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!