I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet :P. I already showed you guys the Senna Haute Nudes palette in Mystic so today, I’ll be showing you Sultry–the warm sister of Mystic.
What I like about this palette is that it really is different from all the other neutral palettes out there. For one thing, it contains mostly mattes. I find that most neutral palettes seem to contain more shimmery shadows–which is fine, but it’s nice to have something a little different available for all the matte lovers out there, as well. I also think that while Sultry does contain the compulsory brown neutrals, they are done just a tad bit differently than your run-of-the-mill neutral palette. Anyone can put out a palette filled with shimmery golds and mid-tone taupy-browns and sables (not dissing though because I love my mid-tone taupes!), but Senna has created a special palette filled with hues that call to mind the rich coat of a palomino horse or supple leather of a pair of moccasins. They are unique but still wearable.
The shadows are: New Moon, Sand, Tiger Lily, Palomino, Tigress, and Havana. New Moon is a creamy ivory shade. Sand is a light greyed-beige. Tiger Lily is a medium terracotta brown. Palomino is a medium warm brown with red undertones. Tigress, the only shimmery shade, is a medium-dark chocolatey-brown laced with gold shimmer. Havana is a dark, rich smoky-brown.
The 2 cheek shades are Sunkissed (top) and Passion (bottom). Sunkissed, the highlight shade, is a lovely light peachy-beige with fine gold micro-shimmer. Passion is a matte medium coral blush. Both are gorgeous on the face and go really, really well together. I like the fact that the blush is matte so you can add the shimmer back in where you want with the highlighter. The only thing I might change is the highlighter, itself. I do wish it had a fine shimmery finish. Instead, it leaves behind a wash of micro-shimmer particles. It’s very, very fine so it doesn’t look tacky or glaring, but still I do prefer a more even glow.
In case you missed my review for the Mystic palette, click here to check it out. It covers packaging, applicators, textures, and overall quality. There’s not much more I can say about Sultry–everything I said about Mystic rings true for this palette as well. The shades were all beautifully pigmented, super silky and smooth, incredibly soft, and easy to blend out.
I find that the overall texture and pigmentation of the shadows in Sultry is ever so slightly better than those in Mystic. But I am quite partial to the shades in Mystic, so it does remain my favorite between the two. Another difference is Mystic contains 2 shimmery shades of eyeshadow while Sultry only contains 1 (Tigress). I don’t mind a bit though because Senna’s matte shadows are just so fantastic!
Each palette also comes with a booklet with step-by-step instructions detailing how to create 2 looks. In the Sultry palette, those looks are called Sunkissed (a pretty, neutral, everyday look) and Steamy (a rich brown smokey-eye).
The shadows lasted all day on my eyes over a primer and the cheek colors, about 5 1/2. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of both of these palettes. Between the 2 palettes, they will flatter all skintones and can be worn year-round. I’m thrilled to have these in my arsenal now–I find that I reach for them more than I ever did my Naked Palette (which has probably only been used a handful of times :/). You definitely need to check these out!
»»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: anyone looking for a beautiful, warm all-in-one makeup palette
»»Overall Rating: A
*Please remember to enter my Senna giveaway here. I’m giving away one Haute Nudes Eye & Face Palette in Mystic. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one–these palettes are so awesome!!
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