Can Zanderm’s Vitiligo Concealer Stand Up to the Test?
This past spring, Zanderm released new shades to accommodate a greater range of skin tones. Now we’re ready to put our vitiligo concealer to the test. That’s why we asked Erika Page, Founder and Editor of Living Dappled, a lifestyle blog about vitiligo, to give the concealer a try.
At twenty-nine, Erika has lived with vitiligo for more than two decades – since the age of seven. Her first spots appeared along her spine before quickly spreading to the rest of her body. Over the course of fifteen years, vitiligo took 100% of her pigment, leaving her skin but spotless. To giver her skin color, she turned to makeups and tanners – and now Zanderm’s concealer.
Here’s what Erika had to say after testing the concealer on her face – and just a few of the reasons she thinks anyone with vitiligo should try it too. Head over livingdappled.com to read her full story.
[pullquote]As a twenty-something with universal vitiligo, I’ve spent almost half of my life experimenting with makeup, tanner, foundation and spray tans. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about coverage and concealers. In fact, I’ve worn full coverage for the past five years. That’s why Zanderm’s vitiligo concealer peaked my interest.[/pullquote]
Zanderm’s vitiligo concealer is smudge-resistant – really.
Skeptical? I was too when I first heard about this. So many brands promise to be “smudge-resistant” and “long-lasting.” It turns out that Zanderm actually sticks to its word. The camouflage on my face not only dried quickly but stayed on even after a few quick tests. First, I gave my husband a full-fledged, face-on-shirt hug – no smudge marks. I tried on a few tops – and still no smudge marks. Unfortunately, I don’t own a white towel or I would tried putting my face on that too. My face finally had color without the mess. Will I still wear foundation? Probably, because I like the fully flawless look it gives me as an addition to the concealer.
The concealer is made from all vegan products – here’s the breakdown.
Again, I know what it’s like to be skeptical. So I’ll break the products down for you to prove this one too. The first ingredient is the pigment, made from food coloring – and if it’s safe for your stomach, it’s safe for your skin. The second is DHA or dihydroxyacetone, which the company derives from sugar beets. DHA is a product used in tanners that temporarily darkens skin and fades over time as skin sheds. Lastly, the product contains witch hazel, a plant and natural topical astringent, which, according to WebMD, helps reduce swelling, repair broken skin and fight bacteria when applied directly to the skin. And by the way, the product is dermatologist tested and approved. The only small caveat? If you’re in the USA, the FDA allows DHA to be applied externally to your skin, but the risks of applying it to your lips, nose and areas in and around the eye are unknown.
The tester is rather inexpensive.
Frustrated by the cost of experimenting with new makeup? I’m with you. In fact, it’s one of the biggest barriers to finding new products that I like. That’s not the case with Zanderm. When you’re ready to try Zanderm, you start by purchasing testers – usually at least three – to find your shade. If you want help determining your shade, Zanderm’s cosmetic specialists are on hand to help. The tiny bottle of concealer, which has a mini applicator brush in the lid, rings up at just $1.99. Even better, I was able to cover my entire face with the mini bottle – and there’s still plenty left, which is just a bonus. With that knowledge in hand, why would you not try it?
You have your pick of products to help you apply the concealer.
While I haven’t personally tested the applicators, I’m impressed that you have two options for brushes to cover your patches. Since vitiligo comes in all shapes and sizes, you need to be able to fill in each individual and unique spot – and that means different size brushes. When you buy a bottle of concealer – not the tester – you have the option to buy it as a “precision applicator,” which looks like a pen or as a “wide applicator” which looks more like a sunscreen stick. Personally, I’ve only used the tester – but I’m looking forward to giving the wide applicator a try next.
More shades means more options – and Zanderm has them.
If you look at Zanderm’s website, you’ll see fourteen different shades all ready and waiting to be matched with your skin tone. I started with testers in five different shades and even the “light neutral” concealer gave me a glow that could give my tanner a run for its money. The color palette includes their newest collection of shades, released just this past spring. According to Zanderm’s product guide, adding multiple layers can also darken the coloring, giving you even more flexibility in matching your skin color.
Still have questions? Join Living Dappled for a Facebook Live interview with Tiffany Grant, a young mom with vitiligo who has been working behind-the-scenes with Zanderm to test new products. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 13 at 12 Noon EST and find the event on Facebook at Join the FB Event Here
Erika Page is a Baltimore-born writer and blogger with a big heart for girls with vitiligo. She is a creative communications consultant living southof Washington, D.C. and is the founder and editor behind Living Dappled.