A few months ago I was very kindly sent two products from Vichy, the Dermablend 16H Fluid Corrective Foundation and a top-up of my all-time favourite setting powder. I don’t why it took me so long to try Vichy, it might be because of the lack of advertising or the fact that the Vichy shelf in my local Boots branch sits almost hidden, dusty and slightly unloved. Now I wear both their setting powder and Aqualia Thermal Eye Awakening Balm (£18/15g) every day and can’t recommend them highly enough.
As someone who suffered from acne throughout my teenage years, (and still does to a certain extent) I have been left with visible discolouration and scaring around my chin, jawline and nose. The Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (£20 | 30ml) is marketed as a high-coverage liquid foundation that was developed to help camouflage minor to moderate skin concerns including acne, rosacea and scarring and therefore has always appealed to me. I have swatched this foundation many times in Boots but have never been successful in finding a shade match. When I heard that Vichy extended their shade range I couldn’t wait to try the lightest shade (05 Porcelain), however, once again, I was left disappointed. Still not light enough. Out of sheer curiosity, I have worn the foundation in the comfort of my own home, I’m not brave enough to rock the Oompa Loompa look outside. This only served to break my heart further as I was impressed with the coverage it delivers. High coverage foundations can often feel cakey and mask-like but Dermablend actually allows the skin to breathe. It also contains SPF35.
One product I can recommend, for ALL skin tones, is the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (£13.50 | 28g). This isn’t a product I quite like, it stands with my Tarte Shape Tape and Porefessional as a holy grail makeup item that I always have on hand and will never stop recommending or purchasing. This is a must-have product for anyone with oily/combination skin that finds their makeup breaking down and generally misbehaving throughout the day, and for anyone who craves that perfect doll-like matte finish. It’s designed to specifically work alongside the Dermablend Corrective Foundation but don’t let this put you off, it has worked perfectly with every foundation in my collection so far. The translucent powder is very finely milled, incredibly soft and lightweight. It extends the life of my makeup more than any other makeup product I’ve tried. It doesn’t leave a white cast and bakes my concealer flawlessly. I can’t see myself falling in love with another setting powder as much as this one as it ticks all my boxes, however, this won’t stop me purchasing the new MAC X Patrick Starrr powder as soon as it comes back in stock. I can’t wait to compare them side by side.
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