I’m pretty loyal to Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Foundation for pics and video, but when I read about the “advanced makeup technology” in Senna Cosmetic’s HDExtreme Makeup Foundation ($45), I couldn’t resist the urge to give it a try (in the name of makeup science, you understand).
Senna’s an indie line from So Cal, and the “HD light diffusing pigments” in their new foundation are supposed to help it reflect light. It’s a different approach to foundation than merely covering redness and discoloration with (often) heavy, opaque pigments.
The product comes in five basic shades — Fair, Light, Medium, Honey and Tan — and an illuminating golden pink called Backlit, which is technically also a foundation, but I think of it as a highlighter.
LM’s Oil Free looks fantastic in pics, but like many full-coverage foundations I think it’s sometimes a little too heavy and mask-like for everyday wear. Senna’s HDExtreme, on the other hand, hides imperfections while keeping a low (almost undetectable) profile. My pores feel like they can actually breathe when I’m wearing it, which isn’t always the case with Laura’s foundation, with a thin layer offering complete, lightweight coverage that artfully hides red areas around my nose, as well as acne marks and discolorations.
So does that mean I’m sold on Senna?
Based on Honey, which is the color for me, HDExtreme looks great in real life and in pictures, but it does NOT handle waterworks well. I think I’m sweatier than most girls (think Whitney Houston at the height of the Bobby Brown years), and HDExtreme migrates when I’m wearing it, creating an uneven, patchy look after a while. I tried a whole mess of tricks to make it work (including primer), but I just couldn’t stop the music.
That said, I think you’re in luck if you don’t perspire much, as it sports exceptional coverage for such a lightweight foundation (be prepared to spend a few minutes blending out the streaks during application). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Wearing Honey and Backlit
Illuminating Backlit’s a slightly different animal. It’s not a true foundation like the regular shades. I tried wearing it both alone and layered beneath other foundations, and ooh, baby, I loved it! It doesn’t migrate like the regular shades do, and while some illuminators can look shiny and/or oily in pics, Backlit doesn’t. It hits just the right notes, giving a healthy, subtle sheen that translates very well in pictures. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
From left: Backlit, Honey
I think Backlit’s great, but the regular foundations could use some fine tuning. If Senna can find a way to get HDExtreme to handle perspiration a little bit better, I’ll get on board.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,