types.
Generally speaking, I don’t really go for powder foundations as I’m not one for a complete matte finish and prefer the skin-like finish and structure that I believe is achieved with a liquid foundation. It’s more to do with personal preference really. That said, I did try this product out and found that it didn’t give an overly powdery look and although this is supposed to be high coverage, I would say it’s more of a medium coverage. Even though I don’t have any particular skincare concerns, I think if you want full coverage from this, then a bit of concealer would still be necessary.
It does come with a sponge which is concealed underneath but I prefer to apply this with a dense powder brush instead. The colour I have is Opal, which is a tad light but for powder foundations I prefer to go a shade lighter as I find that this, like most others, got darker after a short while.
If you like powder foundations, have oily skin, and want something that isn’t too heavy, then this is a good product to try. For me, I think I will get more use out of it as a top up to my setting powder should I need it.
I was sent two colours here and both are actually way too light for my skin. The one in Porcelain isn’t one I can use as it is too light but I have swatched it below and the colour I have been working with is Opal. Unlike the powder, as an all over liquid foundation, this is too light. However, I have been using this to top up my base on the high points of my face, like how I would use my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It is also working well as a mixing colour to lighten up some foundations that are too dark for me. Although this isn’t the preferred way to use it, it is working for me, particularly in the case of the latter as I get to use up some really good foundations that were only discarded because the colour wasn’t right.
In terms of the foundation, I can say that it is definitely long-lasting (this is a 16hr foundation), and again better for those with oily skin types. My skin isn’t oily so I do find I need to wear more moisturiser underneath, which in autumn and winter I don’t mind doing. It also requires you to work with it quickly and I found using my fingers helped to warm up the product. It does give a natural, skin-like finish and again the coverage is medium.
I’m not sure I would get a perfect colour match in this range although it is a product where I can find a way to make it work for me.
I love my loose powders and of the three products, this is my favourite. This translucent powder sets foundation and concealer for up to 16 hours. Having tested this out I can’t in fairness comment on the 16 hour claim, but this certainly helps my makeup last all day. It feels weightless and gives a soft focus effect to the skin. It is white, but completely translucent on application and doesn’t give that powder effect to the skin , nor alter the colour of your foundation.
On my combination skin, this works for me but again just a tad more moisturiser is needed underneath as sometimes I find it sticks to dry patches around my mouth and nose. I could imagine that in the summer this would be ideal. Although this doesn’t completely replace my Chanel powder, it is definitely a good back-up option.
All in all, aside from the setting powder, colour range is a difficulty for me with the makeup products but with a few concoctions, I’ve found a way to make them work. If you have particular skincare concerns and your skin is more oily, however, I think this would be a range that is worth checking out.
So, have you ever tried anything from this range before? x
*Products in this post are PR/Gifted items for review. Opinions are always my own.