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Lipstick bandit. Lipstick junkie. How many lipsticks do I own? (ok, that last one’s not even a thing).
I really like lipstick. And in my pursuit of the perfect red and the punchiest summer coral, certain things—namely, lipgloss—tend to get pushed aside. Because why risk getting your hair sticky and tracking lines all over your face when you could just whip out your favorite gloss balm and get the same shine, am I right?
Every once in awhile though, I make an exception for a truly stunning shade. And because Senna has been killing it in the lip lacquer department since the beginning of time, I wasn’t even that surprised when I found not one but two glosses to love from their summer launch.
The first is the aptly named Sunstone, pictured above and described as “sparkling golden amber.” It’s a stunner of a rose gold, a warm nude loaded with golden shimmers. It also translates beautifully onto the lips, giving them a hint of iridescent shine and warmth without washing them out. It’s perfect with the classic summer look: glowy skin, bronzed eyes, and a light application of liner.
Then there’s Bonfire, which I mistook for bright red at first. Upon closer inspection, it’s more of a tomato red meets coral, “blood orange shine” as they call it. What I love most about this shade is how easily buildable it is; I usually wear a light coat in the interest of saving time, but if you work with it a little bit you can get something closer to the promo look. Colors this intense (particularly when they come in cream finishes) tend to go patchy on the lips, so I was delighted at how smoothly this went on. And I must admit, it’s a nice change of pace from my usual, cool-toned berry red lips.
I’m wearing a very light coat of both shades in the picture below, so you can get some idea of how they look on people who are not models. I’m afraid the closeup doesn’t do Sunstone justice, but you’ll just have to believe me when I say it really is the perfect summer gloss.
For those of you who haven’t tried Senna’s gloss formula before, it is a little bit on the sticky side. While we’re not talking anything remotely near MAC-sticky, it’s certainly not one of those weightless formulas either. I’d describe it as more of a cushy gloss, something you can definitely feel on your lips but shouldn’t bother you too much. I’m sure it’s also part of the reason these lacquers wear forever, so I have no complaints.
Perhaps working at a luxury lifestyle magazine has skewed my perception of pricing, but at $20 per tube I think these are well worth it. The packaging is chic and simple, the colors are spot-on for summer, and they still sit a good $5-10 below the standard luxury gloss bracket. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the collection stacks up.
Have you tried Senna’s Lip Lacquers? What’s your favorite summer gloss formula?
Speaking of Senna, I recently caught up with founder Eugenia Weston and we chatted about brows. Check out the story here.
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