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Monday, 11 September 2017

NEW Essence Fresh & Fit Foundation Review


Every time Essence releases a new foundation I have to try it. There is no other budget brand in Belgium that is, in my opinion, as affordable and reliable as Essence Cosmetics. I recently purchased a bunch of their new Fall/Winter makeup releases and part of my haul was this Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup Foundation. Fresh & Fit is a new line Essence Cosmetics has created and, from looking just at the packaging of the products so far, everything is looking really promising! 


Essence's new Fresh & Fit Foundation comes in a beautiful glass bottle, it is available in 4 different shades and is meant to have a breathable, medium to high coverage formula, with a healthy glow effect. The foundation is enriched with vitamin complex and cranberry water. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is most probably the prettiest makeup bottle Essence has ever created. It doesn't look low budget-like at all, only the lack of shades gives away instantly that this is cheap makeup, besides the price point of course. Essence Cosmetics charges €4.99 for their new foundation, which is very affordable but a little up there for this makeup brand. I'm not mad about it, at all, and here's why.


This Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup looks beautiful on the skin. The formula is creamy, easy to blend and there's definitely a big difference between this foundation and all the other foundations Essence has available in their makeup line. I'm impressed. Having tried many Essence foundations in the past I can tell you that: this foundation isn't as drying as some of their other formulas can be, it doesn't get into fine lines, doesn't accentuate any pores and doesn't melt of your face or starts to look patchy after a while. It most definitely has a medium to high coverage and it actually is quite longlasting. I do have to mention however that this foundations does oxidise a little, it isn't anything major but I wouldn't count on this if you have a snow white complexion.


I used 4 pumps of the foundation on my face, a moisturising primer underneath (whereas I usually use the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro to prep my skin or an Olay moisturiser, I currently use the Avène Cleanance Hydra Soothing Cream to deal with some acne that I have in my t-zone) and a makeup fixing spray to set everything in place, once I was finished with my base. The rest of my makeup applied flawlessly, I had no issues with pigmentation, blendability or staying power, and even though this foundation definitely has a pink undertone to it, it matched my warm toned face pretty well. I purchased the lightest shade nr 10 Fresh Ivory.


I recommend this new Essence Foundation, I think it works amazing and I can totally see myself reaching for this in the future. The lack of shades is indeed a pity, I wonder if Essence is ever going to change something about that. I'm pretty sure many of you, with either a very fair or deep complexion, would love this formula. You can purchase this foundation in Belgium at Kruidvat, online or in stores. I'm excited about this new Fresh & Fit makeup line and I'm waiting for a Fresh & Fit concealer to join the Essence makeup display next year!

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19 comments

  1. This post is amazing! I really hope this foundation comes to the uk!! www.hannah-Jarvis.com xx

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  2. I have never tried essence foundation before.Now i will give it a try

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  4. Most Essence/Catrice foundations oxidise like crazy on me, except the lightest shade of all. I look forward to try this line and see how it turns out.

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    1. Same here, some more than others I find, this one is okay :) Xx

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  5. This foundation sounds a lot better than their previous ones but again, they don't have a shade for me! It's so unfortunate but I'll definitely be giving their other new products a try. x Nikita

    PS: I LOVE your new blog design!

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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  6. I love that it comes in a glass bottle! Essence aren't very good with their shade range but I absolutely love their matte foundation and can't wait for this to come to the UK.

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    1. Hopefully it will be available soon! Fingers crossed :) XXx

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  7. This foundation sounds like a good one! I agree that no other brand can beat Essence's prices. I need to give this one a go!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. I love it, I think Essence should do more like this :D

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  8. I've been searching for an english review of this foundations for days now and I finally found one, and specifically a good and positive one! As my skin will get pretty dry in the upcoming months a I wanted to see if this would be a good match for me and hooray it is!!! Thank you for the honest review! <3

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  9. Honestly, I thought this one was gonna suck, that´s why I didn´t want to buy it. Now I´m thinking about it, but the lightest shade is a always a little too dark and then it oxidises on top, so I always have to buy those completely white mixer drops. I wish they would expand their shade range.

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    1. Hey! Thank you for checking out my blog πŸ˜„ Essence will be expanding! I recently saw a sneakpeek about it on their Twitter account, fingers crossed 🀞🏻

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  10. Brought this today just put it on feels really nice on my skin, I'll have to try it again tomorrow to get a proper feel

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