I really don’t know why it has taken me this long to try Vichy. I’ve read so many positive reviews about their skincare and makeup collection over the past couple of years, however, I always forget to give them a go. It might be because of the lack of advertising or the fact that the Vichy shelf in my local Boots branch sits almost hidden and slightly unloved. I have recently picked up three of their products and even though they were on a ‘buy one get one half price’ offer, I kid you not, each product was actually covered in dust they had been there for so long! Along with the Thermal Spa Water Spray (£7/150ml) and Aqualia Thermal Eye Awakening Balm (£15/15g) (which so far I am loving), I purchased a product that I have been wearing every single day since, the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (£15/28g).
The powder comes in a standard small plastic tub with sieve-like holes pierced on the top and a powder puff. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging or the puff. The holes are way too big so if this accidentally gets tipped upside down way too much powder is released and things can get quite messy. I prefer to use a big fluffy powder brush such as my Spectrum Collection AOO to apply my powder and a smaller more compact brush for under my eyes, so the powder puff doesn’t get used often. I find that it gets caked with powder anyway so I just keep the puff inside to keep the powder from escaping. The powder is very finely milled and incredibly soft and lightweight. It’s designed to be applied on top of the Vichy Dermablend corrective foundation but it works perfectly with both my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder and Fresh Nude Foundation from The Body Shop. It claims to give 16-hour hold and resistance to perspiration, bathing and rubbing. Whilst I feel like that might be a bit of an exaggeration, It does keep my makeup looking flawless for longer than any other powder I have previously tried.
When I use this powder, my skin looks less shiny, my skin tone looks more even and my imperfections (lines, discolouration and pores) look less visible and blurry. It gives a velvety matte finish that brings my whole look together. As I have quite oily skin, the Dermablend Setting Powder also helps keep my makeup from breaking down around my chin and nose, whilst preventing my undereye concealer from creasing. Unlike other powders I have tried in the past, it doesn’t look cakey or dusty and doesn’t give my skin a white cast. It also isn’t drying or uncomfortable. The formula is hypoallergenic, alcohol, soap and colourant free and contains SPF 30. Vichy suggests generously applying the Setting Powder and then waiting for 2 minutes and removing the excess with a brush, so it’s also perfect for baking your undereye area with a damp beauty blender if this is part of your makeup routine.
The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder is available at Boots.com and retails for £15/28g.3