Keep your summer glow all year round!
Just because summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean you have to give up that golden, sun-kissed glow. With Senna Cosmetics eight piece Bronzelite collection, you can channel your inner beach bunny well into the fall. I will admit that I’m normally not a fan of bronzers or earth tones, but this collection is supremely wearable and flattering.
The packaging is glorious. Think sleek and elegant, mostly black with a black or grey paisley pattern gracing the compacts and tubes. I love the fact that Senna Cosmetics provided a massive mirror with the bronzer. The packaging screams “luxury” to me.
Let’s start by discussing the Brilliant Bronze Baked Mineral Bronzer & Highlighter ($42). Available in two color palettes, I tried out Dawn, a pink-based bronze duo with tawny bronzer and shell pink highlighter.
This is a gorgeous bronzeing compact, but sadly (as with 99.9% of bronzers), it didn’t really work on my super (super!) pale self as a straight-up bronzer. So I chose to apply this as a blush instead, which I highly recommend. It gave my cheeks just enough warmth. I believe both the bronzer and highlighter will work on most other tones and give a soft and subtle sun-kissed look.
I was impressed with Senna Cosmetics finely milled formula. Over the course of six hours, this slowly faded to only a slight hint of shimmer. I really liked that this baked compact contains mineral pigments and pearl powder and doesn’t contain oil, talc, parabens, or fragrance. I have sensitive skin and this didn’t irritate me at all.
The Eye Color Glow in Rose Gold ($18) is a shimmery pinkish gold with a hint of camel. On my lids it reads less pink and more camel shimmer. I liked the subtle shimmer, but the color barely showed on my lids. The peachy-pink tone faded almost completely after a few hours of wear. If you’re looking into trying Senna Cosmetics, I would suggest a more vivid color – they have some dazzling shadow shades.
Senna’s Ultra Last Eyeliner ($20) is available in two shades; Ultra Brown and Ultra Black. Ultra Brown is the darkest brown you can wear without it being black, perfect for daytime wear if you feel like a black liner is too heavy.
The creamy retractable pencil glides on smoothly, smudges, and then stays put. I didn’t have transfer onto my oily eyelids for about 4 hours, which for this type of formulation is pretty darn good. I love the rubberized grip for a more controlled application and the staying power has made this my current go-to liner. Love it!
The Cream Lipstick in Down to Earth ($20) is a chocolate shade with a hint of pink. It’s a perfect pairing to the Dawn bronzer.
Meanwhile, the Cream Lipstick in Midas ($20) is a pure golden yellow shimmer. This is a lipstick that works best when layered on top of another color. I found a sheer coat of this over Down to Earth or a dark berry stain looked amazing. This is a lipstick that transforms other lipsticks.
The Cream Lipstick formula contains shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic filling spheres, so your lips are well conditioned and plumped to perfection. I also enjoyed the very slightest hint of vanilla scent – not too overpowering, just nice.
Senna’s Lip Lacquer in Sunstone ($20) is a light peachy bronze with gold flecks of shimmer, and looks gorgeous in the clear, sleek tube. On my lips, this was pretty much a clear gloss with a slight gold cast and a little shimmer.
The formula contains several good-for-you ingredients like vitamins A, C, & E, shea butter, grape seed, jojoba seed, and mango seed oils, so lips are left feeling plumped, soft, and shiny. I’m going to have to try a more visible shade because I enjoyed the gloss itself, but I require a more noticeable color payoff.
If you’re a bronzed goddess, I think you will love Senna’s Bronzelite collection – it will enhance and enrich your coloring. If you’re a pale porcelain princess, you might need to tweak this collection to suit your coloring, but the end results are worth it.
Readers – Do you consider bronzer to be a staple or a seasonal type of makeup?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, an obscenely big-eared dog, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. She also has an obsessive love of Tom Selleck’s moustache that is, quite frankly, alarming.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush