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.

The ingredients

Talc, Polyethylene, Zinc Stearate, Tricaprylin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beeswax, PEG-150 Distearate, Lanolin, Laureth-4, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

+/- Iron Oxides, Maganese Violet, Ultramarines, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake, D&C Red #27 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake.

Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

+/- Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491 CI 77492 CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470, Red 7 Lake CI 15850, Red 28 Lake CI 45410, Red 30 Lake CI 73360, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Manganese Violet CI 77742.

Please note that Enlighten is silicone-free but not paraben-free, & that Très Jolie and Clarity are paraben-free but not silicone-free!

More photos

Senna Mod Muse Sheer Face Color Powder Blushers

Swatched L-R: Senna Enlighten, Très Jolie, Clarity. (Click to enlarge to 1200 px).

Senna Eye & Cheek Color in Enlighten

Senna Eye & Cheek Color in Enlighten

Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Très Jolie

Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Très Jolie

Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Clarity

Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Clarity

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

  1. mostlysunnybunny, on May 31st, 2012 at 7:00 am said:

    Tres Jolie is, well, tres jolie! I think it will work on a lot of people, but you're right about it not showing up on deeper skin tones. My favorite, however, has to be Clarity! It looks like a color that I can wear with ease, and it's so pretty for summer!
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  2. These are lovely soft blush colors! They do look to be made for you ;)
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  3. Those look gorgeous! Cute packaging too! I do love your blog and that you talk in depth about products with loads of photos. Thank you!
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  4. These blush shades are incredible! You've definitely put this brand on my radar. These are going to look GORGEOUS on your perfect sculpted cheeks. (I hope that wasn't creepy … it's just how I feel!)

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. Clarity looks GORGEOUS! I definitely need to look into this brand–I've never heard of it and I'm sure I'll have to order it offline, but it looks like it will be well worth it :)
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  6. How lovely! I'm really liking the look of Très Jolie. I'd love to see what it looks like on you, Rae-Rae. :)
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  7. Like everyone else up there, I too would like to see how these look on you! Bet they're gorgeous.

    P.S. The title hahaha! It essentially sums up everything I love about your blog.
    P.P.S. I started watching A Study in Scarlet today…omg
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  8. Clarity is *such* a stunner – I'm so excited to wear it as the weather warms up!

  9. Aww, thank you, Fleur! :) Glad you're enjoying the blog (and the look of the blushers!)

  10. They're just so //flails! :D

  11. LOL, nah, not creepy. (Or if it is, well, I guess I'm creepy too [so it doesn't really matter] :p)

    Senna is such a great brand – I've liked pretty much everything I've tried from them, which is saying a lot. I don't understand why they're not more popular!

  12. Yeah, they have a rather limited brick-and-mortar reach – I think just in California, actually. But they're well worth ordering online! :)

  13. I'll try & remember to do a look with it soon, Dani! :) I've done a couple with Clarity (this one, plus another that hasn't gone up yet), but I don't think I've photographed Très Jolie on the cheeks yet.

    *Adds to to-do list*

  14. Clarity is in this look, but I'll try to have photos of the other ones up soon!

    To your P.S. – LOL, that's a really good point. I'm pretty sure that just about sums up how I feel about tN, too :p

    And to your P.P.S – Ahh! A Study in Pink, or have you found another Sherlock series that the rest of us have yet to discover? (If so: girl, share.)

  15. Whoops! Nope, just my tired brain getting the BBC series and the books mixed up :)
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  16. Haha, okay. Enjoying the series (and, um, Benedict Cumberbatch's everything) so far? :)

  17. Yes, very much so! I decided about 10 minutes into the first episode that I love Benedict Cumberbatch
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  18. Ashley, on June 1st, 2012 at 11:56 pm said:

    Don't need Clarity… but I sure do want it badly!

    P.S. Love the title for this post. It's funny how I could also write 1000 words on a blush but can barely get 20 words down for an essay on some silly poem about death & crows.. *sigh*

  19. toyarosie, on June 2nd, 2012 at 7:27 pm said:

    I'd never even HEARD of this brand till I read Makeup Morsel's review on some of the Mod Muse collection. Now, coupled with this, I feel like I MUST find this stat!! I need another blush like a hole in the head, but dear me if once you're hooked you can't stop! Clarity needs to be mine :)
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  20. Not so crazy about the highlighty shade either, I like Clarity best :D It does look pretty.
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  21. Hurray! :D Cumberbatch is amazing in Sherlock – and those cheekbones, my god.

  22. Nope, it's totally a "need." This one's a stunner! ;)

    (And oh, crows. Who needs essays when you could have thousand-word rambles, right?)

  23. I don't hear nearly enough about Senna online, but they're such a great brand – probably the first that I really "fell" for :) They don't tend to have a ton of bells and whistles, at least in my experience, but the products are all really well-done!

  24. I have these! I have these! Well, the two paraben-free ones, anyway. I won MM's giveaway, haha! They are SO cute! Why can't all blush be rationally sized???
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  25. So I heard! Congrats, hon ;) I feel like the sizing is just right, too – not cheap and thin (ahem, drugstore blushers), but not unnecessarily bulky, either.

    (Am I the only one that doesn't like MAC packaging? I mean, it's fine, sure, but it takes up SO much more space than it needs to!)

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