Back in the 2000s, Anna Sui makeup was such a treat and treasure for me (with a part-time and minimum wage job and all) and it's sad to see that the brand no longer gives me that kind of surprise and delight.
I wonder if it was my higher purchasing power that made these no longer desirable (for the price of 2 Japanese luxury brand palettes, I could get bag-full of little toys. It almost felt like pastry hoarding at Chinatown, two blocks away from their Soho store). After trying all of toys, I have concluded that it wasn't me, it was them.
Anna Sui Marbleized lipstick is a "new" formula that came out with their most recent lipstick design. Ever since their epic fail of a revamp in 2010, the brand had been doing packaging overhaul every two years or so.
The clunky geometric design is same across different formula, but instead of a light gray cap, this one is in a darker shade of clear black. Quality of plastic is high as it feels substantial and produces a crisp click.
After being undecided about the packaging for a whole year, now I think it's an eyesore to look at and a pain to store and carry around (which I never do, because who want to be caught reapplying this anyway?)
The marbleized lipstick has gimmick written allover it. Ideally it produces an unique tint from the two colors but in reality, the deeper shades always dominates that you just get different intensity as you make your way down...
371 is a dirty vamp with a bit of brown, taupe and berry mixed in. It's very similar, if not identical to Anna Sui's old Rouge G (for gloss) I owned (no link to old picture because the 7-year-old posts had ugly pictures oh and lip line galore).
The formula of this is identical to Anna Sui Rouge G (second generation of packaging) as well, it's a light cream gel formula that's comfortable and glossy. I like that formula so technically I shouldn't complain. Then it just occurred to me: The brand (Albion) never bothered with developing new texture/formula, kept using the old one that was around for 10+ years.
The only change made was coming up with these hideous packaging and gimmicky bullet shape that's a mess to use. No wonder so many of their counters closed down in China (I imagine this happening everywhere). Anyway, I might still pick up an item or two from time to time (they are "cheap toys" now) but the spark was long gone...