I laboured long and hard over this one. I mean, I absolutely loathe to tell you that you need another product to make a product work, but at the end, there was just no two ways about it. I had to use both the Anna Sui Eye Brightener and Spot Concealer together to make them work efficiently.
Actually one of them works better than the other on its own so it isn’t a nett loss :)
First, the Anna Sui Spot Concealer. There’s the signature Anna Sui rose scent in this. Not sure why its needed in a concealer but its there. It doesn’t last so that’s some brownie points in its favour. Mine is in #1 which is still a dab too yellow for my liking. Once blended out, its not too obvious, but it makes my skin look a bit sallow.
Its a Spot Concealer i.e. tailored to conceal spots, or to act on a spot of skin. Unfortunately, I just liked it best as an undereye concealer due to its slightly liquid texture. I have freckles so the biggest test of any concealer is to cover my freckles. This one doesn’t quite as you will see below. But if you want something to cover redness or very minor blemishes and light marks, this will work quite well. If you are very fair, not even #1 will work. I’m not all that fair, but I still found #1 a little yellow.
On the under eye area, this one works decently well to cover up dark circles. Problem is, it leaves the skin looking a little dull. You could tap some highlight powder over it but if you don’t have that, your other option is the Anna Sui Eye Brightener.
The Anna Sui Eye Brightener is what I’d like to call an illuminator. It comes in only one shade – 01 – but there is no “color” in a true sense. It has a bit of a sheen and acts as a highlighter on your skin. If you mix it with the Anna Sui Spot Concealer, what you get is a very nice concealer-illuminator-highlight that perks your skin up and make you look all bright eyed and bushy tailed almost immediately.
Happily for the most part, the Anna Sui Eye Brightener works well on its own or with other concealers from other brands. Use it anywhere you would use a highlighter, not just around your eyes. Brush some on your cheekbones or down your nose, or anywhere you see some redness. It covers up a little but it reflects light, without being shimmery or shiny and gives a lovely diffused look to the skin to con the eye into seeing beautiful glowy skin. Just what we need in makeup ;)
So there you have it. The Spot Concealer works well but it works better with the Eye Brightener. The Eye Brightener can stand alone so if you were to get just one item, let it be the Eye Brightener. Its more versatile :)
Cons: Spot concealer does not conceal pigmentation very well, Spot concealer colours tend to be too yellow and come in only 3 shades, Both are pricey
Have you come across products that need another product to make it work better? A 2 is better than 1 kind of product? I have actually gone a bit mad scientist and mixed 2 night serums together on a whim … and what d’ya know? 2 is most certainly better than 1! I’ll be sharing that recipe in the near future ;)
Have you tried either of these Anna Sui products? Do you have a preference for either?
Both the Anna Sui Eye Brightener (1 shade only) and Spot Concealer (3 shades available) retail at RM83 at Anna Sui counters.