ESSENCE FRESH & FIT AWAKE MAKEUP | Dry Skin Foundation Review & 10 Hour Wear Test

Today I’m testing Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup foundation in shade 030 Fresh Honey. Here’s my review – it’s Day 4 of the Foundation MegaFest! Watch to see how this foundation applies and wears on dry, mature skin over 40, including a 10-hour wear test and swatches. All products linked below!

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly –
Hush Bad Habit Athena Eyeshadow Palette (Huda Desert Dusk dupe) –
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Pencil in Legend –
Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Eye Booster liner in Ultra Black –
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My name is Shelly and I’m a 43-year-old web geek that jumped off the deep end into the makeup and beauty world. I’ve got dry skin, fine lines starting to form, and some sun spots that I desperately wish to get rid of or cover up! Cameo appearances by my rescue cats Daffy, Polly, Ziva, and Merlin.

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  1. Tracy Lea Beauty says:

    Hi Shelly! I was wondering about this one, I think I’ll skip out on this because I don’t like heavy feeling things on my face. Have a great day🌺🌺🌺

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  3. Perfectly Broken Sami says:

    I wish there were more shades… I won’t buy a foundation if they don’t have a decent shade range… but this one looked kinda oily to me.. that’s the only thing I hate about watching on camera, it looks totally different than real life.

    • Geek Out of Water says:

      Yeah by the end of the night it was definitely dewy (which might translate to oily on someone with oily skin – I feel like my skin is incapable of producing oil, so anytime I look so “slick” it’s definitely an interesting phenomenon!) And the camera can definitely make things look different. Usually it makes things look better than they are at a distance.

  4. Kelly Marie says:

    👍more! I’m always afraid to try out the essence foundations. Good thing you do it for me ❤️❤️. Oh and I found the Elf primer. Loving it!

    • Geek Out of Water says:

      I just finished up a tube of the Elf! Need to get more when I get back home! I was pleasantly surprised with this foundation.

  5. Kara Creswell says:

    My cats always steal my makeup sponges, too!! I can’t bring myself to use them after they have had them for any length of time, however. There’s just not amount of cleaning that can make me forget the gross places the kitties have probably dragged ‘em through!! 😉😻🙀

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