Name: Haute Nudes Palette in Sultry
From Senna’s website:
Gorgeous powder colors in perfect harmony are set in a sleek mirrored compact. Six shimmer and velvet matte eye colors light-up, shade and smoke the eyes. One soft sheer matte blush and one luminous highlighter make skin look radiant. Three pro mini brushes let you create any look you like at any time. Each palette contains one Get the Look Booklet that illustrates how to achieve two looks with one palette.
What I liked:
- it features a nice combination of mostly matte, warm, brown, coral and ivory shades
- all the shades are very pigmented
- texture is soft to the touch and very easy to blend
- good staying power
- palette includes a big mirror
What I didn’t like:
- the texture of the eyeshadows is a bit powdery, so fallout can occur
- the blush brush included in the palette is useless
When the Senna Haute Nudes Palette in Sultry landed on my desk, I wasn’t very excited. Another nude palette, I thought? It seems like every brand is coming out with one lately and, as a lover of bright and colourful hues, I can’t say I’m a big fan of this trend. Still, I started playing with it and, if not with the colours, I fell in love with how well the shades perform.
What sets Senna Haute Nudes Palette in Sultry apart from the rest is the predominance of matte shades. Unlike most nude palettes which feature mostly shimmering eyeshadows, only 1 out of the 6 colours in the Sultry palette has a shimmering finish. In addition, the palette also contains a highlighter, a blush, a mirror big enough to be actually useful, a blush brush that’s instead useless, two brushes (one for eyeshadows and the other for eyeliner) that are quite decent and could well be used when in a pinch, and a booklet with instructions.
Let’s take a look at the shades now. The eyeshadows first: New Moon, ivory; Sand, light beige with grey undertones; Tiger Lily, medium reddish brown; Palomino, medium warm brown with red undertones; Tigress, shimmering golden brown; and Havana, deep brown. All the shades have excellent colour payoff, are smooth, soft to the touch and blend easily and beautifully without any patchiness and last all day with a good primer. They are only slightly powdery, so some fallout can occur.
I’m particularly impressed with the formula of the matte shades. It’s definitely one of the best I’ve ever come across. Most matte eyeshadows tend to be flat and very chalky, but not these. And even though none of the colours are unique, they work very well together and are suitable for any occasion. You can use them to create a natural, subtle, office-friendly look for the day, and use the darker hues to intensify it for the evening.
The blush and highlighter are lovely too. Passion, the blush, is a medium coral shade with a matte finish and good pigmentation. Because it doesn’t lean too orange, it is easy to wear and gives your cheeks that beautiful, natural, healthy and flushed look. The highlighter in Sunkissed is a subtle, but pigmented, shimmering peachy champagne shade that brightens up the complexion. The shimmers are very fine so they don’t look too obvious and won’t make you resemble a disco ball. They both have a soft texture that blends easily and start fading from my dry cheeks after about 8 hours of wear.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this palette. The shades themselves aren’t particularly exciting nor unique, but you can’t fault their quality. The palette contains everything you need for your face and eyes, which, coupled with the fact you can create both daytime and nighttime looks with it, makes it great for travelling. It will also appeal to fans of matte eyeshadows and to all those who want an office-friendly palette. And if like me, you’re into colourful shades, but would like to build up a small collection of neutral eyeshadows, then you may want to check out this palette too.
Available at: sennacosmetics.com
Senna Haute Nudes Palette in Sultry features warm, mostly matte, brown, coral and ivory shades for eyes and face. All the shades are very pigmented, longlasting, soft to the touch and apply smoothly and evenly. However, the eyeshadows are slightly powdery. The palette, which includes a big mirror, is also very travel-friendly.