Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder!

Hey everyone!

I got given this product around a year ago now and it has literally just sat in my drawer waiting to be used. I tend to stick to my trusty The Body Shop face base as it provides good coverage, finish and it lasts really well. Setting powder is something I am skeptical about as although it’s meant to improve the longevity of makeup and keep it matte, it doesn’t provide that extra layer of coverage that I feel my skin needs.

I’m also skeptical about it as I’ve seen quite a few horror stories about translucent setting powder providing the most horrific and patchy flashback in photographs. Now I’m pretty damn pale anyway and I always will be but I can’t think of much worse than thinking your makeup looks bomb just to see photos and have it look like your skins pretty much peeling off. This really did make me think of a friend of mine Gabys post about make up fails that you can read here. It’ll give you a giggle and you’ll understand what I’m talking about a bit better.

Anyway, I’d never heard all that much about Vichy before receiving this powder. The only thing being that their foundation had brilliant coverage. I’ve got to be honest, I like to stick to more drugstore prices for my base and usually go for more high-end products with eyeshadows which is why I’ve never indulged in these products. The foundation retails at around £20 and the setting powder £18 so it’s a pretty hefty price if you’re looking to invest in both and that’s without a concealer or primer.

It does say in the description of it that it is specially formulated to lengthen the wear of the Dermablend foundations. Therefore I suppose this review will not be 100% accurate as I do not currently own any of them. Although sometimes I think companies just say things like that to try and make you spend more money and buy more products, of course.

When trying this I applied all my regular day to day base products as normal and applied the Vichy Dermablend setting powder afterwards with a fluffy face brush. The packaging has a plastic stopper inside with holes for the powder to come through so it isn’t fully open. I find this really helpful as I can be quite the klutz and can imagine myself dropping it at some point. It’s nice to know I won’t lose the entire product when it eventually happens… It also comes with a little powder puff for application but I haven’t bothered using it. The powder goes on to the face really smoothly and doesn’t cake up or crease at all. I applied a few layers on first application just to see how much I could get away with and still, no cakey finish which I was really pleasantly surprised about.

My face looked really matte and my skin quite soft too, it provided a beautiful finish on first application and I was really pleased with the results. However, I don’t find it lasts that long. I do tend to get quite an oily T-zone sometimes but I did find within an hour that my forehead, my nose and all around it got super shiny. The rest of my face looks fine but it’s these two areas that the powder just really doesn’t seem to hold. On re-application I don’t feel it looks the same either, it just sort of makes my makeup look quite clogged which is a shame.

It could be quite possible that you need a thicker and more flawless base for this setting powder to go on top of. The foundation I use has good coverage but it feels very light and the consistency is thin so I’m assuming it needs a stronger base. I’d recommend it for really short-term wear, which lets be honest would be pretty pointless other than for photo shoots – but other than that I didn’t find that it was a good product. I much prefer the no7 one for a setting powder or just thicker and shaded powders in general really!

Have you tied anything from Vichy or do you have a holy grail setting powder?

’Til Next Time,
BTB Xx

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Jade says:

    I’ve always been sceptical about powders like this too, I have an NYX one that I’ve never got round to using haha I’m in the pale girl club too and I’m always worried about making myself look even paler!

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

    1. Kate Ballamy says:

      I’m always rubbish at applying powders like this, loved reading your post though! If you have any tips definitely let me know, haha! 🙂

      Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/

    2. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’ve heard some questionable things about the NYX one with flashback too so be careful haha! X

  2. Nancy says:

    It’s so cool that you got to try out this product! I love the packaging of Vichy! It’s great that this setting powder doesn’t break the bank either. Glad to hear things worked out – at least for short-term wear. Thanks for sharing!

    exquisitely.me

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      The packaging is very sleek and professional which I love but it is a shame it’s not longer wearing! X

  3. Sophie says:

    I haven’t tried this one but I love using loose powders to bake on my make up! I find that it really makes it last longer! This is a pretty expensive one though, most of mine are only around a fiver!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’ve never tried baking which I kind of feel like I need to at some point being a beauty lover! Yeah I definitely wouldn’t pay full price for it or probably even re-purchase tbh! X

  4. Charlotte says:

    It’s always so frustrating when a powder just doesn’t last for that long throughout the day … I swear by no7 as it’s always the best I’ve found for long lasting x

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I know! That’s its literal one job and it can’t even do that haha. I do love the no7 one! X

  5. Sophie says:

    Such a shame about the longevity. I’ve heard amazing things about the products in this line so I’m quite shocked. I wonder if it’s any nicer on dry skin x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I know right? I’d love to try the foundation as I’ve heard great things about it! X

  6. Cara says:

    I’ve been looking for a new powder for a while as I have really oily skin – this was such a good and helpful review x

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I definitely wouldn’t go for this with oily skin as I’m combination! X

  7. Eva says:

    I haven’t actually tried anything from Vichy before! I don’t think this sounds like the powder for me though as I definitely need something long wearing!

    http://whatevawears.co.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I hadn’t until this but I would like to try the foundation as it’s meant to be brill! X

  8. Jas says:

    I’ve never heard of this but it looks really good! It would be interesting to see if it still looks translucent on darker skin
    Jas xx

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I didn’t even think of that, I would be interested to find out! X

  9. Bexa says:

    I really like the packaging and your photos always look so good Alice! 💖 It’s a shame the powder didn’t last too long. Great post, your reviews are always so honest and helpful 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thank you so much! That means a lot, especially coming from yourself! Xx

  10. Angel says:

    I have a good setting powder from Catrice. Too bad this one from Vichy didn’t hold on your T-zone!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Ooh I’ve never heard of that, I’ll definitely look into that brand then! x

  11. Ms Via says:

    I have not tried much from Vichy but it’s a shame it did not work for you. Even I have super oily skin and need a good setting powder. I love the Laura Mercier loose setting powder as well as the Rimmel Stay matte. Your pictures are stunning btw. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I really need to try the Laura Mercier one as so many people rave about it and I still haven’t managed to get my hands on it! Thank you much 😄 x

  12. Jenny Yang says:

    I def need a new setting power and want to try this one out! thanks for the rec!
    xx jen
    http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      No probs! I think it might be okay on dryer skin maybe! X

  13. I’ve not tried anything from this brand before (the price has always put me off) but I’m always scared of the flashback in photo’s. Tend to use the same one over and over like you

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Me too, it is pretty expensive! Once you find your holy grail powder I think it’s hard to change as there are so many out there! X

  14. I have a super oily nose and forehead, so this doesn’t sound like a very good product for me, and I want my base to last as long as is physically possible without having to reapply at all! I tend to use the RCMA No-Colour Powder, and have done for over a year now – a single pot lasts around twelve months, and that’s using it almost every day, so it’s incredible value for money! I would definitely recommend it.. 🙊

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I feel you there, I’m not SUPER oily but makeup does tend to slip off my face in those areas sometimes! That sounds brill, I’ll definitely have a look into that one if it’s a bargain and good quality!! X

  15. I actually only use Vichy Dermabland foundation, the coverage is great but doesn’t look cakey. I didn’t know they also made a setting powder, I was looking for a new one to by for when my current one runs out, so might try this one 🙂

    Perrine
    http://www.ola-banana.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      They recommend you use this with the foundation so this might be good for you! I’ve wanted to try the foundation for ages but tbh the price has put me off! x

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