March 12, 2010

Reader’s Request: Essence Soft Touch Mousse Review and Swatches

Taking a note from Maybelline, Essence Soft Touch Mousse makes it’s mark on the beauty budget world.

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As I recently mentioned, Essence is a German brand of inexpensive cosmetics being sold at your local Ulta. The line pretty much ranges in price from .99 to $6.

They have a dupe up of Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Foundation with the Essence Soft Touch Mousse. I’m highly debating how budget-y I feel about this since Maybelline’s version is $7.99 and the Essence version is $4.99. I feel like $3 more you can just go with Maybelline but I think maybe the Essence one is bigger in size, I didn’t check prior to typing up the review, sorry.

It’s a basic mousse formula that has the feel of a base and a primer in one. It’s that cross between a velvety smooth formula and with a slightly silicon-feel. It’s a matte product so it applies smoothly and proceeds to turn powdery upon contact so if you’re oily it might likey fit your skin wonderfully well. However, I know alot of people complain about Maybelline Dream Mousse and how badly it clogs pores so this may likely suffer the same downfall however I can’t speak for it myself as I don’t have large pores.

I really don’t know if I like this or not. It feels nice on my skin and it might be more suitable for Summer light wear for me. It’s nicely pigmented, blends easily, and is cheap as it comes however I take foundation seriously and I feel more comfortable splurging on something of value rather than something so cheap.

Overall, it might be suitable if you are looking to save some money on foundation. There isn’t anything rightfully wrong with it that I can see aside from a slightly chemical smell. At $4.99 you probably won’t cry too much if you purchase and it fails to wear well on you. I feel like saying try it out since it isn’t bad at all…I’m just indecisive today I suppose.

Ok, not going to change your life, but decent enough.

Anyone try out any of the Essence line yet?

Available at Ulta.

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  • Julia

    You know, I have like tons of Essence lipgloss and eye stuff and nailpolish, but at least for foundation, I want something … well, I’m not saying expensive equals good quality, but most cheap foundations like that just make me break out.

    • the Muse

      same here Julie not break out but just don’t look flattering on 😀 I def like an inexpensive base for my face 😀


    Muse you read my mind I wanted a review on this 🙂 this is so sad that it isn’t that great, I was eyeing it. for some reason I hate drugstore makeup cuz most of the time its crap… you think it would be ok for like school,(to cover up like redness) I don’t want to wear my armani l.s.f, ysl, or dior nude to school

    • the Muse

      prob fine for school linda just not on gym days as it’ll wear clean off if you sweat 😛 I hate drugstore foundation big time and most drugstore makeup..occasionally find an item or two I do like 😀

  • mercedes

    hmmm,after i read your review on essence XXXL shine lipgloss,i went to their website,tryed to view this product but my computer (aka worthless peice of crap) froze up,the reason i tell you this is b/c i would like to know what shades they have.

    p.s. great review! 😀

    • the Muse

      my pleasure mercedes…oh sorry 🙁 they have a lot of shades actually for the price 😀

  • citygirl907

    I brought this and was extremely impressed 🙂 I would highly recommend this product to you because a) it’s cheap so if you don’t like it you won’t be bankrupt b) it is very smooth c) applies evenly and easily d) great range of different colours so you are sure to find a colour that suits you e) it didn’t clog my pores and my pores are massive! f) I have a lot of essence products and I find them to be of a good quality.
    As you can probably tell I am addicted to make-up and have my own make-up blog