Esse is a well-known South African skincare brand. They are widely popular for organic skincare products that feature probiotics.
Usually probiotics are associated with a healthy gut. But optimal skincare also relies on a healthy microbiome.
A Microbiome refers to the ecosystem of microorganisms that live in a particular part of the body: gut, skin or mucosal membranes. It is made up of good bacteria (probiotic) and bad bacteria. Topical probiotics support a healthy skin environment and promotes a healthy skin barrier.

The Esse foundation contains beneficial probiotics, and contains spf 30 for added sun protection.
It is very difficult to find a brown girl friendly foundation. Finding an exact colour match is always a problem for me. This foundation has spf 30 so, naturally I was afraid of it casting a white cast on my face.


My thoughts

It offers a medium coverage that is buildable. I need to add concealer on spots and on my under eyes. It offers a dewy finish. It lasts the whole day. It provides a beautiful even skin tone. My skin looks healthy and illuminated. No need to apply highlighter! It is perfect for if you are new to makeup, if you like a natural glow and you don’t like a ‘’cake’’ face.

The best part for me is that it feels so comfortable on my skin. It’s not that type of foundation- that as soon as you walk through the door at home- you feel that you need to immediately wash your face. It is perfect for those hot and humid Durban summer days.

I am conscious of my pigmentation, so I prefer to wear full coverage foundation to work. I enjoy using the Esse foundation on weekends. The more often I am using it, the more I am falling in love with it.

It is available in 10 shades. I am using shade 6. It is a good match for me. I am very happy with the colour. It is certified organic, vegan and cruelty free. Esse supports fair trade and is a carbon neutral company. The best part is that it is local! So, what is stopping you from trying this foundation. You will never look back.


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