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Friday, 18 March 2016

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation and Setting Powder Review


I've now been trying out the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective foundation* (see here)  for a few weeks so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts with you. The foundation is marketed as a full coverage and long lasting base, however I would say it's still suitable for all skin types as you can decide how much coverage you want. They claim it blurs away imperfections such as: uneven skin tone, dark circles and redness. The foundation has an SPF of 35, at first I wasn't too concerned about whether it did have an SPF or not, however I'm actually really glad it does now for two reasons. First of all, most foundations have SPF 15 and even then it's not really SPF 15 if it's been mixed into the foundation, so having a higher factor is really the way to go. Secondly, whilst I'm a huge believer in sun cream I do sometimes not bother putting it on if it's not sunny outside and this has caught me out on a few occasions so having it mixed into your foundation does take out that worry. However, the downside to the SPF is that it won't be suitable for flash photography.


I'm sure I've iterated how terrible I am at matching foundation or concealer shades (it's the main thing that stops me trying out new products), so when I was asked if I wanted to try this out I went into Boots to test them beforehand. I had looked at swatches online too but there wasn't much information on the best shades for Asian skin but I knew I was somewhere between 25 and 35. So when I did try them out 35 looked much too warm for my skin that's more on the neutral side so I settled for 25. However, when I did receive 25 it was a tad too light on it's own so I was very kindly sent over 35 too.

There are now 8 shades in total, and I would say 25 is for light to medium skintones, it has a slight cool undertone, and 35 is for medium skintones with a very warm undertone. I normally mix an equal amount of 25 and 35, although I was concerned that the undertone still wasn't right but there is a very slight amount of oxidation that helps it blend in with the skin better. I do think I'll go for a mix of three quarters of 25 and one quarter of 35 going forward though as the 50/50 mix was slightly warm. If you didn't want to mix shades you can always use a bronzer to warm up the lighter shade, I did this with my Bourjois bronzer and it actually turned out well, except for the shimmer particles in my bronzer.

For reference I've put up my other foundation shades, my best match is the Bourjois healthy mix foundation in 54 which you can see is in between shades 25 and 35. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2W1 Dawn is also a good match. YSL Touche Eclat in B50 was too tanned for me but it's close to shade 35 Sand. In Nars I would say I'm close to Punjab, and around NC30.


Onto the application! I don't have any major concerns with my skin apart from a bit uneven skintone around my chin and some redness in my cheeks so I've been applying a light application of this. With a light layer it doesn't cover my beauty spots and a bit of my redness does come though but the coverage can be built up and it does give me a uniform base. The foundation didn't cling to my dry skin, I was actually expecting it to with such a high coverage foundation so that was good, but I do think it applies that bit smoother over a primer on dry skin.

I normally prefer using a pointed foundation brush but I found that a buffing brush or beauty blender (I use an ebay version) worked better with the Vichy Dermablend foundation. The foundation applies really well and it doesn't look cakey at all, infact as overused as the term might be it really does look like skin. It lasts pretty well all day too and might need a topping up of powder if you get oily, but at the end of the day it looked like it had done when I had just applied it. I did try this as a concealer too and it just didn't look right to me, but I always go in with a separate concealer anyway so I wasn't too fussed.

Overall, it's a great foundation for anyone, the high coverage claim might put some people off but with this foundation you can really control how much you want to apply and it's a lot more purse friendly than other similar foundations, especially seeing as it is on offer for £12 here for 30ml. The only drawbacks of this foundation is that it can be hard to get right if the shade isn't a good match and there was also some transfer around the neckline of my top.


The second product I got to try was the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder*, definitely one of the unsung heroes in my eyes! The powder is more finely milled than any other and it goes on completely colourless so there's no chance of the dreaded white cast. It sets foundation and concealer really well and softens the whole look. It also has an SPF of 30.

A good setting powder can have numerous uses and I've already used this to experiment with the whole matte lips trend. A lot of my summer lipsticks have a satin or shimmery finish and I don't really get a lot of use from them, but putting this over the top mattifies them instantly without changing the colour. The only downfall of this powder is that a bit of shine can come through so if your skin gets oily quite fast it's perhaps worth considering.


The packaging of both the foundations and the powder has a big emphasis on a sleek and monochrome theme. The foundations come in tubes where you squeeze the product out, but the packaging of the powder looks and feels a bit more high end to me. It comes in a see through tub with a powder puff included and then the little sifter where you shake it to get the powder to come out. I did give the puff a go using the 'press and roll' action I've seen in Gossmakeupartist's videos but it's a bit fiddly for me so I use an Nanshy powder brush to sweep it across my face instead. Normally I only powder my t zone but this powder is so light and flattering that I just go for it! The powder is on sale for £11.25 here.


I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried any of the Dermablend products?


68 comments:

  1. I am one of them folks are turned off by the term 'full coverage'. Anything full coverage doesn't look good on me, or at least I don't think it looks good on me. I still like to see my skin or so to speak but you're right that we could control how much we're applying. Great review!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I get what you mean, full coverage can sometimes make you think of a mask like effect, but it really wasn't the case with this foundation. Applying a little bit helped smooth over some of the discolouration and redness but I could still see my skin :)

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  2. It's a pity there wasn't a better colour match for you as it's such a great full coverage foundation! I really like how lightweight the powder is too but found it didn't stop my oiliness throughout the day but it did when I used it with my Revlon ColourStay!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I think mimicking the two shades works a lot better, even it it's fiddlier. I'm the opposite, my skin rarely gets oily (apart from around my nose) so the lightweight powder works well for me. It's interesting how it works better with the Revlon! :)

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  3. Such a beautiful post,dear!
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  4. I love the look of that loose powder, reminds me a lot of the laura mercier one but it's cheaper!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. The quality is really great, really remiscent of anything you'd get in a high end counter :)

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  5. I haven't tried any of these before and I've never tried anything from Vichy, I think from memory they're supposed to have a really good concealer though?

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I haven't tried a concealer from the range, but if it's anything like their foundation it must be great! I find their products look really natural :)

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  6. Another lovely read. Just to let you know, I nominated you for the Liebster Award which I didn't realise you'd done before until now so no problem if you don't want to do it again but if you do, you can find the questions here: http://lovestephx.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/the-liebster-award-2.html

    Steph/ Love Steph x

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  7. It is hard to get the perfect match with foundations, I am usually the in between shade. Most of my foundations are SPF15 so SPF35 is great as I always forget applying sun screen. Great review!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. It's the first time I've had to mix shades but I'm getting used to it :) Aww I'm exactly the same! :)

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  8. I really like the sound of the foundation and I prefer ones that have full coverage so that wouldn't put me off. It's good that it doesn't cling to dry patches as I have had trouble with dry skin recently so I'll definitely be adding it to my wish list :) x

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    1. The best thing about the Dermablend range is that it looks really natural on as well! I find these great for dry skin :)

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  9. I'm also having problems with matching my foundation, but for me it's usually too dark :( i like 25 a lot, but i'll also have to find it somewhere to swatch hah

    darcia.pl

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    1. They brought out some new shades for paler skin so you might want to have a look at some swatches online! Larger boots stores have them in stock :)

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  10. These look like great products. I was to try the corrective fluid.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  11. I haven't tried the dermablend products before but I really want to give that loose powder a try.

    Ilona
    www.artthisisart.com

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    1. I LOVE the loose powder! The quality is amazing and it's so versatile, I really recommend it :)

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  12. I would love to try that Setting Powder! It sounds like it'd be good for baking :) xx

    http://www.itsjessiejane.com/

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    1. It's so lightweight that it's really easy to use for setting the base in place and then brushing off :)

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  13. I have got to try that powder. Thanks for your recommendations!
    xThe Rad Wife

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  14. I absolutely love both of these products, I'm so funny with finding powders I like but this one is so good!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. Same here! I think the quality of the powder is so good for the price :)

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  15. Does the powder respond well to camera flashes? It'so hard to find a powder that doesn't!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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    1. I rarely leave flash on but I haven't found the powder to give a white cast, but because the foundation has such a high SPF, it would give you a white cast if wearing them together :)

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  16. I've been wanting to try a powder like that for awhile now... thanks for sharing and introducing!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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  17. I've never tried any of their products. I really love when foundations have SPF, 35 is pretty high
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    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. I agree, I actually feel like I have protection on that way, compared to SPF 15 where I don't really see the point :) Thank you!

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  18. I really want to try the powder !! xx

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  19. I do have one of these products however I've never actually used it because it doesn't match my skin tone properly! I did used to use Dior stars foundation though but HATED the flashback because of SPF.. I now use Armani luminious silk which is amazing x
    SHELISES WORLD

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    1. I mix two of the shades but it works well for me! You could try the foundation adjusting drops too :) I've heard lot's of great things about the Armani foundation too :)

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  20. This product looks like a noce one from what you just described...nice one dear

    Olisdiary blog

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  21. Thank you so much for this review! I've been wanting to try this foundation out for a long time. The swatches are super useful as well! xx

    clumsyagenda.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! I'm so glad you found it useful :)

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  22. ive never heard of this product before, great review


    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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  23. I tried a sample of this foundation once but sadly wasn't a huge fan as it seemed to show up the dry patches on my face. I would like to try it again, though, since everyone loves it. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. Oh no, that's a shame! I've found it works well for me but trying it with different brushes can also help :)

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  24. I've always been a huge fab of Vichy & have been using their products from the teenage years (oh how long ago it was! lol). The shades look neat & the fact that there is SPF added makes a big difference.
    Thanks for your review, darling.
    xox Nadia
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    1. Aww I'm sure it's not! The SPF is a huge bonus for me, sometimes I'm too busy preparing to go to the shops that I completely forget to apply SPF in the summer :)

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  25. Love this fashion wishlist and your picks, so perfect for the transitional time!

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  26. I've been wanting to try the powder. Glad to hear you like it so much!
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    1. It's one of my favourite products, can't fault it really!

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  27. I still haven't tried this brand! Thanks for sharing!
    www.streetmadonna.com

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    1. Their foundation lines are great, and there's something for everyone!

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  28. Awesome review, thanks for sharing!

    www.mylifeasmilitza.com

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  29. This is the second good review for the foundation I have read so I am definitely going to have to get it now and the colour looks like a good match for my skin x thanks hun xx

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    1. It's a really versatile and buildable foundation with a natural finish, I'm sure you'll like it :)

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  30. will have to check this out! Lovely review

    Stephanie | www.stephykeung.com

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  31. Fashion girl, and love your fashion tips

    BettyCook www.dreamydressshop.com

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  32. Love these products and the review is Awesome, thanks dear for sharing!
    xoxo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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    1. I'd love to hear how you get on with it!

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