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I have always been a fan of Anna Sui perfumes and every single Christmas I get bought one from my Mom. This year was this Anna Sui Night of Fancy perfume and I have been very pleased with it.
The bottle I have is 50ml and looks just as above, It is a glass rectangle bottle on the bottom which is clear and purple coloured perfume inside giving it a lovely colour. The front of the bottle bears the name and the back has a beautiful pattern with flowers, trees and leaves swirling across the bottom and around the sides.
The top of the bottle has a lovely design. The cap is pink at the bottom and then a deep purple plume which is a peacock with beautiful feathers. As a design I think it is quite striking.
Scents I always find quite hard to describe as people smell things differently. Now some Anna Sui perfumes smell very sweet where this is but toned down a little. This is a very floral scent and smells quite musky. I can definitely smell rose and there is a fruit in there somewhere. It is not an overpowering scent as some give me a headache but its definitely sweet so unless you like light scents then don't try it.
In conclusion I love this fragrance as I love all Anna Sui. Its sweet and suits me fine. I just looked on Amazon and you can still buy it for around the £20 mark but it looks to be in different packaging from mine but will still be the same great smell.
Like many women at Christmas I normally receive several new bottles of perfume. I was absolutely thrilled when I opened a present off my sister to see this, Anna Sui 'Night of Fancy'. I have in the past used a couple in the Anna Sui range, 'Secret Wish' and 'Dreams' being favourites of mine. I had never seen this one before so it was a lovely surprise.
When I first opened it I was shocked at how gorgeous the box was, a shiny purple with a peacock displayed on the front. Inside the bottle was also encased in a purple velvet tray which I thought made the perfume seem alot more luxurious even though it is one of the cheaper fragrances on the market. The perfume itself comes in a glass bottle that is rectangular shaped, the liquid inside is a pale purple. The best thing about this bottle is the lid, a purple peacock with detail engraved on it. Overall the packaging is absolutely stunning and would make a fantastic gift.
The scent itself is exactly to my taste, very sweet and light and not too heavy. The Fragrance Shop describes the pefume as having 'fruity aromas of blueberry with accords of grapefruit leaves and wild strawberries. The heart hides secrets of Stephanotis - jasmine from Madagascar with Sambac jasmine absolute, while the base notes encompass accords of milkshake, olibanum and Cashmeran molecules' (www.thefragranceshop.co.uk) I think this description is perfect, the sweetness of this perfume is definately more fruity and not at all sickly. I wear it day to day and so far not interested in changing it. The name of this perfume does suggest that it is meant for night time occasions however I would say this smell is more for daytime wear because it is so light and I prefer stronger smells for evenings out and special occasions. This could however just be personal preference!
My only problem with this perfume is that I need to reapply it a few times over the day. I feel that the scent doesn't last as long on my body as others I have so I need to take this around in my handbag with me. This could just be personal preference again as to how much perfume I like to wear, it could still be sat on my skin and I may have just got used to it so can't smell it as well, but it is hard to tell.
The cheapest I have seen for a 50ml bottle of this is £12.99 at the Frangrance Shop which I think is very reasonable. It can also be purchased in 30ml and 75ml bottles.
Overall I love this perfume, presentation is gorgeous and the scent is exactly what I look for in a perfume, however it would be better if it lasted a little longer. I would recommend this perfume both for a gift and also if you are looking for easy daytime wear.
Like most, I recieved quite a number of new fragrences to try out from Christmas - and naturally couldn't wait to test them all so I could review for all of you - and also equally joyed that my new Anna Sui Night of Fancy has not yet been reviewed on DooYoo until today, so you get to hear my opinion first!
If you have read any of my previous reviews, you will know one of my all time favourite scents is Anna Sui - Sui Dreams - which like Night of Fancy is an Eau de Toilette rather than a longer lasting perfume. When my boyfriend asked what I would like scent-wise for Christmas, naturally I asked for Sui Dreams... sadly he couldn't get hold of this particular scent in time for Christmas - due to the area we live Anna Sui perfumes are not very widely available - but he did manage to get hold of this Night Of Fancy from the same brand - naturally I was chuffed to bits to be trying something I expected to be just as good if not better... and for the other reason I love Anna Sui - the gorgeous bottle designs! I have never heard of this particular scent before Christmas and have no recollection of anyone else close to me discussing this so I am reviewing today completely on my own experiences.
Love at first sight?
On opening this present at Christmas the first thing I noticed was how large the box is, that the scent is contained in! In actual fact, you find when opening the box is that is needs to be shaped like this to hold the unusual shaped bottle top!
At first glance you fall in love with the product before seeing or smelling the product because Anna Sui has presented the box design just perfectly - the outside is shiny purple with designs of grey and red flowers down the sides of the front with the large image of a shiny red and silver peacock on the front. The design strikes you as quite dark and mysterious but very attractive at the same time which completely suits the name of the scent.
When you open the box to grab the perfume (like I did) you see the inside is lined with the colour red which matchs the striking part red designs on the front of the box. The perfume itself is presented in a purple plastic velvet covered tray which has been molded to the shape of the perfume inside. I love the fact that there is a tray inside shaped to the shape of the bottle and top as it means its not freely rolling round in transit giving the possibility of damage - which is great for overnight stays.
The perfume bottle itself can be easily lifted from the tray with some cut out slips on the bottom meaning you can easily take out the perfume using your thumb and index finger - this is a good thing as I have tried taking it out using the unusual bottle top shape and I did have a hard job doing it this way!
Now on to the amazing bottle! The scent is contained in a rectangular shaped bottle which is made out of glass and completely transparent showing the light coloured purple liquid inside... but the first thing that will catch your eye like it did mine is the bottle top - which like the front of the box is shaped exactly like the peacock on the packaging. The peacock however is made out of a very hard plastic and is entirely purple in colour. The shapes of the peacock feathers have been carved into the plastic to give the most amazing 3D effect. The bottom of the peacock top is also lined with four bands of a very dark shiny pink - which goes very nicely with the box packaging. However as much as I love the design the one qualm I have with the packaging is that the peacock top is very hard to remove which is slightly annoying but I suppose it gives the spray nozzle underneigh that added protection.
In my honest opinion even with their wife range of appealing bottles which would usually appeal to the more younger customer I believe this one looks very sophisticated and would appeal to most.
So was it love at first sight?! For me it certainly was!
A Magical Potion?
The official Anna Sui website describes this particular scent as follows : "Elegant, sophisticated, and seductive, it gets you ready to rock the night away. A siren song of adventure and allure. Like a magical potion, it frees you to turn flirty and seductive, glamorous and mysterious"
... Naturally upon reading the description and first glance of the bottle you would assume this is a night-time perfume and I honestly believe this is what they intended this to be. To me, to achieve a scent intended for night they needed to have a sweet but inviting musk scent to it and sadly Anna Sui failed completely with this perfume. The packaging shows a night time perfume but the scent itself is way too light and sweet for this purpose - and actually upon first application I actually felt a little bit sick with it.
The notes given for this particular scent are as follows:
Living blueberry, Grapefruit leaves, Wild strawberries, Living stephanotis, Jasmine sambac, Milkshake accord, Cashmeran and Olibanum.
So as you can see there is way too many sweet light ingredients in this to make it a night-time scent and in my opinion should of come with more musk-type ingredients and a bit of vanilla scent would not hurt either.
When sprayed although the liquid shows as purple in the bottle comes out clear and does not colour any textures as you would be worried about. The spray nozzle is quite firm and does cover a great area of your skin in use.
As expected with an Eau de Toilette you are aware the scent is not supposed to last very long but again due to my previous experiances with Sui Dreams I was expecting a bit more than what I was to get out of this. The scent lasts on your skin a mere 2 hours - and during this time I was just sitting in the house and not out and about outside where I can blame activities on the reason for the scent running out this quickly. As previously mentioned when first sprayed it smells very sickly - this feeling lasts the first half an hour before it dies down into a half pleasant scent on your skin... but even with the 1 and a half hours where the scent is not sickly I am not impressed very much at all.
... So to anwser the question, no this is not a magical potion...
My last thoughts?
To me this is a huge dissapointment from Anna Sui considering how much I love Sui Dreams and I think I will be a bit wary at trying other beautiful shaped perfume bottles from them in future.
Although I am not a huge fan of this one, its not completely horrendous compared to some others that I have tried and with this in mind its likely going to be a scent I will choose to wear at work only - and with the the bottle size that i recieved being 50ml and the scent lasting just 2 hours or less I doubt this one will last me very long.
The only thing I love is the actual bottle design. I will not be buying this for myself, thats for certain.
The rough guide prices and sizes available online are as follows :
30ml - £13
50ml - £20
75ml - £22
Anna Sui is a fairly cheap range but if you wanted my honest opinion keep your money and buy Sui Dreams.
Night of Fancy invites all young women and all those who feel as such to enjoy and investigate their wildest dreams and fantasies / Feel and experience the mysterious adventure of the successor of Flight of Fancy edition in new nuances magical and romantic violet! The perfume opens with fruity aromas of blueberry with accords of grapefruit leaves and wild strawberries / The heart hides secrets of Stephanotis jasmine from Madagascar with Sambac jasmine absolute while the base notes encompass accords of milkshake olibanum and Cashmeran molecules /