Does Vichy Dermablend cover all flaws?
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As a beauty blogger one of the things that I get asked most is ‘can you recommend a good foundation?’. Women want lots of benefits from a foundation, but the main requirement is that it evens out the skin tone and covers any marks or blemishes. Some people are lucky enough to have fairly clear skin, and can make do with a tinted moisturiser or light foundation, whereas others have blemishes, acne, birthmarks, scars and other marks that need more coverage.
Vichy Dermablend is a range of base make-up developed to cover all complexion flaws. I have been testing out the Fluid Corrective Foundation 16hr* and the Corrective Stick 14hr*, both in the palest Opal shade to see if they live up to Vichy’s claims.
I have combination skin that is prone to a lot of blemishes, plus I have a few pale acne scars and uneven skintone on my cheeks from when I was a teenager, and some darker pigmentation marks around my eyes. None of these issues bother me unnecessarily but I do feel more confident about my skin when I am wearing some kind of make-up to cover up these flaws.
Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation 16hr – this is a creamy foundation that feels pretty much like any other to apply, I like to apply foundation with my fingers as I feel this gives the best coverage and doesn’t leave you with brush or sponge marks on the face!
It gives a very opaque matt finish and you need to blend it really thoroughly around your hairline and jawline otherwise the tidemark is quite obvious. It stays blendable on the skin for quite a while and doesn’t dry too quickly though, so you have plenty of time to blend and perfect your base before it dries.
I think you would need to match the shade almost exactly to your skin too, otherwise one shade darker or lighter would stand out too much. The Opal (15) shade is the palest that Vichy produce and it matches fine to my quite pale skintone but I do think it would be good if they produced an even paler porcelain shade for very pale skins.
It gives a nice even tone to the skin and covers blemishes well, particularly the dark pigment patches around my eyes. It also contains SPF35 which will help protect the skin and help prevent further dark pigment patches from forming.
Vichy claim that Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation stays put for 16 hours – I did find that my oily nose and chin looked a little bit shiny after about 8 or 9 hours, but nothing that a little dab of powder couldn’t sort out.
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick 14hr – the first thing that struck me about this concealer was that even though it is the same Opal shade as the foundation this is much darker and more orange. I do prefer to use a slightly darker concealer than my skintone and then blend it really well, as a lighter shade can actually draw more attention to the blemish you are trying to cover up, however I found that this was far too dark for my pale skin.
The image below shows the difference in the two products’ colours, the Corrective Stick concealer is on the left and the foundation is on the right – they are both the Opal shade but neither one has been blended:
I applied the concealer straight from the stick then blended with my finger – this is fine for dark pigment patches, scars, etc., but if you are covering acne or spots then don’t touch the skin with the stick as it could transfer germs onto the product. It covered all of my flaws really thoroughly, but as the marks on my face aren’t too severe I think I could probably just make do with the Dermablend foundation and not bother with the Corrective Stick.
The Corrective Stick also contains an SPF, this one of SPF30, which I like, but I felt it was a bit drying on my skin and made the skin around my blemishes look a bit crepey. Whilst I think it would be perfect for people with very obvious or dark marks on the face it’s not really for me and I’m going to stick with just using the foundation.
The Corrective Stick can be used to cover tattoos, and whilst the shade is completely wrong for the pale skin on my wrist you can see from the image above that a quick application completely covers one of the birds. With the right shade and careful blending you could easily cover a tattoo or dark birthmark.
The swatch image above shows how the Dermablend Foundation looks once it has been blended, as you can see it is quite a matt finish and probably not suitable for super-dry skin, but it looks much more natural than the Corrective Stick.
Overall I’m really impressed with the Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation 16hr product, and I think this would be all you would need if your blemishes aren’t too severe. The Corrective Stick 14hr is more of a corrective make-up for specific needs, and not for everyone.
Vichy Dermablend also offer a Total Body Foundation that can be used to cover up marks on the body.
Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation 16hr is usually priced at £18 for 30ml, but is currently on offer with 1/3 OFF at Escentual for just £12.
Vichy Dermablend Corrctive Stick 14hr is usually priced at £15 for 4.5g, but is currenly on offer with 1/3 OFF at Escentual for just £10.
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