When I arrived home this afternoon, I took a glance in the mirror and initially thought the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation handled the heat of the day pretty well. My face definitely appeared more put together than it did yesterday when I was simply sporting L’Oreal Paris True Match concealer, and no foundation.
We won’t talk about yesterday because yesterday ended with lizard skin and cake face to the highest degree.
Upon closer inspection of the pictures I took using Vichy before, during and after I’m a little mortified. It’s bizarre and slightly scary what our faces look like up close. Magnification is not my friend. Plus, who actually examines someone’s skin that close up?
So, here’s the review and all the information you might need if you’re thinking of trying this product out.
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation Review
Price: £14 (RRP £20)
Coverage: Ultimate high coverage / Long hold
For: Minor problematic skin types, such as acne, blemishes, rosacea, vitiligo, dark circles, tattoos and scars.
I became interested in trying Vichy Dermablend makeup products after multiple name drops by Dr Sam Bunting on her YouTube channel, which I highly suggest subscribing to. I found it interesting that a skin care brand also produce makeup. It sounds perfectly logical and I’m surprised there’s not more of it out there. I assume since Vichy is part of the L’Oréal group, it’s easier to cross over.
From the get go it felt like the right option for sustaining healthy skin. I guess I assumed it would be very well formulated with care and consideration in terms of ingredients.
I noticed it was part of a 25% reduction offer in Boots, and thought it was a great time to give it a try. Especially as my current L’Oreal Paris True Match was on it’s way out. I don’t tend to buy a tonne of makeup or have numerous foundations on the go at once. I buy one and stick to it until the bitter end. Unless, of course, it’s incredibly terrible.
I wish I could say this was because I’m a minimalist, eco-warrior but it’s actually just because I don’t have the money to throw around willy nilly.
If a makeup product is bad, I take it quite personally. I hate waste and wasting money.
What caught my attention about this foundation, in particular, were the claims of ultra high coverage, which could help camouflage blemishes, scarring and rosacea. Three issues I currently have, focusing more on pigmentation marks left over from acne.
Vichy advises this foundation is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, free from parabens and suitable for sensitive skin. Four big ticks from me. They also claim you can wear this foundation comfortably for up to 16 hours, which is something I wouldn’t recommend unless it’s unavoidable.
These days, if I get home and I know I’m in for the rest of the day and night, the makeup comes off immediately.
I wore the foundation for eight hours and started getting that itchy-get-this-makeup-off-my-face feeling. It’s probably all in my mind, plus, hello sweaty summer face.
I currently use damp cosmetic sponge wedges from Tesco. I’ve used beauty blenders and various other sponges before and I find these just as good and a hell of a lot cheaper. Ok, so you have to throw them away but I use one side of the sponge per day, which gives me three days usage.
The reason I decided to go down this road in the first place was that I found makeup brushes too rough for my sensitive rosacea areas and because of my acne, I was concerned about the cleanliness of reusable sponges.
The foundation applied easily to the skin, and has a liquid consistency but is also well formed. It doesn’t apply as thinly as some foundations I’m used to, which led me to use a little bit too much product.
One of the negative aspects of the Vichy Dermablend range is the shade selection. I was really lucky to find this porcelain shade on the shelves of Boots because they don’t even sell it on their actual website.
I was also intrigued by some of the other products but when I sampled the fairest shade of concealer, it was pretty orange.
There are only ten shades of this foundation on their website and no colour swatches, so if you’re buying online I’d suggest having a look on websites such as Escentuals.
I felt like porcelain was a pretty good match for me, although it slightly oxidised throughout the day, but not insanely. I’ve had far worse experiences with MaxFactor and Mac foundations.
I was quite impressed with the coverage and I didn’t feel the need to add concealer. The fewer products I can use, the better. My blusher applied nicely over the top, and although it didn’t cover every blemish, it was better than a lot of others I’ve tried.
I honestly don’t think there’s a miracle product out there which can transform our skin into a flawless canvas. It’s probably better to accept that fact and try to find something which helps, rather than cures.
I had to wear a translucent powder as my SPF makes my skin a little greasy, plus it was really hot and sweaty outside and I didn’t want my face to slip and slide.
After 8 Hours Wear
I had to apply quite a bit of powder throughout the day, especially on my nose. Sunglasses have an annoying habit of completely ruining my makeup, so touch ups are necessary but I didn’t apply any more foundation or concealer.
Ok, so as you can see from the images above, perfect my face is not. It got a little cakey, transferred in my usual problem areas, but the rest of my face stayed pretty intact.
Plus, the condition of our skin plays a massive role in the wear of our foundation. I’m experimenting a lot with different skin care products at the moment, and I’ve had some strange reactions. I can’t tell if my skin is oily, dry, dehydrated, combo or normal anymore. Every day is different, and I’ve just got to go with it.
I like it. It’s not perfect, but considering I was in a disgusting hot car most of today with no air-con, it held it’s own. Plus, no concealer was required and I could have built upon the coverage this morning, but I just prefer less product.
I’m sure if you’re someone who’s into setting sprays, primers and other ways to keep your foundation in place, this would work a lot better for you. I try to keep products to a minimum for the sake of my unpredictable skin.
You can now get this foundation for £13.33 on Escentual.com as part of the 1/3 discount offer (July 2017.) Wish I’d seen that first! It’s always worth shopping around for French pharmacy brands online because they all seem to be in a price war.
Overall, I’m sure I’ll be using this up until I have to cut it open to squeeze out the remains. I don’t think I’ll wear it every day, sometimes my skin just needs a breather and it is quite high coverage. But on days when I feel like I need more help or for occasions this will be a winner.
BYNS Rating: 4/5