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Esse Foundation

Esse Foundation

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Esse Foundation
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Esse brings you an exciting, unique colour cosmetic range that’s light years ahead of ordinary makeup. Esse Foundation is made with mineral pigments and contains SPF 30 for added sun protection. The organic formula is created to support a healthy skin biome, and contains beneficial probiotics to keep everything in balance. Esse Foundation provides lightweight, even coverage for all skin types.

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  • Foundation made with mineral pigments
  • Shade: 1 (the lightest in the Esse range)
  • With SPF 30 for added sun protection
  • 99% natural & 58% organic
  • Contains beneficial probiotics & ECOCERT certified organic formulations
  • Includes 1 million tyndallised probiotic bacteria per ml
  • Nourishes & supports healthy skin
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Fragrance-free, kind to sensitive skin
  • Natural-looking, even coverage
  • Colour is created using natural iron oxides & titanium dioxide
  • Vegan & cruelty-free
  • Approved by PETA & The Vegan Society

Did You Know? Esse’s Biome + Level 3 Formulation means this product is made with a beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria, capable of docking onto skin cells.

Benefits of Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera is soothing & nourishing, especially good for sensitive skin types
  • Jojoba Oil balances & hydrates the skin
  • Baobab Fruit extract has antioxidant & prebiotic properties
  • Tocopherol & vitamin C brighten the skin & provide antioxidant protection
  • Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide & Inulin are prebiotics that support beneficial microbes
  • Lactobacillus & Lactobacillus ferment are probiotic extracts that balance the skin microbiome


  • Dispense a small amount to fingertips & dab evenly over desired areas.
  • Blend using even strokes.
  • Cleanse in the evenings using Esse Make-up Remover.


  • Shades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10.
  • Size: 30ml , pump


Country of Origin:

  • Product of South Africa, 
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Overall Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars from 48 reviews

45 out of 48 people would recommend this product

06/02/2024, By Bella
Please add shades 7 to 10.
08/11/2023, By Wendy
I’m so glad I took a chance and ordered this foundation. I googled esse colour match and on their .com site it gives you an option to colour match your foundation so I put Chanel 20 which is my perfect colour and it said to use shade 2 my word it’s a perfect match. Besides the colour matching perfect to my skin it makes my skin feel amazing. I have combination skin and was worried it would be too oily but it’s not, it lasts all day and it doesn’t cause breakouts or irritate my rosacea prone skin. I love this.
15/10/2023, By Lynne
Plunger broke after 2nd use otherwise nice product
08/10/2023, By Karin
Lovely product. Esse foundation is non-drying and lasts surprisingly long. Happy with colour tone F3
30/09/2023, By Gina
Still my favourite. Consistently the best foundation for my skin. No clogged pores. Add some translucent powder as it can be shiny afterwards!
01/09/2023, By Navlika
Great product, lightweight and good coverage.
01/07/2023, By Lis
It's a great foundation. Spreads easily with good coverage and not too dewy or too dry. I accidentally got a shade too light, as I am quiet pale but not enough for shade F2. I will try F3 next.
13/03/2023, By Gina
My best foundation. I’ve been using the same shade (F2) for four years. My skin is light but with a warm undertone so it hasn’t always been easy to find the right foundation. It gives me a beautiful glow and goes well with translucent powders and blushes from other natural ranges. The SPF works very well and I love that it has probiotics too. No clogged pores either :)
13/02/2023, By Charmaine
Only foundation that I use; very satisfied with quality of the product..
26/09/2022, By Kerry
My second tube of this foundation - it's lovely and light, the coverage is medium I would say but you can build on it for a "heavier" finish. I love that it has a built in SPF 30 - huge advantage!
16/09/2021, By Zest
I took a chance ordering the F2 foundation, based on reviews online. I have very sensitive skin; most chemical makeup makes me itch or upsets my sinuses. This Esse Foundation is perfect for me. It's light, creamy, smells nice and blends nicely. I'm not a heavy makeup wearer, but I now wear foundation more regularly since finding this product. I'm THRILLED that it's also a high SPF, which seems hard to find in natural products. The F2 shade is spot on for my cool light colouring.
31/08/2021, By Judy
I have been looking for a natural foundation for months. Have a yellow undertone and the number 5 is a perfect match. Love it and enjoy the whole guilt free experience of no harsh ingredients.
13/07/2021, By Michelle
An excellent foundation that is suitable for daily use! A smooth and elegant finish that is moisturizing and subtle. One of South Africa's best local beauty brands.
17/05/2021, By Mariska
The feel and formula of the foundation is excellent. It is however not excellent as a full cover foundation. It is great if a natural look is what you are after. When I need more coverage I will use this as a "skin primer" and use a fuller cover foundation over it.
26/04/2021, By Saskia
I love how it gives me a natural glow and fresh looking skin and sunblock , for long harsh days in the bush. It has enough cover to even skin tone but still maintains a dewy natural appearance . Im so grateful I made the change from conventional make up to natural.
08/01/2021, By Adele
I love Esse products but I'm afraid this foundation is a miss for me. I find the colour dull and ashy. I struggle to get it to spread nicely over my skin, even when applied after my Esse cream. The pump dispenser doesn't work well. It dispenses more air than foundation.
12/11/2020, By Natasha
I will not use anything else again - good coverage
09/11/2020, By Jessica
So worth the price! nice coverage and feels light
06/11/2020, By Irms
I have a super dry and sensitive skin. And this foundation is a massive hit. Didn't leave my skin oily or clogged any pores. A definite Yes if you are looking for something that nourish and protects.
03/11/2020, By Gill
This foundation didn't work well on my skin. Perhaps my skin is too dry. I can't get it to blend in well. The coverage is good, but I won't buy it again as it is not a good match for my dry skin.
30/10/2020, By Elsie
Feels light and looks moist on the skin. Bonus is that it is also a treatment. They also have shades that are adapted for a rosy or a more yellow tint. Medium coverage.
26/10/2020, By Sanet
Blends beautifully, looks super natural. Medium coverage. Can be shiny, looks glowy to me but it's not everyone's thing. Doesn't last all day but lasts long enough. Love it.
21/10/2020, By Anna
Nice product. I have average caucasian skin and F2 was a bit light for me. But lovely texture - no breakouts so far
21/10/2020, By Anna
Nice product. I have average caucasian skin and F2 was a bit light for me. But lovely texture - no breakouts so far
14/10/2020, By Iselle
I am really enjoying this product. It gives me light smooth coverage and the F2 is perfectly matched to my light skin. I only need to use very little of the product at a time so I am hopeful it will last me a long time. I am having a bit of trouble with the pump function though and it takes a few pumps every use before the product is dispensed - almost like its almost empty - but that obviously isn't the case...
11/10/2020, By Melissa
My go to foundation - finally found the perfect foundation after years of searching and trying different brands
01/10/2020, By Linds
Great foundation. Medium coverage and applies easily. So good to know it contains no nasties and is good for the skin. Would definitely recommend and repurchase.
27/09/2020, By Renata
I tried some of the other Foundations as well. This one is my absolute favourite! As a 52-year old woman with freckles, I was looking for something with more coverage. This is absolutely perfect. I am quite fair-skinned with a yellow undertone. I ordered Number 3, and it is the perfect colour for me. Very happy with this product. Unless something better comes along, this will be my choice for the future. Highly recommended.
10/09/2020, By Reinette
By luck i have choose the correct colour. I am quite happy as it blends well into my skin
31/08/2020, By Ashleigh
Pricey but very good, moisturising and provides great coverage. I have fair skin and red hair so I went with the F2 shade and it's perfect.
07/08/2020, By Irene
This foundation is perfect for me. I have sensitive skin and tend to get a lot of breakouts. My skin is reacting really well with this foundation. I like the texture. I have a dry skin i would not nessecarily recommend it for very oily skin, it tends to be oily sometimes. But I love it!!
27/07/2020, By Kli
Great prodouct! Gives you some coverage and makes your skin look like skin ! It might be abit dewy but that can be fixed with a little powder. Love that it doesnt irritate my sensitive skin .
25/05/2020, By Lome
I was thrilled to finally see a foundation without silicones, as I have an extremely reactive, sensitive and allergic skin. I bought the shade F3 (thankfully it was a well guessed match) and tried it on today for the first time. I'm not one that cares abut packaging, but it is of high quality and the product is totally fragrance free. It blended so easily with my fingers and didn't settle in any lines. It looks so natural and has the perfect balance, not being overly dewy or too mat. It doesn't smudge off on anything and my skin doesn't even know it has foundation on (that's a first for me, foundation always irritated my skin, feeling like a blanket which finally makes me itch). I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and would buy a storehouse full of it if I had the money. It is expensive but well worth it. I'm so happy I can finally also wear foundation for that even complexion.
08/05/2020, By Lisa
Such a luxurious brand
13/02/2020, By claudia
Bought in September - foundation 5- gave me 139 applications (finished today- had to use cotton bud to get the last 30 or so applications out); such a super product and works out very economically in the end; easy application - lasts all day - medium coverage
12/02/2020, By KT
Provides natural coverage while moisturising the skin. It has a lovely, light feel and a little goes a long way. Slightly oilier than what I'm used to, so it can shine a bit in warmer weather.
11/02/2020, By Concerned
08/12/2019, By Melissa
Love this foundation! Applies easily, lovely moisturized finish! It is just hard to find the correct match at first - especially because you are buying online but once I found color number 3 it was the perfect match.
30/11/2019, By Kirsten
Grateful for the sample which allowed me to get the shade spot on. Really love this foundation. Its thicker and has more coverage than what I'm used to but considering it has a physical spf that is expected. It stays on all day and doesn't cause shine. Will definitely buy again!
21/10/2019, By Timika
Loads of different shades, goes far and feels great! Definitely worth it!
21/10/2019, By Timika
Loads of different shades, goes far and feels great! Definitely worth it!
20/10/2019, By Ava
Very disappointing, as I really wanted to like it. It makes my skin shine half an hour after application, transfers onto clothes way more easily than any other foundation I used and does not last. It makes my skin look smooth and nourished right after the application but that's about it.
09/10/2019, By Mishka
This foundation smoothes on evenly and the colour is great. Best to keep a couple of different shades due to sun burning changes in skin colouring.
23/09/2019, By Margs
I'm not a fan of makeup, especially foundation, this however is a great product, a little goes a long way, the colour is great and natural looking and is soothing for my dry-ish skin.
23/09/2019, By claudia
Best foundation by a mile - medium coverage- skin feels great- easy application and stays on all day
06/09/2019, By Johanne
By far the best foundation I've ever had. Smooth application, great cover, lasts all day.
12/08/2019, By Jadzia
Most amazing foundation that also has repair properties. Especially recommend for acne prone skin
21/07/2019, By Carla
10 Stars! Amazing coverage and light feeling. This is the first natural foundation I am really happy with!

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