I had to buy this foundation when I read about it online a few weeks ago. Firstly, it is cheap. And by cheap I on’t mean R180, I mean R54.99. Yep. It was too good to pass up. I love doing budget reviews alongside my luxe reviews so that the students reading can still actually go out and purchase something and have party money left over (I mean… textbook money).
I have been using quite a few Essence products and am mostly impressed with the quality for what you’re paying. The Essence Stay All Day Foundation was a little out of my comfort zone because I k new that there wouldn’t rally be a shade to suit me. I’m also very wary of budget foundations and find it hard to move away from what I’m used to.
I bought the shade 40, which is the darkest shade available. It came sealed and you could tell if it had been tampered with. This is on of the biggest issues I have with drugstore makeup. Often other consumers just merrily try out the products and testers are nowhere to be found. I was quite glad to see that this was tamper proof 🙂
The plastic bottle comes with a pump which is a huge plus for me and it dispenses a good amount of product. One pump is enough to cover my face.
The foundation is a little thicker than expected but does spread evenly and is very easy to blend. It is definitely build-able. I usually apply a small amount to my cheeks and larger amount to my chin area which is very pigmented. It feels gentle on my skin and seems perfect for winter. My skin didn’t feel tight and didn’t start feeling dry into the night. If you have a very oily skin this is a product that might not work very well for you. I love the radiant and natural effect it gives, but it is definitely not matte, especially after a few hours.
Does it stay put? I wore this for around 5 hours and it was still perfect, so I do think it will stay on for much longer.
The worst part.
I read this all the time about Essence, but the colour selection is very limited. $0 is the darkest shade and looks nearly brown on the bottle. But it is not, it is a very pink-tones beige colour. It was definitely too light for my skin by a few shades and didn’t match because I need something more yellow toned. Nevertheless, I could easily warm it up with some matter bronzer which is what I did. I don’t think the colour difference was very noticable once I had warmed it up.
Overall, I loved this foundation, it is a fantastic option for those strapped for cash and looking for a good, wearable foundation that provides a medium to full coverage.
In the photo below you can clearly see the pinkish tone this creates on my skin. It did have strong coverage though and if you click to zoom you can see exactly how well it worked.
Essence is available at Clicks and selected Dischem stores nationwide (South Africa)