Neutral palettes are becoming increasingly popular (like Victoria’s Secret The Nakeds Palette, theBalm Nude ‘tude Palette, Lorac Unzipped Palette, and of course Urban Decay’s Naked, Naked2, and finally Naked Basics palettes…need I go on?!) and as a result, it’s sometimes hard to muster any excitement when a new one is released. Why bother when they’ve been done–and done well–before?!! Which is why it’s all the more impressive that not only was I eyeing Senna’s Haute Nudes Palettes when they were first released but when I actually tried them, I was blown away.
There are 2 versions of the Haute Nudes palette: Mystic and Sultry. Mystic is a cool-toned palette and Sultry is warm. Today, I’ll be showing you Mystic–my favorite between the two. While I do enjoy wearing browns–both warm and cool–I just have a soft spot for purple tones. Be it a rich amethyst or a cool, greyed-plum, they always make my heart go pitter-patter.
Mystic contains 6 shadows–Diamond, Halo, Dusk, Dream, Eclipse, and Black Magic. Diamond is an icy, shimmering white. Halo is a pale, pale lavender. Dusk is a beautiful mid-tone rich minky-taupe. Dream (my favorite!) is a lovely shimmering purply-taupe with a dash of silver micro-glitter. You guys know I love my purply-taupes! Eclipse is a medium-dark matte greyed-plum. And Black Magic is a super rich, inky matte black. The shades are so, so well-done and are really different from other neutral palettes out there. I LOVE neutral plums and purpled-browns, so this palette was a definite win for me!
There are also 2 cheek colors included–a highlighter/blush called Charm (a light, cool petal pink with gold micro-shimmer) and a “sheer matte” blush called First Blush (a slightly warm-leaning rosy-pink). Both shades are gorgeous! The pans are also (thankfully) a decent size. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate when blush is included in a palette but it’s in a pan the same size or only slightly bigger than the shadows. I like using a big, fluffy blush brush but there is no way I could get it to fit in a pan that small without also swiping up some eyeshadow along with it. So I really appreciate these bigger pans of blush in Senna’s palette.
The compact is made of sleek, sturdy plastic. There is a large, usable mirror inside as well as 3 brushes/applicators. Two of them are double-sided and one is a regular, miniature brush. I didn’t have high hopes for the brush but I will say that it’s actually quite soft and would do well for on-the-go touch-ups. The Liner/Smudger brush was very impressive–especially the liner side. It’s very soft and perfectly sized/shaped to really get the Black Magic shadow in between the roots of the lashes, making for an incredibly natural look. I love it!
Each palette also comes with a small booklet inside that shows you how to create 2 looks–one dramatic and one more natural–using step-by-step instructions. In the Mystic palette, the looks are called Dreamy (flirty and pretty) and Temptress (with a smoldering, sexy smoked-out eye).
I found that the shadows were incredibly soft–very smooth and finely milled. It’s interesting to note that the matte shades were done really, really well and were almost better pigmentation and texture-wise than the shimmery shades, which is not often the case. But overall, they were all soft, smooth, well-pigmented, and very easy to blend out without disappearing on you.
The shadows lasted all day over a primer and the cheek colors, about 5 1/2. I think it’s a great formula and I am happy with it! If you haven’t tried anything from Senna yet, these palettes are a great introductory product–I am blown away and have been reaching for this every day!
Pros: sleek packaging with large, usable mirror; gorgeous range of neutral, cool-toned shades that will flatter a variety of skin tones; pigmented; smooth and finely milled; pigmented and easy to blend out; very impressive quality for matte shadows; applicators are soft and the Liner/Smudger brush is not only usable but is now my preferred tool for applying shadows on the lashline
Cons: I wish the highlighter had a more even, fine shimmer instead of micro-shimmer, but that’s really just a personal preference
»»Pricing: $48/6 shadows (0.03 oz./1.08 g. x 6) and 2 cheek colors (0.20 oz./5.85 g. x 2)
»»Recommended for: those looking for a great all-in-one cool-toned neutral palette
»»Overall Rating: A
*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
…and now for the 3rd giveaway in my continued 1-year blogaversary celebration!!! Yaaaay!!! This time I have teamed up with Senna and will be giving away one Senna Haute Nudes Eye & Face Palette in Mystic. I really do love this palette so much and I think that you will too! To enter, please leave a comment below about anything at all. What did you do for New Years? Do you have a favorite eyeshadow color? What was the last beauty item that you really splurged on? Please make sure to fill in the email field in the comment box so I know how to get a hold of you! To earn extra entries, you can follow my blog via email, Bloglovin, or HelloCotton [yes I have one but I haven't had a chance to add a button on my main page yet--sorry! But just search for "The Beauty Sample" under "Talents Directory" and you'll find me]). Each counts for 1 entry and you can do all 3 if you like! To make it easier for me, please let me know in your comment how you follow me. For another entry, follow me on twitter (@TheBeautySample) For another entry, “Like” my Facebook page (here) For yet another entry, you can tweet about this giveaway. The only guidelines are: you must include my twitter handle (@TheBeautySample) and you must link back to this post (you can use www.tinyurl.com to help shorten the link if you need to). The contest starts today, January 3rd, and ends next Thursday, January 10th at 11:59 PM PST. The following day, I will use a random number generator to randomly select a winner. I will email/DM via Twitter the winner and they will have 48-hours to respond, after which time I will be forced to choose a new winner. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter. This giveaway is open worldwide! There is no purchase necessary. Each eligible participant can enter a total of 7 times, but 7 entries are not required.
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