January 26, 2012

Putting Vichy Dermablend to the Test

Most of you that read beauty blogs on a regular basis will have heard about Vichy Dermablend. It's a super-heavy-duty concealer that claims to correct, well, pretty much anything. Sinéad already blogged  back in October about an amazing promo video that Vichy put out to show just how much it will cover. Dermablend was used to hide all of Ricky Genest's tattoos (he is covered in them) and the results were mind-blowing.

Now, as entertaining as the video was, it was made by Vichy, so I remained a tad sceptical. I had used the concealer myself before, on some pretty horrific spots, and the results were  great and all, but I wasn't positive that it would actually conceal a tattoo. So, I gave it a shot on mine!

In case you didn't see it in this post, this is my tattoo. The shading is darker in real life and the edges are jet-black, making it pretty hard to conceal.

I took a tube of Dermablend that my mam bought ages ago and squeezed a good bit onto the skin. In hindsight, I definitely should have started small and built it up with a blending brush, but this experiment was done on a whim! It's also worth noting that this shade is way too yellow/dark for my skintone.

Layer one complete. You can still see everything pretty clearly at this point, so I went in (again, with too much product) for another layer.

Et voilà! Tatooless. Now, at this stage, my arm was pretty caked and it failed to dry properly. It also obviously didn't match the rest of me too well. I think that setting it with a powder would have helped, but I was still really afraid of it staining my clothes, which is worth noting.

So overall, yes, Dermablend does work, but you have to know how to work with it. Thin layers, lots of blending and powdering are all key. I still wouldn't use this, say, to cover a tattoo on a bride's wedding day, as it will transfer.
Where Dermablend really stands out is in correcting facial imperfections such as acne, scars or high pigmentation. You can see Lisa Eldridge demonstrate how best to use it here. It really is a great concealer, I only with that more shades were available.

Happy concealing!


  1. The more I read about this stuff the more I am convinced its a temporary solution to cover my brown pigmentation spots. I just hope that one of the 4 shades available will match my skin tone.

  2. I don't get people that want to cover tattos. But it is a great concealer anyway! haha

  3. Another concealer to add to my list I think...:)


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