Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Finish Foundation Review + Swatches

SENNA Lasting Illusion Foundation


Press Sample


A few weeks ago I nominated SENNA Cosmetics as my current favorite Indie brand in a Makeup Wars post. I am so impressed with the brand, when I heard they had a new foundation, SENNA Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation ($44) I was extremely anxious to try it!  The Winter Do You Dare Collection (reviewed here) was spectacular and their lipsticks and glosses are always at the top of my list.

Foundations can be tricky for us over 40 gals. We need something that won’t sink into pores, accentuate wrinkles, or look thick and dry. Good news beauties, the SENNA Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation may be our answer! To be truthful, SENNA had me at “satin matte.” It’s hard for me to find the right finish for my combination skin. A “dewy” finish makes me look oily, a normal “matte” finish settles into my lines and makes my skin look dry. Satin matte is perfect for me; a smooth silky finish without any shine!  It captures and reflects light while diffusing skin imperfections like wrinkles and fine lines to give a youthful appearance. It does NOT settle into fine lines, pores, or any other flaws. The coverage is medium, but still enough to cover the redness in my cheeks, although I still need a bit concealer so I would it is shy of full coverage. It feels extremely light and comfortable on the skin. Just a dab of Laura Mercier’s  translucent setting powder on my T-zone and my complexion is as close to flawless as it’s going to get short of surgery! I hate how this phrase is SO misused “it looks as if I’ve been airbrushed” but I’m tellin’ ‘ya, that is pretty damn close to being true in the case.

SENNA Foundation

SENNA Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation comes in in 7 shades:

  • Alabaster, pale ivory for fair skin tones
  • Buff, light beige for light skin tones
  • Sand, natural beige for medium skin tones
  • Beige, cool beige for medium/tan skin tones
  • Golden Beige, warm medium/tan for skin tones
  • Tan, for medium dark skin t0nes
  • Chestnut, dark tan for deeper skin tones

SENNA Lasting Foundation

I was sent Buff to try which is just slightly too light. My perfect shade is Sand, but Buff works with a teeny bit of bronzer. This foundation is very long lasting –I got 12+ hours out of it.

SENNA Lasing Illusion Foundation

On to the packaging. One of the things I appreciate about the SENNA brand is not only the quality of the products, but the luxury packaging. You all know by now that I’m a sucker for nice packaging. Every SENNA product has the signature black lace design–very feminine and elegant. Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation is housed in a beautiful glass jar with a pump–something else I really appreciate. A pump jar not only keeps the product sanitary but controls waste too.

Wearing SENNA Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation with my beautiful daughter, who has NO makeup on!

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Bottom Line: SENNA Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation is a great foundation option for over 40 women. It has a beautiful finish, stays put after a long day and covers well while still feeling light as air!


  • Erika

    That sounds like lovely foundation.

  • Amber

    CIndy, the foundation looks gorgeous on you!! Your daughter truly shines! What a beautiful gal, just like her Mom! And, has she got some seriously perfect skin! I need to try Senna. :) I hope you had a nice holiday with your family!

    • cindy

      Aww, thanks Amber! My daughter wears very little makeup how did THAT happen?

  • Laura My Newest Addiction

    It looks great on you! Like good skin! 😀

    • cindy

      Thanks, it’s definitely worth a try!

  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    You both look gorgeous in the picture. I guess the apple fell far from the tree this time but I know she actually loves makeup since she always wants yours!
    This is a fabulous foundation that i’m loving too.

  • Kimberly

    Two gorgeous women with awesome ‘cheek’ quality!!!!

  • Lizzie Brew

    I am over 40 with combination skin, also. I need a matte finish for my foundation. This one makes you look beautiful. I think I will give it a try!

    • cindy

      I think you’ll love it!

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  • Sunny

    Hey Cindy, the finish of this one looks so natural! Glad to hear it covers so well and is lightweight as well! I think that’s everyone’s foundation dream 😉

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  • Renee

    Definitely giving this one a try I need a good foundation