The Sample: Senna Cosmetics Barely Base Sheer Mineral Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF20 in Light & Glow (Review, Swatches & Photos)
You guys, I FINALLY tried my first BB cream!! I know, a little late to the game, right? Especially now that there are CC creams out and what, DD creams on the horizon?? Not sure how I feel about that, but anyway…Senna’s Barely Base Sheer Mineral Makeup has actually been around for a while but when the BB craze struck, it was re-marketed as a BB cream. And why not? It certainly meets all the criteria (at least to my understanding of what a BB cream is–I know there are those who are devoted to authentic Asian-style BB creams and these U.S ones are supposedly a big, fat joke to them :P).
The Barely Base hydrates the skin while providing a light, even, natural-looking coverage. It contains antioxidants, mineral complexes, and plant botanicals to revitalize the skin and is oil and fragrance-free (yeeessss!!!).
I received the shades Light and Glow to review. Light is described as a “golden light for light-medium skin” while Glow is a “golden radiance for light to tan skin”. Both descriptions are accurate. Still, the coverage is light enough that the shades are quite forgiving. Both Light and Glow seem perfect for my NC25-ish skin, though each of them on their own is either a fraction too light or too dark for me. Mixed together though, it’s sheer perfection (no pun intended!).
What I also really like about these Barely Bases is the fact that is comes in not one or even two (like most BB creams do) shades but SEVEN! Yes, there are seven shades available. Finally, amiright?! There is also a nice mix of cool, neutral, and warm tones, which is nice because as many of you know, many BB creams seem to run very pink.
The base comes packaged in a black plastic squeeze tube. The plastic is much thicker and harder than your average tinted moisturizer tube–it’s sturdy and I like the feel and look a lot.
–you can see that the packaging between the 2 shades is slightly different. Senna has a disclaimer on their site stating that this may occur and that the products are indeed the same. The bottle on the right is the newer packaging, I believe–
The product itself is quite thick and creamy yet delectably smooth and silky. When I first squeezed it out, I thought there was no way a product that thick and seemingly rich would work for my oily skin. Yet surprisingly, the Barely Base held up really, really well on me! I’m talking about 3 1/2 hours without needing to blot (*this is while testing last week when the weather was still warm but nice. This week, as the temperature slowly climbs, I’ve tried to wear it out a few times and I grease up like crazy. But I’m just gonna be honest with you, EVERYTHING I use does the same thing, even the most mattifying foundations. My face just goes crazy during the hot summer, so I don’t hold it against this particular product or any other and put down my results from when the weather was still bearable). That is pretty darn good, in my book! (sad, isn’t it?! :P)
As for the finish, all I can say is wow. People seem to throw the phrase “matte but with a natural glow” around a lot but I have yet to experience anything or any kind of base product at all that could deliver those types of results for my skin type. I seriously was beginning to think it was impossible! Then I tried Barely Base. The finish really is matte–not semi-matte but natural matte (there is a difference, in my opinion). But there is definitely a natural glow to the skin in that subtle, mineral-esque way. It doesn’t make my face look shiny in the slightest. You can see that there is no shine on my face yet there is a certain lightness to the finish. It’s really lovely!
–Light on left, Glow on right (click image to enlarge)–
Now as you can probably gather from the name of the product, this BB cream/base is indeed quite light in coverage. Notice that I say “light” and not “sheer” though, despite Senna’s title of “Sheer Mineral Makeup”. The product covers up my redness and evens out my complexion beautifully–I don’t find that very sheer base products really cover all the red areas on my face like Barely Base does, so I do think it’s a solidly light-coverage product.
So verdict? I am impressed. I was hoping I would like it but I didn’t expect to love it like I do! It’s seriously the perfect summer base. It’s light, covers but looks natural, easy to apply (throw it in your beach bag and go!) and can be lugged around with fear of bottles breaking/exploding/etc. Also love that Senna didn’t just throw the requisite SPF15 in there and call it a day. SPF20 is still not really enough but for those of us that sometimes are really, really naughty and don’t put on sunblock prior to base (I know, I know…), SPF20 will definitely do.
»»Pricing: $40/1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml.)
»»Recommended for: all skin types though very oily skin might not experience as good of results as those with normal to combination skin
»»Overall Rating: A-
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