Battle Of The Drugstore Primers

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Drugstore primers are my go to, you guys know how much I love my drugstore brands and two of those brands are definitely Essence Cosmetics and Catrice Cosmetics – I have reviewed so many of their products on Beauty Candy Loves that I am pretty sure you guys are starting to get sick of it, what can I say I can’t help it. Today’s post is Battle Of The Drugstore Primers, these are two very questionably similar primers which I will be comparing.

The Catrice Prime And Fine Beautifying Primer have been my favourite since the day Catrice launched it – you can read my full review of this primer here. For a luminous effect, this is the ideal primer. I have countless times walked out the door just with this primer – on the days I was running late and had no time to do my makeup and yes that has been happening at least once or twice a week lately.

Essence Cosmetics also launched a primer that looks rather similar than the primer their sister company released – I have also recently done a full review of it. This is my most recent primer purchase the Essence Fresh And Fit Primer which contains cranberry water. The first thing I noticed was the packaging is similar, both perfect for a luminous effect and both have a pink product colour.

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  • They are pink coloured primers.
  • Both are luminous primers.
  • They target the same consumers.
  • The formula feels different the Essence Fresh And Fit Primer feels silky and in my opinion just better.
  • Essence primer feels more hydrating.
  • Essence primer is cheaper.

In my opinion, the Essence Fresh And Fit primer is an overall better primer between the two. I just prefer the silky finish and how it made my skin look after use. My foundation looked better and I had a luminous glow that was noticeable through my foundation.

Let me know what your thoughts are about these primers if you have used them before, also let me know which one you prefer the Catrice Prime And Fine Primer or the Essence Fresh And Fit Primer?

  • Gabi Gray

    I love your reviews! The products are brands I really like and very affordable. I use the Almay primer but it offers no luminosity so I want to give the Essence primer a try.

    • I’ve actually haven’t tried the Almay one yet!

      • Gabi Gray

        It is great for colour correcting! Have a super weekend!!

    • Thank you so much Gabi! I actually haven’t tried the one from Almay yet!

  • The Secret Board

    I think the Catrice Beautifying primers are one of my all-time favourite primers and such a bonus that it is an affordable product too! I also often run out of the house just with this primer on. I didn’t quite have such a good experience with the Essence Awake Fresh & Fit primer, my foundations just didn’t seem to gel with it and it made my T-zone terribly oily. No idea why, but glad it is working so well on your skin. Love your reviews as always xx

  • I wish we had Catrice in the UK xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    • Ahhh we too so weird because other parts of Europe has the brand

  • Great reviews. Have a lovely weekend Candice.

    Gemma x

  • both products sound amazing
    Wonder Cottage

  • Hi Candice, love the way you compared these two products, it made it so much easier to comprehend 🙂

    I have to agree with you the Essence Fresh and Fit Primer is the better primer between these two, it leaves my skin looking super dewy ( I apply it beneath and on top of my foundation ). Perfect for summer!

    Thanks so much for sharing this review. xx

    • That’s really great to here Valerie! Hope you having a lovely weekend.

  • Yiotou_La

    This is the second post I read today about the Essence primer and I hope we have it here, I would love to try it!! xx


  • I didn’t know these two primers, looks really interesting!
    Happy weekend! 🙂
    Olivia Poncelet <3

  • I have never heard of these primers before but I am going to have to look into them, all of the primers in my collection are so expensive!

    Danielle xx

  • I haven’t tried either but the Essence one sounds too good to pass up


    • Essence is really blowing up in so many countries at the moment.

  • Nikita Rajkumar

    I’ve tried both but I prefer the Catrice one. I guess it just depends on skin types x Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  • Currently I love this 2 brands, Catrice just opened their store while Essence I still have to order via online 🙂


  • I think I’ll give the essence one a try. It sounds better and I am currently on a budget…
    Xx Victoria

  • I’ll have to try that Essence primer! It sounds really good Candice.