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?