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Highlighting & Contouring Part 1: Senna Sculpting Kit Shade 1 Review

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senna sculpting kit shade 1 review

Senna Profile

Senna was launched in 1976 by Emmy award nominated makeup artist Eugenia Weston. The line ranges from skincare to brow products and everything between. 

My mother actually had Senna products in her train case back when I was little (she kept a lot of her best makeup in this vintage Samsonite hard case train case--Dior, Chanel, etc.) and I'd sometimes sneak a peek while she was getting ready. I was thrilled when Senna offered their Scultping Kit for this series on highlighting and contouring to share with all of you! 

I highlight and contour daily with various products and given how many questions I've received over the years I'm going to be doing a series on some fabulous products used for this purpose. 

Price

This kit retails for $48

Where to Buy



Senna Sculpting Kit Shade 1 Review


senna sculpting kit shade 1 review

Product Type

This kit is in shade 1, which is meant for those with fair to tan complexions--there is a shade 2 for those with deeper complexions. This kit includes a compact with 1 contouring and 2 highlighting shades, a foundation brush (#20) and a face chart packaged in a sturdy plastic ziploc-style sleeve. The products in the compact have a unique cream-to-powder formula. These kits were originally designed by Eugenia Weston for the cast of Desperate Housewives--I miss those glamorous housewives!

Shades

This kit includes 3 shades in a round compact--a gray-brown for contouring, slightly pink cream for highlighting and a light creamy yellow for highlighting. While I've seen people suggest bronze-browns and even deep red shades for contouring, I had always been taught and personally felt that contouring shades must include a gray tone to them as contouring is meant to create a pseudo shadow, which translates to depth. The brown in this kit is a perfect contouring shade in my opinion! The highlighting shades are comparable to some of my current favorites.

Contouring

I chose to follow the face chart in this kit exactly so that those of you less familiar with contouring that might wish to purchase this kit and use the face chart as an example would get an idea of how effective it might be.

As you can see below, the creamy yellow shade is meant to be used as a highlighter below the eyes; the super light pink is meant to be used to highlight the forehead, bridge of nose, cupid's bow and highest point of the chin; and the contouring shade is meant to contour around the hairline, temples, cheek bones, sides of the nose and then I contoured a bit around my chin as well.

senna sculpting kit shade 1 review

senna sculpting kit shade 1 review contouring and highlighting tutorial

senna sculpting kit shade 1 review contouring and highlighting tutorial

Once I had contoured and highlighted my face, I then applied my foundation and blended it all in.

senna sculpting kit shade 1 review contouring and highlighting tutorial
Here I have nothing but the highlighting/contouring product and foundation on my face. You can see the areas that have been highlighted and contoured look very natural now that foundation has been applied and blended in.

senna sculpting kit shade 1 review contouring and highlighting tutorial
Here is the final effect after applying liner, mascara, brow powder, blush, and a lippy.

senna sculpting kit shade 1 review contouring and highlighting tutorial
You can see that this created a very natural look

On the Skin

This was comfortable to wear, though if you have dry skin I strongly suggest making sure skin is well-hydrated when using cream-to-powder products. I did find this creased under my eyes when used straight over primer. I suggest spraying your brush with finishing spray prior to applying under your eyes and setting with powder and setting spray to prevent creasing--this worked well for me. This worked well with my Graftobian foundation.

The Brush

The natural hair foundation brush that came with this kit is a decent foundation paddle brush. While I personally prefer my usual favorites for contouring/highlighting and foundation, I did try this brush and found it applied fairly well and allowed for a good deal of control. It's also slim enough that it made it easier to get into narrow areas such as around the nose.

senna foundation 20 makeup brush review


Final Re-cap


Price

This kit retails for $48

Where to Buy


Final Thoughts

Overall, I think this is a great contouring and highlighting kit. I love how convenient the compact is and I think the face chart included will be very helpful for those new to contouring and highlighting their own face. The cream-to-powder formula is very nice and works well with foundation in my experience. I can see this being great for both individuals and pros looking for new highlighting and contouring products.

What do you think? Do you tend to highlight and contour regularly? Would you give this kit a try?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions shared above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

7 comments :

  1. Perfect post! Highlighting and contouring is actually my weak point as far as makeup and this is easy for me to understand!

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  2. Love that you showed it before blending! Looks great! :)

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    1. Not the prettiest point in the process per say, but necessary :) Thank you!

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  3. This is awesome! I've been nervous to try contouring and highlighting, so this is very helpful!

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  4. Contouring and highlighting will change your life! Or at least your makeup looks ;) I'll be showcasing some other products as well so you can see what you think will worst best for you--stay tuned! This kit is VERY user-friendly though!

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    1. @Christina this comment was meant for you! My blogger reply was being wonky ;)

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