Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - £14.45
Being an oily skinned gal, a setting powder is essential to me. For years I've been using the Rimmel Stay Matte which is loved by so many of us bloggers, and whilst it isn't perfect, it does the job and at just under £4, it's definitely one of the best high street powders out there. But after reading some good reviews, and with a little nudge from the Escentual 1/3 off they've been offering recently, I ordered the Vichy Dermablend powder to see if it could rival the powder I've been using since the age of 16.
The biggest difference from Stay Matte is of course, this is a loose powder. Of course it makes it a little more effort to use, and isn't as convenient for popping in your handbag, but my goodness are the results worth it. You can sprinkle out a little bit into the lid, and I like to use a nice fluffy brush to dust it all over my face. You have to make sure to knock off any excess against the side of the lid as to not over apply, which can sometimes result in a little waste, but not so much I'm too bothered by it. I'm currently using my Real Techniques Blush brush, but I've just ordered the setting brush which may be a little more appropriate.
It's transparent, looking white in the tub, but applies to the skin completely clear, locking in every little bit of make-up as it goes. I honestly didn't expect the sort of results I got from this when buying, I just can't believe how good it is. Usually I'm reapplying my powder by around 12, but with this it lasts so much longer. The longevity isn't even the best thing though, it's how flawless my skin is when I wear it. I have blemishes and scars which I cover with concealer, but usually they're not completely covered by powder, and obviously when applying more it goes cakey. But with the Vichy Dermablend I need the smallest amount to cover my face, and there's not a hint of cake in sight, nor does it settle into any lines.
At £17 (normal price) it definitely isn't the cheapest powder I've ever tried, but you only need a tiny amount and if you try to keep waste to a minimum it should last a good few months. Regardless of that, I can easily say it's by far the best setting powder I've ever tried, and I'm throwing out the HG status here, it really is that good! A new make-up bag essential for me.
Have you tried this? What's your favourite powder?
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