My exposure to Anna Sui cosmetics is quite limited. I had quite a few Anna Sui eyeshadows and I must say they are pretty good stuff. I don’t use them much because I’m fickle and flit around different brands and products often, but I do still like them. I also like the Anna Sui Full DX mascara for vava-voom lashes! However, I’d never paid attention to their foundations or base makeup.
Recently, Tongue in Chic offered me a chance to try the new Anna Sui Moisture Rich Fluid foundation – newly available in August 2009 as part of Anna Sui’s Fall/Winter 2009 collection. I picked it up in BO-1 which is the 2nd lightest shade and is relatively neutral although there are beige tones. This makes it more suitable for Asian skintones.
The frosted glass bottle is one of the prettiest I’ve seen! Just look at it – the signature Anna Sui rose. (doesn’t the rose match the rose on the Matryoshka doll?) The dispenser under the black cap is a pump which squirts out quite a lot in 1 pump. 1 pump is more than enough to cover my whole face.
The texture of this liquid foundation is quite um… liquid. So it spreads easily and is light to the feel. I reckon from the name that it should not dry out skin and is rich with moisture. Truly, it did not dry out my skin and is said to contain anti-oxidant enriched botanical ingredients; but the oil control properties weren’t quite wonderful. Although I dusted my regular Lavshuca loose powder over it to set, I still got a little bit oily in the day.
In terms of coverage, I find its light with sheer-medium coverage that you can build up by layering. It literally glides on my skin and is easy to blend – good when you’re in a hurry in the mornings. BO-1 fits my skintone quite well and evens out colour plus covering up redness so all in all, its a decent liquid foundation for those who like something light on their skins like I do. It won’t cover major imperfections though.
The only major drawback for me is the scent. Like all Anna Sui products there is a strong rose fragrance infused throughout the whole foundation. The minute you open the box, you’ll smell it and its pretty much love it or hate it. I don’t quite like the scent but I can safely tell you that the scent dissipates after a little while. So, if you like the light texture and get a good colour match in Anna Sui Moisture Rich fluid foundation but can’t take the scent, hold your breath a couple of minutes and you’ll be ok LOL…
There are 6 shades available in this new line but if you are very tanned or have dark skintone I don’t think you’ll find a good colour match. Like most Japanese makeup, Anna Sui caters more for the fair to medium toned. Colours look to be on the beige end of the spectrum so there’s no discernable warm or cool tone. A 30ml bottle retails for RM134 at all Anna Sui counters.
Pros: Light sheer texture, Non drying, Pretty bottle
Cons: Strong rose scent, Skin gets a little oily in the day, Limited shades
UPDATE: Review on Anna Sui Moisture Rich powder foundation is up and I like it better than the liquid! 😀
Do you collect knick knacks?
I love collecting knick knacks from my travels anywhere be it locally or abroad. The Matryoshka Doll or Russian Nesting Doll set above was a gift from my sister from her trip to Khazakstan. I haven’t been there myself, but that’s one “must have” crossed off my list!