Inexpensive Foundations: Essence Pure Nude & CATRICE Even Skin Tone

If you’re on the hunt for inexpensive foundations that work well too then I might have what you’re looking for! Over the last few months I’ve been testing out a couple of foundations that I wouldn’t regularly buy but as my current go-to MAC foundation has become incredibly expensive now I really needed to find a replacement!

Essence and CATRICE are definitely high up on my list of makeup brands that are not only affordable, but quality as well. If you haven’t noticed by now most of my posts revolve around these 2 brands and each offer their own unique products. Essence offers more bright and fun colours for the younger market whereas CATRICE offers a more mature and sophisticated range of products.

I tried out two inexpensive foundations from both Essence and CATRICE – The Essence (no makeup feel) Pure Nude Foundation as well as the CATRICE Even Skin Tone Foundation and both gave very different results.

Essence Pure Nude Foundation – R69.95

If you’re looking for a maximum coverage foundation, then this one is definitely NOT FOR YOU. The “no makeup feel” sticker on the bottle holds true and it’s a very light coverage. I actually know of quite a few people that hate wearing foundation as they feel that their makeup is “caked on”, then this is the foundation for you.

The consistency is VERY runny and you’re left with dewy fresh looking skin. I’d even go as far as to say that it would be similar to a BB Cream. So if you hate wearing foundation but really need to, then make sure you pick this one up.

CATRICE Even Skin Tone Foundation – R132.95

I started using this foundation when I couldn’t afford to buy my MAC Studio Fix foundation and I must say that this foundation really stepped up to the plate! I’d rate the coverage about 7/10 which is quite good. Used together with an equally good concealer and you’re all set to go with full coverage.

The consistency is nice and thick which contributes to a good coverage foundation and I’m currently using it as my day-to-day foundation. The only thing I’d wish for in this product is that there would be a few more shades to choose from as the one I have is just a fraction too light. I usually fix this up with a bit of bronzer so no big deal…

♥ If you’re looking for a great MAC foundation dupe then read this blog post



  1. Janet Watson Perry
    June 7, 2016 / 1:13 PM

    Thank you – I’m going to try the Catrice 🙂

    • Tarryn
      June 9, 2016 / 3:15 PM

      I think you’re going to be quite impressed 🙂

  2. Melissa Martin
    June 9, 2016 / 1:03 PM

    Thanks for post !! i think catrice and essence is really brands that i can afford hopefully in future i can try high end products once i master the basics 🙂 have a lovely day

    • Tarryn
      June 9, 2016 / 3:17 PM

      Hi Melissa 🙂

      I think even once you master the basics you’re still going to gravitate more towards Essence and CATRICE as they are both great brands that offer quality makeup. Thank you for reading xx

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