The Dermacol Make-up Cover is known for being an extremely high coverage foundation that can cover up pretty much anything, even tattoos.
I don’t exactly have a lot to cover or conceal on my face except for slight blemishes on my cheeks, redness in certain areas and my uneven skin tone. I have never actually tried a lot of high coverage foundations because they always tend to be matte and too drying for my already dry skin. I have yet to encounter a high coverage foundation that will not accentuate the dry patches on my face and emphasize my dry under eyes. This is the main reason why I knew I had to get my hands on this Dermacol Make-up cover– it does not claim to be matte nor dewy.
It has a sleek metallic tube that looks very nice. It also contains 30g of product and claims to be waterproof, hypoallergenic and with SPF 30.
In the Dermacol website, it says:
The clinically tested, extreme covering Make up Cover was created as the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world. The license for this foundation was eventually sold to Hollywood. It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. DERMACOL MAKE-UP COVER provides PERFECT COVERAGE even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for color correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modeling and for festive occasions.
It has an expiration date written on the back of the box.
I have the shade 218 that has a yellow undertone. I believe 218 is the go-to shade for Filipinas who are medium to fair skinned.
The product is sealed and you’re 100% sure that it’s brand new.
This is not available locally in the Philippines, so you have to source it and buy from online shops like Shopee. I bought mine from Girllabph for P880. (I love Girllabph, the seller is very accommodating and I’m a frequent buyer in her shop. She sells 100% Authentic US/UK Makeup.)
In buying Dermacol Make-up Cover Foundation, the key to making this work is finding your perfect shade. I find that picking the wrong shade will not look good as it is a very full coverage and a thick foundation that lasts longer than your color correcting powder.
The consistency is thick but creamy. A little goes a long way. This tiny little drop will already be enough to cover your entire face already. Feel free to add more if that’s what you prefer.
Here’s how it looks like once blended. It looks darker on my arm but on my face, it matches well. Note that my arm doesn’t have any primer or moisturizer before the Dermacol was applied, so it looks rather patchy.
Photo was taken with flash. No flashbacks!
I mentioned above that the key to making Dermacol work well is to find the right shade for your skin tone. Especially if you’re trying to make it look like your skin but better. This will be tricky since you’re ordering online and you will be guessing which shade is the right one for you. Another good thing about Shopee’s Girllab, is that she sells testers for only P180 for each 4g tube. The testers are cheaper than the full-size so you wouldn’t feel too bad about spending for a few tubes just to get your right shade. However, if you’re thinking that a little goes a long way and you can do away with buying just the tester… I actually considered that at one point. But I was liking this foundation so much that I had to buy the full-size just to make sure I don’t run out. (It’s already too obvious that I like this foundation!)
Now, back to the review. I personally think that all the claims that they have with this foundation are true. It really does have extreme coverage, it is waterproof as well. This review was honestly really hard to do because I had to stop myself from just saying I love this and I’m speechless. This stays on forever on your face, until you decide to remove it. Although it said waterproof, I didn’t have any trouble removing it using my Garnier Micellar Water.
Below, I’ll just write a quick list of the PROS and CONS for easier judging.
- Extremely full-coverage.
- Waterproof but very easy to remove. (However, I still double-cleanse just to make sure there are no more residues.)
- It won’t budge anymore after it has completely set. For me, it was transfer proof.
- You can either set it or not. It depends on your preference. It works fine either way.
- Does not set into a flat matte finish, it’s very much like your skin but better. Has a little bit of a healthy finish, almost velvety with a very slight glow.
- Does not look cakey as long as you blend it well and use ample amount.
- It was lightweight for me. (Although it will probably depend on how much you put.)
- Doesn’t oxidize.
- Not applicable for daily use, probably just on special occasions, photo shoots, events, etc.
Before anything else, I just wanted to explain why I think that this is not applicable for daily use. Yes, it is very lightweight on the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy at all and it does say that it’s hypo-allergenic. However, I was so happy about how this foundation looked on my skin that I started using the tester every day for a week. My skin was fine, no immediate breakouts or whatsoever. But– a week after, I started getting tiny pimples on the areas that I applied this foundation. (Note: I only had the tester tube that time and the full-size tube hasn’t arrived yet so I was just using it as a concealer and not all over my face.) I’m not 100% sure if it was the Dermacol that caused those tiny pimples, it wasn’t anything serious. It wasn’t cystic or anything, just tiny little pimples that can pass as bumps. I had about 3-4 of those tiny little pimples after the next 2-3 days. I stopped using Dermacol to rest my skin and the bumps still continued to be there but it started to heal. Thus, the theory that this might have been the cause of my little breakouts. I still love this foundation though, it’s just not good for everyday use as it might have too much pigment that can possibly clog your pores, regardless of how lightweight it feels on the skin. Which is why I recommend double-cleansing in order to make sure that you have removed any residues of the makeup on your face.
I prefer applying this using a damp sponge. I know that using damp sponges could lessen the coverage, but it blends the foundation seamlessly into your skin. It looks more natural and less cakey. If you don’t need too much coverage or you don’t have a lot of areas that you want to conceal hardcore, I find that it’s better to be applied with a damp sponge. I also don’t recommend using your fingers with this, it’s harder to blend that way and the thick creamy formula makes it hard to manipulate with just the warmth of your fingers. I’m not sure if this will work well with a brush either unless of course, you’re aiming for that perfect and flawless coverage. You can always use two application methods for this, a damp sponge for areas that are prone to caking or areas that don’t need too much coverage and brushes for areas that need more coverage.
This foundation will work well for photo shoots, special events or occasions. Longevity wise, this can probably last as long as you want it to. The longest wear test that I can do with this foundation is probably up to 8 hours and it still looks flawless! I oiled up a little in my nose area but it’s nothing that a blotting paper can’t fix. You don’t really need to touch up the rest of your face aside from your T-zone if you’re oily or combination skin type. It creased a little on my dry under eye area after a while, but nothing too extreme. You can just fix it with your damp sponge and you’re good to go. And don’t get me wrong, I find that after the initial touch up for the creasing, you don’t have to do fix it again. It’s probably excess foundation or something. But I think it’s because this foundation should not be layered too much, a little really goes a long way. The thinner the application, the better it seems to look. Plus, what’s the purpose of it being 50% pigments when you’re going to layer it on like crazy? I honestly think that even a dot-sized amount can cover up most of your skin imperfections already. Don’t go cray cray with this.
I may have said more PROS than CONS, but I still cannot get myself to rate this a 5 over 5. I would still give it a 4 or maybe a 4.5. Mainly because this was so good and I wanted to use it every day, but unfortunately it gave me tiny pimples. It wasn’t anything that my skincare regimen couldn’t handle, but since I rarely get pimples, the fact that I started having them is not fun at all. I’m currently having a love-hate relationship with this foundation now and I will probably post an update regarding this foundation after a month or so.
I have laid out all the positive things this Dermacol foundation offers, so if you think that your skin isn’t all that sensitive and you think that this foundation will work well for you than it did for me, or if you’re just planning to use this on special occasions, then you might really love this.
Will I repurchase? I’m in the search of a concealer now and this Dermacol tube will probably last until next year, so I don’t know. I just purchased a highly raved Korean Brand concealer called The Saem Covertip Perfection Concealer and I’m going to figure out if I love that more than this Dermacol foundation. Until next time!