Essence Instant Matt Makeup Setting Spray Review

Essence Instant Matt Makeup 
Setting Spray Review

Hi Divas!

As most of you know Essence is known to be an affordable makeup brand. Their products are good quality and easy on the wallet too. I was searching for a budget friendly makeup fixer as my trusty L'Oreal one ran out. My mom stole my Urban Decay setting spray, BIG LOL, therefore I was on the hunt for a new one. I came across the Essence spray and thought I should give it a try. What I look for most in a setting spray is something that would lock in my makeup and keep me matte throughout the day. This one promises to be a light weight spray that is oil free, non sticky and mattifying. Since this product is under a R100 (+ $10) it sounded really great. The bottle contains 50ml of product. It comes with a spritz nozzle and cap. The packaging is small and light weight therefore it is perfect to travel with and pop in a hand bag. It states on the packaging that you can use it as a primer before makeup application, as well as a fixing spray. I prefer to only use it after makeup as I am not really a big fan of primers. To test out this bad boy I decided to apply all my glam makeup products. I wanted to see if this product would hold my foundation in place, keep my winged eyeliner from smudging and prevent my mascara from running. I wanted to test it out on glitter eyeshadow too, to see if there would be any fallout during the day. In addition to that, I planned on doing a heavy 40 minute cardio session to test if my makeup would last under sweat and heat. 

For application it states to shake the bottle and spray directly onto the face 15cm away. The nozzle works well in distributing the product and covering the face but it does not go the full distance. Some of the liquid tends to fall downwards on to the chest area instead of projecting towards the face. I would say, for the best application tilt your head slightly back and aim directly onto the makeup. The spray distributes a fine mist and you can sometimes see tiny droplets on your skin. I love that the fixer is not too wet and it dries quickly leaving a smooth finish. It has no residue and does not leave unwanted white marks or a white caste all over the face as some products tend to do. It blends all the powder products wonderfully together. The skin is left looking natural.

Throughout the day I would notice my face has a certain sheen to it. It seems the spray leaves a very subtle glow all over my skin. My makeup does not look completely matte and some of my oils still seep through along my t-zone area. The spray sets my foundation, eyeshadow and eyeliner. When I do heavy cardio workouts my face surprisingly still looks good despite some of my sweat seeping through. This product holds your makeup in place but it does not give an overall matte appearance on the skin. If you have very oily skin you might not be fond of the sheen that the product leaves. It definitely feels light weight and non sticky on the face. My face does not feel tight or heavy during the day. I like that it is oil free too and therefore won't leave my face with clogged pores.

 I think this is an affordable setting spray for every day. If you are someone who works in an office or wears makeup to the mall and need a spray that would set your makeup then this is perfect for you. If you are someone who loves a completely matte face and has an oily skin type then this one would not be ideal. I like this setting spray on days when I wear light makeup and don't need a fully matte face. If I were to go out for an event and needed my makeup to last all night long on a dance floor then I would not reach for this one but something stronger with more hold. If you have dry sensitive skin, then this product might work wonders for you. I am looking forward to testing this out in the Winter time, when my combination skin is not so oily and drier. In conclusion I recommend this makeup setting spray for everyday wear and a natural finish. If you want your makeup to be completely matte then give this one a skip.

Hope you found this review helpful.
Divalicious Kisses.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Foundation Review

Maybelline Fit Me! 
Matte + Poreless Foundation 

Hi Divas!

When I saw that Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundations had finally reached South African shores, I was super excited. I have watched so many beauty Youtubers rave about this particular product so I just had to get my hands on it. I wanted to purchase my exact shade in the foundation therefore I watched a ton of makeup tutorials and read many reviews. I went on a foundation shade finder website too and tried to match myself with my Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Warm Beige. The most accurate match for that particular shade is 220 Natural Beige in the Fit Me foundation. It is described as a medium shade with yellow to warm undertones. That description matches my skin tone perfectly so I set off to find my shade. I am not lying to you, when I tell you that finding the shade 220 Natural Beige was like trying to find a unicorn in the forest. I went to six, SIX, different stores and all the 220 shades were completely sold out. I didn't want to buy another shade as I felt I would be cheating myself. I decided to wait it out. After visiting my grandma in hospital one Saturday afternoon, on the other side of Cape Town, I went shopping at a Clicks store in a new mall. Low and behold I found the sought after 220 shade. There were only two left on the shelf. I grabbed one and ran with my unicorn foundation to the till. Whoop! 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is described as the ultimate natural fitting foundation. It promises to erase pores by containing micro blurring powders that smooths and blurs the face. It claims to give a flawless finish as well as mattify the skin and control oil production. Your skin is left texture free and even toned. This product is specifically designed for normal to oily skin tones. I have combination skin and have an oily t- zone. I personally prefer matte foundations and stay away from anything dewy. There are more than 20 shades in this range but I do not know, if all the shades are available in South Africa. I do not think that it would be hard to find a shade match as there are many options available. The foundation is packaged in a 30ml plastic tube. I prefer this type of packaging as it is light weight and easy to travel with. The squeeze tube makes the makeup application easy and mess free. You can easily control how much product you want to use and you won't end up wasting or having unnecessary leaks.

Upon first application of the foundation I was very surprised at the consistency. I knew that this was a liquid base but I had no idea that it is extremely runny. When you squeeze the product onto your hand be careful that it does not drip onto anything else. It is quite light in texture therefore I prefer to blend it out with my hands like a BB cream instead of using a brush or sponge. This is my personal preference as I feel I get the most coverage and do not waste any product. If you are not happy using your hands, it blends out perfectly with a brush and sponge too. It does not dry quickly so you have time to blend and work the product into your skin. Since this is a liquid and light foundation, one application is not enough to cover imperfections. I apply two coats for an even and smooth coverage. The foundation dries down to a matte finish and creates the illusion of smooth filtered skin. I love that it gives a natural matte appearance. It looks like second skin and compliments my complexion perfectly.

I do not have acne prone skin, scarring or blemishes. I do however have puffy under eye dark circles and uneven skin tone. This is a light to medium foundation. It does not provide full coverage at all. It can be layered and built up to cover certain blemishes but it will not be full coverage in hiding deep scars and serious pigmentation problems. I use a concealer to cover my under eye circles as this foundation does not completely eliminate dark circles. It does blur pores and textured skin to an extent. If you are someone who has enlarged pores and acne prone skin, it will not completely erase it. You would still need to use a primer and concealer over your pores and acne.

The Matte + Poreless foundation lasts all day. It remains matte and does not break down or fade. It oxidizes slightly towards the end of the day but it looks warm and natural. It does not turn orange or grey on me. I use a setting powder and setting spray to set my foundations and I believe that this helps a lot in keeping my face flawless and preventing my makeup from breaking down. It does transfer slightly on to tissue paper when I blow my nose but it is not excessive. One thing I hate the most is when foundation transfers. It puts me off completely. This one is very minimal therefore it does not bother me at all. I personally love this foundation and would definitely purchase it again. It is something that I would wear on an everyday basis for a natural and even toned look. It does have its pros and cons, but the pros definitely are in my favour.

*Gives a natural finish like second skin
*Keeps me Matte and oil free
*Looks flawless and even toned
*Perfect shade and matches my undertones
*Price is perfect on the wallet
*Great to wear every day
*Packaging is great for travel

*Not full coverage
*Not good for very textured, acne prone skin with blemishes and scars

Thank you so much for reading. Have you tried this foundation? Let me know below.
Divalicious Kisses!