Just after my birthday in April I had a monumental breakout leaving me with very red, sore, bumpy - and extremely unattractive - skin, mainly around my chin area. I know this was down to a huge hormonal surge due to my ongoing peri-menopausal symptoms (read about it here) & it was really leaving me feeling very depressed & self-conscious. Without going on some very heavy-duty acne treatments, which I didn't want to do, I knew I was going to have to give my skincare routine & makeup a huge shakeup so I really couldn't have been contacted at a better time by the lovely folk at Vichy.
They asked me if I'd be interested in trying their Dermablend Corrective Foundation & their new Liftactiv Supreme moisturiser, and knowing the benefits of the Dermablend range, I took them up on their very kind offer! After choosing my shade & skin type from the options on their website, I received a parcel from them a few days later & discovered they'd also very kindly enclosed a Dermablend Corrector Stick to me to try.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Dermablend range, it is known & well-loved for it's fantastic camouflaging abilities, covering skin imperfections such as scarring, redness, uneven skintone etc. without leaving your skin feeling like it's been totally caked in thick, heavy makeup. The SPF 35 foundation has a medium consistency & blended evenly. The website recommends to apply using fingertips or a damp sponge, although I'd like to try it with a Beauty Blender too so that's next on my list to order! It's easily buildable should you require more coverage but for me, I only used a very small amount for my entire face & neck. I chose the lightest shade Opal, which was just a tad on the pale side for me, especially as I now have a hint of a tan on my face but I will buy another one in a slightly deeper shade - it's just that good!
The SPF 30 corrector stick, as you can see comes in a twist-up bullet & has a much thicker consistency, but the coverage is seriously unbelievable with this!! I had at the time of photographing, a big red bump on my chest & I very lightly patted the teeniest amount of this over the top with my fingertip & it just vanished with absolutely no hint of redness to be seen. And it did not shift or melt away all day, amazing, really! You can see this with the before & after shots I've taken.
As I have rosacea & acne scarring, I am the perfect candidate for trying this & showing it to you because I am truly very impressed with these products! Unfortunately (for me, that is!!) this means that I have to be completely bare skinned & makeup free for all the world to see which is some feat seeing as I haven't been seen in public sans maquillage since 1990!!! But to be totally fair to the product & to show it's coverage honestly, here are my totally untouched before & after shots, redness, lumps, bumps & all!!
Completely bare skin, eeeek!
With a very light application of Dermablend foundation, no other makeup
Dermablend foundation & corrective stick, blush, eye makeup & nude lip balm
Muuuuch happier!! (I was also testing my new Eyeko liquid eyeliner pen, review to come!)
Such a happy camper aren't I, I honestly don't feel as miserable as I look here!! But look how it's completely evened out any redness & even though a couple of bumps can still be seen on my chin, the coverage is amazing!! It's so highly pigmented, you really do need the tiniest of amounts so the tube will last for ages, you can't fail to be impressed!
What do you think?! Is anyone else a fan to the Vichy Dermablend range? Keep an eye out for my review of the Liftactiv Supreme, coming very soon!!