Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder Review / Swatches

24th March 2014

If you read my Escentual French Pharamcy Wishlist post, you’ll be aware that I’ve been dying to try the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder for ages. I’ve only ever tried pressed facial powders, and not yet entered the territory of loose powders, as I’ve always envisaged them to be ridiculously messy for an utter klutz like myself. 

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - Miss Makeup Magpie
For the month of March, Escentual have an amazing French Pharmacy event where they’re offering upto a third off all French skincare brands.. so there are some incredible bargains to be had. The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder usually retails for £17, but is on offer for just £11.33* right now. 
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - Miss Makeup Magpie
The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder is translucent, hypoallergenic and paraben-free. The powder is described as having a 16 hour hold with resistance to perspiration, bathing and rubbing, with a microfine texture which ensures any skin unevenness is not emphasised.
It was specifically created to prolong to the life of both the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation and Dermablend Ultra Corrective Cream Stick; both of which I don’t own. However this powder can be used with any foundation or concealer, and even on bare skin. It has an high SPF of 30 and can be used on the most sensitive of skins.
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - Miss Makeup Magpie
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - Miss Makeup Magpie
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - Miss Makeup Magpie
I am so impressed by how much product there is contained within the jar; 28g of powder for £17 is amazing value. The powder is contained within a clear plastic jar, with a sifter within the top. Nestled into the top of the plastic container is a white, velvet puff which can be used to apply the powder directly to the skin, as well as acting as a plug to prevent the powder spilling out within the top.
With the puff sitting over the sifter, no excess powder is released so there’s no wastage or mess. Vichy recommend patting the powder generously over covered areas with the puff, and then brush off the excess..  The puff is so, so soft and really does work well at applying the powder.
The pot is quite large so it’s not particularly travel friendly, but it is lightweight.. and the included puff could negate the need to pack a separate powder brush. Due to its translucency, it doesn’t add any colour to your skin/foundation so it’s suitable for all skintones.
The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder is exactly that; a setting powder, it’s not a powder that prevents shine or oiliness.. and isn’t suitable for blotting away shine. I have dry skin so I don’t suffer from unwanted shine throughout the day, but if you do, you’d need to perhaps consider taking a shine fighting powder in your makeup bag.

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder Review / Swatches

Swatch of the loose setting powder
Image of the loose powder swatched and blended
The first of these photo’s show a generous pat of the powder on the back of my hand, which I then gently blended into my skin, and took the second photo to show the powder blended in. However when it came to sorting out the photo’s for this post, I noticed that the powder had miraculously blurred the lines on the back of my hand – just look.
The powder has exactly the same blurring ability on my face.. by minimising the appearance of my pores, and making my skin look so even and ‘photoshopped’. I knew this Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder was a miracle worker at prolonging the wear of foundation, withstanding water, rubbing and perspiration but I had no idea it would improve my complexion so considerably… and certainly not a product costing less than £20.
The powder has an extremely, finely milled texture which is completely undetectable upon the skin. I personally prefer to apply the powder quite sparingly, but even when I do apply a more generous application, it remains virtually invisible on the skin. My preferred brush to use when applying the Dermablend Setting Powder is the Crownbrush C406 Large Duo Fiber Brush.
It’s fantastic at dusting a light layer of powder over the skin, and blending it in without disturbing my foundation or dry patches.. and helps minimise them. Not only does it perform miracles on my skin, it really does make my makeup last ALL day long without any fading. I’m an awful face-toucher, and find that my concealer often wears off within hours.. but this powder sets my concealer in place, and keeps it in place even with my constant touching.
I genuinely adore this powder, and cannot fault it one little bit. It’s such an amazing powder that gives instant, long lasting results.. and it even keeps your makeup in place for swimming?!!? Definitely a must have if you’re jetting off on holiday this Summer!
This 28g jar of powder is going to last me for such a long time, as you need the smallest amount per application which makes it even more of a bargain. I love how good this powder makes my skin look, and everytime I use it, I’m always taken aback by the results. At £11.33 or even at its full price of £17, it’s incredible value that I wholeheartedly recommend to you.
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