Visiting cosmetics counters are detrimental to my wallet. But then we all know that don’t we? After my visit to the Anna Sui counter to view the Fall 2010 collection, I intended to order 2 Anna Sui items but when a friend placed the order, I forgot. Eeps! Whew! :P
Anyway, I’d like to tell you about the new Anna Sui Eyeshadow Duos that are new for Fall 2010. I remember a while ago, Anna Sui had some duo eyeshadows too but they were limited edition too, just like these.
These eyeshadow duos have 2 formula – a silicone/cream darker shade and a pressed powder lighter iridescent shade. The deal is to layer one over the other to get a unique 3rd shade. But let’s see how it fares eh?
Mine is in 04 which is 2 shades of blues. Blues! My sorta colour! :) Here are the swatches side by side and overlapping.
First off, a little criticism. I found that the colours when swatched were not true to what you see in the pan. They actually swatch lighter. The light shade of blue is super sparkly and hardly shows up on the skin, which is great if you like it, but not great if you aren’t a fan of sparkles. This is quite true of all the duos in the collection.
After a lot of experimenting, I found that the best way to wear this eyeshadow duo is using the “layering method” as I like to call it.
- Start with the DARKER shade and apply close to your lashline, blending it upwards about halfway up your lid.
- Take the lighter shade and apply on the top half, and blend with the darker shade.
You will notice a third shade form in the middle (in the swatch picture its on the right). I find that if you don’t work quickly, the silicone/cream colour can set and form a harsher line. Not to worry. Just layer a little more light colour over the harsh line and blend a little more. It will diffuse somewhat. The colour does apply on the lids a little more sheer than it does on the back of my hand but you can layer it.
Eyes: Anna Sui Eyeshadow Duo 04, Cheeks: Smashbox Creamy Cheek Color Intrigue
What I do rather like about these eyeshadow duos is how useable it is. If you are new to eye makeup, these are great because they are literally swipe and go. There are a whole bunch of colours to choose from – 7 or 8 if I recall correctly. I had a bunch of photos of them in my lost camera so you’d just have to take my word for it :P
After long hours, I do find that there is some slight creasing around the lashline where I applied the cream shadow. Thing is, eyeshadows rarely crease on me so this might be something to note.
Pros: Useful for newbies, create 3 colors with just 2 eyeshadows, pretty case
Cons: Slight creasing of cream shadow, rose scent
Here’s a gratuitous picture of the case which I think is super pretty.
It comes with a dual ended sponge applicator but I use my fingers. And like all Anna Sui products, it has the signature rose scent which many like but which bugs me a little bit because I’m not girly girly and into roses.
My personal favourite is 04 the blue one you see here because I think it works best on me. But that is sorta a given since I have it eh? ;)
Have you gone to take a look at this one? Its been out for a while. Does Anna Sui fly under your radar? Would you like to get this one if only for the pretty packaging? ;)
The Anna Sui Eye Colour Duos are RM114 and are limited edition at all Anna Sui counters. There are 7 colour combinations.