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Makeup | Essence All About Matt! Foundation

HeyBash's cohesive review of the drugstore foundation
RATING : 3/5

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This is one now.

My first product review in almost half a year! Wow. Why do I call myself a beauty blogger? I'm terrible at scheduling product reviews. My apologies to every respectable beauty blogger in the blogosphere. Jokes aside, I missed reviewing products. So I thought I could start off with this little tube of foundation! The first drugstore foundation I bought in almost a year.

So how is it? Well...

Review of a drugstore foundation from Essence

I bought Essence All About Matt! Foundation in Shade 10 Matt Beige for BND$4.90 at Paloma. A repackaging and formulation of my first foundation. Bought and used up almost four years ago. It was suppose to be a substitute until I got another bottle of Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. My everyday, holy grail foundation.

Thus, I will subconsciously compare both foundations by quality.

It's small packaging makes it convenient. Perfect for traveling and easy to use. It's cute design and slight floral scent makes it ideal for the teen demographic. Never thought I could call a foundation 'cute' but that's what it is. Cute.

Cohesive review of Essence All About Matt! Foundation
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This foundation claims to be mattifying. It leaves the skin silky smooth with a flawless finish. This shade does match and evens out my skin. It has medium coverage, that doesn't feel thick at all. Though it's buildable and blendable, it has a tendency to look cakey. I suggest using a brush or a sponge to blend it instead of your fingers.

Unlike the Naked Skin foundation, this foundation has a limited range. With only four (FOUR!) colour selections. Disappointing but expected from a drugstore brand like Essence. I was lucky that the lightest shade matched me well. I can't even see the blended foundation.

I don't think it will do much to hide acne or pimples though. It's lightweight medium coverage might not be enough to cover large amounts of redness. I only used the foundation, and still noticed my dark circles but covered my veins. So use a green-primer beforehand.

Brunei Beauty Blogger wearing Essence All About Matt! Foundation
Essence All About Matt! Foundation in 010 Matt Beige

This foundation is for makeup beginners.  It is a great spend for a cheap product with relative quality. It's fine as it is, but I don't think this is a revolutionary product. It's not a dupe for my holy grail  nor is it even close. 

What it is, it is fine. It's an everyday foundation for young beginners, that more advanced makeup addicts would ignore. Like I did once my new bottle of Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation arrived. 

Sorry, Essence.

So have you tried any Essence foundations? What's your favourite drugstore foundation?

45 comments

  1. Ohh, I love the layout for this review! (is that weird?) I've never seen this available in-store, but it matches your skin amazingly.
    Thanks for the in-depth review- I can't see myself purchasing it now, especially because I have pretty red skin (thanks genetics!) but usually Essence products are great quality for the money! I especially love their nail polish!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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  2. Lovely pics and fab post! :)
    -Morgs x
    http://justmorgs.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I didn't know this foundation! But it looks amazing on you, I'm going to search for it the next time I buy some makeup haha. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Shame it isn't up to par with the normal essence range, though with a drug store name, it tends to happen!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Hey that's amazing, these pics looks cool!

    Alice Cerea,
    Alice Cerea blogger

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  6. I purchased this and was left with a really bad breakout - never again! I think it's good for people without sensitive skin and those looking for a natural, light coverage :)


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    Sarah
    sarahinks.co.uk

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  7. I haven't used any of products from Essence yet (yes, I know that sounds weird:P) and what about foundation, sorry to hear that this one doesn't hide every imperfections of skin, great review, Bash :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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  8. Great, honest review! I am always so hesitant to try anything that doesn't have a great range of shades. Essence is definitely a great brand for beginners, but like you said-- I'd probably pass it up, too, when compared to other products.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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  9. Hey ! If you want to call a foundation cute then it's cute ;) I've not tried this but it definitely looks like something I could manage with if I needed to but I would be much happier with my usual foundation ! Great post honey :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. This looks like a great product! Might have to try it soon Xx

    http://thefashionconvert.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://secretbeautylife1.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Ooh! I might have to look for it as I am a make-up noob and surely don't want to splurge $$$ on a high-end brand for my experiments.

    Noor | Noor's Place

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  12. I have tried and love Essence lipsticks, bronzer and nail polish but never tried the foundation though. The packaging is really boring to me so I would probably never buy it but great review!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  13. Gahh, your skin is so perfect!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  14. Hahaha, you definitely don't need to do product reviews as a beauty blogger! I haven't heard much about essence - in fact, I didn't know they even made a foundation? The only things I've seen from them are their nail polishes which to be honest chip like a mofo lol. I hope you'll do a review on the Urban Decay foundation - I'm almost done my current tube of foundation and am on the lookout for a new one. Also just a little note, you doubled your post signature ;)

    becky ♡ star violet

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  15. I haven't tried any of Essence's foundations, though I am tempted to! I've tried and loved the Urban Decay Naked foundation as well. It really IS a holy grail. I haven't tried a lot of drugstore foundations, but my favourite has to be from Bourjois! Both their regular and their serum foundation are amazing xx

    La'bell || labellwong.blogspot.com

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  16. Yay for a beauty product review, babe! Even though I enjoy everything you post so yeah, just keep doing what you do. I have never tried this foundation nor this brand. Some affordable products can be surprisingly amazing. I haven't found anything better than my Mac Pro Longwear yet <3 Thanks for a great review, girl!!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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  17. ive only ever tried their nail polishes, this brand sadly doesnt do match for me and I wish it did because its so cheap!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  20. I never tried essence foundation and i think matte finish won't be effective on my skin since i have dry skin.
    Great review loves!

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  21. Hmm, maybe I'll give this one a miss... I think I need something a little more heavy duty, haha! Ever since watching your YouTube videos I've started reading your posts in your voice in my head, it's cool to know how you speak :) I've nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award!! Would love it if you'd take part http://www.amandasays.org.uk/2016/01/blogger-recongnition-award x

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  22. The foundation looks great on you, you have lovely skin! It does sound good for a budget option but quite limiting with the shades, also with dry skin it's probably one I'll have to give a miss :)

    Velvet Blush

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  23. I love matte foundations but for some reason I haven't checked out any. I definitely have to look for more to try out. Thanks for this post.

    Kia / KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

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  24. First off you have absolutely amzing skin, I've never heard of this foundation before but it doesn't sound very bad I'm always up for trying new products.

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  25. This was a great review, thanks for giving us the honest truth! At least it wasn't a lot of money wasted, right? XO -Kim

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  26. I love honest reviews, really enjoyed this and can I just say how amazing you skin is!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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  27. Girl: Your skin is flawless! Even with this less-than-great foundation ;) I really like an honest review and I don't think I'd buy this, although it is very cheap. I can't stand cakey foundation haha

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  28. As soon as I hear cakey I'm like eeekkkk that is never a good look but I can see that it will do the job for beginners though!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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  29. Great review!!! Love your blog!
    Have a lovely day :-)


    http://anatkoren.blogspot.com/

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  30. What an interesting review! I have been looking for a cheaper drugstore alternative to my Lancôme foundation lately *-*

    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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  31. I've never bought a single foundation in my life and it feels awkward even to think about it, WHAT I AM GOING TO DO I DON'T EVEN KNOW A NAME IF I EVER TRY TO BUY ONE! I think I have one name now, I'll surely ask for it if I decide to buy one.

    xo,
    Not Your Type Blog

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  32. I haven't tried Essence foundations, but I do enjoy some of their products like bases, compact powder and matte papers :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  33. You have such a beautiful face.So flawless and the foundation makes it perfect.This is such a nice review
    sophieatieno.blogspot.com

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  34. Haha, you made me laugh with the first part of the post. I gotta say your skin itself looks so flawless! And this foundation has its pros and cons but as you said, it's okay for a beginner! Thanks for the honest review, dear!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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  35. Love your posts and videos haha! I might give this product a go when my face completely clears up, I think it would be great then with some concealer! Great review, Bash :)

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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  36. Love the Essence range. Affordable and kind of reminds me of Bourjois. So far I've only tried the nail polishes and felt-tip eyeliner - they're a good brand for basics :]

    – Lubna | The Digital Review

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