Even though I'm generally advised to avoid cream makeup products for my oily/combination skin type, I still love the idea of cream makeup because it's practical. Since you can often apply creams with your fingers, you don't need an arsenal of brushes, and spills aren't much of a problem while traveling. Plus, you won't have to put them in your TSA liquid baggie if they happen to come in stick form.
Once in a while, I'll try out some cream makeup products in hopes that they'll magically last more than a few hours on my skin. The search is worth it for me because sometimes I get lucky. (Shout-out to Make Up For Ever HD Blush.)
The latest batch of mostly cream products I've been testing out is from Wander Beauty, which calls itself a travel-inspired makeup line and features a bunch of multi-use products. The brand, which has been around for a year but is still new on my radar, was created by entrepreneurs Lindsay Ellingson, also a model, and Divya Gugnani.
And get this: it's currently a powder-less line.
I've been testing out several products from their line on my shiny skin (unfortunately not while traveling), and here's what I thought about them.
Base and Cheeks
The Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick is a very creamy, thin foundation that left my skin with a dewy glow and medium coverage. As is my experience with cream foundations, this foundation, on its own, wasn't very long-lasting on my skin. To extend the wear time, I would definitely put primer and set with powder next time I use this.
Catch the Light Highlighter in Star has the consistency of a slightly waxy lip balm on my skin. The slightly thick consistency meant I had to be careful blending it out. The color — a sheer, nude champagne with very fine shimmer— nearly disappears on my skin. I personally prefer a brighter highlight, so I think this would be better suited for fairer complexions.
On the Glow Blush is a dual-ended cream blush. Bare, on one side, is a muted, peachy-pink with a cream finish. Nude Glow, on the other, is a pearly champagne and looks almost identical to the Catch the Light Highlighter in Star, except the latter is a touch pinker. Bare and Nude Glow were both soft and pretty, but the thicker consistency meant I had to be careful blending this over my foundation. These gave my cheeks a dewy look, but I never felt that these cream blushes ever set on my skin. By the end of the day, I saw some traces of the blush left on my skin, but most of it had faded. I would definitely set this with powder as well.
Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Grey is a shimmery, slightly glittery light gray that has a thin consistency that was easy to blend. It looks very pretty. This creased when I used it without primer, but stayed on very well when I used primer.
Slide Liner Gel Eyeliner in Bronzed Brown is a dark brown, pigmented metallic liner with micro shimmer. It glides on very easily without tugging at the skin. Even though the liner faded in intensity by the end of the day, it surprisingly did not smudge to my lower lash line when I was wearing primer, and that's a big feat in my book.
Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in Dark Brown is a matte, long-lasting, very pigmented brow pencil with a point that's so small you can draw each brow hair with precision. People who prefer very defined, dark brows would love this. Since I prefer bigger but lighter brows, I think I'm going to stick with my slanted brow pencil just because it covers more surface area.
My favorite products from the line, by far, are the lipsticks. Wanderberry, one side of the Wanderout Dual Lipstick (meant to be a combo of a bold and neutral color) I tried, is a gorgeous, blue-based cranberry with a demi-matte finish. The color is incredibly pigmented and long-lasting — around six hours if you're careful. As the day goes on, it fades into a pretty berry stain. I prefer to wear it as a stain by applying it only on the center of my lips and then blending it out. Although I didn't find this to be drying, I suggest exfoliating pre-application since the formula won't be able to hide any dry patches.
Barely There, on the other side of the Dual Lipstick, is a mauvey-pink. Since it is a lighter color, it is less forgiving, so you'll see dry patches and lines. This lasted about four hours on me.
Even though the Dual Lipsticks are smaller than your standard lipstick, they weren't uncomfortable to apply. They're decently-sized, so you won't feel like the lipstick bullet is about to break as you swipe it on.
Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel in Parisian Red is a cherry red. It's berry-scented, moisturizing and goes on sheer, even after a few swipes. The top layer of shine lasts about two hours on me before fading into a much longer-lasting berry stain.
Even though I had issues with the staying power of some of the products, I'm not disappointed because I know I have shiny skin that requires additional care if I'm going to use cream products. Also, I was able to find some products I really liked, such as the lipsticks (Wanderberry is a new obsession of mine) and liquid eyeshadow. But for now, when I need my makeup to really stay put, I'm going to be sticking to mostly powders and liquids.
- If you have shiny skin, do you ever use cream products?
- How do you get cream products to last long on your skin?