Earlier on I read the reviews on finishing powders by Rati and Aarthi, and for those of you who haven’t yet read it I suggest you do, before picking one as they are great reviews. So I thought it would be a good idea to review the one I wear too, as I know many people do like to use some kind of powder over their foundation and really the two products almost go hand in hand with each other when you have comb/oily skin like mine. So here is that review! Just for those who don’t know, I discovered Vichy Make-Up after a friend recommended it to me. Their makeup line is composed of Concealer – Cover Cream, Corrective Foundation and Setting powder.
It’s called Dermablend and is target for people with severe skin concerns.
I have also used the foundation but for review purposes I will be talking about the setting powder.
Vichy says about the product:
Skin Type : Non-comedogenic. Non-acnegenic. Tested on sensitive skin. Used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
Action :DERMABLEND™ Setting Powder teinforces the hold of DERMABLEND™ Corrective Foundation for 16 hours. Natural matt finish.
Result : Applied over DERMABLEND™ High Coverage Corrective Foundation, the Setting Powder reinforces its hold for 16 hours. Resists perspiration, bathing and rubbing.
Container : 28g pot
As we can see, this is a product target for people with skin problems that sometimes a regular drugstore brand might not provide, be it the coverage or shade.
In my Vichy Setting powder kit, I got the powder pot, one powder puff and also a sort of mini guide on how to better use it. The mini guide we can see below, brings the simplified way of getting the look, here is what it says:
Indications: Vitiligo, angioma, couperose, rosacea, acne, dark circles, pigmentation disorders, post operation and other scars or burns. This product also as the foundations can be used on small parts of the body as well.
- 1. Cover. High Coverage Corrective Foundation
- 2. Fix. Setting Powder. It is micro fine and reinforces the hold of the foundation for 16 hours without emphasizing any cutaneous unevenness. Its transparent when applied and does not affect the color of the chosen foundation. Withstands perspiration, bathing and rubbing.=
- 3. Used by dermatologists and plastic surgeon
- 4. Shades – I could find in the website only the shade Clear – white which I purchased so I do not know if they offer in other shades or if they are available.
My experience with the product:
The packaging of Vichy in general is pretty minimal. You get 28g of powder in this pot, which is quite a bit, certainly enough to last you several months at least.
The coverage is extremely sheer, and it took me some 3 buffs to get this white powder on the back of my hand to do the swatch, on my wrist I tried and it just would not show at all ☹
As with most face powders and finishing powders this Finishing Powder is there to help minimize imperfections, set your foundation, create an overall flawless look and in some cases also control shine. They are designed, unlike some traditional face powers, to look natural and feel light as air, rather than to look powdery, chalky or cakey, and feel dry or heavy on the skin. These Finishing Powders are more versatile than other face powders, as you will read about later, and they can do more than you might expect.
The Finishing Powder come in loose form, it does make them a little more messy and perhaps less practical than compact for putting in your bag to take with you so that you can touch up your make-up throughout the day. However, these are designed to be effective enough and perform well enough so that you won’t feel the need for regular touch ups, and thus won’t even need to take them with you, whether you use them under/over foundation or just on their own, they look totally natural.
You can use the setting powders in a few different ways; they’re much more versatile than ordinary face powders. Most obviously, you can use them over your foundation to set it and give you that flawless, airbrushed effect. You can also use them under your foundation; using them this way helps get rid of any shine, oil or greasiness on your skin. The website also suggests that you can mix it with your usual moisturizer to create an oil-controlling base. I haven’t given this a go myself, as I already use a shine reducing/oil controlling product apart, but it does sound like a good idea.
Alternatively, it can be used just on its own if you prefer, just as a face power to make your seem fairer without actually looking whitey. Whichever method you use, it’s easy to apply. You simply dip your brush/puff into the powder, tap off any excess, then use a circular motion to gently apply it to your skin. Always remember its best if you apply a few thinner layers of the power rather than one thicker layer, as it blends into your skin more easily and achieves a more flawless look.
I’ve been impressed with the performance of the powder. Its not the least bit chalky, powdery, flaky, heavy, drying or skin-clogging, and do give great natural looking and long lasting results. What I have found though is that I simply find that when wearing the MF Illusion foundation, I just don’t need the powders particularly!
It’s a great product though to erase makeup overdose or too much blush on your face, but I wouldn’t say its good value for money, but I wouldn’t say its bad either. You can totally survive without this product and if you just want to try it out I would say buy something you also need in the brand and get a sample for free.
In summary, I’d recommend you try a sample and check how it works for you.
- Brings a powder puff and mini guide
- Hypo- allergic
- Non- comedogenic
- Fragrance – free
- Tested on sensitive skin
- Talc Free
- SPF 30
- Makes my large pores less evident
- 16 hours no, maybe 10 what is outstanding already but over advertizing puts anyone off.
- The price tag (Rs: 1400)