A good base is essential in your makeup look. There's just something incomplete or almost wrong when you have some gorgeous eyeshadow, a killer cat-eye, but your base is caked-on and just a bit too heavy. Don't get me wrong, I adore my full-coverage foundations but the difference between a good one and a bad one is pretty simple. When you use the good-quality full coverage product, the opacity of it is that intense that a light layer should be able to cover all of your redness. The only other thing you'd need for blemishes is a concealer. Too often I see women layering and layering AND LAYERING powder over and over for no reason.
As I've almost run out of my previous foundation (reviewed here), I was desperate to get my hands on another one. I continuously like to try new hyped-up brands (the blogger life, hey) and Vichy has been on my radar for over a year now. After many fellow bloggers featured it on their site and raved about it, I had to test it myself to see if it really worked. As you can imagine, things went so well that I now wanted to do a post to publicly tell you that "this is amazing and I will use it all spring and summer." Oops, I may have revealed too much.
Eh... spoiler alert?
Let's get straight into it.
The Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation comes in a sleek, simple tube and retails for £18.00 usually, but on places like LookFantastic you can grab it for £14.00. This is a long-lasting, high coverage liquid foundation with 'barely there' finish. With its soft focus pigments and lightweight texture, the liquid effortlessly melts into the skin, blurring away imperfections to conceal uneven skin tone, dark circles and redness. I apply mine with a Real Techniques Sponge and it takes me literally less than 2 minutes to get the base ready.
I'm combination/oily, so if you have a similar skin type to me I would say that you may definitely enjoy it! My shade is 25 Nude which seems to be a great match. I haven't found this foundation to go greasy on me without any support, so in the cold months you don't need any powder to set it. Now that it's getting warmer though I do find it essential to add a couple of steps to guarantee a long-lasting flawless base all day.
Oh, underneath I have been using my Hydrablur primer (reviewed here) if you were wondering. It's still my favourite.
I'm a fan of setting powders only when it comes to spring and summer because like I said before, I need a little extra help to keep the greasy T-zone at bay. Lose powders can be a little tricky to use if you're clumsy (I made a mess one too many times) but after a while you get used to it and I find the final result to be more natural looking compared to pressed powders, which sometimes distribute a little too heavy around your face.
The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder ensures a smudge and water resistant finish for up to 16 hours. It has a microfine texture that is translucent upon application, it does not affect the chosen shade of corrective foundation, and provides a matte and natural looking finish.
I apply mine with the Real Techniques Powder brush which pretty much covers all the areas in one swipe.
Now, this step is totally unnecessary but I always like to double-proof my base. I have been using this L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Spray for the past couple of months and I have noticed that this is such a great, natural-looking layer of goodness which really makes my base weatherproof for anything. I also find this spray to bring out a very subtle dewy look that makes you seem fresh, awake and like you've certainly had 8 hours of sleep. If you over-do it with the powder, it will eliminate the cakey look as well. I spray it in an X motion and in a T motion and then let it set for a few seconds. It won't ruin your makeup and it will dry up very quickly. It's the bomb.
So this is my power-trio. Let me know which products make your base look flawless, I'd love to know!