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Dermablend

flawless creator multi-use liquid pigments

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 40.00
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Dermablend flawless creator multi-use liquid pigments takes its cue from competing full coverage, pigment-rich fluid products, and their version works well for customized results depending on how much coverage you prefer--even if you like some areas to have more coverage than others.

This fragrance-free liquid foundation is packaged in a clear glass bottle topped with a dropper applicator. Dermablend advises one drop for a minimal to light coverage and four drops if you want full coverage.

We found one drop provides medium coverage to individual areas (like the cheek) if applied straight from the dropper. If you mix a drop or two with your non-SPF moisturizer or serum, the results are closer to a “regular” liquid foundation, meaning one with less concentrated pigment.

Whether applied on its own or mixed, these pigment drops blend better than expected. The silky fluid sets within seconds to a soft matte finish that doesn’t look dull, dry, or chalky. But there’s a catch: as with similar products, this can emphasize even slightly dry or flaky areas, so be sure to prep with a primer or moisturizer.

In terms of customization, note that this should not be mixed with sunscreen as advised. Doing so will dilute the sunscreen’s effectiveness, which is never a good idea. If you plan to apply flawless creator during the day, it’s best applied over sunscreen rather than mixed with another skin care product.

Turning to the shades, Dermablend did a very good job creating options for light (yes, even fair skin) to dark skin tones--we love that the darker shades don’t look ashen or gray while the lightest shades don’t overdo the pink or make super fair skin look ghostly.

Do note that some of the shades set brighter than they look in the bottle, so if you choose the wrong undertone for you, expect this foundation to look more obvious and possibly fake if you apply too much at once. This is one of those products where testing the shades in daylight isn’t just recommended, it’s non-negotiable if you want the best possible outcome.

Pros:
  • Excellent coverage without a heavy feel.
  • Easy to customize for areas that need more or less coverage.
  • Blends better than expected.
  • Sheers out when mixed with moisturizer if you want softer results.
  • Very good shade range covers the needs of most skin tones.
Cons:
  • Some of the shades dry “brighter” than they should, which risks looking fake.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Foundation Drops with 33% concentrated pigments for weightless, customizable coverage anyone can wear, in any way. This water-free, oil-free liquid foundation has a unique, silky texture that's blendable, buildable, and customizable.

You define your flawless creation use foundation alone or mix with your skincare, such as a face moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, and more. Customize your coverage: for light coverage use 1 drop, for maximum coverage use up to 4 drops.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Silica, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethiconol, Aluminum hydroxide. [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir, CI 77891 /Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines] D204338/1.

Dermablend At-A-Glance

Strengths: None of note.

Weaknesses: Please refer to the individual product reviews below because almost every one has its own problems and distinct weaknesses; the makeup provides substantial coverage but the tradeoffs may not be worth it.

The only reason to consider this line is if you have complexion issues that demand serious coverage. Skin care from Dermablend was clearly an afterthought, because what was produced is a barely passable lot that is easily replaced by products from other lines and in all price ranges. Dermablend is owned by L'Oreal, whose own makeup collection is far superior (though none of their foundations offer opaque coverage).

For more information on Dermablend, owned by L'Oreal, call 1-800-662-8011 or visit www.dermablend.com.

Dermablend Makeup

Dermablend is one of the original opaque makeup products designed to cover serious skin discolorations such as scars, birthmarks, and vitiligo. Their core products remain the pairing of Cover Creme followed by an application of Loose Setting Powder. The main problem with this system is that in exchange for hiding your flaws, the thick texture looks obvious and greasy on the skin. Even the before-and-after images published in Dermablend literature and on their Web site make it obvious that the subjects' skin is heavily made up.

Dermablend does not disappoint if you have something to hide, but in public (especially in daylight), it will be no secret to others that you're wearing heavy-duty makeup. The concept is well-meaning, but from a reviewer's standpoint, rating these products is a tough call; whether or not to use makeup to camouflage rather than to enhance skin is a personal decision. The need for this type of makeup is intertwined with potentially delicate self-esteem issues. However, if using such cosmetics to conceal what bothers you about your skin increases your self-esteem, Im all for it. When it came to rating Dermablends products, we compared them directly to similar niche products rather than using the makeup-at-large approach we take with mainstream cosmetic lines. Dermablend is worth exploring if you can tolerate the unavoidable tradeoffs in exchange for concealing what's bothersome about your skin.

As for the ancillary products in this line, L'Oreal has not made much of a dent since acquiring Dermablend in late 2000. Their former, not-too-impressive Melasyn products are gone, and the newest items, which are less specialized than the core products mentioned above, dont have much going for them to promote the brand to mass appeal status.

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