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 Clarity. Fortunately for me, it’s quite lovely!!
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.’
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.
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.
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?