Last past month I was very lucky to finally meet up in person with my dear friend of seven years, Claire! Claire is from Paris and we’ve been trying to get together for a long time now but it’s very rare when she visits the US and I have not been able to hop a plane and take a trip to France yet (hopefully soon) so when she told me she was coming to NYC for a few days and asked if I’d like to come hang out with her, I jumped at the chance! We each had our lovely moms with us and we enjoyed a great lunch at a cute restaurant in SoHo before walking down to Little Italy and stopping at some shops along the way.
You probably know by now if you read my blog often or are following my Instagram feed that I love to shop for makeup! So of course I made sure we stopped in the Anna Sui flagship store on 113 Greene Street in SoHo. Picture this as I quote Molly Noonan’s review for NYMag:
“Past the soot-black storefront, the stained glass windows, and the purple flag fluttering above the front door, Anna Sui’s unconventional store packs rock-and-roll edge, Prohibition-era glamour, and cabaret dancer-sensuality into one alluring room. In the front, customers browse the cosmetics counter and, in the back, a row of antique black-lacquered tables showcasing Sui’s modern art deco jewelry designs. Under the blaring hard rock soundtrack and framed rock band posters, Sui’s signature petite-framed floral and eyelet dresses—many accented with black lace or ruffle details—hang neatly in the shop’s center, while in the corners, brightly-hued mohair jackets and oversized, hand-detailed purses hang on silver coat racks in spontaneous fashion, as if in a downtown doll’s boudoir. Back by the old Hollywood-gone-Goth fitting rooms, find an impressive display of vintage-inspired peep toe pumps in nearly every texture and print imaginable. Anna Sui’s cosmetics and fragrance are the most sought after items in the store. Specifically designed to enhance Asian skin tones and facial features, the line includes glittery eye shadows in bright 80s palettes like lemon yellow, turquoise, and hot pink, plus bold nail polish colors.”
If you’re ever in the NYC area and have time to visit this beautiful boutique, you won’t be disappointed. Take a peek at some pics I snapped while shopping:
Now, on to what I purchased! It was hard to choose a few items as I wanted EVERYTHING I laid my eyes on but I am really trying to be good lately with making new purchases, weed through my makeup collection and purge what I do not use anymore or give away some things that didn’t work for me. I knew I wanted to try one of Anna Sui’s perfumes because they all smell amazing and I’ve heard a ton of positive reviews in the past. The display was adorable and the packaging of these bottles is beyond cute but my eye immediately went towards the newest fragrance, La Vie De Bohème, which is $65 for 1.7 oz. The scent of La Vie De Bohème is described as “a blend of feminine pink florals, rich burgundy berries, and a kiss of electrifying, sensual woods” and I totally agree. It’s fun and flirty yet sexy and powerful at the same time. My kind of fragrance! The neat thing is that I received an adorable tin box shaped like a vintage gypsy caravan that housed the perfume when I bought it! I’ll use the tin to hold some lip glosses and then display it on my vanity because it’s too adorable to hide away!
Next I was drawn to their adorable loose powders in shiny black floral carved containers. They had three shades and a limited edition protective shade in a white duo-chrome container. They cost $33 for 0.56 oz. I bought Claire the translucent purple shade called Purple Lucent and I got the shade Light Beige which doesn’t have any luminescence to it since I have oily skin to begin with and perfer a matte finish. The best thing about these powders aside from the adorable packaging and puff? They have that signature Anna Sui rose scent to them. It’s not an overwhelming scent either and it won’t linger. I actually love it- it’s like a fresh rose and sometimes I just open the container on my vanity and take a whiff to remind me of the fun day I spent in the city with Claire!
Claire then wanted to buy me something in return to have as a souvenir of sorts from our city trip so she purchased one of Anna’s GORGEOUS lipsticks in the color 205 which is a stunning berry pink with hot pink glitter throughout. I must say, this shade is truly a standout and I do not own anything even close to it in my collection! Again, they come in the most beautiful packaging and smell like rose complete with a tiny rose topper on the end of the tube! Too cute! I then picked up an additional shade in 305 which is a brighter yellow-based pink, more for everyday wear. Each cost $30 for your typical 0.11 oz of lipstick.
And I must say, the girl at the counter helping us was so wonderful! She took her time explaining each product to us, letting us test out anything we wanted and even took our photo for Instagram before we left! With amazing customer service like that, you know I’ll be back! Overall, I am so impressed with everything I picked up from my visit to Anna Sui’s shop in SoHo and I know Claire is loving her purple translucent loose face powder as well! I can tell you now, the lipsticks are out-of-this-world and for sure I have my eye on some additonal colors in the collection. Next time I plan to be in NYC, I will most likely pick some up and do a giveaway for a few of my lucky followers here on my blog and social media accounts to share the love!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my Anna Sui cosmetics haul and I hope you get the chance to try some of her fantastic makeup and perfume yourself! If you have alrready, please leave me a comment below and let me know which products from the line you love!