Ending My Coral Blush Addiction (for now) with Senna Sheer Face Color in Clarity

Ever since my major review of all my bronzers and blushes, I’ve been hyper-aware of what shades in which I have more than enough, and in what areas I’m lacking.  Unfortunately, I did my review after I purchased yet another coral-toned blush – Senna Sheer Face Color in ClarityFortunately for me, it’s quite lovely!!

Senna Clarity Blush

I had never even heard of the brand Senna until several of my fabulous blogger friends (namely, the lovely ladies behind Makeup Morsels and theNotice) had showcased it in some of their posts.  When eBeauty had a boxing day sale, my blush fiendishness got the better of me, and I took the opportunity to order Clarity, a ‘ripe coral.’

Senna Clarity Blush (3) Senna Clarity Blush (2)

Though the pan is quite tiny compared to other blushes, and is $20.50CAD  for 0.12oz (for reference, MAC blushes are 0.21oz, and NARS blushes are 0.16oz), I don’t mind.  I actually wish more blush would come in these smaller sizes, because that means there’s actually a chance I might finish one!!!

The texture of Clarity is lovely – soft, finely milled, and SO easy to apply and buff out to create a really natural look.  Its the kind of blush that works on fair skintones as well as darker ones, as it’s a bright shade with medium pigment, and can be applied lightly or with a heavier hand.  To me, this is truly what I picture when I think ‘coral’ – it doesn’t lean orange nor too pink, and is totally gorgeous.

Senna Clarity Comparisons

However.  I do seem to keep accumulating these kinds of shades, and had to do a comparison to see just how repetitive it would be in my collection.  The closest I found were Make Up For Ever’s #12 First Kiss HD Blush, NARS’ Torrid, and Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral.

Senna Clarity Comparison SwatchesLeft to right (artificial light): MUFE #12, Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral, Senna Clarity, NARS Torrid 

Senna Clarity Comparison Swatches (3)Left to right (natural light): MUFE #12, Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral, Senna Clarity, NARS Torrid

In natural light, the pink tones are much stronger, but I assure you that in person, Clarity is more like the first swatch (though, in the first swatch all of the shades look much more similar – and IRL they’re quite different as evidenced in the second swatch photo).  In swatches it’s quite close in color to Calypso Coral, but worn Clarity retains its coral nature, while Calypso Coral does appear more coral-pink.  So, not dupes, which eases my mind :)  And of course, Calypso is a cream formula, while Clarity is powder.

I haven’t been wearing Clarity often since I bought it, as I think of it as a spring/summer shade, but I did give it a shot a couple times, and the wear is exceptionally good for my normal-to-slightly oily skin.  It’s just such a fresh, inviting shade that truly would work for everyone!  If you’re actually in the market for a coral (which, gotta say, I doubt – it seems to be the most popular blush shade EVER), or if you just hoard these tones like I do, I would suggest not to miss Senna’s version, as it’s particularly lovely.

What shades do you keep buying over and over? 

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  1. #1 by Emi at Project Swatch on January 22, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    I am also a coral blush fiend, and this one is lovely! *adds to eternally long wishlist*

    • #2 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 4:52 pm

      Honestly, it’s ridiculous, Emi! Even after making this decision to stay away from any more corals for a while, I saw a product called ‘corail’ something-or-other, and instantly I wanted it. LOL!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Larie on January 22, 2013 - 10:37 pm

    I actually have this one! I rarely wear it though, LOL.

    • #4 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 4:53 pm

      Yes, I know you have this too, Larie! I really like the shade but it’s not the ‘season’ for it yet, for me. We’ll see if it gets good use in the spring/summer months!

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  3. #5 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on January 22, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    Ugh…I have wanted this one for SO long after I heard MM, Rae, and Larie rave about it! Now I know I definitely need it after your review. SO effing pretty!! :D

    • #6 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 4:54 pm

      It is pretty Becca, a worthy piece to pick up. I like that it’s a true, straight coral – it applies nicely, no tricks needed, and it’s just all around great!

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  4. #7 by Sarah on January 22, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    Pretty! Ooh the “Peony” shade looks nice. Plus I’m a sucker for anything peony-themed. They’re like what would happen if a flower got so full of its flower-ness that it burst.

    • #8 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 4:55 pm

      LOL! Awesome visual, Sarah haha. Peony does have a nice ring to it, it’s true. I think I have the same thing with just the word coral. Funny, really!

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  5. #9 by Judi Tierney on January 22, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    I just wanted to tell you I nominated you for BLOG OF THE YEAR. You can read about it at MiddleAgedBeautyQueen.wordpress.com
    You totally deserve it, btw.
    – your friend, Judi

    • #10 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 5:00 pm

      Aww Judi!!! I just had a chance to read your post, and I so appreciate your nomination, thank you!!! That just warmed my heart so much, you have no idea :D :D :D. I’m so glad you take the time to read my ramblings, it means a lot to me :) Hugs xx!!!!

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  6. #11 by satine89 on January 23, 2013 - 4:35 am

    I feel you. Whenever I see blushes I go for the coral/peachy ones! It’s an addiction!!! :P

    • #12 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 5:01 pm

      What is it about coral, huh? Man, I just love looking at the shade. I haven’t been wearing it much this winter but I can’t wait to dive back on, in spring :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on January 23, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    I think we all have the same addiction lol! They tend to be the most brightening on the face I think. It’s pretty for sure! I wanna see a FOTD with it!

    • #14 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 5:02 pm

      Ok, I’ll get on it Tracy! I’ll have to come up with something gooooood :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by Liz (@Reductionista) on January 25, 2013 - 8:11 pm

    I… I need more corals. YES.

    • #16 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 5:04 pm

      Haha it’s so easy to justify needing pretty much any blush color. Sometimes When i stop and think, I don’t even understand the addiction because I find the differences in tone are so hard to detect on blush on the face (vs say, lipstick). Why are we so obsessed?!

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Amy on January 26, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    This is so, so pretty! Your swatches are also making me want Torrid, damnit.

    • #18 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 8:08 am

      Yeah…Torrid is really lovely, Amy. I can’t help you there! lol. Coral blushes man…they are the devil!

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