[Review] Essence All About Matt! Oil free makeup in #5 Matt Vanilla

Hi beauties! It has been a long time.

I’m here to review this drugstore foundation that i chanced upon. It is the Essence all about matt oil-free makeup foundation in #5 matt vanilla.


It is a 12 hour long foundation (which i highly doubt), mattifying, oil-free, gives a flawless radiant fresh finish, covers imperfections without clogging pores, long-lasting and moisturising. At lease these are what it claims to be.


This contains 30ml of product, comes in a squeeze tube which is not bad, although i generally really love pumps.


Ignore that dirty accumulation of product at the squeeze tube, i had this product for a while. The product comes out to be quite watery. But not surprising as the first ingredient is water.

I decided to just apply half face first to see the difference and there is quite a bit of difference. I used about 3 layers of it, i would say this is a buildable foundation. 1 layer of it was about medium coverage. I have oily skin with lots of redness and big pores and with 3 layers, most of it is covered. Although i feel that some redness is sipping through.

That’s why i decided to apply a green base (The Face Shop Air Cotton base in mint)  before i continue to apply the foundation.

Final Verdict :

  • Squeeze-y tube with 3 shades only.
  • Buildable coverage, liquidy formula.
  • Has quite a strong smell to it but it is nothing bad-smelling.
  • Hides my redness and pores quite decently, definitely recommend to put on green base for people with redness like me
  • It is mattifying but not drying, feels tacky on skin but looks great for everyday use
  • Product do come off abit when touched
  • I noticed cakiness on my nose area.
  • Affordable (I believe it is under 8 SGD)
  • Great for everyday look/no makeup makeup look
  • Definitely not a 12-hour wear foundation, 4-6 hours is good.
  • Rating : 3.6/5

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