Hello! A quick mention and feature about the 2 items I had received from the Anna Sui Spring 2012 collection which I had gone into detail about here.
This post will be a closer look, indepth swatches and my thoughts of the items I had received. Point being that it is done in the comfort of my home and preferred lighting which means juggling the camera in odd angles and the use of tissue at my expense, I'm sure you know what I am getting at.
From the collection, I received a Rose Cheek Color and a Double lipgloss.
Starting with the Rose Cheek Color (S$49) !
While I was fascinated with how beautiful Mystic Rose looked in the pan, I was more drawn towards what a gorgeous shade Anna Rose is, hence that was my choice.
My own attempt at a close-up pan shot of 400 Anna Rose.
The powder is quite soft and the emboss design isn't too deep-set, so with a couple of uses the rose patterns might start to fade. Perhaps not so much the outer-rim ones but I fear for the one right in center since it doesn't start off too defined.
Depending on how you swirl your brush as well, there is a tendency to 'bring over' the colors, such as smearing the brighter red (bottom left) to the lighter pale highlighter pink (top left), which was what I did while swatching. It's a norm for these 'mixed shades' palette and nothing a quick sweep over can't fix but just thought to share.
I love the blend of bright red-coral, a soft pink, pale pink and a mauvey-plum pink tone in this. Despite all that pink involved, the overall blend of it appears a red or red-coral shade. While it's for Spring, I can't help but feel reminded of a soft winter flush on the cheeks or perhaps, to put it in tune with Spring, a flush from a run through a field of flowers?
You can mix and blend around the various individual shades to come up with your own color, if you want it more red or perhaps to lean towards pink, the choice is yours! You can even choose to skip the lightest color and go at it with a different brush solely as a highlight.
I don't have a swatch of it on but I will most likely drop a feature in a LOTD.
the next item I got is a complimenting Double Lipgloss (S$54) in the shade Sensual Rose!
It must be no surprise that I ended up with this shade after having a minor swoon about it in yesterday's entry.
This Double Lipgloss functions such that you apply a pigmented base color (Rouge Color) first to give you the intensity that you want, followed by a glossy and shimmery shade over (Pearl Color) for that added shine! You can also choose to use them individually/separately, your call.
Anna Sui had employed the idea of using different applicators for the different sides of this Double Lipgloss.
The Rouge Color end comes with a doe-foot applicator that is tapered at the front so you can spread the color out well and ease into the crevices of the lips.
The Pearl Color end comes with a slightly different applicator. I cannot recall the proper name for this but it's a soft plastic piece that works well at spreading the high-shine gloss out. It's also easier to clean since you might 'mix' the gloss with the rouge color and you don't want to contaminate the rest of your tube.
I felt another hand-swatch was mandatory but here are some lip-swatches of the Double Lipgloss.
Pearl Color – While I expected it to be clear, it actually has a soft milky tint to it which is really lovely. It is definitely one with a high sparkle and shine factor and that milky tint of it is tempting me to use this gloss on it's own.
Rouge Color – While this tends to swatch pretty thick on the hand, I've learnt that you can actually thin the shade out some so it appears more like a lip stain, in the half-swatch picture. Alternatively, you can go bold and build the intensity up to match what is displayed within the tube. The rouge color does have a glossy shine of it's own as well and if you ask me, I'm actually quite satisfied with how this looks alone.
Though, I proceeded and used this as suggested, with the Rouge Color beneath and Pearl Color over.
Topping the Pearl Color over sort of morphed the overall to become this red-fuschia shade which goes perfectly well with the magenta sparkles in the Pearl Color. The Rouge Color did lose some of that intense red-ness due to the milky tint but it's a gorgeous color still. It's almost like getting 3 lip looks out of one product.
As I had mentioned, I am still a fan of how how the Rouge Color looks on it's own:
I cannot get over how gorgeous this is but I shan't ramble and leave it at this. As always, the products come scented with the signature Anna Sui rose scent, which I love. Think rose scented powder and lipgloss!
Do check out the entire Anna Sui Spring 2012 collection in this post if you haven't!
Are you eyeing anything from this collection?
Thanks for reading!
Products were provided to me for review consideration.
I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.