Are you wondering when my “best of 2013” master list will make an appearance? Confession: it doesn’t exist. Nor will I be composing thoughtful retrospectives on the roller-coaster ride of the past year. And I except you all know how I feel about resolutions by now (2009-2013: wash your brushes).
Truthfully, December and the first days of 2014 have flown by—actually, the past year in general has been a blur (the very best kind, but a blur nonetheless). I promise I did try to sit down and put together a mental tally of products I loved in 2013, but gave up after it started resembling the inventory of a mid-sized boutique.
With the holidays now behind us and a brand new year ahead, I thought—in my typical late-to-the-party fashion—that now would be the perfect time to mention Senna‘s Do You Dare? Collection. It’s heavy on the reds, but as I will continue to insist in perpetuo, red is not so much a seasonal anomaly as it is a year-round necessity. There’s the classic Crimson Lipliner ($18) and their signature Lip Lacquer formula in the deliciously bright Maraschino ($20). Best of all, though, is the Venetian Red Lipstick ($20), a soft creamy color that should serve perfectly for red lipstick beginners. It’s slightly warm-toned, ultra-flattering, and (miraculously) unique to my collection. It doesn’t hurt that I happen to adore the smooth, non-drying Senna lipstick formula.
Moving onto eyes, there’s the Voluptulash Mascara ($22, not pictured), previously reviewed here. The application technique takes some getting used to, but it’s one of my favorite formulas for fat, fluffy lashes. I’m somewhat less enamored with the Silver Lining Eye Color ($18); the shade doesn’t suit me and the formula, while smooth, lacks pigmentation. Luckily, the Pinpoint Microtip Eyeliner ($20) is a much more successful showing. The itty-bitty tip has just the right amount of give to glide across the lids, while the fine point makes drawing flicky cat eyes so much easier (where was this thing in 2012 when I nearly gave up on winged liner forever?).
This is a small but well-edited holiday showing, greatly helped by the fact that many of the products easily transition into the warmer (depending on where you live) months ahead. Overall, Senna remains one of my go-to mid-end brands, sporting a palatable price range that sits below the luxury bracket. Final verdict? Get the lipstick getitgetitgetit.
And maybe a few of the other things too.
left to right: Senna Cream Lipstick in Venetian Red, one coat & sheered out.
swatched left to right: Venetian Red Cream Lipstick, Maraschino Lip Lacquer, Crimson Lipliner, Silver Lining Eye Color, Black Pinpoint Microtip Eyeliner
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What’s your favorite starter red? Can we all agree that washing brushes is the greatest obstacle to wearing makeup?
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