This blog is all about skincare that helps you achieve the clear and flawless skin you crave.
But, let’s face it, if you’re dealing with severe imperfections, they won’t disappear overnight. You can’t go from acne-ridden to blemish-free or from melasma to even-toned complexion in a day or two. Even the fanciest skincare products don’t work that well!
While your skincare is doing its thing, you may feel the need to use high coverage makeup products to help you put your best face forward. That’s where the Vichy Dermablend range comes in.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this range before. Maybe you’ve even tried a product or two. Vichy Dermablend features high coverage foundations, powders and concealers to help you hide EVERYTHING. Pores, dark spots, acne… you name it, it hides it.
But when the coverage is so high, cakiness is often around the corner. Is this the case for the Vichy Dermablend range? I’ve put it to the test to find out:
Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation SPF25
Look at this baby! How pretty is that pattern? Makes you not want to use the foundation.
Although… if I have to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to use it anyway. I’m just not a fan of powder foundations (what did you think I was gonna say, eh?).
I’ve always been a liquid foundation kinda gal, but I get it that oily and acne prone skin prefer this finish. Powders are absorbent and soak up all that excess oil that makes you look like a frying pan.
Vichy Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation SPF 25 does this particularly well. The first two ingredients are talc and perlite, two minerals with absorbing properties. I don’t have particularly oily skin (it’s just a bit oily on the t-zone) so I can’t 100% vouch for it, but with their help your skin should stay matte for a few good hours. Phew!
The foundation is available in only 5 shades, but if you can find a match, the coverage is great. High and matte but quite natural. I find the liquid and cream formulas have a more natural finish but unless you pile it on, the powder foundation covers acne, blemishes and dark spots without looking cakey on the skin.
On my slightly oily skin, the powder lasts for about 10 hours before its starts to fade. If your skin is super oily, it may last less on you, but hey, at least the compact is easy to carry around for touch-ups on the go.
I just wouldn’t rely on it for skin protection. Titanium Dioxide is the only UV filter here and even though it protects from most UV rays, it still lets a few of those pesky UVA rays through.
Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation 16HR SPF35
This is more like it! Liquid foundations are my thing so should I ever need to hide some dark patches or bad acne breakout, this is the one I’d go for.
I just wish that the shades (there are 8 in total) weren’t so pink. Well, I can’t vouch for them all but Opal, the lightest and the one I’ve tried, is definitely very much on the pink side (and a tad too dark for my skin tone, too).
Apart from that (and the fact you can’t rely on it for sun protection), I can’t fault this foundation. It has a creamy, thickish texture that blends easily both with a brush and fingers and dries to a satin finish. It looks a bit more obvious than your sheer foundations, obvs, but by no means unnatural. I got so many compliments while wearing it.
That’s cos it covers EVERYTHING. Vichy Fluid Corrective Foundation 16HR SPF35 has the highest coverage in the range. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to hide birth marks, sun spots, pimples, tattoos or whatever. This does the trick.
Oh and dark circles. Let’s not forget dark circles. I can skip concealer whenever I wear this. I don’t need it. The foundation takes care of everything, I tell you.
And, it lasts. Again, my skin is not that oily, but I’ve only had to touch it up only once throughout the day. It easily lasts for 10 hours on me, more if I set with powder (but I’m usually too lazy for that 😳 ).
Dermablend Corrective Compact Cream Foundation 12HR SPF30
I think you’ve got it by now that you can’t use your makeup as sunscreen. Not even this one, which has the broadest SPF in the range.
The other things Dermablend Corrective Compact Cream Foundation 12HR has in common with the other foundations in the range are the poor shade selection (only 5!) and the high coverage without the mask effect.
The smooth, creamy texture glides easily on the skin and covers dark spots, dark circles, pimples, bruises… whatever you want to throw at it. A little goes A LONG way, too. You can build it up if you want to but don’t use too many layers or it won’t look that natural anymore.
I apply it with the little sponge that comes with the compact, starting from the centre of my face outward. I skip the concealer (yay!) and set it with powder. That extends its staying power of a couple of hours (I get around 10 without powder).
What I love the most, though, is the dewy finish. The creamy formula is infused with luminous pearls that make skin subtly glow. Mind you, you can’t see the pearls, but you most definitely see the glow!
Dermablend SOS Concealer Stick SPF30
I’m not lying when I say you DON’T need a concealer with these foundations. But, just in case you’ve got the worst dark circles in the history of humankind, want to use a concealer for the sake of it or need a heavy duty concealer to go with your fave sheer foundation, Vichy got you covered. The Dermablend SOS Concealer Stick is the latest addition to the range.
The bad news first. Again, this baby is only available in 5 shades. Your concealer should be one or two shades lighter than your skin tone, so even the lightest shade, Opal, is WAY too dark for me. A lot of you won’t be able to find a good match. If you’re one of the lucky few, here’s what you need to know.
The texture isn’t the creamiest but it blends quite easily with your fingers. The finish is matte and the coverage amazing. I’ve used it both on dark circles and the odd pimple and both had basically disappeared to the naked eye. Again, a little goes a long way. If you put on too much, it will be all too visible!
I’ve also found it has the tendency to set into fine lines, so you need to set it with a powder immediately afterwards. That means it’ll stay put for longer, too. Were I to use it alone, it’d barely last me 8 hours.
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder
Most of the time, I don’t bother with powder (told ya, I’m lazy). When I do, I almost never go for a loose powder. It’s the messy factor that keeps me away.
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder is a translucent loose powder. It gets messy if you’re as clumsy as moi (which I honestly don’t think is possible).
The good thing about loose powders, though, is that they’re universal. The white powder becomes invisible on the skin, so anyone, be they a pale princess, a dark damsel or any beautiful shade of skintone in between, can use it (unlike the foundations…).
The powder is finely milled and feels lightweight on the skin. I use it both with cream and liquid foundations (well, I’ve tried with both cream and liquid foundations for this review because, as I said, I don’t use powders often) and either way, it looks natural on.
Plus, it extends their staying powder by a couple of hours. If the liquid foundation alone tends to hang around for 8 hours on its own, it stays at the party for 10 when its friend pressed powder comes along.
What are your favourite high coverage foundations and concealers? Share your picks in the comments below.