Okie Dokie. So. Acne. Those of you regularly visiting this little slice of inter-pie know that it's pretty much the bane of my existence. Well.. acne and rogue red socks sneaking their way into whites washes.
I hate pink.
Anyway... I'm always on the look out for ways to mask the mess of marks over my cheeks, chin and forehead and Vichy's Derma Blend Corrective Stick looked like it might be right up my street...
Essentially the Corrective Stick is an extremely high coverage concealer. It's super thick and creamy formula is (according to Vichy) 'Water and perspiration resistant, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, non-perfumed aaaaand SPF 30'.
Vichy claims it covers spots, dark circles, scars, rosacea, tattoos and hyper-pigmentation. It does. It actually does. I mean... I would really wouldn't it... being all crazy super heavy coverage and all. The issue is it doesn't do it overly well.
Firstly, the colours available aren't great. They have actually repackaged and shifted the colour range slightly (now with even less choice) since I brought mine a while ago. I found even their lightest shade to be slightly too dark on my pale skin and rather orangey.
Secondly it's really drying. My skin is pretty all over the place but whereever I apply the corrective stick, by it on an oily patch or a dry area it will collect around the blemish /spot / healing scar and look really flakey and obvious after only an hour or so.
Last up on the negatron side of things (TRANSFORMERS! ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! ahem. sorry.) is that this stuff doesn't seem to last. It looks pretty good when first applied, covers what needs to be covered and such, but I'll then shove my foundation on over the top (and yeah I tried the other way around and that was a no go) and it'll go sort of patchy very quickly, and like I said, gather in an really blatant 'this is a spot I had but tried to cover up' way around all imperfections.
One redeeming feature is that it works pretty well as an under eye concealer. In my experience it stays put under my peepers much longer than on any form of lurking lurker. Not really what I was investing in the little bugger for though.
Oh wait... bonus round! It also costs £15. Bit steep eh? So yeah. Not excellent really. Meh.
Onward and upward. To the moon I say! The moon! xxx