When I first heard about Dermacol it did not cross my mind that this is a foundation. I really thought it was a skincare product. After months of searching online where to get it, I was contacted by Miss Bella PH and asked me if I wanted to do a review. Of course I said yes right away!
It costs 899 pesos for 30g of the product. Pricey BUT a little goes a long waaaaaay. Trust me.
The consistency of this foundation is the same as that of a mousse. It feels kind of velvety to touch and when swatched you can definitely say right off the bat that it gives a full coverage. It also has a faint scent to it which fades in a few minutes.
I chose the shade 218 thinking this is my exact shade or at least a little darker on my skin tone but it was way too light on application. It took a while before it started to tone down and blended well on my complexion. What I can suggest (if you got a lighter shade) is to use a darker setting powder or use a matte bronzer around the face just to bring back color to the face because it can make you look pale.
This is how it looked like when applied. I did wait 1-2 minutes for it to set considering it is a thick foundation. Contrary to what is said on the instructions, to use a makeup sponge or fingertips to apply, I find using a flat top kabuki brush much easier. It is a little difficult though to blend this foundation, you have to have a good brush and blend very well so as to avoid making it look cakey later on. It also has a slight tackiness to it but tolerable. It does not feel lightweight at all, you will definitely feel you have foundation on, but again, tolerable.
I feel like it has light reflecting properties to it which makes it appear lighter (in photos) than it actually is. On flash photo it does give off a white cast which makes it not suitable for indoor or night time photo shoots but on natural lighting it looks really good.
Photo with flash
On my second use I tried to set it with a darker setting powder and used a matte primer just to check if it will help with controlling the oil and it did.
Longevity-wise, it is a pretty good foundation especially for people like me who sweat a lot, definitely waterproof! It took me a while and a dishwashing liquid just to remove it entirely on my hands.
- full coverage, can hide all imperfections on my face
- a little of the product goes a loooong way
- waterproof, perfect if you sweat a lot and/or if going swimming
- SPF 30
- looks perfectly flawless on natural lighting
- long lasting (I’d say 12 hours tops)
- dewy finish
- minimal transfer
- white cast
- shades are lighter than expected (I suggest to choose 2 tones darker)
- not lightweight
I highly recommend this for people who needs full coverage foundation (ehem, pang-rampa ito!).
Overall, I like this foundation but next time I will just use it as a concealer. Stay tuned if this makes it to my monthly favorites!
Thanks for your time! xx