Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation Review & Swatches
By Ree

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation Review & Swatches

21 Jul 2020

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You know I love foundation, and this is the first time I have tried anything from Wander Beauty, so it’s extra exciting. Here’s the Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation which just landed in the UK. Check out my review and before and after photos.

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation UK
Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation UK

So Wander Beauty as a brand is fairly new to the UK and well established in the US. Cult Beauty* stock a limited range, and I figured that a liquid foundation was a good place to start.

What is Wander Beauty Nude Illusion?

The whole idea with this foundation is about makeup that looks like you’re not wearing anything.

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation UK
Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation UK
  • Featherlight liquid foundation
  • Delivers a demi-matte finish
  • Uses a veil of ‘believable’ pigment to unify skin tone
  • Helps to make skin look naturally radiant
  • Soft focus skin finish
  • Medium-to-full buildable coverage
  • Neutralises redness, spots and blemishes
  • Kind-to-skin formula enriched with niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, blackcurrant extract, centella asiatica and lotus flower extract
  • Works to smooth lines, plump the skin, protect, calm, boost collagen & regulate oil
  • Convenient tube and doe-foot applicator for targeted or all-over coverage
  • Use as a foundation or for spot-concealing
  • Use light or darker shades to highlight and contour
  • Available in 12 shades here* for £38

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Swatches

I have two shades to show you, Fair-Light and Light:

Fair-Light & Light

This foundation has a gorgeous fluid texture that glides on to the skin and blends out effortlessly. It’s creamy but light, just how I like a liquid foundation to be.

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation Swatches - Fair-Light & Light
Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation Swatches – Fair-Light & Light
Fair-Light & Light

Before & After

I decided to go for shade Fair-Light which suits my skin tone best, as I find both shades get the tiniest bit darker after they have sat on the skin for a little while.

Here’s me with just skincare and SPF:


And here’s me with shade Fair Light:

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation Fair-Light
After using shade Fair-Light (no concealer or powder, just bronzer)

I haven’t used anything else on the skin other than bronzer – no concealer, powder or setting spray. This was meant to be a shot with no other makeup other than the foundation, but I got so carried away with what a lovely base it made, that I couldn’t stop myself trying my Gucci bronzer over it.

You see, the Gucci bronzer requires a really smooth base for even application, and this really provided that very well, without powder, which is often my preference. I have Instagram stories of all this application coming up, so make sure  you check those out.

Also, if it looks like I am wearing different mascaras on each eye, it’s because I am! Check out my Pat McGrath Dark Star vs Fetisheyes blog post.

On my lips is the gorgeous Mrs Kisses.

My Review

The finish of Wander Beauty Nude Illusion is really beautiful. As you blend it out, it’s initally velvety matte and then after a few minutes warming on the skin, it gets a gorgeous natural glow without being overly dewy. I didn’t feel any desire to set it with powder as it seems to sit seamlessly on the skin, and doesn’t leave any stickiness or tackiness.

As I said above, the Gucci bronzer applied over the top evenly and effortlessly without the need for powder, which is impressive as I had to powder the Dior Summer Skin, and it still went on patchily. This is a major thumbs up for me because it has the right amount of matte to create a smooth, flawless base, but still settles into a radiant glow. Excellent.

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation UK
Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation UK

It feels hydrating on the skin, yet lasted really well, and didn’t really even wear away where my reading glasses and sunglasses sit. I think it suits my combination skin type really well.

One dip of the doe foot gave me a gorgeous even base, it smoothed over visible pores and didn’t accentuate lines and wrinkles. The coverage in one layer is enough for me to skip concealer. This is definitely a win for me.!

Where to buy Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation

This foundation is available at Cult Beauty* in the UK for £38. If you fancy trying something new, that’s neither too matte or too dewy, you might love this.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and stay tuned to the homepage and Instagram for news on all the latest launches and products. The Facebook page is here and make sure you find me on YouTube.



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