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Review: Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation

I’ve written about Dermablend before, when they released that amazing video with Zombie Boy, but it never occurred to me that it would be a foundation I would particularly like. I have good skin (if I say so myself) with …

Tue, Mar 6, 2012, 10:30

   

I’ve written about Dermablend before, when they released that amazing video with Zombie Boy, but it never occurred to me that it would be a foundation I would particularly like. I have good skin (if I say so myself) with nothing that really needs concealment, bar the odd patch of redness or the occasional blemish, and for daywear I like to wear MAC Face & Body which is one of the lightest coverage foundations out there – so the likelihood of my going for Dermablend‘s ultimate coverage foundation seemed slim, to say the least.

But I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth – so when Vichy sent me a tube of Dermablend to try out, I thought, what’s the worst that can happen? By some miracle, the sample they sent out – which is no 25, Nude – was almost the exact match for my skin (it’s a little bit darker, but nothing that a bit of bronzer on the neck doesn’t fix) and so I found that I could give it a good week’s trial with no one being too much the wiser. Except for, oh yeah, the fact that this make-up is amazing. Honestly – I put this on in the morning and instantly my skin is smoother, clearer, more even, and it lasts all day long.

See this picture?

That is, quite literally, the difference it makes. It’s astonishing; I feel so much more made up with it on, and while other foundations fade and rub off during the day, this really doesn’t – although I’ll admit I haven’t tested the 16-hour claims. It’s replaced my Estee Lauder Double Wear as my going-out make-up of choice, and when I’m on television there really is no comparison. What’s more, it feels really silky on my skin and not heavy and cloying like some heavy-duty foundations tend to.

The only downside I’ve found is that, through prolonged wear, it can really dry out my skin – and my skin is oily to begin with. So if I wear this for three or four days, you can bet I have serious dry patches by the end. I can imagine for those of you with dry skin, this would start to show up a little sooner, so it’s worth bearing in mind.

I don’t believe that anyone really needs a super heavy-duty foundation for everyday wear, but for the occasional bit of extra making-up, Dermablend definitely does it for me.

Does this sound like something you’d like to try? It’s available from most pharmacies and priced at €21, which is less than you’ll pay for most high-end brands. The only catch is that it comes in but five shades, so you might be lucky – or, more likely, you might be unlucky … Let me know how you get on!