This is definitely my HG.
Last year I gave my review on Vichy Dermablend concealer (which was my previous HG and was livid when it was discontinued.) When the beautician introduced me to it's replacement (Vichy Corrective Cream Stick) I was skeptical and raised and eyebrow. However, I gave it a chance.
And I love it.
I didn't think I could love something more than the concealer. But this really, really covers up my acne scars. I have now cleared my skin up with medication and hormonal treatments and I need less and less of this, but this kept me sane during the difficult months. My scars are very dark and this was the only thing that would cover it. It also has not triggered any more breakouts. My beauty routine is Maybelline BB Cream, then this to touch up under the eyes and any old scar areas, then cover with bronzer. I use it as a concealer but it can definitely be used as foundation in a pinch. The fact that it is easy to carry and apply is a bonus. For me, applying it directly to my face works. If I'm the only one using it, I'm not overly concerned with hygiene issues.
It also truly is water-resistant. I can go in and out of the ocean and my makeup stays in place. However, it will fade with excessive sweating or towel rubbing...but it won't slide away at the first drop of water.
It IS quite expensive. But it lasts quite a bit (depending on how much you use). In Canada one can purchase this at Shoppers Drug Mart so I usually wait until I get a $10 coupon or save up some points...but if none of those are available than I just cave and pick one up. I literally feel disjointed if I leave the house without this.
Vichy I cursed you when you discontinued the concealer. But I take it all back because this is so awesome!
Bought this in the shade nude. It is a little light for my skin (nc40) but i like that as i find it covers up my acne scarring better. I use it more as a concealer then a foundation, so I can see this stick lasting me forever! Just the tiniest bit will cover my whole cheek, and it lasts all day (more than 12 hours). It doesn't fade or oxidize at all on my skin which is great. I just wish they have a few more shades in their colour range, but I will still definitely repurchase if i ever am able to finish it.
I bought this dermablend stick about two weeks ago and I am very pleased. It delivers what it promises.
I was in serious need of a concealer that would not fade after 1 hour - 6 hours and provided plenty of coverage.
My problem area : LOTS of acne scaring on my chinarea, and roscea from my lower cheeks to my jaw. The rest of my face doesn't need that much coverage so I hated buying the high coverage foundations. They made my whole face look cakey and chalky and it was unnesacairy seeing I only needed the coverage at the lower half of my face. And Concealers never quite did the job. They wear off after 2 hours and for some reason they made my scaring more blue'ish then before make up.
But honestly, I realy feel like I hit the jackpot with this dermablend. It's provides AMAZING coverage. And I'm lucky enough that shade 12.opal matches my skin perfectly.
I heard some people review this as a very dry product. Yes, that's true. But I'm afraid you can't have it both ways. I'm sure they could put more moisture in this stick or make it less dry, but then the coverage would be much less. Sadly chocolate isn't calorie free either.
The magic is in how you apply this. You realy should ONLY use this in the area it is needed.
I apply this right after my moisterizer on my problem areas. Right above my jaw till underneath my cheeks to cover the roscea (I warm it up with my fingers, put it on,and dap/blend it out with a little sponge) and very local on the chin scaring ( I put this on with a tiny concealer brush, just where it's needed.)
I let that set for 2 minutes and then I just apply my very lightweight , glowy foundation ( lingerie de peau by Guerlain shade 12.rose clair). This technique realy does wonders, and it will look like your make up is so naturel and radiant. The dermablend realy sticks on the areas, don't worry about blending it away with your light foundation. " you only put the band-aid where it's needed.".
Just make sure that your dermablend is the exact same shade as your foundation.
Overal, I realy realy love this little stick. And there are defenitly techniques and ways to make this product appear less dry and cakey. Experiment a little with it, I'm sure you'll find the perfect way that works for you !
Firstly it isn't the foundations fault that the saleswoman gave me a shade that was too dark. That being said I can't wear it during winter cuz it's too dark and would make me look look like an orange clown plus my skin is drier during the winter season and this only accentuated the dryness. Anyways I still think it's okay cuz it matches me in between seasons when my tan starts to fade and is easy to apply (thanks to the company including good instructions).
I have sensitive acne-prone skin and all concealers tend to "slide" off me by midday, even with powder - UNTIL I found the Vichy Dermablend Concealer sticks. I can conceal the nastiest of blemishes and full blown zits with this and it lasts all day, when I finish with the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder. Colour selection is poor, but I'm lucky enough to have a match in their line. Though I love their concealer, the foundation in the Dermablend line is garbage. Oily, streaky, slides right off. I swear by Clinique's Stay Matte Oil Free foundation for my base, then I dab the Vichy concealer on any spots still visible, powder the whole thing with the setting powder, and I'm good for the whole day. Sometimes I need to blot at lunchtime for t-zone oil but I don't need to reapply anything and that is a FIRST for me in a decade. Will buy this as long as they make it! Also covers scars really well!
I have quite a number of things to say about this product (the good, the bad, and the disappointing).
First I'll start with what's so disappointing/bad about this product/brand. I first found out about this product a few years ago, while I was in England. I left my concealer stick at home (in the US) and was in terrible need of a concealer. I had read about Vichy Dermablend Ultra Corrective Cream Stick and was very drawn to it. The only downside was I did not know where to purchase this in the states. You could only imagine the excitement I had when I saw it in Boots. I picked it up. It was rather pricey. I believe it was about 22GBP, which is about $35.70 USD (currently) However, I just HAD to get it. There was a large selection of shades, and I was matched with Bronze (#16). It was absolutely perfect! (Keep reading about the actual product review... I'm telling about what's disappointing first). Anyway, after over a year and a half (about 20 months or so), my beloved stick became a little nub and I was desperate to purchase it again. I went on ebay and found my stick for about $25 but with $15 shipping. I decided to try other products.., until I found that several of my local CVS sold Vichy Dermablend sticks as well! Plus I found out, it was $27 and some change, however, you can use extrabucks and other assorted coupons to bring down the price. At the time, I had, I believe $10 of extrabucks, $10 beauty bucks Vichy coupon, and 30% off any non-sale or clearance item! All of those could be applied and would not hurt my wallet! It was a joyous day when I found out. However, my happiness was cut short when I found out my perfect shade of Bronze was not sold in any of my local CVSs. In fact, Bronze was NOT sold in the US. At all! The US sector of Vichy Dermablend only sell 4 shades: Opal, Nude, Sand, and Gold (I think the last one is Gold...). I had to either purchase my shade for $40 or see if any of those shades would at least help with concealing. With the help of a lovely employee, she helped me swatch some of the shades. I tried Sand (I think that is #15) and found that it was way to pink for my skintone (I'm an NC35 for reference... can get away with NW25 for concealing though). I tried Gold next and that was way too dark for me. I knew Opal was WAY too light for me, so I decided to try Nude (#14) with much hesitation. Turns out, it was a pretty good match for me. It was a little on the light side, but it was not too obvious. When you look at the shades in the tube side by side (I kept my nub anyway), they are similar even though Nude is a bit lighter. I ended up purchasing it and it works alright. It works well in the colder months when my skin is a bit lighter.
Now! Onto the good (I'm so sorry for the disappointing/bad to be so long). I absolutely love this concealer (even though it says it's a foundation stick). It is a HG product for me definitely. You only need a bit. I choose to use my ring finger, rub some product on and then tap it all over my spots/blemishes. If you go overboard (i.e. smearing it on straight from the tube or scraping a bit with your brush), it will look drying and it will look cakey. I have tried this with a foundation sponge and it is not so friendly to work with. I've tried a wet foundation sponge and it's alright. If you use a brush, use a small concealer brush (like E.L.F.'s concealer brush... which is not expensive at all... it's only a buck); it'll provide the coverage in the places you need it, it will provide the right amount, and won't cake up. I had quite bad cystic acne and have bad acne scars. This never broke me out. Now that I don't have bad acne, I do have sensitive skin (I'm sensitive to even benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid... which are used in majority of acne topical medications). This has not irritated my skin. I have dry skin, so I know that if you apply too much, it'll make the appearance of dryness and flakiness more apparent. This a heavy duty, full coverage concealer; use it with a light hand. Not only will it help with its appearance, you can make one tube (12g) last for a long time (has a 24 month shelf life and believe me, if you use it every day with little product, this can last you much longer than 24 months).
Out of the two shades I have, I definitely love Bronze and have contacted Vichy about their poor display of color selection in the US (and should provide the same amount of color selections as everywhere else). I do not mind Nude and will continue to purchase it unless Bronze finally shows up in the US. Overall though, I will continue to repurchase this cream stick!
Bought this with high hopes of being a carry-anywhere, cover-anything concealer. Unfortunately it is hideously dry and chalky/waxy and unless your skin *surface* is perfect (statistically unlikely in someone buying a mega concealer) the product will "catch' on any slight undulation in the skin's surface, making a tiny dry patch become massively obvious. I tried many different methods of application and it always looked revolting. Concealing ability very poor too - redness showed right through. A waste of £22, unfortunately.
EDIT: This was sitting in the makeup cabinet, buggging me. I tried it this morning, over primer and under liquid foundation. Used a rubbery eyeshadow-blender-tip to scrape a bit of concealer off the stick and dotted it onto blemishes, then used eyeshadow blush to blend. Actually got a very good result like this, so will keep it, but it's still a right faff to apply.
I've been wanting to try the Vichy line by dermablend for quite some time now & when I went to my local CVS, I saw it there! ($29.99) i originally wanted to buy the liquid foundation but They only had the stick foundation so I decided to buy it thinking it would give me better coverage. Okay 1st of all, I do not use this as a full face foundation, Since its pretty thick, i used it to cover my dark circles, acne Marks and spots. It does a good job at covering everything but no matter how little I apply under my eyes, it always cakes up even after I apply a setting powder, it still creases -__- I'm just going to continue using this to cover up my blemishes but not under my eyes. After I'm done with this product I don't think I will be repurchasing it. continued >>
I try this in Opal. I love it cause it covers really well , good for my redness. But after few days, i notice my skin was irritated. Opal was the first shade that matches exactly my skin tone. If you have any suggest of others brands , but mostly for those who use Opal shade, which brand makes a foundation of the same shade (most important) but a little less irritating.Suggestions please :D
I was browsing through my local CVS, when I saw this product. I had heard good things about the brand. Lucky me, it was marked down to $6.50! Of course I bought it. The only shade they had was Sand, which at the time matched me well. I used this to cover fresh acne scars that were quite large and dark. This did the trick! I patted it on with a tiny concealer brush then buffed the edges. It is truly opaque. What impressed me the most was the staying power. I had never found a concealer to last as long as this did, 7-8 hours of coverage! (That was on days that were around 85 degrees, muggy and sunny.)
I truly love this! I will try to pick up the next shade lighter when I run out of this. But in the meantime, I just conceal with this product and dab a bit of a lighter powder on top to blend the color.