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Friday
Apr262013

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation

I first heard about the Vichy Dermablend Foundation (P1,390) three years ago when Lisa Eldridge, celebrity makeup artist, used it on a girl with severe acne. You'll see in the video how Dermablend magically hid the spots with only the tiniest amount of product! It was just the thing I needed since I had serious acne scarring at the time. Unfortunately, Vichy wasn't a popular brand back then. It was practically impossible to get it in the Philippines short of shipping it from the UK.

Thankfully, Digital Traincase brought it in early this year. *cue trumpets* I just had to get it when I visited the store in Ortigas a few weeks ago! It's out of stock at the moment but expect fresh stocks to arrive next week.

So how was it? It's every bit as amazing as shown in Lisa's video - as a concealer. My shade, Nude, matches me perfectly when it's just on spot patrol, but when used all over my face it looks quite, erm, pink. I suppose I could still get away with wearing it as foundation (did it once) but only if people don't look too closely! My face looked light and pinkish in comparison to my neck and shoulders.

Even if I can't use the Dermablend as a proper foundation, it's still a great find. Here's why!

What I love about the product

  • It has heavy, full coverage. It can cover very dark blemishes in a couple of layers, and normal blemishes and under eye circles in one dab. Redness is easily banished even if you have fresh pimples and rosacea.
  • Even with that coverage, it feels weightless on skin due to the watery, easy-to-spread texture. It's also non-sticky and non-greasy.
  • It stays on well. It doesn't cake or slide off even in very humid weather. Expect it to look decent even after seven hours or so. This foundation isn't water-resistant though, and it doesn't have much in the way of oil control. I don't mind because this is a corrector, primarily, and not a long-wearing foundation.

  • Nude is a great match on me as an all-around concealer. It covers acne, blemishes and dark undereyes extremely well - it's a great color-match for that purpose since it's half a shade lighter than my skintone. That's great for brightening those discolored areas.
  • No breakouts.

Looks great as a concealer, agree? This is what it looks like unblended. See how opaque it is! I already blended it on my eyebags so you may observe how bright that area is.

Flawless finish. This is what Dermablend looks like when set with loose powder.

What I don't like about the product

  • The tube. It's a squeeze-type tube that has a rather wide opening, so the watery foundation tends to gush out if you don't tilt it upwards when you open the cap. A pump would've been more useful.
  • Shades are very limited and lean towards beige-pink undertones. 

Neutral

  • This is P1,390 at Digital Traincase. It's an okay price. Not cheap, but not too expensive either. Imagine getting a 30ml tube of concealer for that price and it's a bargain. ;)

Recommendations

If you suffer from serious acne, rosacea, or other types of facial skin irritation then I think you'll love the Vichy Dermablend Foundation. This can cover pretty much anything without the mask-like, cakey feel of heavy-coverage makeup. Your skin can breathe with this and you won't have to worry about it sliding off when the going gets tough. I believe this was designed for sensitive skin in mind so breakouts shouldn't be an issue.

The Dermablend is fantastic as a foundation so long as you find a great color match. If not (as in my case), it can work as a concealer for pretty much anything you throw at it.

Verdict

Love it! I've been using this as a concealer ever since I got it. If you're NC35, you can get the Nude shade for concealing. This could work as a foundation if you're NC30 but you'll still have the beige-pink undertone to contend with.

Overall, great stuff. I will definitely repurchase. In the great scheme of things, the P1,390 I paid for it is cheap since it's basically a 30ml tube of concealer for me. We're gonna be together for a long time. ;)

What do you think? Is this something you'd buy?

Reader Comments (17)

Hi Ms. Liz, is this comparable to Cinema secrets ultimate foundation? Which one do you think is better, coverage-wise?

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJhengaroo

Hi! Haven't tried the ultimate foundation but I've tried Cinema Secrets' cream foundation. Hmm. Cinema Secrets offers a better shade match. But IMHO the Dermablend a little bit more opaque. Either one works well.

April 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Ooooh! I'm considering this one as I've hit the pan on my Cinema Secrets. Thanks! Can't wait to see you using this on your future posts :)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJhengaroo

Aww, this is nice! I've been wanting to try this as a foundation, shame it's quite pink! :(

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

UGH! I wish I read this review back when they still had this in DT. :-( I wonder when they'll restock.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

@rachel,

stocks are already in transit, we're expecting it by end of the month or first week of May :)

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSol

This sounds like a good buy. I like that its still watery even w the opacity so its not hard to work with. Is there an available shade for nc40? Thanks!

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

Liz! love your blog! I have a lot of dark scaring from teen acne. I'm NC25..I'm looking for a good thick non-cakey concealer. What are your top concealers? I have dark spots and redness around my nose to cover up along with semi under eyes -_-

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMish

Blends nicely under the eyes? Nice! My biggest problem with concealer or foundation is how it cakes horribly on my eye bags.

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

thanks for the review ms. Liz! i've always thought that concealer is bad for acne and i think with this product, it wouldn't be as bad. unfortunately i still find this expensive for a product that i'll only use as a concealer. it looks promising though! maybe one they i stop using my BB creams as a concealer (it's a bit light but it works) and try this more lightweight foundation :D

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

its covered the undereye area pretty well, kinda expensive for concealing but at 30 ml, this would last a long long time. Are there other shades that would be right for an NC35 as a foundation?

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

This is good on you,but too pricey but It seems it works and had a good result.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

I got this from Sol too and I really love it. I'm considering buying another tube. It's very opaque and covers by blemish marks well. And you will need only a small amount of product to cover your face.

One thing I don't like is the tube packaging. I want to see how much product there is left.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermelvel

Hi Liz,

I'm so happy to know this foundation is available locally. I agree though, Nude is too light. I'm an NC35 too and got it in Sand 35 in Paris. The shade's a great match, it's my everyday foundation now.

I'm a bit skeptical to use it under the eyes though. I'd assume that area would need something more moisturizing.

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

Been searching for a good foundation/concealer. Great review! Thanks! How about with an NC20 skintone? Which Vichy shade should I use?

May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

is there any online store?

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergenie

@genie www.dtcmakeup.com

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersol

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