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Senna Haute Nudes Mystic Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

senna haute nudes - mystic

Becca of the gorgeous blog The Beauty Sample recently had a series of giveaways for her one year blogaversary, and I was the very lucky winner of the Senna Haute Nudes Eye & Face Palette in Mystic, which is the cooler toned palette (it also comes in Sultry, the warmer toned one). If you’d like Becca’s perspective on the palettes, here is her review of Mystic and her review of Sultry.

Senna Haute Nudes - Mystic

The Senna Mystic palette includes a highlighter (which could be used a shimmery blush on the very pale), a blush, and six eyeshadows – two shimmer and four matte. It also has some applicators, which seem to be of decent quality. Personally, I very rarely use included applicators for anything other than swatching – and I wouldn’t use these – but they are softer and of better quality than they appear.

senna haute nudes palette - applicators

I hadn’t tried anything from Senna before this palette, but had heard mostly positive things. When I swatched the palette the first time, I was absolutely stunned by three of the four matte eyeshadows – they are some of the very best matte eyeshadows I have ever tried. The fourth matte, the black, is good – just not quite as buttery, silky, and evenly pigmented as the other three. I cannot even express how amazing those three eyeshadow are – the quality is just perfect.

As to the other eyeshadows, the black eyeshadow is, as I mentioned, quite good – blacks are hard to do well, and this one soft and pigmented. However, you can see in the swatch that it does not apply as smoothly as the other mattes. The two shimmery eyeshadows are good as well; about what I would expect. They are smooth and apply nicely. The white is quite sheer, but I think that’s intentional – the shimmery taupe is more pigmented.

senna mystic - swatches

All shades in palette – with flash

senna haute nudes - mystic - eyeshadow swatches

Eyeshadows – natural light (different order, sorry!)

The highlighter was my least favorite part of the palette. The pale pink shade is just a bit too pink for it to be an ideal highlight shade, but it doesn’t have enough pigmentation for me to use as blush (plus, I prefer not to use blush with visible shimmer). It has specks of visible shimmer, and I prefer a highlighter with an even sheen. Thus, I don’t see myself using this highlighter.

senna mystic - highlighter

unblended // blended

I was a little bit skeptical about the color of the blush at first – I find some pinks, especially cool pinks, really difficult to wear on my skintone. However, when blended out, the blush seems to be a slightly warm, almost coral shade, which works very nicely on my coloring. The texture of the blush is great – soft, smooth, and very easy to blend. Senna has really figured out how to do mattes!

senna mystic - blush

unblended // blended


I used three of the matte shades to do a soft smokey eye yesterday. I actually didn’t use primer because my skin is so dry right now, and the eyeshadow lasted all day without fading or creasing (I would recommend primer if you have oily lids or if you prefer more intense colors, however). This is the pale lavender (top-center) as a wash over my lid and up into the crease, the deep purple-taupe lightly applied on the lid & lower lashline, and the black along the upper lashline. I’m also using Burberry Trench to blend out the edges and highlight.

senna haute nudes - mystic - EOTD


Overall, I love this palette. The matte eyeshadows & blush are just fantastic, and I will be using them regularly. If you are a matte eyeshadow lover, I would definitely consider this palette – and I’ll also be taking a look at their matte eyeshadows!

You can purchase Senna Cosmetics on their website; I don’t see any other places to purchase it online.

Shu Uemura Travel Palette Review & Swatches

shu uemura travel palette

Shu Uemura GWP Travel Palette / Art of Travel Palette

Recently, Shu Uemura online offered a travel palette as a gift with purchase. The required purchase was pretty steep – $100 – but since I needed to repurchase my favorite cleansing oil, which is $67 and lasts me about a year, I decided to add some false lashes to my order and go for it!

shu uemura travel palette-3

This palette is an incredible value; the palette itself is reusable as a freeform eyeshadow palette, and it contains four eyeshadows (each half the size of Shu’s regular eyeshadows), two cream eyeshadows/eyeliners, and a full-sized glow-on blush.

Additionally, it appears from googling that this exact same palette has been sold as the Art of Travel palette for around $50 in airport duty free shops (reviews here & here).

shu uemura travel palette-2

I believe that this palette does not have Shu Uemura’s current eyeshadow formula (known as the 3rd generation of Shu eyeshadow); instead, it has the previous eyeshadow formula (the 2nd generation formula). Unfortunately, the shadows are nameless, but I have checked with some lovely people who own some Shu eyeshadows, and to the best of my knowledge, from left to right, the eyeshadow shades are:

  • ME800 (beige with slight pink sheen; satin/shimmer)
  • Unknown (pink; satin/shimmer)
  • ME850 (taupe; satin/shimmer)
  • P990 (black; matte with sparkle)
shu uemura travel palette swatches-2

Shu Uemura ME 800, Unknown, ME850, P990

The eyeshadows all have a really lovely texture – very soft, smooth and creamy.

The eyeliners are also quite nice. I was surprised to realize that the black eyeliner/cream shadow has a subtle purpley-pink sparkle – it doesn’t show at all when used as a liner, but is slightly visible when used as a cream shadow. The other cream shadow looks white in the pan, but is a soft, shimmering gold when applied. Unfortunately, I did experience some creasing after about 5-6 hours when I used it as a base.

shu uemura travel palette swatches The blush is soft and silky, but not a great shade for my skintone; it was very difficult to get the swatch to show up in a photograph! It did show up on my face, but was quite subtle. It would be a good everyday / easy shade for a fairskinned, cool-toned person, but I don’t see it working on anyone even a touch darker than I am.

shu uemura travel palette swatches-3 In the following photo, I’m wearing the blush – it was more visible in person, but if you look carefully you can see it in the photo. I’m also wearing the taupe eyeshadow.

shu uemura travel palette applied-2

And here’s a closeup of my eye; I have the beige eyeshadow in the inner corner, the taupe eyeshadow on the lid, and I’ve lined with the black liner, then gone over the line with the black eyeshadow. I then used Burberry Trench to blend out the edges; the one fault of the palette is that it doesn’t have a matte highlight / blending shade, which I consider essential.

shu uemura travel palette applied

Overall, I think it’s a really lovely palette.  I’ve seen it offered as a GWP on two occasions on the Shu website, and if they offer it again, I think it’s worth a purchase to get it! It’s not a standalone travel product for me – I need a separate blush and a separate blending/highlight shade, not to mention the rest of my makeup – but the eyeshadows alone make the palette worthwhile.   I may, however, decide to take it apart; I’d use the palette as a freestyle eyeshadow palette, keep the eyeshadows, and give away, swap, or sell the blush to someone with a lighter complexion.

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Addiction Revenge, Flash Back, Sandbar, Safari Mode, Concrete Jungle Review & Swatches

My Addiction palette - one blush & four eyeshadows in Compact Case II

My Addiction palette – one blush & four eyeshadows in Compact Case II

I started this week off as Japanese Makeup Week, then got distracted, but now we’re back (and with a very long post). Today I have a review of one blush and four eyeshadows from the brand Addiction, which is exclusively available in Japan (sorry!).  You can actually buy it online worldwide on Ichibankao, but it’s marked up about 50%.  The best way to get it outside of Japan, and the way I got it, was to have a Japanese friend purchase it and mail it to me.

I really like the Addiction blush / eyeshadow packaging system – the blushes are exactly twice as big as the eyeshadows, and everything is easy to depot.  The packaging the products come in is actually quite nice – it looks like the palettes, but is flimsier.  The Compact Case I (which fits four eyeshadows) and Compact Case II (which fits six eyeshadows) are really gorgeous – the aesthetic is just my style, though do note that it holds fingerprints quite terribly. The lovely Kate of Drivel About Frivol has a better explanation with great photos here.

My Addiction purchases - boxed

My Addiction purchases – boxed

Addiction Revenge, Flash Back, Sandbar, Safari Mode, Concrete Jungle

Left – Revenge; Upper middle – Flash Back; Lower Middle – Sandbar;
Upper right – Safari Mode; Lower right – Concrete Jungle

I purchased six items; Revenge blush, Flash Back, Sandbar, Safari Mode, and Concrete Jungle eyeshadows, and the Compact Case II to hold everything.  Revenge is a matte pink-based red.  Flash Back is a metallic taupe.  Sandbar is hard for me to describe – it is sort of peachy in a heavy swatch, but a wash of shimmer on the lid.  Safari Mode is a khaki green satin.  Concrete Jungle is a purple-based grey  with a satin finish.  I have some shades that are similar to Revenge, Flash Back, and Sandbar, but the latter two shades are unique to my stash.

On to the swatches! First, I swatched the eyeshadows without primer, as is my standard practice – but I was slightly disappointed by the pigmentation level. It’s good – but not exceptional. And I’ve heard that Addiction makeup is exceptional.

Addiction swatches - Sandbar, Safari Mode, Concrete Jungle, Flash Back

No Primer: Sandbar // Safari Mode // Concrete Jungle // Flash Back

So, I also swatched them over primer. And, over primer, they look fantastic – complex, pigmented, and beautiful.  Apologies for swatching in a different order!

Addiction swatches - Flash Back , Sandbar, Safari Mode, Concrete Jungle,

Over NYX HD Primer: Flash Back // Sandbar // Safari Mode // Concrete Jungle

Here is Safari Mode on the eye.  I’m not wearing primer, but I’m wearing MAC Soft Ochre paint pot as a base. I’m wearing Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Daring Green on my upper lash line & Prestige Total Intensity eyeliner in Intense Olive on my lower lash line. I don’t remember what mascara I’m wearing.  As you can see, Safari Mode is fairly subtle – more akin to the first, no primer swatch.  However, I didn’t try to pack it on – I’m sure I could have coaxed more intensity out of it if I had wanted to.

And, as requested, here’s a comparison of Addition Safari Mode and Inglot 419P – as you can see, they are quite similar in color, but the finish so different that they don’t really appear very much alike. The Inglot is highly pearlized, almost metallic, while the Addiction has more of a satin finish. This picture is a touch too yellow, as you can see from my skin, but still useful as a comparison.

left: Inglot 419P // right: Addiction Safari Mode

left: Inglot 419P // right: Addiction Safari Mode

On to the blush – Revenge has a very soft, smooth, and slightly dry texture.  It is not powdery, and the dryness doesn’t interfere with the use of the blush – it doesn’t appear dry on the skin; it’s just not a particularly buttery powder.  It’s very blendable – the reason the swatch doesn’t look particularly well blended is that I used a sponge tip applicator rather than a brush 🙂

Addiction Revenge swatch

Addiction Revenge

Here is a full-face swatch where I am wearing Revenge – I find it very flattering! My lips are Tarina Tarantinto Prong (review), and my eyes have several eyeshadows layered, but the main shade is Fyrinnae Shenanigans, used damp.

Both Revenge blush and the two eyeshadows I’ve tried, Safari Mode and Concrete Jungle, lasted all day.

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases. I don’t see Addiction becoming one of my go-to brands, both because it’s so hard to access and because I prefer a more buttery eyeshadow formula (vs. Addiction’s slightly dryer formula), but I do absolutely love all the colors I picked out!