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

Rose-scented products: staples in my beauty routine!

If Marilyn Monroe’s signature fragrance was Chanel No. 5, mine is most definitely the scent of roses.

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From left to right: Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Lotion; Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel; Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne; L’Occitane en Provence Rose des 4 Reines Eau de Toilette; Anna Sui lipstick

My favourite body care combination has got to be Lush Rose Jam shower gel (reviewed here) with Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Lotion (hand cream version reviewed here). Rose Jam is sweeter and more potent of a rose scent compared to Rosewater, but they work beautifully together and its never overpowering, Rosewater body lotion is a light, very fluid body lotion that absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy-feeling. I’ve been using this one for years and I always stock up on the giant 500 mL version every time I visit a Crabtree & Evelyn outlet store because it’s just that good.

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My two favourite rose perfumes are Jo Malone Red Roses, a classic and the rosiest of the rose perfumes I’ve ever laid my nose on, and L’Occitane en Provence Rose des 4 Reines EdT, a lighter and slightly more sweet-floral rose fragrance. My office isn’t fragrance-friendly so I don’t wear these often, but it’s always a treat whenever I do get an opportunity to wear these out.

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Lastly, it’s no secret that I love Anna Sui makeup because of its rose scent. It’s definitely one of my favourite scents in makeup, alongside Chanel’s Joues Constraste blushes which are also rose scented. Anna Sui’s rose scent is definitely more potent and a lot sweeter compared to other rose scented products in my collection, so it’s not for those who aren’t fans of rose-scented products.

Do you have a signature scent, if so, what is it?

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

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