Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation in “Fair” – Review & Swatches

Today is a review of my second Wander Beauty product, the Wanderlust Powder Foundation in “Fair”. (My first review was on their “Rise and Prime” balm and primer duo stick, which you can read here.) What draws me to the brand is their focus on multi-tasking products that are quick and easy to use, while being well-formulated and able to leave someone looking fresh and radiant.

This post will go over the basics (cost, product claims, etc), provide a swatch of the “Fair” shade along with pictures of how it looks when applied full face, and my personal experience with wearing it.

The Basics

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The Wanderlust Powder Foundation is touted to be one of Wander Beauty‘s best selling products, and is described on their website to be a “lightweight versatile powder foundation that provides sheer to full buildable coverage, while delivering optical-blurring benefits.”

There are certain ingredients that they point out specifically as being in the formula to condition and hydrate the skin, which are described more in the ingredients box below. It claims to deliver long-lasting coverage, while having an oil- and talc-free formulation that “mattifies skin and absorbs excess oil”… we will see about that. 😉

The sponge that is seen in the photo above is actually an anti-microbial rubicell applicator that can provide “maximum coverage.” They also state that their Pixel Perfect Retractable Brush (not included–sold separately for $36) can provide sheer to buildable coverage.

The Wanderlust Powder Foundation retails for $40 USD both on their website and on Sephora, and you receive 0.310 oz of product.

• Aloe Leaf Extract (Korea) – moisturize skin and restore suppleness
• Hibiscus Flower Extract (France) – even skin tone, increase elasticity, and protect against free radical damage
• Honeysuckle Flower Extract (Korea) – infused with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
• Jojoba Esters (United States) – promote skin healing with antimicrobial properties
• Safflower Flower Extract (Korea) – contain linoleic acid to unclog pores and stimulate regeneration of new cells

Ingredients: 
Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, PDimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Water, Jojoba esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

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.

 

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They offer a pretty limited shade range with only five options available, ranging from “Fair” to “Deep”, which unfortunately doesn’t leave a lot of room for varying undertones or anyone who is lighter or darker than those five shades can offer. Pictured above is the shade “Fair” in natural lighting, no flash.

Unfortunately, the Wanderlust Powder Foundation isn’t carried at my local Sephora (they only have one or two items from Wander Beauty currently) so there wasn’t any chance to swatch ahead of time. Plus, swatches online from bloggers or YouTubers are not widely available, so I had to just take a chance and order the lightest shade and hope that it would be light enough.

To be honest, when I first opened up the package, I was disappointed because I knew instantly it would be a bit dark for my skin, plus there is always the concern of, “What if it oxidizes?” However, I still wanted to wear it and see how it performed.

 

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In the photo above, it looks deceptively peachy, which may be due to the natural light giving a “cooler” tone on the day I photographed it. But do not be fooled: when applied to skin, as seen in the following swatch photo, it actually edges more into yellow / golden territory (which I don’t mind… that’s good for neutralizing pink). My skin is really fair with pink undertones, so it’s easy to tell when something is fairly golden or not.

 

Swatch and Full Face Photos

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The above swatch was applied on bare skin with my finger, in natural light, on a slightly overcast day.

The following three photos will show (1) my bare skin, (2) with just the powder foundation, and then (3) a “finished” face with the rest of my makeup applied. (*Note: My skin is especially red in the first photo as at the time of taking these pictures, I was working on incorporating some skin-friendly acids into my routine and trying to find the right balance.)

The good news is that my slightly irritated skin that day would give us the opportunity to really see what kind of coverage the powder foundation can offer. So, onto the photos, with more details beneath:

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First photo: Bare skin, freshly washed face, natural light, no flash. Skin is red due to changing skincare routine and some irritation as a result. Plus, I have freckles, a sunspot on my left cheek, and some acne scars (seen on chin). Pores are an issue as well, and I am a combination-oily skin type.

 

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Second photo: Just the Wanderlust Powder Foundation. Compared to my neck, you can see it’s a bit dark. The yellow undertone did a lot to help neutralize all the redness I was dealing with, so that’s a bonus. The coverage evened out my skin pretty nicely as well, although my freckles and sun spot and some acne scars aren’t totally covered. I would describe this as low-medium coverage that was obtained from buffing in one layer with a dense brush.

 

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Third photo: The whole finished face. As you can see, I did my eye makeup, filled in my brows, did my lips, and of course added contour, blush, highlight, finishing powder, setting spray.

 

Review & Final Thoughts 

The powder foundation is not an ultra matte foundation. Instead, you can see it’s more of a radiant finish, likely due to having a formulation that helps reflect light. A few friends commented on how much they like the finish of it, stating it looked really natural. It will come down to personal preference on whether you like this sort of radiant finish or not.

Being combination-oily, I don’t necessarily need anything that is radiant because my skin will produce oil through the day that will break through anything I am wearing on my face, but I will say I do like the look of the Wanderlust Powder Foundation immediately after application.

Speaking of my oily skin, this foundation claims to be oil-controlling and I have to say that was not my experience. I have skin that naturally produces oil within the first two hours of washing my face and continues through the day. This has always been how my skin is and I am no stranger to mattifying products, to touching up throughout the day with blot sheets or blot powder, etc. I have worn this powder foundation a few times now (with and without primers, with different setting sprays, different levels of coverage…) and every single time I wear it, my skin starts to get shiny right on time within the first hour or two. I have been able to blot and brush on some blot powder to try and help it last longer, but this certainly was not oil controlling for me.

So, I have mixed feelings about this foundation:
– I love how lightweight it is, how beautiful it looks on the skin, and how well it neutralizes and covers redness and corrects uneven skin tone. Wander Beauty was right on the money with those claims.
– I’d like to see the range of colors expanded to include even lighter and darker complexions. I’m also not happy with how it doesn’t live up to the oil-control claims for me. (On whose “oily” skin did they test it?? I’m happy to offer myself as a test subject for Wander Beauty if they want to try again on making something that works for oily-skinned people.)

Would I recommend it? I would recommend it… if you can something close to your skin tone in their five-shade range of colors. Plus, if you have normal-to-dry skin, you’ll probably love this formula. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll probably love it, too. If you have *both*, this is probably a game-changer for you. But, if you have oily skin, you’ll probably be like me and want to love it but end up only wearing it on days where you just need to have a face on for 4-5 hours and not 8-10 hours.

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