Senna Lasting Illusion foundation wins our heart

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Senna Cosmetics is an amazing company. You have to look long and hard to find a company of this size and stature that remains independent. So many of the cosmetic companies that we know and love end up being bought up by a conglomerate. That’s not saying it’s bad since it isn’t. But it’s hard to remain true to your vision if you are no longer the sole owner.

Eugenia Weston created Senna Cosmetics Studios in 1976. She was the first professional makeup artist to create natural and wearable colors for women like us. Here’s one of the things we admire her for: “Her mission of bringing beauty to every woman has led her to regularly donate her time and talents to the American Cancer Society’s ’Look Good, Feel Better’ program.”

We appreciate it when Senna sends us items to review and introduce you to and today’s review on Lasting Illusion Foundation is one we especially appreciate. Both Marcia and Lisa have fallen for this foundation. It’s available in 7 shades from Alabaster to Chestnut in order to reach women of many skin colors.

Alabaster: pale ivory for fair skin tones

Buff: light beige for light skin tones

Sand: neutral beige for medium skin tones

Beige: cool beige for medium/ tan skin tones

Golden Beige: warm honey for medium/ tan skin tones

Tan: tan for medium dark skin tones

Chestnut: dark tan for deeper skin tones

all 7 Senna shades

all 7 Senna shades

7 shades blended

7 shades blended

Senna Lasting Foundation on white toweling

Senna Lasting Foundation on white toweling

The full name of this foundation is LASTING ILLUSION SKIN MATTE FOUNDATION. It was created to last for 16 hours. Here’s what Senna tells us about the foundation: “The modern satin matte finish captures and reflects light from fine lines and wrinkles for an exceptionally youthful appearance. It erases imperfections, won’t settle into lines, and looks seamless on the skin. Works beautifully for all ages and skin types.” Now let’s hear what Marcia and Lisa want to tell us about Lasting Illusion.


Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation

I was sent Alabaster which is the lightest shade in the Lasting Illusion line up and it’s a perfect match for me. I wear the lightest or second lightest shade in foundations generally. The name Alabaster makes it sound like it’s almost white but the foundation has just enough color in it to make my skin look close to flawless. I’ve seen Lasting Illusion described as a medium to full coverage but in my opinion it’s not full coverage. It allows my cute freckles to show through without making my face look like I’m wearing a mask.

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation swatch in Alabaster

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation swatch in Alabaster

The name describes this as a matte foundation but at the same time it’s satiny. When I think of matte I think of flat and Senna Lasting Illusion isn’t flat. It gives an aura of perfect skin.

Senna Lasting Illusion

Senna Lasting Illusion

In addition to loving this foundation (and I do love it) I also love the bottle. It’s elegant looking so it looks great on my vanity. With a pump to dispense the foundation it’s sanitary and easy to use. I’ve been using it for weeks and so far I’ve never gotten too much pumped out.



Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation

I agree with Marcia – this foundation is a total winner. The bottle is truly elegant and I feel all chic and sophisticated using it. It is very refreshing to find some fun in foundation!

Senna Lasting Foundation in Buff

Senna Lasting Foundation in Buff

swatch of

swatch of Buff

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation FOD

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation FOD

My shade is Buff, and it’s perfect for my NW23 skin. I tend to have an oily t-zone so I like matte foundations, although they can result in what I call ‘boring’ skin. This foundation is a satin matte, so I get the oil control without that dull finish. I also prefer full coverage foundations and while this isn’t full coverage it is wonderfully buildable and it lasts all day. It is a thick, creamy foundation that is a pleasure to apply. There really isn’ t anything I don’t love about it…my heart has definitely been stolen by Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation!

Allow your heart to be stolen by Senna once again and try this easy to blend, easy to wear, lasting foundation.

*sent for review



  1. I turn to BIZ for expert advice on and reviews of cosmetics.

  2. That looks like lovely foundation.

  3. This looks like a great foundation!

  4. I love the packaging of this foundation. I’ve used Senna’s eye brow products but haven’t ventured into the others. I might need to look into this, Alabaster would be my shade, as well!

  5. The bottle is so pretty! I’m such a sucker for packaging.

  6. Jessica T says:

    I love the packaging. I’ve never tried this brand before, but your skin looks great.

  7. Looks like a pretty foundation! I love the packaging.

  8. I love the bottle design, it’s very unique. However, my brief experience with Senna Cosmetics via Glossybox was less than positive, so I’ve been staying away from them. Maybe it’s time to give them another chance 🙂

  9. I haven’t tried anything from Senna but their packaging is always so pretty!

  10. Wow, your skin really looks terrific!

  11. I really like the bottle and it’s great that it looks so natural.

  12. Looks great! Seems to be a perfect match for you both. I like it when I can feel good about buying a product I like from a company that is doing good things.

  13. Alabaster looks like a great foundation! Glad we can still see those cute freckles!

  14. I really need to branch out and try more Senna!

  15. Senna is definitely on my must try list!

  16. @Ange and Laura – Senna is one of my favorite brands. I only want to use this foundation and no others!

    @Carol – Alabaster is a perfect shade for me. I used to hate those freckles but they are part of me I guess.

    @Nidia – Isn’t it wonderful how involved Eugenia Weston is with the cancer program? I’ve always admired the program and have written about it several times on the blog.

    @Aleya – I love the bottle and I love the pump.

    @Miranda – Once you move into higher end foundations this is one you should try.

  17. @Anastasia, I didn’t know that Glossybox ever had Senna unless it was a gloss from a long time ago.

    @Jessica, Brooke and Noelle – The packaging is so girly and pretty.

    @Beauty Judy – I haven’t tried Senna Brows but my blog partner Lisa loves those products.

    @Phyrra – The fact that I only want to use the Senna foundation is a major statement for me.

  18. Thanks so much @The Style Page. That’s just so nice of you to say that.

  19. I’ve been wearing this every day since I received it–LOVE the finish and the lightweight feel!

  20. It looks amazing, I seriously need to place an order for this brand asap

  21. Another great review! I have oily skin but have patches lately, no thanks to cold weather. This sounds like a good foundy to use. I think my face needs satin matte finish at this time of the year.

  22. I’ve been wanting to try this! I have so many foundations right now…but some day!

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