I used to have more blushers than I knew what to do with, but it seems that my love of blushers has been replaced by my love of foundations. I’ve tried so many amazing foundations in the past, as well as many that just haven’t suited my fussy skin at all, I should really stick with the ones I know work, but I just can’t resist the lure of a new base! And so it’s been a great pleasure to try out two of the Vichy Dermablend Foundations. The two foundations in question are Vichy Dermablend [3D Correction] in shade 15 Opal and Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation in shade 05 Porcelain. Having had a look at the website it would seem that Porcelain is the palest of eight shades available in the Corrective Fluid Foundation, while Opal is the palest shade available in the 3D Correction formula.
For reference, here are the shades and textures of each. On the left is the 3D Correction Foundation in Opal and on the Right is the Corrective Fluid Foundation in Porcelain.
At a glance I thought the 3D Correction foundation was a touch too dark, but the right pinkish tone for my cool skin, while I thought the Corrective Fluid foundation was pale enough but maybe a little too yellow but there was a chance they both might work for me when blended out.
Starting off with a review of the Dermablend [3D Correction]. Tis foundation is designed for oily, acne-prone skin with texture flaws. The premise of this foundation is that not only will it camouflage any blemish, but it will also smooth the skin’s surface to minimise the appearance of 3D imperfections and blemishes. As such, the texture of this is on the thicker side (but isn’t too thick at all) and it promises to provide an even, smooth, matte finish for up to 16 hours and includes skincare ingredients such as salicylic acid and eperulin. In addition, they suggest that for this product, all you need is this, no primers, no concealers, just the foundation, meaning if you are blemish prone, you can avoid having to layer with heavy make up.
With my dry, fussy skin, I’ve found that some products really work for me with a buffing brush, but others work better for me with a damp sponge blender and so I applied this with my blender. The results were as near to flawless as I could possibly hope for. The colour match was also pretty much perfect for me. The one thing I didn’t realise was that you could apply this in layers if necessary to cover blemishes, and so I did reach for my concealer, however since learning to add a touch more to a blemish and then gently press it into the skin (either with a finger or I have tiny little sponges which I prefer), I’ve been able to ditch the concealer when wearing this foundation. I absolutely love it and it lasted all day with no issues at all. It is very matte, and although my skin is dry rather than oily, I have found this works very well for me. Big thumbs up.
Moving onto the Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation. If you recall this is the one I thought might be a bit yellow toned for me, but colour wise, while not quite as perfect as Opal, Porcelain is definitely passable. This foundation promises to be high coverage and long wear for minor to moderate imperfections such as spots, scars, uneven skin tone and dark circles. It’s a lighter, more liquid texture than the 3D foundation and promises a natural looking finish. In addition it has SPF35. Now I must confess I’ve actually tried this foundation before and didn’t get on with it at all. I found it sat in my pores and just looked awful. However, that was before I discovered my new love of damp blenders. Previously I have buffed this in with a foundation brush, this time I applied with a sponge and the results were much much better. It didn’t sit in my pores at all. The coverage with this one is also good, but I did find that for some of my angrier blemishes I needed a touch of concealer. Wear time on this was slightly less than the other formula, but still good, lasting me all day before it started to wear and shine. The finish is less matte and indeed more natural. I like this one too, but not as much as the 3D, I’d be inclined to reach for this one more as a day wear foundation, with the 3D for special occasions or nights out. I apologise for the following photograph, it doesn’t give a brilliant idea of how it looks, I’ve struggled with how sunny it’s been the last few days, but hopefully it will give you a bit of an idea of the shade and finish.
So in conclusion, I like both of these foundations, but I LOVE the Dermablend [3D Correction] formula the most. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone who suffers, like I do (even at the ripe old age of 42) with blemishes, or anything they want to cover up.
I recommend Escentual.com, where you’ll find the Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation at £12.00 for 30ml (usual price £18) and the Dermablend [3D Correction] Foundation at £14.33 (usual price £21.50).
You can also find further information on all Vichy Dermablend Products on the Dermablend Website.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes
It’s well documented on this blog that my skin is tricky to care for, but it seems pretty well controlled at the minute other than the occasional blemish and what seems to be the very sudden onset of ageing (it’s like I woke up one morning and was suddenly 10 years older), otherwise though, the dryness is mostly under control, blemishes are far less frequent and its not too bad, but it could be better. And that’s where Vichy Laboratoires Idealia Peeling comes in.
So what is it? Idealia Peeling is a water-light liquid applied to the skin at night, before your night cream that refines your pores, improves your skin texture and smooths fine lines in four weeks. The peeling action is gentle (4% Glycolic Acid and 5% Hepes), and promises an improvement to radiance, softness and brightness when used nightly for a month.
I’ve got all the blurb here but I’m not a big fan of typing out scientific facts I don’t really understand here, so lets stick to my opinions!
First up, application. Easy to apply, you just simply add to your cotton wool pad and apply to your clean skin, then apply your moisturiser and head to bed. I find I get a slight tingling when I apply but it’s comfortable. This isn’t an in depth review as I haven’t been using it long enough, but I wanted to give a heads up because for those of us with sensitive skin, this is brilliant. I’ve had no adverse effects so far, but when I wake in the morning my skin feels so smooth and soft. I’ve been using this for a few days now and I swear to god, I think my fine lines (not the deep ones – boo!) look a little less obvious. A little goes a really long way and I’m very optimistic that in a couple of weeks I’ll be glowing! I’m seriously impressed, as someone who breaks out at the drop of a product name, to use something as scary sounding as a peel and not have my skin freak out is a big deal!
You might be wondering what the record is in the background? Well that’s because Vichy have teamed up with DJ Becky Tong and as part of the new campaign Becky can be seen revealing her glowing skin from behind some of her top albums covers, and Skin by Flume is her favourite 🙂
Vichy Laboratoires Idealia Peeling is £30 for 100ml and is available from Boots nationwide as well as Boots.com
*products received free of charge for review purposes