Foundation Review: Vichy Dermablend

Do you remember when I whipped myself in the face with a fully-grown tree? It wasn’t one of my finest moments; I almost lost an eye and I think that my children are probably emotionally scarred for life. (They’re not. That’s a lie. They didn’t even look up from the iPad when I screamed “GET DADDY!” I could have had an arm hanging off, a stampede of rhinos charging towards me, a crocodile about to shut its jaws on my head and they wouldn’t have stopped painting patterns on the cartoon fire engine. The power of the iPad.)

Anyway, I was looking for a photograph of something else entirely when I stumbled across some rather impressive before and after pictures that I took when I was experimenting with cover-up makeup. I did some Poirot deduction work and realised that I had been playing about with the Vichy Dermablend but had never written up my findings.

The reason that this particular foundation has slipped the net (unusually, because if I’ve made the effort to do before and afters of a foundation then you can almost guarantee I’ll write a review post to make use of them!) is that I haven’t actually worn it again. And with my foundation tests, I’ll wear them for weeks on end, comparing them to similar products, seeing how they last in different conditions, generally putting them through their paces.

I didn’t want to wear this foundation again, but not because it wasn’t nice to wear (it’s actually lighter than you’d think, for something with so much coverage), but because I simply didn’t need it.

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation can cover almost anything. With a spot of colour-correction underneath (a peachy tone to take out blue tones, for example) it can go to work on scarring, pigmentation, blemishes and even dark tattoos.

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You can see from my photos that it did an amazing job on my black eye, which wasn’t black so much as “all the colours of the rainbow plus lots of red scratches thrown in for good measure”.

It covered without feeling cakey, which is quite the feat – it also stayed in place for the entire day. I’d say that the “16 hour wear” claim on the tube is almost on the modest side.

Yet such high coverage is always going to come with a very slightly heavier texture and so I didn’t find myself wearing it again – once my eye had started to fix itself, and people had stopped staring at me, I simply dabbed on a bit of concealer to take away the most startling areas of bruising. The rest of my face didn’t require very much coverage at all, so Dermablending the entire thing felt a bit like using a helicopter to hang out the washing.

But I wanted to document this foundation for future reference because it is quite incredible how deft it is at covering things you don’t want to display and it is lighter in feel than a lot of other full coverage foundations. I mean, I don’t think you could even classify Dermablend as a full coverage foundation – it’s full-full coverage. It’s almost stage makeup, a specialist product, but it has been brought down to a high street price and is widely available. (There are thirteen shades, currently £13.33 at*.)

So if you’re on the hunt for a very high coverage foundation but fear the cakey finish (or can’t find one that’s as opaque as you require) then this is well worth a go.

Vichy also make Dermablend concealer sticks, which should really have a whole other post, but I may not get around to it so I’ll mention them here: unbelievably good on dark circles, dark spots and red, angry spots. It’s basically an eraser in makeup form – handy in its wind-up tube, easy to apply and blend, sticks like glue. (But feels supple and nice.) You can find the concealer here*, at time of writing it’s £10. (Escentual have a sale on.)

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  1. Audrey
    August 13, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    This is an amazing concealer on its own. Use a tiny eyeliner brush to dab and blend where needed. Sides of nose, chin, blemishes, scars etc. Lisa Eldridge has posted a tutorial on this too. Amazing stuff.

  2. April 9, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    I was looking for a foundation that I could wear regularly. After reading the comments I encountered that it suits on oily skin too. Will definitely give it a try now.

  3. Julia
    February 7, 2020 / 6:45 pm

    i‘ve been using it as a concealer for my acne for about 10 years after watching a Lisa Eldridge Tutorial. One tube lasts me approximately 2 years. Great stuff!

  4. Hannah
    October 16, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    I use this foundation quite regularly. I habe dry skin but find that if I use just the tiniest amount across forehead and under eyes, maybe on the chin and around the nose, it looks great. And it looks better and better and more like skin as the day goes on and it mixes with what little oil I habe on my face.

    • October 16, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Hannah, good to know! xx

  5. October 14, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    That really is impressive overage on your eye there.
    And iPads… I feel like the house could burn down around them and my kids wouldn´t look up!

    Anne from Doctor Anne

  6. October 11, 2019 / 9:45 am

    I agree when you said you wouldn’t want to wear such full coverage foundation on a daily basis if it’s got some heavy texture. Probably good for special occasions or if you’re just covering some really serious discoloration. Though I wonder if it’s okay for oily skin. It would be great if it were.

    • October 11, 2019 / 12:51 pm

      I’m curious about this too. I have combination oily, acneic skin and would use it to conceal my leftover acne scars/redness where needed.

      • October 13, 2019 / 11:11 pm

        Yes it would be fine on oily skin! x

    • October 13, 2019 / 11:12 pm

      Yes, it would work well on oily skin too – it really stays in place! See also Effaclar Blur from La Roche-Posay. Though that doesn’t have anywhere near such full coverage x

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