Review: Vichy Dermablend Foundation & Setting Powder

The first time I heard of Vichy as a brand, was years ago when I was still in school. It was in an assembly and we were shown a video of a ‘normal‘ looking man, who when rubbed makeup remover across his body, turned out to be completely covered from head to toe in tattoos. The point in us watching this video was to instil the ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ ideology into us, and whilst yes I 100% agree with this, it wasn’t that which caught my attention in the video, but the products they had been using. I was amazed to see how well the foundations used, covered Rick Genest’s (better known as Zombie Boy) large amount of dark tattoos, both on his face and entire body. At the beginning of the video, you would have no idea that he was so heavily tattoo’d – the makeup artists did such an amazing job! The video itself is probably my favourite advert of all time, and it definitely worked on me as a consumer, as I couldn’t stop thinking about trying out Vichy for myself, and knew one day I would have to do so!


Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation* > £18.00

The first time I tried anything from Vichy was last year, when I originally tested out Vichy’s Dermablend Foundation and whilst I was impressed with it, I didn’t blow me away. The lightest shade in the range at the time (15 –  Opal) was too dark for me, which of course clouded my judgement as I couldn’t wear it as a foundation. I really liked it as a concealer for blemishes though, as the coverage is so good, but again that was when I was slightly more tanned, and not a pasty like I am currently. However, when Vichy got in touch, letting me know that that the foundation had be reformulated and that there were new shades available, I was extremely excited to give it another try.

I chose the lightest shade in the range (05 – Porcelain), which matches my skin tone perfectly – so I was delighted! Since getting the correct shade I’ve been testing this out, and I have to say – I’m absolutely in love with it. To start with, the coverage is unlike any other foundation that I own, it covers my blemishes and scarring with ease, without looking caking on the skin, which is perfect. If the high coverage still isn’t enough for you, it’s also easy to build up with, and that’s what I usually do around my cheeks, which is where the majority of my acne scars are. The formula is slightly thicker than my usual foundation, but nothing too noticeable – I don’t feel like it clogs up my pores at all, although it does feel slightly heavier than what I would class as a ‘lightweight’ formula. Due to this, and the fact that I don’t need a full coverage foundation everyday anymore, I stick to using this when I’m going ‘out out’ or on days where I feel my skin is looking particularly bad. I’ve heard people compare this foundation to Estée Lauder’s famous Double Wear, but as I’ve yet to try that (it is on my wishlist!) I wouldn’t personally be able to comment.

I usually apply this Vichy foundation with a damp beauty blender, as that’s my favourite tool for applying base products with in general, but a buffing brush works really well too. I have found that once applied it does has a slightly tacky finish to it, so I do find it’s best to set it with a powder, such as the one below, which is my personal favourite. I’m very impressed with the wear time of this foundation, it can definitely last a whole day (around 11 hours) with ease. As a bonus, the Vichy Dermablend Foundation also features SPF 35, which is always great in my eyes as SPF is a really important factor in keeping your skin looking younger for longer.

Overall, I’m a big fan of Vichy’s Dermablend foundation, it’s the best coverage foundation I own, and does a great job concealing any blemishes, scarring or discolouration I may have as well as sitting really nicely on my skin, and having a great wear time. It’s a definite thumbs up for me, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a higher coverage foundation.


Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder > £15.00

I’ve raved about Vichy’s Setting Powder a few times here on emilyloula before (see 2015 Beauty Favourites & Escentual French Pharmacy Haul), but I realised that I hadn’t actually reviewed it properly, so thought I would add it to this post as well. I originally purchased my setting powder back in May last year, and I think I’ve pretty much used it every day I’ve worn a ‘full face’ of makeup since. It’s definitely become a staple in my makeup bag.

The setting powder comes with a puff, but I personally never use this. I was going to throw it away, but it sits nicely between the sieve of the powder, and the lid, meaning that it stops the powder coming out sitting around in the top. To apply the Vichy Setting Powder, I tap a little bit into the lid, and use either a fan brush or a RT’s Duo Fiber Face Brush to lightly dust it all over my face. Although in the pot, the powder looks white, once applied it is colourless, so it could be used on any skintone without an issue. Whilst £15 is quite pricey for a setting powder, I do honestly think that this is worth every penny. You only need a tiny tiny amount each time, so the 28g of product will last you forever! As I said I’ve been using mine for nearly a year now and I honestly haven’t even made a substantial dent in it!

Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder is also hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin and has SPF 30, which is always great to hear! But the question is though, does it prolong the wear of my makeup? Yes, it definitely does. The reason I love this setting powder so much is because it can be worn on top of any makeup that you’d usually apply, but really does make a difference on the wear time. As I mentioned before as an example, I wore this last year when I went to Alton Towers for the day. I applied my makeup as normal at 10am, then added this on top and when I got home at 9pm, my makeup still looked perfect. It had been raining throughout the day and I had been on plenty of rides, with the wind and rain straight on my face whilst I was whizzing around upside down. Normally my makeup doesn’t last longer than 7 / 8 hours as I have quite oily skin, so this powder makes a huge difference and I’m honestly so impressed with it. I had tried a few other setting powders before this one, but I don’t think any of them compared to Vichy’s, and I don’t feel the need to try out any others now either!

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this setting powder – I absolutely love it and it’s become a complete staple in my makeup bag – again, it’s another big thumbs up from me, and a recommendation I would definitely make!

Do you like the sound of Vichy’s Dermablend Foundation & Setting Powder? Is it something that you would pick up for yourself? As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!

emily x

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A product in this post was provided for the purpose of this review, although as always, all opinions and thoughts remain. For more information see my Disclaimer

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