Side by Side: time to learn about Senna Barely Base

Senna Barely Base

Sometimes less is more.  When you want some coverage, but you definitely don’t want a thick blanket of foundation, try Senna Barely Base ($40).

When you want to look polished but don’t want the fragrance that comes with many foundations, try Senna Barely Base.

When you want a foundation that has ingredients that are good for your skin, like minerals and antioxidants, but you aren’t looking for a huge list of space age skincare lab experiments, try Senna Barely Base.

Senna tells us: This mineral infused tinted moisturizer hydrates, protects skin with natural mineral sunscreens and gives sheer natural coverage to even out skin tone and diminish flaws. Antioxidant vitamins, mineral complex and plant botanicals help to revitalize dull skin, boost elasticity and prevent free radical damage for a youthful healthy glow. Oil-Free, Fragrance-Free and Long-Wear.

Let’s see how Lisa and Marcia feel about their experiences with minimalism and Senna Barely Base.

Lisa’s Side:

I have always been more of a full-coverage gal.  I have an uneven skin tone, so usually the coverage I get with tinted moisturizers and BB creams is too light for my taste.  But I definitely found that Senna Barely Base strikes that perfect medium between light and full coverage, and I reach for this all the time on the weekends.

Barely Base in Light

I tried the Light Shade, which has golden undertones so it looks pretty warm swatched.

Light swatched

My skin is neutral, I need soemthing that is not too warm, not too cool.  I found that Barely Base does a great job of melding and transforming into a color that suits your skin tone, so while it swatched really warm it ended up nicely neutral on me.

Senna Barely Base FOD

Yup, you can still see my freckles, but at least my skin tone is pretty even and has a nice glow.  Less is more for me on the weekends – I am all about putting my hair up and using my fingers to smooth on a little Barely Base.  It’s minimalism that even a full coverage gal like me can love.

Marcia’s side:

Senna Barely Base has been a great fall BB cream for me. I’m so not a summer person and I wither away from the heat. I need the lightest products ever on my face. But come fall the weather is a little cooler with each day bringing several temperatures. It can go from 40 to 70 in one day. That’s when I need Senna Barely Base. My face needs more coverage but I still want the skincare benefits that a BB cream has provided.

I wear this in Fair which is described as “cool ivory for pale skin”. It’s like they have me pegged. The color is absolutely perfect for me.

Senna Barely Base in Fair

Senna Barely Base

It has a little more color than most porcelain shades and it has great light coverage. I love love love that it has no fragrance since so many of the brands I’ve tried do have a fragrance, some even lingering.

If you’ve been wanting to try a BB Cream but worried that there wasn’t enough coverage for you, then Senna Barely Base is the answer. All the goodness of skincare with just enough coverage to make your imperfections disappear.

Senna Barely Base ingredients


Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. Other Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Phytantriol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain (+/-): Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491 CI 77492 CI 77499. Made in USA. Net Wt. 1.7 fl oz/50ml

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  1. shelley bershof says:

    I’ve never tried Senna even though you ladies mention the company off and on, and the reviews are always positive. My skin is aged (63 yrs) but in very good condition. Something that I notice when I’m wearing makeup/foundation is that makeup seems heavy or obvious around the areas located from outside of nose to corners of my mouth. It’s not exactly pores but the coverage looks pronounced. I hope this is sort of clear (?). How does this product show up around this area on you? I live in a dry climate so I have to wear good moisturizer and sunscreen, too, under foundation. I also usually use some kind of primer. Any thoughts? Thanks, Shelley

  2. This is Marcia: I get that same heaviness around my nose so I understand that. I find that with the Senna it’s a little less pronounced because it’s lightweight. I don’t ever use a primer under a BB cream since the point of one is to use this as skincare too. My advice would be to moisturize that area a little more at night and try it without primer to see if it improves. Sometimes too many layers just make things ball up without you realizing it. I hope that helps.

  3. shelley bershof says:

    Thanks, I’ll try it. You ladies are the experts! I love your blog(s).

  4. Looks like a promising product to me. I wonder if this will work for my oily skin. I’m on the hunt for a lightweight makeup for weekends.

  5. This looks like a good base for casual days. I was introduced to Senna at LA’s IMATS, it is a wonderful brand.

  6. Kath, this is in between foundation and a lighter weight BB cream so it gives a little more coverage.

  7. Thanks so much Shelley. We appreciate the love.