This was part of the Holiday 2014 limited edition release – I’m only 2 years too late!
Actually, I found this earlier this year at Winners so it wasn’t like I’d been sitting on this for 2 years! (But it’s been known to happen… 😉 )
The Anna Sui 2014 Holiday collection was called Tempting Sweets and featured 2 of these Sweets Gift Sets:
The one in the dark case is 01 Sweet Espresso, which contained red and chocolate tones. The 02 Sugary Sweet is the one I got, and has pinks and golden shades.
The outer box was a bit banged up from where Winners attached the security alarm contraption. At least I was assured that no one had tempered with the contents!
This set originally retailed for $39 and I got it for $20 at Winners. The packaging and concept are so lovely, I would have gladly paid full price for this! But for some reason, I did not see this in stores back in 2014, or else I would have bought it for sure. The presentation box would have been perfect for gift-giving:
A gift to myself, that is! 😉 When you open the lid, it reveals 4 little pots that look like little macarons!
The set contains 4 cream products:
• Creamy Eye Color (pink lid) in Pink Almond (milky beige pink) and Hazelnut (shimmery tan)
• Creamy Cheek Color (chocolate lid) in Strawberry (milky pink with silver shimmer)
• Moisturizing Lip Color (tan lid) in Pink Cherry (mid-tone cool pink)
• Lip Balm Jelly (white lid) in Clear (transparent gloss with suspended red and pink “blobs”)
I found the cream eye shadows to be too slick – they tend to slide around on my lids and creased fairly quickly even over a primer. The colours were also quite sheer. The lip gloss texture is a bit tacky which I didn’t care for, and the colour was a bit too milky for my preference. My favourite item from the set turned out to be the cream blush – it has a silicone texture and blended onto the skin seamlessly and was not sticky (I hate it when my hair sticks to my cheeks with other cream blushes). It also lasted amazingly well on the skin – more than 10 hours after application. All of the products have the signature Anna Sui rose scent, which I do enjoy. 🙂
The other product I like is the Lip Balm Jelly, which is very similar to the Anna Sui Jar in Rouge lip tint. In fact, the little pots from this collection are identical to the Jar in Rouge packaging (black lid):
The Jar in Rouge is a clear lip balm that turns pink when it comes in contact with the warmth of your lips like a mood lipstick (it turns fuchsia on me!) But, the Lip Balm Jelly from the Sugary Sweet kit is just plain ol’ clear balm – no magic mood tricks here. It does, however, have 6 dots of colours (red and pink) suspended mid-layer in the jar – I didn’t have the heart to dig into the balm to fish out the blobs of colour for analysis. I assume they will provide a tint to the lips. I’ll just have to wait until I reach that layer to find out! 😛 The balm has the same silky texture as the Jar in Rouge – non-sticky yet long lasting on the lips.
All of the products are made in Japan, as is typical of Anna Sui beauty products. Overall, this is a fun set but I only liked 2 of the products – the cream blush and the jelly lip balm. I’d likely not wear the cream eye shadow or lip colour again – a bit of a waste, really. I should note that I do generally like the quality of Anna Sui products – I plan to post my Anna Sui collection in the new year. 🙂
Now I’m wondering what to use this box for! Also, I’m quite sad that the Anna Sui beauty line is effectively an online-only brand for me now. I’ve just learned that the brand is being pulled at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and replaced with Paul & Joe. Earlier this year, the Hudson’s Bay stopped carrying Anna Sui and the counter space taken over by Teeez.
So, there’s no more Anna Sui physical presence in Canada now. 😦 Edited: Apparently, the brand is still stocked at Pharmacie Jean Coutu in Quebec! Thanks Jodi and Sharon for the information! 😀
Last year’s blogmas posts:
Blogmas Day 13: The 12 Days of Purge-mas
I am rather proud of the little jingle I created! 😆