As someone who suffers from light rosacea and acne scarring, I always opt for foundations in the medium to full coverage range. I decided to try out some products from the Vichy Dermablend range and opted for the Corrector Foundation Stick and the Setting Powder.
(The packaging for the Corrector stick has since changed since I purchased)
Corrector Foundation Stick
I bought this is the shade “Light 13”. For reference I am a MAC NC20, and while this shade did look dark on first impression, it did match my skin pretty ok when applied. There are only 7 shades available.
(shade “Light 13” swatch)
The foundation stick itself its quite thick in consistency but if you rub with your finger, it does turn creamy straight away. I applied this to my face directly from the stick in long strokes and then buffed into the skin using a stippling brush. It does blend very easily and quickly and it covers all redness and any scarring you may have. The skin is left looking flawless but unfortunately thats where my love for this foundation ended.
I found that this leaves your skin looking very “flat” and you definitely need to bring some life back with blusher or bronzer. I didn’t find that this gave a “natural looking result” as they say, it was very obvious that I had quite thick foundation on. It also states that its “gives up to 16 hour wear and is sweat and water resistant”. Nope, that wasnt true either. After 3 hours or so, my face looked and felt like an oil slick and I have dry skin to begin with! It also wasnt transfer resistant as anytime I touched my face, I would be left with foundation on my fingers.
Dermablend Setting Powder
The next day I decided I would try it with the Setting Powder that is to be used in conjunction with their foundations to extend the lasting power. This powder is white in colour but is translucent when buffed into the skin. With this powder, you need to apply generously (think of a white ghost face amount!) and let it sit for 2 minutes before blending it into your skin. While this does give an immediate matte finish, my skin was so dull and flat looking, nothing I experienced with a powder before. Using both products together, I got probably 4 hours or so before my face turned pretty shiny and patchy again.
I have since tried using the powder with a less heavy hand and also over other foundations, but it’s pretty pants at keeping your foundation in place or reducing an oily T-zone. I really don’t rate it highly at all, I find my Rimmel Stay Matte powder does a far better job.
All is not lost though!
The foundation stick does make a fantastic high-coverage concealer. I would not this use under the eye area, but for any redness around the nose or to cover spots and blemishes, this does a great job. I find it best to warm some of it between my fingers first then apply to my face, and blend with a small brush.
While these products did not really work for me they may work for others. Vichy have also added a liquid foundation to the Dermablend range, and if anyone has tried that, I would love to know how they found it.
Foundation Stick retails for €20.99 and the Setting Powder at €19.99.
Much love x