I bought this high coverage foundation a while ago but didn’t use it much due to the poor colour match. The shade I have is Opal which I believe is the palest shade available; the stick version of this foundation comes in a lighter shade, Porcelain, which I also have somewhere but I prefer the liquid version as it’s easier to buff into the skin.
I was inspired to start using it again due to watching the Lisa Eldridge video on covering spots and scars (have a look at it here) as she made it look so fantastically easy, and I’m pleased to report that her application technique really is easy to achieve. To summarise it quickly, you apply a light coverage foundation, then you take a small amount of a high coverage concealer (Lisa uses this Vichy one) and buff it into the skin over the spot/scar/imperfection until it’s completely blended. Lisa uses the Mac 217 blending brush (which can be found here) to buff in the make-up which I am a HUGE fan of; I have 3 of these brushes already and I’m always seeking brushes with similar shape and form, so if you know of any, please share!
|Before picture: totally unblended and not the greatest colour match!|
The colour range of this foundation is very limited and only five shades are available. The Opal shade I have is too dark and slightly too yellow, meaning that I have to work quite hard at blending it in. I tend to use a mineral powder that’s too pale over the top to balance it out, which works really well.
The concealing aspect of this foundation is phenomenal and I’d bet that with enough applications (it’s better to apply it in layers and build it up rather than slap a load on and work it in) this could cover pretty much anything. It’s also got great lasting power and doesn’t break me out.
|Zoomed in on the area with the freckle that’s now covered.|
For days when I have the time to apply it (and it is quite time consuming) I happily use this, but the fact that the colour selection is so poor does go against it, so consequently I’m working my way through other high coverage concealers to find something that’s a better match. This is definitely a full-coverage look and I don’t believe that a huge amount of buffing would reduce it to a natural look. However, I’m a big fan of natural and light looking make-up, so it could just be me!
If you have any imperfections that you need to cover then this is a really good investment. It costs £15.50 and is available from Boots here. More info on the product from the Vichy website can be found here.