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.
This kit retails for $48
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Senna Sculpting Kit Shade 1 Review
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!
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.
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.
Once I had contoured and highlighted my face, I then applied my foundation and blended it all in.
|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.|
|Here is the final effect after applying liner, mascara, brow powder, blush, and a lippy.|
|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 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.
This kit retails for $48
Where to Buy
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?
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