Dermacol Foundation // Review, Swatches, First Impressions

Hey guys, hope everyone is well!

Today I thought I would share my thoughts on the “Dermacol Makeup Cover” Foundation, as I have seen so much hype around this, and after trying it out for a few days I have some thoughts!

I first found out about this on Sophdoesnails’ YouTube, where she did a video on her first impressions and measured how it wore throughout the day. You can go and watch that here, if you want to see it in action. I thought it looked quite interesting and considering its less than £10 I thought I would try it for myself.

Product Details:

So, this foundation is renowned for having i n t e n s e coverage. It has 50% pigment in it, compared to other foundations which only have around 20-30%. According to the Dermacol website, it is a popular foundation in Hollywood, and a lot of makeup artists are known to have it in their kits. I can see why, but I’ll get onto my thoughts in a second.

Its supposed to provide “outstanding coverage, with a natural looking semi matte finish.” which is a claim I will revisit later.

This comes in 16 shades (I believe) and to be honest the shade range is a bit poor. There doesn’t seem to be many (in fact, none) shades for darker skin tones, which in 2018, I think is unacceptable, and is something I hate about the cosmetic industry. Makeup should be fun, and you shouldn’t feel excluded and not be able to try certain products just because of your skin tone! Alas, I digress…

Screenshot from the Dermacol Website

I actually got mine from a website called Just My Look and you can click here if you are interested. It was £9.95 but at the time they had a deal where if you got any two products from Dermacol, you could get a free sample of their primer. (I think this is still on at the moment) 


I picked up the Acnecover Mattifying Powder, just to have in my bag when I’m out and about. I haven’t actually used this yet, but on first impression it smells very very strongly of tea tree oil.

Their satin makeup base primer sample, I was actually really impressed with, and I never usually use primers. (A- because I’m lazy. B- I always forget) but I did notice it really smoothed my skin, and made it feel really soft. But, onto the foundation…

First Impressions

So when I got this, I was excited to see just how full coverage it really was. I decided to test it out on the tattoo I have on my wrist. Also sorry in advance if veins freak you out, this was just the easiest tattoo for me to try it on! 

The coverage is insane. Truly. And you need the smallest amount as well, so I feel this 30g (yes, grams not ml… goes to show how thick in consistency it is!) tube is going to last me a very long time. I did need around two coats to fully cover my tattoo, but even so, I was impressed.
Obviously the colour does not match the skin on my arms very well, and I can see now looking at it on a bigger screen you can see a tiny bit of the tattoo underneath. However I just did this really quickly, so maybe if I spent more time, and used powder too I’d get a better result.

I got the shade 208, because I am so pale, and this seemed like the best one after looking at swatches online. I did notice as well it was so difficult to find swatches! I’m hoping this blog post will be able to help at least someone!

Here it is swatched next to some other foundations I own (sorry for the awful pictures and dodgy swatches, I’m trying lol): 



I learnt a few things in this photo, one being all the foundation shades I have are completely different to each other, the other being I am awful at swatching. How do people do it so nicely….

The shade 208 is actually a really good match, and matches me a lot better than my other foundations. If it helps, I also use the shade “Mont Blanc” in NARS foundations, and I think NW10 in MAC (but i haven’t used MAC foundation in years)

This foundation is so thick. It’s more like a paste I would say, and a little goes such a long way! I can’t express that enough.  On my face the coverage was just as good as on my wrist, and I didn’t even feel the need to put concealer on, which is literally so rare for me.

I wouldn’t say the finish is matte though, in my experience anyway. It is quite dewy and I do need to use lots of powder to set it down, but thats what I’d usually do anyway.
Having tried it for a few days now, I’ve found it does last very well, but I have only tried it with powder setting it as this is how I would usually do my makeup, so I can’t comment on how it would hold up with no powder!

With the primer sample, it goes on effortlessly, and I use a beauty blender to put it on. Even without the primer though, it’s still really easy to blend but it just takes a teeny bit more time.

I’d say if you are looking for a really high coverage foundation that lasts well then you may as well give this a go. It does have SPF 30 so I’m not sure how it would look in flash photography, but it does look very natural and not cakey in real life. It also claims to be waterproof which I haven’t tested!

One thing I have noticed though, is that it does easily transfer, which is weird because at the same time it lasts all day! Maybe I am just putting too much of it on, or I just need to touch up with more powder, but I thought I would mention that.

I’d also avoid wearing this foundation everyday, just because I feel it might clog up my skin as it is so full coverage and quite thick. Saying that it doesn’t feel really heavy on my face, but it’s good to let skin breathe every now and then.

Overall Thoughts:


I definitely would recommend trying this foundation if you can. Especially if you have tattoos you need to cover, or just want to cover for fun. Sounds weird, but it was oddly entertaining. Also because it is so thick and high coverage, I always make sure I thoroughly remove it, and wash my face well before going to bed.

Coverage: 10/10 extremely high!


Longevity: 9/10 Lasts well on me, with powder!


Shade:  9/10 (but shade range is very poor)


Transfer proof?: 6/10- might just be down to how i’m applying it.


Finish: Natural/Dewy.

I hope this has been helpful to at least somebody! Apologies for low quality pictures, I am hopefully investing in a nice camera this year to go with my nice new blog, but in the meantime my iPhone 7+ will have to do.

Thanks for reading as always, and please follow me on Instagram (@curiousginger) and Twitter (@curious_ginger) if you want to be nosey and see what I’m getting up to when I’m not blogging!

Have you tried this foundation, or anything else from Dermacol? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Lauren xxx

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