Senna Mod Muse Sheer Face Color Powder Blush Reviews | (Or, that time a crazy person went and wrote a thousand words about blush.)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The product: Senna Mod Muse Powder Blushers

  ↳ Sheer Face Color in Très Jolie and Clarity; Eye & Face Color in Enlighten

Senna’s powder blushers were one of the first I tried, surprisingly enough, but I hadn’t really fallen in love with any of the shades until very recently. (I’m quite fond of Faded Rose, but I’m too much of a colour fanatic to get really excited over it.) That said, though, so I’ve also never disliked a Senna blush, either.

Of course, that all changed when Mod Muse came out. Have you ever felt like a colour was made for you; that rare little “aha!” moment where you somehow, crazily enough, actually manage to find exactly what you’re looking for? I’m probably just being ridiculous, but I kind of adore Clarity and Très Jolie.

Senna Enlighten, Très Jolie, and Clarity Sheer Face Color swatches (heavily, then lightly)

The formula: Senna’s blushes are lovely to work with; medium-sheer but quite buildable, and scent-free, to boot. They’re softer than a MAC or NARS blush, feeling more velvety than powdery, and I like it — they’re not so soft that they kick up powder everywhere, but the easily blendable formula makes it a snap to get a perfectly polished (and not overdone) cheek.

From the six or seven (I know, I have a problem) Senna blushes that I own, I’d actually say I like the formula more than MAC’s, and I find it’s more consistent – they’re all medium-pigmented, rather than some being intensely pigmented and others being annoyingly sheer. What can I say; I like knowing what I can expect!

The shades

The website describes Enlighten (labelled as a Sheer Face Color Powder Blush here & in the press release, but listed as an Eye & Cheek Color online) as a “nude light pink glow.” I think they got the nude glow right, but I’m not really seeing the light pink – it’s more of a white-beige, maybe with really subtle pink undertones. It’s the kind of colour that would probably look phenomenal as a satiny shirt or an eggshell wall colour, to be honest.

(And that’d not a bad thing; I’m really, really fond of wall colours.)

Quite unlike the other two Mod Muse cheek products, though, Enlighten is really obvious on the skin – it’s a bold, flashy hilighter, and it’ll be great if you want a noticeable product. Really, really pretty, but not the kind of product I’d use every day.

Senna Enlighten Face & Eye Color, Très Jolie Sheer Face Color, and Clarity Sheer Face Color swatches

Très Jolie is described as a “clear glowing pink,” and I’d call that a more accurate description. It’s a really gorgeous, muted light pink with fine shimmer – glowing is absolutely spot-on.

I have a major soft spot for washed-out cheek colours (there’s something really ethereal and delicate about them; the way they impart colour without being pushy or overly bright), so I’m loving Très Jolie. I wouldn’t recommend it for dark skintones (it probably wouldn’t show up), but for very light to light-medium colouring, it would be a fantastic go-to shade.

(And I hate to recommend a limited-edition product as a staple, but: this would be a fantastic first blush! It’s natural, wearable, and both blendable and buildable – meaning it’ll work with you as you get the hang of blush application, but you won’t outgrow it as your technique improves.)

Très Jolie vs. Lancome Rose Fresque (bottom left), MAC Well Dressed (top left), and NARS Mata Hari (top right)

And, last but not least, Clarity. It’s described as a “clear coral matte,” and oh my god, yes. It’s a bright, wearable, matte coral with exactly the right amount of white and pink in it — the kind of shade I’ve been thinking of since last Summer (or possibly even the one before it.)

In the Senna Sheer Face Color formula, Clarity is fabulous – easy to sheer out for the shy-of-cheek but easy to build up for an evening look, too. Honestly, I can’t say enough about it. If you’ve been wanting a blush in the vein of Illamasqua Hussy or MAC Fleur Power, make sure to have a look at this one, too!

The verdict?

Um, yes. Please. 

Senna’s Sheer Face Colors are always a (more or less) sure bet, but the two shades featured in the Mod Muse collection are particularly lovely. They’re not really a “save” ($18.50 for 0.12oz, which is on par with mid-range blushers), but the formula is solid, and the shades — gorgeous. 

I’m less thrilled with Enlighten, the Eye & Face Color masquerading as a powder blush, but it definitely does what it’s supposed to. If you’re looking for a subtle luminizer, keep looking, but if you want a hilighter that packs a punch, it’s worth a look.

Ingredients and more (yes, even more) photos »

COMING UP | Senna Mod Muse, Spring/Summer 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Just a few teaser images & collection info for this Spring/Summer’s Senna collection, the gorgeous, ’60s-inspired Mod Muse. I’ve already featured a number of the products in looks over the past little while, but the reviews should ready quite soon. The collection’s larger than I had expected (I won’t be reviewing it all, thank god!) but as far as I’m concerned — as long as it’s Senna, the more the merrier!

(I think we’ll start with the Sheer Face Colors, because: you guys? These are fabulous.)

In the collection 

Barely Base – Sheer Mineral Makeup SPF 20

Skin turns on, beams up with dewy hydration & flawless freshness. Feels bare but keeps you untouched from sun & photo-aging. $40.

Fair – cool porcelain

Vanilla – neutral ivory

Light – soft beige

Glow – radiant beige

Warm Beige – honey beige

Medium – golden tan

Dark – deep tan

Cream Lipstick

Hydrating formula gives maximum colour impact. $20.

Posey – bare rose

Surrender – doll pink

Affair – teased pink

Demure – tender nude

Dare – op art violet pink

Photos & the rest of the collection details »

The Lipstick Bandits: Summer Brights | Colour-blocked coral & fuchsia lips

Monday, May 28, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really wear bright lips, so I suppose “Summer Brights” are rather incongruous with my personality. Don’t get me wrong; I love a bright lipstick, but they’re not really something I associate with myself in reality, you know? They’re more of… something I find, love, and secret away like a small animal with shiny things.

That said: I’m trying to get better, but it’s slow going.

This round of Lipstick Bandits posts focuses on bold, bright Summer lip picks, but I couldn’t choose only one – Marcelle Paris Rose and Cleopatra have  been sitting in my drawer all winter, just waiting to be picked up again, and they’re both such great shades.

[Interjection: Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick formula review here; swatches here and here.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.]

Anyhow, I figured: what’s a better time of year to try colour blocked lips than the Summer?

On the top lip, I’m wearing Paris Rose, a light, peachy-pink coral. As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of the shade – it’s such a great, soft shade compared to most other corals, and it manages to keep its brightness and intensity without straying into the Realm of Orangedom.

(Let it be known that I hate the Realm of Orangedom, and I think it looks weird on my face.)

On the bottom, I’m wearing Cleopatra, a bold, punchy fuchsia. It’s probably one of the most intense lip colours that I own, which is saying something – even though these are both cream-finish lipsticks from the drugstore, they can hold their own against Bite mattes and MAC lip pencils. Not to mention, they’re a heck of a lot more comfortable!

Duo-toned, colour-blocked lips are definitely not something I’m about to start wearing out of the house, but it’s a fun look if you can pull it off. (I can’t, but honestly, I don’t think my naked cacti much care what I look like.)

I’ve been thinking about a colour-blocked lip on and off since Callula Lillibelle Spring 2012, but I think I might like this version even more – the Rouge Xpressions are really comfortable, and it’s so much easier to prep with concealer & swipe from the bullet than it would be to layer on MUFE Flash Colours and Stila Long Wears.

What bright lip look do you want to try this Summer?


New 26/05/12 (recent non-Sephora launches)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

See last week’s New… post for Sephora launches!

Makeup, colour, and tools

Three words: new Chubby Sticks. I am so excited. I’ll hopefully have a more in-depth post up next week, but for now, the new shades are: Voluptuous Violet, Mighty Mimosa, Oversized Orange, Heaping Hazelnut, Curvy Candy, Pudgy Peony, Two Ton Tomato, and Bountiful Blush.

I think I’m probably most excited for the first two, but Curvy Candy comes a close third!

(So basically, all of them. Because yes, please.)

Skincare, haircare, and fragrance

Launches by brand: Guerlain + Pucci, MAC, NARS, and more »

Bronzed skin & bright summer lids, plus a ramble about reviews vs straight-up editorials

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I did lightly bronzed skin and bright, shimmery lids for this past She Said Beauty look, and I kind of love how the photos turned out – you know those days when the sun’s just right and everything looks really good? It was one of those days, which are kind of fabulous all around. I mean, my face just looks like my face, and the makeup (while I love that Eye Dust) is nothing special, but– the lighting, you guys.

[ //break: momentary pause for photography geeks to have a bit of a flail ]

Of course, since then we’ve had nothing but clouds (literally; it’s been days on end and nada), and I’m getting vaguely concerned about if when the sun’s going to come back. But that’s Edmonton for you, right?

The ramble about editorials

Anyhow; I wanted to share a link to the tutorial & talk a bit about the products used – I don’t like getting really in-depth about them when doing contributor posts elsewhere, because I feel it’s a bit unprofessional (hi, you hired me for a tutorial, but actually I’m just going to use lots of exclamation points about brands that most of your readers won’t be able to buy anyways), so I tend to ramble on about the products on theNotice, instead.

There’s something to be said for reviews, of course, but I like reading stream-of-consciousness posts about products as well. I think it helps to get snapshot takes on different products, and I feel like you often get a better picture of what someone actually uses on a day to day basis after the fact — is (s)he still using it a month after the review? Two? What about a year later?

The products

Okay. Let’s start off with Marcelle LUX Eye Dust in Go-Violet. I haven’t reviewed Go-Violet yet (it’ll happen eventually, I hope), but I’m rather fond of it. It’s on the sheer side; more of a shimmering violet glow than a pigmented, sharp-edged shade. The shade and shimmer make it lovely for summer, if you ask me, and perfect if you’re just starting to integrate colour into your makeup – it’s a great, bright shade; easy to blend and just generally hard to mess up.

Then there’s Senna Eye Color in Arabesque; I’ll more or less hold off on this one because it didn’t really show up on film. Gorgeous in real life, though – just a dot in the inner corners. It’s part of the Mod Muse collection, and it’s sort of peachy with some very cool, almost chunky gold shimmer.

On the cheeks, I was wearing Lise Watier Bronzing Powder in Summer Sunset – and, okay, this is pretty much the entire reason why I’m writing this post. I’m not a huge bronzer fan (not by a long shot), but I think this one has my heart this Summer season. I’ll review it soon, and you can see more photos of it here, but — just, wow. It’s luminous, gorgeous, and just the right shade.

Finally, a quick nod to Clarins Gloss Prodige in Candy. These were launched with the Spring Colour Breeze collection, but I’ve yet to get around to reviewing the glosses – they’re permanent, so I’m not in a huge rush. Candy made me think of something syrupy, like honey or agave nectar, and not just because of the name. The glosses are on the heavy side, with a sweet scent, but I’m not yet sure if those are good things or bad things! The shade definitely gets a huge thumbs-up from the peanut gallery, though; it’s going to be perfect for Spring and Summer this year.

Anyhow – I’ll cut myself off here (five hundred words and quite possibly nothing of note; not exactly a paragon of self-restraint), but I hope you enjoyed the ramble!

{ Read the bronzed + bright post & tutorial here. }

The perfect Spring colour palette | Ellis Faas Spring 2012 Set (review & swatches for E304, E106, and L207)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The product: Ellis Faas Spring 2012 Set

   ↳ Milky Lips L207, Creamy Eyes E106, and Light E304

Every now and again, I tell myself that I’m done publishing on Ellis Faas. The packaging’s so finicky, after all, and my click-pens are constantly breaking.

Giving up Ellis products is kind of like giving up chocolate cupcakes, though. You know they’re bad for you, and you really shouldn’t, but… well, maybe just one more. 

Ellis Faas E304, E106, L207 swatches

This year’s Spring set contains two eye products and one lip product, which I really like – it’s always nice to have at least two textures and shades to create an eye look, and I’d much rather be getting another eyeshadow than a mascara or blush. (I’m extremely loyal to tubing mascaras, which Ellis’ isn’t, and I worry about the silicone content of these blushes with my sensitivities.)

And oh my god, these shades. You know how, usually, there’s a product in a set that you just know you won’t wear? For the first time in a very long time, I’m finding this isn’t the case. Not only are all three shades gorgeous on their own; together, they’re absolutely perfect for the season.

Ellis Faas Light E304

Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E106

Ellis Faas Milky Lips L207

This year’s Spring set contains Light E304, a gorgeous, shimmery lilac; Creamy Eyes E206, a complex, creamy taupey-brown; and Milky Lips L207, a warm nude-pink.

And honestly, I don’t think the shades could have been better picked. I actually owned L207 before this, and it’s my most-worn Ellis product; comfortable, lightweight, and with a really natural-looking finish and shade. It’s bit warm for me (I tend to mix it en masse with a tiny bit of lavender pigment in a sample jar), but it would be a great MLBB “natural nude” for neutral and warm skintones. (Lip swatch here, though the post is old and the comments have been lost.)

As for the eye products – well, I think the swathes speak for themselves. I love how longwearing Ellis Faas eye products are, (they hold up to my oily lids like nothing else), and both the shades and textures of E304 and E206 work well together. The sophisticated taupe of the Creamy Eyes shadow seems very “grounding” to the shimmer & sheen of the Lights formula, making the bright lilac more demure than daring.

Ellis Faas E304, E106, L207 swatches (Lights, Creamy Eyes, and Milky Lips, respectively.)

The verdict?

Maybe it’s not that I shouldn’t feature Ellis Faas at all; maybe it’s just that I shouldn’t give strict yes-or-no answers to them. As always: I think these products are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how long-wearing Ellis’ eye products are, but the packaging drives me up a wall.

The Spring set is $85 USD (€65/£55), which, while pricey, is $28 cheaper than buying the products separately. (Lights are $42, Creamy Eyes are $36, and Milky Lips are $35.) And as I mentioned before, I do actually really love all three shades and products in the set, so if you’re an Ellis fan… I think I’d actually have to recommend it, despite all of my problems with the packaging.

Because, seriously, you guys, these shades make me want to run around doing happy flails until the cows come home.

(What can I say; I live in Alberta. I don’t actually have any cows, but that’s more or less negligible, right?)

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