HG-Worthy Makeup: Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation review, before and after

Powder foundation is an absolute staple in my makeup routine.  I love their buildable coverage, natural-looking finish, and especially their quick application. My go-to foundations include both IDUN Minerals’ and Everyday Minerals‘ loose powders, but lately I’ve been reaching for something new – Wander Beauty’s Wanderlust Powder Foundation.

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation

Founded by entrepreneur Divya Gugnani and super model Lindsay Ellingson, Wander Beauty offers a full line of foolproof, compact, high-performing and skin-loving cosmetics. They’ve managed to simplify one of the most basic makeup essentials – foundation – into a super quick process (we’re talking 10-20 seconds) with their Wanderlust Powder Foundation.

The Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation comes in an ultra-lightweight formula that builds from sheer to full coverage while it blurs, smooths, and mattifies.  It’s also formulated with a blend of skin-loving, internationally-inspired ingredients, including:

  • 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

Recommended for:  All skin types, even dry skin. The formula is talc-free and lightweight, making it safe for even sensitive or acne prone skin.

Shades available: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Deep

How to Use: Wander Beauty’s Wanderlust Powder Foundation can be used as a sheer to full coverage foundation, or as a setting powder. The compact comes with a anti-microbial rubicell applicator that allows you to build up smooth, even coverage quickly just by gently patting it on your skin.  It can also be applied with a makeup brush to get sheer all the way up to full coverage.

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation in Light review, before and after

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation in the shade ‘Light’

Full 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 Wanderlust Powder Foundation Review

Powders can be pretty tricky for combo, oily, and even dry skin. I tend to have very dry areas around my nose, post-cleansing, then as the day goes on, I get super oily on my forehead, tops of cheeks, and all around my nose. Surprisingly, the Wanderlust Powder Foundation doesn’t stick to or exaggerate my dry areas.  Instead, the hydrating ingredients, along with nylon and silica, help to smooth everything out.  Even without a primer, I’m able to get even, seamless coverage that never looks patchy.

The entire application process is so quick and effortless – one pat with the applicator, and the powder covers my blemishes and even the crazy redness around my nose. It also smooths and blurs my skin, creating an airbrushed yet natural-looking finish, like my-skin-only-(10x!)-better.

Some days I’ll apply the Wander Beauty Powder Foundation sheer using a brush, while other days I’ll use the applicator sponge for medium to full coverage.  Either way, the formula always feels weightless, like I’m not wearing anything at all.  I dare say it even makes my skin feel more comfortable thanks to the added moisturizing ingredients (which my combo skin is loving!).

Before & After

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation in Light before and after

Left: Bare skin | Right: Wearing Wanderlust Powder Foundation in Light

As the day goes on, the powder doesn’t cake, crease, or slide around.  On my oiliest areas, it doesn’t get nearly as shiny as with my other powders and liquid foundation, and stays looking fresh for 12+ hours.

And of course, I have to talk about the packaging – not only is it gorgeous and classy, but also super convenient and travel-friendly.  They even included a plastic divider to keep the applicator from rubbing against the powder as you carry it around in your purse, makeup bag, or wherever!

As you can probably tell, I could go on and on about this foundation!  I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick, mess-free, high-performing, buildable, and skin-loving foundation! 🙂

Available at Sephora (US) and QVC for $40 USD, and Sephora (Canada) for C$48.00.


Have you tried Wander Beauty’s Wanderlust Powder Foundation, or any of their other makeup products?

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  • Afroza Khan

    I’m not a big fan of powder foundation but I love the way it looks on you! I will probably have to give this a try 🙂

  • Been hearing about this brand left and right lately! Definitely will be checking Wander out when my makeup no-buy is over.

  • Cristina Risso

    Which shade did you use? There is absolutely no mention to what undertones this could have . And being a powder foundation it will obviously oxidise a bit (a lot ? a little?) 🙂

    • I used the shade Light – it’s a neutral beige tone that I’ve seen work for people with both cool and warm undertones. Surprisingly, it doesn’t oxidize on me (at least not enough for me to notice a difference). Others have claimed the same, though I did read one blogger’s review where they said it turned slightly yellow on them, so it must be relative to your skin’s chemistry and natural coloring. Either way, I’d say give it a go – if you can get it at Sephora or Wander Beauty’s website, they’ll let you return it for a full refund if it doesn’t work out for you! 😉