Essence Soft-Touch Mousse Foundation Review
The Essence Soft-Touch Mousse Foundation (0.56oz for C$8) has a mousse-y jelly consistency. The formula dries down to a powder finish with a light coverage, and feels extremely lightweight on the skin. I love the finish it gives my skin, as it looks very natural. However, because of the mousse to powder formula, it emphasizes dry spots on the skin, making it not suitable for those with dry skin. The first time I applied this, the Essence foundation brought out dry patches in areas I didn’t know I had dry patches in (I have combo/oily skin for goodness sake!). Applying a silicone primer helped minimized dry patches.
On the other hand, oily skin will find that the wear-time of the Essence Mousse foundation to be short. Once oils start seeping through during the day, I notice the coverage to lessen. Also, when I accidentally touch my face where I was oily, I will notice the foundation transferring onto my finger.
All in all, I would not recommend this for dry or oily skin, instead, this foundation is best suited for normal skin, oily skin in the winter, or dry skin in the summer.
I have the colour 02 Matt Beige which is a hint too pink for my skin, but because this foundation has such light coverage, it blends in and has a nearly undetectable finish.
I have combination to oily skin, and for me, the Essence Soft-Touch Mousse foundation only stayed put on my drier spots (cheeks and chin), and it would lose pigmentation and become patchy on my oily spots (forehead and nose) within 3-4 hours.
The Foundation performs similarly to a powder foundation in terms of longevity. Powder foundations like the Bareminerals Original foundation and the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder started becoming patchy on my skin as soon as I got oily. So if you have had bad luck with powder foundations in the past, I would not recommend this foundation.
I found that this foundation worked best applied with my hands. A stipple brush will work as well, but using my hands is faster. It blended very easily, and there were no streaks. There is a silicon-y feel to the foundation when applying it. The Essence foundation is definitely one of the best applying foundations I’ve tried.
This foundation comes in a sturdy glass jar with a plastic lid. Compared to the size of the packaging, the product that is in it is considerably less. Because of the weight of the glass jar, it is not travel-friendly.
Online, I noticed that the shade range is very extensive; however, in my local grocery store where it is available (Superstore, for my fellow Canadians), there were only three shades, all in the medium shade range.
- Sturdy packaging
- Good for normal skin
- Very easy application
- no scent
- Emphasizes dry patches
- Transfers, and wears off quickly once oily