Essence Stay All Day 16h and All About Matt! (Swatches + Review)

Feb 10, 2016 | Beauty & Fashion | 31 comments


Essence Stay All Day 16h and All About Matt!
Hello dearies! It has been a while since my last beauty post as I am always out for some events and personal stuff to attend. So I’ve got no time for product shoot hehe. Anyway, to make it up to you,  I am very thrilled to share my current favorite foundation and setting powder from Essence Cosmetics. 
For the record, Essence Stay All Day 16h is the cheapest liquid foundation I ever acquired where I got it on sale from 349php to 200php at Wastons SM North EDSA. Meanwhile, All About Matt! retails at 269php. 

Essence Stay All Day 16h has a slimmer packaging compare to other drugstore brands like Revlon and Covergirl.


The product is enclosed in a plastic bottle which makes it lightweight and easy to carry during travel. What I also like is it has a pump which is a plus for hygienic purposes.

Essence Stay All Day 16h – Ingredients

On the other hand, Essence All About Matt! is in clear compact packaging with 0.28oz / 8.0g of product. Basically, it is a finishing compact powder for a matte and natural finish all day long. Moreover, it also helps to blend blush and foundation colors together. And since it is a translucent powder, it is perfect for all skin tones. 

Essence All About Matt!
Essence Stay All Day 16h and Essence All About Matt! Swatches

Both have a subtle powder scent that goes away after few seconds of application. The shade Soft beige has a yellow undertone to it.

Essence Stay All Day 16h

The long-lasting and lightweight make-up provides a flawless silky complexion that lasts all day! Easy to apply due to the soft texture, dermatologically approved. 

One layer of Essence Stay All Day 16h

It has a light to medium coverage, blendable and feels light on my skin. It was able to cover my open pores but not my dark spots especially on the side of my nose and wasn’t able to even out my skin tone. 

On a daily basis, I normally apply just 1 layer of foundation as I still want to look natural under my make up. But for this review, I applied another layer to see if it will able to cover all my blemishes without using a concealer. 

with 2 layers of Essence Stay All Day 16h

And it did.


However, my face feels heavy this time. Apart from that, hubby noticed that my face looks darker and I looked different. I told him that I just used the same foundation and added another layer, methinks its because it has a yellow undertone to it that makes my skin looks darker.

Tadaaaaan! What do you think?

On my face: Essence Stay All Day 16h and All About Matt! Brows: Etude House Designing Eyebrow Pencil in BrownBYS Brow Definition Kit Eyes: Maybelline Hypersharp Eyeliner, Etude House Styling Eyeliner Cheeks: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Lips: Colourpop Ultra Matte in Teeny Tiny

Longevity-wise, I was impressed that it stays and looks great on me until the end of the day. And given my combination skin, it ended up dewy which I’m loving. Just make sure you always bring oil-control film whenever your face feels/looks oily. 

Available locally
Travel friendly
Easy to blend
Long lasting

Light to medium coverage

Feels heavy on the skin if applied 2 layers

Glad I bought these babies because I super love this. I’ve been using these on my errands because it gives me the natural look I wanted. Given its affordable price, this is perfect for beginners or make up lovers with a limited budget. 

What is your cheapest liquid foundation you ever purchased?
Let me know in the comment section below. 
I would love to try them out!


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  1. foodworldme

    Good coverage! It looks so natural. I actually prefer compact setting powder to loose ones. I tried to go "feeling pro" and hoarded a lot of loose powders, but then I can't retouch with them. They are so bulky and often spill!

  2. Ludovica

    Wow this foundation looks really gorgeous *-* and the colorpop lipstick <3 lovely


    oooh! Interesting. I've always wanted to get that foundation the first time I saw it but hesitated the last minute because I realize that I do have other foundations at home. Haha! But since you like this, I might not hesitate the next time. 😛

  4. Mommy Rockin' In Style

    I am using loose powder at home to avoid spillage and bring the compact one everywhere I go. Thanks for the visit. 🙂

  5. Mommy Rockin' In Style

    Aww thank you! I was hesitant when I bought it but I instantly fell inlove the first time I used it. Ganda nya! 🙂

  6. Mywondermom

    Looks natural. I think this one will work for me. 🙂

  7. Nini Perez

    I need this in my life. I love liquid foundations. Great great coverage. I got scars from pimples that appeared postpartum and I'm having some trouble hiding them sometimes. I think this will work nicely on me.

  8. Mommy QueenElizabeth

    I'm using revlon for liquid foundation and im ok with it..but that one was cheap ha..349 for a foundation.. i love your lippie super havey! I'll get that one! 😀

  9. Cheryl F.

    I'm not a foundation user not a powder one. I'm good with just using a daily cream or a sunblock. I actually tried using foundation but because my face sweats easily, it got messy.

  10. Berlin Maynigo

    Can't see any blemishes to hide. I love the make up especially the lip color. 🙂

  11. Claudette P. Esterine

    I infrequently purchase make-up and only what works really well for my skin tone and type.

  12. debdenny

    What a great coverage You do look awesome with it.

  13. Amber Knox

    Lovely. I use cover girl trueblend. It seems to have the closest to my pale skin and it is fairly light on my skin which is nice since I don't really like to wear a lot of makeup most of the time.

  14. ana de jesus

    I love how it illuminates your features and that lippie is to die for!

  15. Laurie Irion

    Looks great! I've been needing to replace mine. Definitely checking the store for this

  16. Marie Angeli Laxa

    Wow so affordable! I regret not being able to read this review before I went out this afternoon. Are there different shades available?

  17. Mai C.

    I love how it makes your skin look smoother. It also gives you a lovely glow. Good to know that it has a matte finish too. Very nice and reliable especially if you're going to be out all day.

  18. Rini Desarin

    You look adorable. I have not tried this line before but now I am intrigued.

  19. jared's mum

    wow, it looks good on you. i have been seeing all these lovely posts about make-up i wonder if it is not too late for me to consider learning to use them! 😀

  20. Nicole Escat

    I love this product 🙂 I've been looking for a foundation that fit on my skin tone and this one is really great. I'm going to check it out.

  21. igf. SARGAS

    Wow I love this product it really looks natural. I cant wait to tell my filipina girlfriend about this. I'm sure she will try this

  22. Victoria Heckstall

    I am finding a foundation that hide my black heads and acne. I'm so glad you shared this product gonna check this out

  23. Tam @ TravellingBookJunkie

    i think finding the perfect foundation is always testing. I don't believe we have this make in the UK, I have certainly never heard of it.

  24. Shabby Chic Boho

    Wow, that looks really good on you. I need to check this out, I've been looking for a foundation to provide all day coverage.

  25. healthiersteps

    Love how your foundation looks natural you could hardly tell you had make up on!

  26. mail4rosey

    I always like the matte better than anything else. It feels more natural.

  27. Esme Sy

    This sounds like an awesome foundation. I want to get this for my daughter.

  28. D

    Have you tried out Benefit's Big Easy? 🙂


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