You guys, you gotta be able to laugh at yourself, because if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re taking yourself way too seriously, and if you’re taking yourself way too seriously, you’re probably Kanye West, and if you’re Kanye West, you’re driving people (a.k.a. me) absolutely nuts.
Anyway, where was I…?
Oh, yeah, I’m laughing at myself SO HARD RIGHT NOW because I used to be a person who couldn’t go from point A to B without at least three different tubes of concealers on me.
One of my themes for 2019 (’cause I don’t do resolutions) is to “embrace change” (and not just in my makeup life), and that’s definitely happening here with the Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer by Wander Beauty ($29).
Dualist has a full-coverage matte cream concealer stick on one end and a sheer illuminating liquid concealer on the other, so two products in one sleek, portable stick that’s quite the opposite of the small entourage of under-eye concealing products I used to tote around with me.
Best thing about ’em is that the products on both ends actually do what they’re supposed to do, and they do it well!
What it is:
Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer is an innovative double-sided concealer with a full-coverage matte stick on one end and a lightweight illuminating liquid on the other.
What it does:
The matte stick provides maximum coverage for discoloration, blemishes, dark circles, age spots and redness, while the moisturizing illuminating concealer can be used to awaken a dull complexion, brighten the under-eye area (and cheekbones) and diffuse fine lines with a soft and flattering glow.
The skin-loving formula is enriched with soothing, nourishing aloe vera extract, collagen to improve firmness/elasticity, and vitamin E to help block free radicals for healthier looking skin. This multitasking, globally-inspired crease-proof formula provides long-lasting, fool-proof coverage that blends effortlessly without feeling heavy. It helps you achieve the right coverage and color correction for great looking skin, and it’s ideal for quick touch-ups on the go. The matte stick and illuminating liquid can be used separately or together for ultimate complexion perfection.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
Wander Beauty creates multitasking makeup essentials so you can look gorgeous on the go. The brand draws from global inspiration as each formula is enriched with skin-loving ingredients from around the world. “Wander Beauty is color to be carried.”
This product is free of mineral oil, fragrance and is gluten-free and cruelty-free.
The cream concealer completely disguises pigmentation spots and freckles on my cheeks, as well as the redness around the base of my nose (I have combo dry-oily skin). The texture’s similar to the Hourglass Vanish Stick foundation, only creamier, and Wander’s version has a more matte finish, so it’s not as dewy. And once it sets, it ain’t going anywhere.
Heck, you could probably even use the stick concealer as a foundation in a pinch if you wanted to!
The liquid illuminating concealer — also fab. Hides moderate dark circles with just a dot or two, and it won’t settle into fine line. If you like MAC Select Moisturecover, you’ll dig it. Keep in mind, though — the illuminating concealer probably won’t be enough if you want full coverage in your under-eye area. If you want to hide everything and the kitchen sink, then I’d recommend using Make Up For Ever HD concealer instead.
I love how this concealer duo looks on top of Wander’s foundation, by the way.
-Collagen: Helps support the firmness and elasticity of skin.
-Vitamin E: Promotes blocking free radicals for healthier-looking skin.
-Aloe Vera Extract: Soothes and nourishes skin.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Talc, Mica, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, CI 77492, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77491, Ozokerite, Aluminum Hydroxide, CI 77499, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Microcrystalline Wax, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Ci 77492, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Ci 77491, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Nylon-12, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Ci 77499, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen
The shade I wear is called Tan, which is yellow enough to match the skin on my cheeks and face, and — shockingly — yellow enough but not too yellow (yes, this is a thing).
I know that that probably won’t be the case for a lot of people, though, because the selection is sooooo not Fenty (a.k.a. there aren’t 50 billion shade options). There are only five shades, but if you’re lucky enough to find one that works for you, you’re in major luck.
For your next TJ’s run
I grabbed a bag of Riced Broccoli at Trader Joe’s last week because I’m trying to sneak more veggies into my system, and it’s surprisingly NOT bullsh*t!
I grew up eating white rice and had it at least once a day from the time I was a kid until I moved out of my parents’ house when I was 18, and so when something looks kinda like rice but isn’t just plain old white rice, I don’t know what to think, LOL. But the TJ’s Broccoli rice is actually very good. It doesn’t taste exactly like white rice (obvi), but I like it. It’s a little chewy, so it doesn’t seem like you’re eating veggie fluff.
To cook it, all you do is warm up some oil or spray a non-stick pan with olive oil spray, then stir fry the broccoli rice until it’s to your taste in done-ness. I usually like to sprinkle something to add flavor on top of it, like Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning or shaved Parmesan. You can have it in place of rice, or mixed in with your regular rice (I think a 50/50 mix works great).
Look for it by the pre-packed veggies at Trader Joes’s. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,