Get flawless looking skin this fall with Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer, Pressed Face Powder, Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream, and Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

Paul joe fall 2015

There are a new plethora of base products coming out this fall, and today I’m going to share with you new releases by Paul & Joe, Anna Sui and Stila. Together, these products create a flawless canvas for colour cosmetics going into the fall and holiday seasons!

Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer review

In addition to repackaging some of its cult favourites such as the Moisturizing Foundation Primer, Paul & Joe has released a new Perfect Makeup Primer. The P&J Perfect Makeup Primer (C$42) is an all-in-one beauty staple that primes the skin, and also acting as a moisturizing serum to plump up the skin from within, and provides light coverage. There are two shades available 01 Bright Ocre and 02 Nature Ocre – I have bright ocre which is a pale nude tone, and when worn underneath my foundation, it helps to brighten up my skintone.

Paul & Joe also repackaged its Pressed Face Powder (C$35 for powder refill), now available in a matte gold case with an accompanying velvet makeup puff that’s luxurious and vintage-looking (C$10 for the case and puff). It’s available in four shades – 01 Translucent powder for all skin tones, 04 Natural Light Beige, 05 Natural Beige and 06 Healthy Sand Beige. I have 04 Natural Light Beige and it works well on my NC25 light medium skintone, providing a bit of a brightening lift.

Paul & Joe Pressed Face Powder review
Paul & Joe Pressed Face Powder review

Known for her beautiful foundation products, Anna Sui is introducing an Illuminating BB Cream (C$34) for fall. This BB cream acts as a primer and foundation while providing nourishing skincare benefits, using ingredients such as Lychee Honey Extract to add suppleness to skin, and Sweet Flag Extract to enhances circulation and warm the skin. It is available in two shades – Light Beige and Medium Beige.

The shade I have is light beige, and it’s a tinge too light for my light medium skintone – it would work better if you are fair to light instead. I swatched Medium Beige at the media preview and it looks like it’d be a better match for me, but that also means dark toned girls out there are out of luck as there are only two light shades, with the darkest to suit NC25-30 at the most. In terms of texture and wear – similar to other Japanese formula base products, the Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream has a dewy, moist finish. Coverage is about medium and it just melts into the skin, doing an excellent job at covering redness. As promised, it’s very moisturizing and feels extremely comfortable on the skin, but the only downside to this type of formula is that it’s not very long lasting, fading away not soon after the 8 hour mark. Another thing to keep in mind is that the size of this BB Cream is very small; you don’t get the full 30mL that comes with most base makeup items, rather you only get 24mL, which is 20% less than other base products.

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream

Lastly, but most excitedly, Stila is releasing the coolest ever base product, the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector (C$51). The texture of this product is just incredible, like a softy putty clay. When used with the new Stila Wonder Brush (C$75), it mimics the effects of airbrushing on the skin, smoothing out fine lines and pores. The lightweight texture is oil free, and is available in five shades from fair, light, medium, tan, to deep. The shade I have is light and it’s a great match for my skintone. You can wear this alone or over foundation and it really is skin perfecting, like photoshop in a compact!

Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review

I also wanted to showcase some products from the Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien collection. This is undoubtedly the cutest collection of the year, featuring the famed cat lipsticks in whimsical bird and floral print packaging. The Eye Colour I have is 097 Cafe Macchiato (C$28), which is a rich chocolate taupe with shimmer, and the Cafe Parisien lipstick I have is 093 Cafe Parisien (C$20.00 for the lipstick refill, and C$7.00 for the lipstick case), a cool-toned pink with a nude cat centre (the cat goes all the way through the lipstick!). There are also a few compact cases (C$8) with the adorable limited edition packaging available, where you can purchase refills of blush or eyeshadow from Paul & Joe’s regular collection to insert in the case. The possibilities are endless!

The lipstick is forever going into my beauty archives, my collection of beautiful and interesting beauty products released over the years because it’s just too adorable!

Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien Cafe Macchiato
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien cat lipstick

Paul & Joe is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill, ON; Robson and Burrard, Vancouver, BC; Richmond center, Richmond, BC; Chinook Center, Calgary, AB; Bloor West Village, 2290 Bloor Street West, Toronto; West Broadway, 2979 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

Anna Sui is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Murale and Hudson’s Bay (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Sherway Gardens, Vancouver Downtown, Richmond Centre) locations across Canada and online at thebay.com and murale.ca.

Stila Fall 2015 Modern Goddess Collection will be available September at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Murale.ca.

Ingredients:

Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer ingredients
Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer ingredients

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream ingredients
Anna Sui Illuminating BB cream ingredients

Soft, romantic birthday look featuring Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura (with some mini reviews)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

My birthday was this weekend! To celebrate, the boyfriend took me to one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver to celebrate. I put together a soft romantic look for the occasion, featuring products from Charlotte Tilbury and Shu Uemura.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

On face:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to prep
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer to smooth
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 to cover
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

On eyes:

  • Shu Uemura Shu:Palette in ME Medium Brown 856 on inner corners and 1/3 of eyelid, M Soft Brown 851 on rest of eyelid, M Dark Brown 895 to smoke out the look on the upper and outer lower lashline
  • Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner to line the upper lash line
  • Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, with one coat Length & Separation Mascara and topped with one coat of Curl & Volume Mascara
  • False lashes from Daiso
  • Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

On cheeks:

On lips:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Some mini reviews

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is seriously amazing, especially when used with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. Magic Cream is very thick and great for dehydrated or dry skin (like mine); it just melts into the skin, and if you give it a minute to soak in, it will give you a plump, smooth canvas to apply makeup on top of. Wonderglow primer works very well with Magic Cream because it is silky in texture, blends in very well, and leaves skin looking glowy and healthy.

Light Wonder foundation in #2 is a good match for my NC25 skintone. Coverage is light to medium, and it’s extremely buildable without ever looking cakey or feeling heavy. It doesn’t really do a good job at covering imperfections or spots, you’d definitely need a separate concealer for that, and it’s just okay in covering redness (I built it up around my cheek area where I’m the most red). The texture of Light Wonder is where the magic lies, so if you have relatively good skin (not much redness or spots), then this foundation would be good for you. Compared to other foundations I’ve used, this one is more like a BB cream than a true foundation, but the light, watery texture is just really great for those hot summer months.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is the perfect pink nude for my skintone. It works amazingly with Pillowtalk lip liner in that they just complement each other so well. Texture, again, is very creamy with great coverage in just one swipe. I absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formulas, and I can’t wait for her Matte Revolution lipsticks to make their way across the pond.

What do you think of this look?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Review: Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, Curl & Volume Mascara, and Length & Separation Mascara

anna sui spring 2015 mascara review

For Spring 2015, Anna Sui revamped it’s line of mascaras (previously reviewed here) and broke down its Perfect Mascara into three separate formulas – the Mascara Primer & Top Coat; the Curl & Volume Mascara; and the Length & Separation Mascara. You can use these on their own (with the exception of the Primer & Top Coat) or a combination of any two or all three of these.

anna sui spring 2015 mascara review

The Mascara Primer & Top Coat (C$25) is a clear formula that is designed to prime and protect the lashes, as well as the coloured mascara that goes on these lashes. It features a short screw-type brush, creating an even film that allows mascara to be applied effortlessly on top, and then applied over mascara to create a seal to prolong wear. I really like the shorter type brush head on this Primer & Top Coat because I can get to every single eye lash without getting any on my eyelid. This is perfect for people with smaller eyes or shorter lashes. I also found that it helped to hold my curl better when used as a primer, compared to when I just used mascara alone. The Curl & Volume Mascara (C$29) is my favourite of the bunch. It is a drier formula that helps to build volume and also hold the curl. It features a dual-sided brush, with one side having longer bristles than the other, so you can coat your lashes with more mascara formula via the short side and then comb it out to separate with the longer side. In addition to volume, I also felt like it delivered a good amount of length too. If you are to purchase any one of these mascaras, I’d definitely go for the Curl & Volume because it delivers curl, volume, and length.

Wearing just the Curl & Volume Mascara:

anna sui curl and volume mascara review

The Length & Separation Mascara (C$29) is surprisingly disappointing because my favourite mascara formula from many years back was the Long Mascara from Anna Sui. I had high hopes for this one, but it just didn’t give enough length, volume, even when layered excessively, and it didn’t hold a curl either. It does separate and define the lashes very well, so if you have long, luscious lashes already, this one would be a good option because it can create more natural looking lashes. It has a brush that’s curved, with a side that has shorter bristles and a side with longer bristles. The Length & Separation Mascara also has fibres in the formula to help create length, but I felt like it wasn’t dense enough to actually help build on top of each other.

Wearing just the Length & Separation Mascara:

anna sui length and separation mascara review

I also tried combining these mascaras together to create the ultimate lashy look and my favourite combination is using the Mascara Primer & Top Coat with the Curl & Volume Mascara. I remember wearing this with glasses on and I kept getting irritated that my lashes were so long they kept pushing against my glasses when I blinked. If I wanted a tiny bit more length, I’d apply the Primer & Top Coat, Length & Separation Mascara, and then the Curl & Volume Mascara on top. You can see in photos below that my lashes are quite luscious and long.

Wearing a combination of all three mascaras:

anna sui spring 2015 mascara review

If you had to choose just one, I’d go for the Curl & Volume Mascara, followed by the Mascara Primer & Top Coat (if you can get both), and then I’d recommend either trying out the Length & Separation Mascara for yourself before nixing it, or just skipping it in general. You can purchase any of these Anna Sui mascaras at Murale, online or in stores, at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations, the Bay, and other places that carry Anna Sui.

anna sui spring 2015 mascara review

Review + swatches of Anna Sui Fall 2014: Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

For fall 2014, Anna Sui revamped some of their lip and cheek products, namely the lipsticks, lip glosses and blushes.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches3

For fall, Anna Sui introduced two new lip gloss formulas – the Protective Lip Gloss ($28) and the Glittering Lip Gloss ($28). The Protective Lip Gloss is a creamy, non-shimmery lip gloss that is ultra moisturizing and delivers brilliant colour and shine. The plush lip gloss formula is also touted to create a lip plumping effect, without the tingly peppermint feel. It is available in 9 shades and are housed in a beautiful white lacquer tube with a toe-foot applicator. The shade I have is 200, which is a sheer plum that just slightly darkens the natural colour of my lips.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

The Glittering Lip Gloss, available in 12 shades, is a sheer lip gloss that is abundant in pearl shimmer. The shade I have is 300, which is baby pink shimmer suspended in a clear base. While I’m not a huge fan of the shimmer as an all-over wash of gloss, I love using this just as a dab of colour in the centre of my lips, either on top of another lip gloss or on top of a lipstick. It helps to create plumper, and more youthful looking lips.
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

The product I was most looking forward to was their new Lipsticks ($29), which are now made in the shape of stars and housed in a crystal cut-like tube. Along with the permanent range which has been repackaged, the Lipstick M (M for marble) is a new formula which is two different colours marbled together to create a different colour with each application. The shade I have is 371, which is a glossy mauve-pink shade. As with all Anna Sui lipsticks, these Lipstick Ms are also super moisturizing due to the inclusion of several moisturizing oils in the formula, such as olive fruit oil, grape seed oil, rose fruit oil, et cetera. The lipsticks also smell like roses still, which I absolutely love. At first I was a bit wary of how the star shaped bullet would affect application, but it’s actually not that bad since the tips of the star helps to create a more refined line around your lips; the rest is just fill in. If you’re a fan of moisturizing, rose-scented lipsticks, these are for you!

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The Rose Cheek Colour ($36), Anna Sui’s line of blushes, has also been repackaged to the same beautiful crystal cut-like casing as the Lipsticks. Anna’s Rose Cheek Colours are a blend of four distinct blush shades, swirled together to create a multidimensional blush shade that is perfect for every day wear. The shade I have is 301, which is made up of matte pinks, an orange, and a shimmery pink to create a coral shade with subtle shimmer. The texture of the blush is super smooth and adheres well to the skin. As with all of Anna’s products, the Rose Cheek Colour is also rose scented, and is available in 6 shades for fall, with two new shades – 303 and 602.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

Swatches from left to right – Rose Cheek Colour in 301, Protective Lip Gloss in 200, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, and Lipstick M in 371.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

Anna Sui’s new fall 2014 collection products are available now at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, and at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens, Queen Street, and Downtown Vancouver.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

Birthday look with Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

My birthday was last week and I created a look with Lise Watier’s fall 2014 Feline collection (reviewed here). Lise Watier’s products have been long-time favourites of mine and I believe this is the 3rd birthday in the last 4 years where I’ve used Lise Watier products to create my makeup look.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

I prepped my skin with Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer and used Make Up For Ever HD foundation as my base (reviews coming soon!). On my eyes, I used the Feline eyeshadow quartet – light pink shade as an all over wash of colour, taupe colour to line and define my lashline, bronze shade in my crease, and the light champagne shade to highlight.

I used my HG eyeliner, the Anna Sui liquid liner to line my upper lash line. After curling my lashes, I applied one coat of Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara to help maintain my curl, and created volume and length with Anna Sui Perfect Mascara.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

On my cheeks, I used my favourite cream blush formula – the Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220, and finished off my lips with the Lise Watier Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge.

The lipstick managed to last at full coverage for about 4 hours, but did not make it through dinner. It left me with a stain that was a lot more manageable and natural to end off the night. I can also attest that the lipstick is transfer proof, AKA kiss proof. Obviously any extreme wiping will smudge it, but anything with a light touch (sipping water, etc.), will not get lipstick transfer on it.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

Thoughts: Anna Sui Base Coat, Nail Polish and Gel Top Coat

anna sui nail polish review and swatches
I am completely enamoured by Anna Sui’s newest nail polish bottle design; as mentioned in my fall preview, the bottles look like little ball gowns! I have about 3 other bottles of Anna Sui nail polish so I was excited to see how the new formulas compare to the old one, and also try out the new base and top coats.

The Anna Sui Base Coat is a pale pink shade that mattifies down after it dries on the nail. The brush is extremely easy to use, as it has a clean, flat edge that allows you to get as close to the cuticle as possible. It dries down quickly, and creates a smooth base to apply nail polish on top of.

I used this base coat with my other nail polishes, in addition to the Anna Sui one and I found that wear time was neither decreased nor increased. It is a super cute bottle to keep on your vanity, so bonus points just for that. Priced at $15 for 8mL, you don’t get a significant amount but you don’t need much to cover your whole nail. In fact, this is probably one of the base coats where you need a lot less product each time you use it. Bottom line is, I would still recommend it even though it is relatively expensive; it is a good product at the end of the day and I can see myself re-purchasing this.

The Anna Sui Nail Polish shade I received was 402, a beautiful jelly finish burgundy with gold specked glitter. I actually have a similar one from Anna Sui’s old formula in the heart bottle, but the finish is completely different. The old formula is more of a cream finish while this one is a jelly finish. I absolutely love this colour and think that it’s perfect for fall. It’s different from most other fall polish shades because it is a jelly finish, and because of that it looks younger. The polish came with a flat edged brush that made applicator a breeze. I used two coats in the swatches, which, because of the jelly finish, is medium opaque. The polish lasted about a week with minimal tip wear.

As you can see from my fall preview, there is an army of different shades that you can choose from; there’s likely to be one that suits your skintone and preferences!

anna sui nail polish review and swatches

Lastly, the Anna Sui Gel Top Coat is a whole different story. In the same kind of bottle and flat edge applicator, it applies super smoothly and easily but you do need a lot more product for it to be more of a gel-effect. It is extremely shiny, almost glassy, but that’s where the good stuff ends. This stuff takes FOREVER to dry. I’ve washed my hands 2 hours after my manicure and it still smudged. You can see in my swatch photos that there are little marks on the surface of the nail and that’s from my bedsheets… hours after my manicure. At today’s fast-moving pace, I didn’t feel that that was acceptable. I didn’t try UV-curing it but it’s not supposed to be UV cured in the first place, so I got a little confused. If you’ve tried this before and you’re happy with how it turns out, please let me know what I’m doing wrong!

Overall: I recommend the Base Coat and Nail Polish shades, but not the Gel Top Coat.

Have you tried Anna Sui’s nail products?

anna sui nail polish review and swatches

Review: Anna Sui Perfect Mascara & Anna Sui Amplifying Mascara

anna sui perfect and amplifying mascara review
(top – Anna Sui Lash Amplifying Mascara, bottom – Anna Sui Perfect Mascara)

Anna Sui mascaras are a long-time favourite of mine – I’ve used up 3 tubes of their Long Lash mascara from a few years ago. They used to have a Volume Mascara, for volumizing, and a Long Mascara, for lengthening. The Long Mascara was also excellent at holding curls, even for my stick straight Asian lashes. Anna Sui recently revamped their mascara line to combine the Volume Mascara and the Lond Mascara into one – the Perfect Mascara.

The Perfect Mascara is really that, an all-in-one mascara for both your volumizing and lengthening needs. I had high hopes for this one, because I loved the old Long Mascara so much. The applicator is a small, thin wand that has short “spikes” in order to get the most product on the lashes. It did a great job at coating every single eyelash of mine, even the small ones in the corners, down to the roots of the lashes because of the design.

I really natural looking bushy lashes with this mascara. While it doesn’t volumize or lengthen as well as a specialized mascara, it did a good job at a bit of both, which makes for a natural-look. I also felt that it didn’t really hold my curl as well as the old one, or even compared to Dolly Wink Long Mascara or Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, other favourites of mine. All in all, while I like it, it’s not as good as the old formula in that it lacked the the curl-holding abilities.

The Anna Sui Lash Amplifying Mascara is a whole different story. This is a pretty cool concept that I’ve never heard of before (please let me know if you seen anything like this). Basically it is a mascara that you apply on top of your normal mascara to create a false-lash effect. The Lash Amplifying Mascara applicator is like a paint brush, you paint it on your lashes like a top coat. It is very wet and very black, and dries down to a glossy finish.

I tried this on top of both the Anna Sui Perfect Mascara and the Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, it worked wonderfully on both mascaras to give me long, lush lashes that were very similar to false lashes. The only qualm I have about this is that while the formula is great, the applicator delivers too much product on the lashes, slightly weighing it down but most importantly, makes my lashes clump together. I have to comb them out with a lash comb in order to avoid looking like I only have 5 fat lashes on each eye. Otherwise, I think this is a wonderful product for everyone to have in their makeup bag. You can save a lot of money on false lashes!

The awesome thing about Anna Sui makeup products is the beautiful packaging. Both the Perfect Mascara and the Lash Amplifying Mascara have gorgeous product packaging that will help spice up the look on your vanity.

Both the Anna Sui Perfect Mascara and Anna Sui Lash Amplifying Mascara are priced at $29 each. They are available for purchase at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, and later this month at four the Bays across the country.

On my left eye, I have Clinique High Impact Mascara with the Lash Amplifying Mascara on top. On my right eye, I have Anna Sui Perfect Mascara with the Lash Amplifying Mascara on top.

anna sui perfect and amplifying mascara review

Up close of the lengthening and volumizing powers of the Lash Amplifying Mascara:

anna sui perfect and amplifying mascara review

Instructions for applying the Lash Amplifying Mascara:

anna sui perfect and amplifying mascara review and ingredients

Ingredients of Lash Amplifying Mascara:

anna sui perfect and amplifying mascara review and ingredients

Reformulated: Anna Sui Lipstick in 301, swatches and review

anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review
The first time Anna Sui’s lipsticks were mentioned on Maddy Loves was way back in 2011 when I proclaimed my love for this to-die-for formula. When I attended Anna Sui’s fall preview a few weeks ago, I was re-introduced to the Anna Sui lipstick, which had been reformulated since I fell in love with 570 Glamourous Bloom.

Anna Sui’s new lipstick comes in two formulations – Vivid Base and Dazzle Base. According to the press release, both lipstick formulations contain several different types of oils to increase the moisture effect. Vivid Base also contains oils that help the lipstick adhere better to the lips and to increase wear, whereas Dazzle Base contains oils that plump up the lips for a glossy effect. There are 22 shades in total between the Vivid Base and the Dazzle Base.

anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review

The colour I have to test is 301. The 300s include all pink shades and 301 is a yellow-based pink with gold sheen. The gold sheen here is much more apparent on the lips compared to 570 Glamourous Bloom, and the colour is less transparent.

Pigmentation is excellent, but I felt that the colour settled a bit into my lip lines. Like 570 Glamourous Bloom, 301 was not at all drying and was very comfortable to wear. Wear time is quite average, due to the glossy and creamy nature of the lipstick, and will be even shorter if I am drinking/eating.

Swatches here show, from left to right, one swipe of lipstick, two swipes, and three swipes.

anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review

anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review

The packaging of these lipsticks is very intricate and it shows that a lot of thought was put into the design. In Anna’s signature black lacquered rose design, the lipstick tube looks like a bouquet of roses in a black vase.

Overall this is a sold lipstick offering, and priced at $29, it is not too expensive either. It is available now at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale locations, and will be available soon at four the Bay locations across Canada (Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Sherway and Downtown Vancouver).

anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review
anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review
anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review

anna sui lipstick 301 swatch and review

Anna Sui fall makeup preview

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Anna Sui is doing a complete relaunch of their products in Canada for fall 2013, and I got a sneak peek of all the new products being introduced into the Canadian market. If you’ve been a long-time reader of Maddy Loves, you know that Anna Sui is one of my favourite beauty brands, I’ve been using their products for nearly 10 years, and watched as their product formulations and packaging changed over the years. Thus I was super excited and honoured to be invited to their fall preview event at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

Keep in mind that this fall preview is of their entire line because it is a complete relaunch, so some of the products you see in my photos, you’ve probably already seen in person if you’ve ever visited an Anna Sui counter. Anna Sui is now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale locations, as well as four The Bay locations across Canada – Yorkdale, Eaton Centre, Sherway, Downtown Vancouver.

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Anna Sui cosmetics’ relaunch in Canada will include the following lip products:

  • Lipsticks in two textures – one more opaque and one more glossy
  • Lipglosses in two textures – one more like a lip lacquer and one more of a gloss
  • Crayon – a velvet finish lip crayon that can be used like lipstick or like a lipliner
  • Lip concealer – can be used to conceal on or around the lips
  • Lip balm – one of the original products that never had a change in formula, ingredients include jojoba oil and other good oils to help nourish the lips
  • Rouge – a gloss that goes on clear but changes with the temperature of your lips to create your personalized shade of lip colour
  • And the star product – Lip Colour Top Coat – a long lasting topcoat you apply on your normal lipstick (only works on lipsticks or crayons, not glosses). It dries down to a velvety finish and DOES NOT BUDGE. I tried it on at the event and it was really cool, but I will review it properly after I’ve done a proper test of it.

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The nail products will include

  • Nail polish in two formulations – one for all-over colour (bottle with the verticle stripes) and one for nail art (bottle with the scalloped design)
  • Base coat – according to the brand representative this base coat is formulated with jojoba oil and other oils that are good for the maintenance of your nail beds, and with it you only need one coat of polish to get an opaque effect
  • Gel top coat – a thick-ish gel top coat that is super shiny and elongates the life of your polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail care oil

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Eye products include:

  • Eyeshadow – choose your own eyeshadow singles from powder or cream formulae, and create your own palette
  • Mascara in two formulations – the Perfect Mascara, a lengthening and volumizing mascara in one and an Amplifying Mascara that is essentially an eyelash lacquer used on top of your normal mascara to create a doll-eye effect
  • Mascara base
  • Eyebrow pencil and eyebrow powder
  • Liquid liner pen
  • Pencil liner in a variety of shades
  • Eye brightener – an undereye concealer and primer in one

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Base/face products include:

  • Primer in two formulations – a moisturizing primer (SPF 18 PA++) and a normal primer (SPF 30 PA++)
  • Powder foundation in 5 shades
  • Liquid foundation in 5 shades
  • Loose powder in 4 shades (in the vanity-top box packaging)
  • Loose compact powder in 4 shades (in a travel-friendly compact)
  • Spot concealer in 3 shades
  • Face protection cream with SPF 50 PA+++
  • Rose Cheek Colour blush in 6 shades

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Lastly, to celebrate Anna Sui beauty’s 15 year anniversary, the Ring Rouge will be brought back! The redesigned Ring Rouge will come in 8 shades and will be released with the rest of the makeup line.

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There is also a plethora of accessories coming out, including their signature makeup trays, brush holders and mirrors. Skincare products will not be back with the relaunch at this moment but they may come back in the near future. Fragrances have always been here and there will be a new fragrance coming out soon as well – La Vie de Boheme – a fruity-floral concoction that can only described as being very Anna.

I will have products to test and review for you shortly, so please hang tight. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos I’ve taken of the event. You can see more photos on my Instagram as well: http://www.instagram.com/maddylovesblog

Anna Sui Beauty Mirror L and Beauty Mirror P, limited edition from Holiday 2011

I’ve been needing a large stand-up mirror for my vanity for the longest time. Most of the time I use a small fold-up mirror as I apply my makeup at my desk, but it’s so not glamourous. The moment I saw the information for Anna Sui Holiday 2011, I knew I wanted the Beauty Mirror Large, which is the largest mirror Anna Sui has ever released. This is a repromoted product from 2003, and the last time they came out with this, it sold out in a day!  I purchased my mirror at Murale, and at the time I also got a Beauty Mirror P (also limited edition from this holiday) as a gift with purchase.

Here are some comparison photos. It’s pretty big, bigger than my face, which is perfect for its purpose. It is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, which is the size of a piece of letter paper. I have it standing next to my HP Touchpad (same size as the Apple tablet, not gonna say it because I’m gonna get lots of spam, haha), a Dior palette and the Beauty Mirror P.

You can see that the mirror is a good size for any vanity. It is not giant, but still big enough for you to see everything you need to see.

Here are the two mirrors standing side by side.

Some detailing of the Beauty Mirror P. I didn’t consider getting this one before, but the stained glass look is really pretty. I would probably get a lot of stares in public.

And some details from the Beauty Mirror L. The frame is made of metal, the mirror is glass and the stand is plastic. It feels heavy and well made. The angle it stands at is controlled by a chain, you can hook the chain up to a hook in the back and it will stand at different angles. I think this is a nice thoughtful touch because depending on the placement of your light, you will need a differently angled mirror.

The Anna Sui Beauty Mirror L is available for a limited time at Anna Sui counters across Canada, as well as on the Sears website,  for $60. The Beauty Mirror P is available at the same places for $30. I received my Beauty Mirror P as a gift with purchase on the Beauty Mirror L at Murale, so if you are interested, I would suggest you move quickly!