April 28, 2014

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Compact Cream Foundaton Review

Let's talk foundation. Generally, I prefer light-to-medium coverage with a good whack of glowiness thrown in for good measure. So, when I was sent some of the new Vichy Dermablend make-up to try, I side-eyed it and fearfully pushed it to one side. Then I got curious and cracked open the cream foundation and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, I haven't used a cream foundation since it was cool to smear Elizabeth Arden compact foundation all over your face (lips included). So, we're talking maybe 10 years. I was interested to see how I could work with it a decade on and with a lot more make-up experience under my belt.

Honestly, things haven't changed much with the invention of the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Compact Cream Foundation* (€24.50) except for the fact that the shade Opal is a much better match for me than any Elizabeth Arden ever was. Cream foundation, by it's nature, is heavy coverage. Dermablend cream foundation is super duper heavy coverage and, while I did shun it initially, it does have it's place for creating an incredibly flawless canvas to work on. 

It's available in 5 shades, has SPF30 and promises 12 hours hold. All good. If you work in thin layers, building up more layers where you need more coverage, you can avoid looking cakey. I've tried it with my fingers, the sponge (ick), a buffing brush and a flat foundation brush and the best method is to apply with the flat foundation brush and blend with the buffing brush. 

Vichy say that this is a daily use foundation and, while I did trial it everyday for a week, I wouldn't agree that it is daily use. It's just too heavy and mask-like for me to want to wear it from 7am till I go to bed. That, of course, is personal preference as a light, glowy base really is my true calling. If you are an acne sufferer or worry about overly pigmented or scarred areas of the face, this foundation will probably tick all the boxes for you. I do like this foundation a lot but, will reserve it for when I am going out in the evening. Oh and there is also a new stick concealer which I didn't like; too orange and was like cement on the skin! 


  1. I love the Dermablend range & use it in my professional kit but I would never use it all over the face... I mostly use the products as concealer!


  2. Sinead your skin beforehand is flawless, you lucky yoke!

  3. Woah woah woah! Totally buying this ASAP!

  4. I love their concealer stick for pin point blemish concealing. Not sure if my face could handle the full coverage of this foundation though. I have serious lines from laughing so much!


  5. Hi long time reader, first time comment! Do you know of a good stockist of Dermablend in Dublin? I noticed on there website they have a large range of shades that I haven't ever seen in-store here.

  6. Thanks for commenting! I generally find Boots have a great selection, especially the larger stores but, Vichy is first and foremost a chemist brand so I always shop in my local chemists for it

  7. It does look flawless but I’m not a fan of heavy foundations so I’ll give this a miss! Great in depth review x

  8. Holy!!! I have the cream foundation sitting at home, also afraid to try it but I certainly will now! An MUA recommended it as a concealer for drier skins also, I must give it a whirl ...


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