Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to bring a review on a “new to me” brand. I first found Wander Beauty while exploring Sephora’s Just Arrived page around the 2016 holiday season. As the weeks progressed, new items began to be stocked, and a few things caught my eye.
I had a giftcard and I was trying to decide what product I wanted to try first–it was between the Rise and Prime Balm and Primer Duo, or their Wanderlust Powder Foundation. I ultimately decided to pick up the Rise and Prime since I already have a few powders I need to work through before I even consider buying a new one.
Wander Beauty’s Rise and Prime Balm and Primer Duo is a dual-ended stick that has–you guessed it–a balm on one end and a primer on the other. The brand’s goal is to create luxury cosmetics that are perfect for travel, and that becomes evident when you start to look through their offerings. Many of their products are dual-ended and/or multipurpose, which means less products to pack away if you’re taking a trip.
Or, if you’re like me and don’t take many vacations because you’ve got classes to attend and work to do, this can help minimize the build-up of makeup products that can so easily take over your vanity or bathroom counter or wherever you get ready in the mornings.
Wander Beauty describes this on their product page as a “multitasking dual ended beauty stick with an ultra-hydrating balm on one end and an universally flattering, oil-free primer on the other.”
The balm and primer duo retails for $39.00 USD and has 0.25 oz / 7 g of product on the Balm end, and 0.28 oz / 8 g of product on the Primer end. (That means you’re paying about ~$18.20 for the balm and about ~$20.80 for the primer.)
Balm: Polybutene, Triethylhexanoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Ceresin, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Isopropyl Myristate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide(Ci 77891), Diisostearyl Malate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Propolis Extract, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol.
Primer: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Ceresin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Titanium Dioxide(Ci 77891), Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Iron Oxide(Cl 77492), Iron Oxide(Cl 77491), Iron Oxide(Cl 77499), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract.
Wander Beauty states on their “About” page that they are cruelty free. In their FAQ, they mention their formulas are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrance, and Sephora’s product page for Rise and Prime also points out that this product is free of sulfates as well.
The balm is not vegan as the ingredients list both beeswax and propolis extract.
The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. It has a nice “weight” to it and the end caps connect securely. So if you’re traveling, there’s no fear of one going rogue and having a product disaster waiting for you when you unpack. I have to admit that I love the look of the gold finish… when it’s clean. The downside to the beautiful packaging is that you will leave it covered in fingerprints and palm prints due to the high-shine surface finish.
The balm is what you would expect from a product that has shea butter (for hydration) pretty high on its ingredients list. What I mean by that is when in contact with skin, it essentially melts down into a very thin, weightless “oil” that leaves a bit of a sheen when rubbed into the skin. The propolis extract in the formula helps to support the overall health of the skin.
I currently have a pretty comprehensive skin care routine that focuses on keeping my oily skin balanced and providing much-needed hydration, so I don’t particularly like this for use on my face unless I’m struggling with some very stubborn dry patches. What I have really enjoyed the balm for is for use on my cuticles / knuckles, my elbows, etc. My cuticles are notoriously dry year-round and tend to be susceptible to becoming “ragged” (if you know what I mean), and massaging this balm into them regularly helps them heal and prevent them from getting worse.
The primer is oil-free and has green tea extract and willow bark extract in its formulation, intended to provide antioxidant benefits and soothe the skin, respectively.
Seen above, it appears as though the primer has a slight tint to it, but it really doesn’t. I have very fair skin and applies invisibly. Unlike the balm, this doesn’t begin to “melt”… it has a pretty solid consistency. How I use it is I run the primer straight over the areas that I want to minimize the appearance of my pores, so that includes my chin, my nose, the cheek areas near my nose, between my brows, and my forehead. I will then go back and use my fingers to make sure everything is blended out. You really go more by feel and appearance since there isn’t any color in the product. This can easily be worn alone or under makeup.
Once blended into the skin, it will have a somewhat mattifying effect right away, but this doesn’t carry though the day. I am a combination oily skin type, so after 8 to 10 hours of wear, there is nothing matte to be seen, hah. But, going back to initial application: after smoothing the product over my t-zone, I can go straight in with my concealer and powder as usual and everything blends seamlessly, with no “skips” or weird areas. The primer is virtually weightless so your skin doesn’t feel heavy or weighed down.
The more I use this product, the more I appreciate it. I own a few primers and I actually have a small jar of cuticle cream in my bathroom cabinet, so this product actually helps consolidate two things I already use daily. The packaging is beautiful, but I have decided that keeping the surface free of fingerprints is a lost cause. I enjoy how having the balm right there in the morning when I’m getting ready helps me maintain and treat my cuticles, and the primer performs as most silicone-based primers do. It doesn’t make my pores completely “invisible” but it does help reduce their appearance.
Overall, I don’t have any issues with the formulation. Yes, I get oily through the day and definitely have shine after 8 to 10 hours of wearing my makeup, but the primer doesn’t make any long-wearing mattification claims, so it wouldn’t be fair to expect it to do that. It does, however, smooth on evenly, mattify at the beginning, reduces the look of pores, blends out imperfections, etc., so the claims it does make, it lives up to. I also like the ingredient listing of both the balm and the primer.
This is a positive first experience with Wander Beauty and as a result, I’m interested in trying more from the brand. I continuously stalk my local Sephora hoping to see if they start bringing in some Wander Beauty products that I can play with in-person (so far they have the On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator on one of their endcaps right now). I am most interested in trying the Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation next. If and when I do, I will definitely write a review of that because I’m sure I can’t be the only person who is curious about it!
Thanks for stopping by and reading today’s review. If you have any thoughts or questions, please leave a comment for me, and I will be sure to get back to you.