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After receiving a gift set of Anna Sui miniatures (and loving most of them) I decided to splash out on a full sized bottle of Sui Love when I saw it on special offer in Boots. I made a big mistake it turns out, with the classic school girl error of buying the perfume without even smelling it as there were no testers available.
The bottle is gorgeous. Well, I thought it was gorgeous to start with but after seeing it in my collection the colourful butterfly design has started to blend in and I no longer notice it now as I collect more interesting looking bottles. It's very chunky looking but remains feminine due to the pretty embossing to the bottle and use of an amber and pink combination of colours.
The problem for me is the perfume itself, I just don't like the actual fragrance even though the individual notes do appeal to me. I'll go about this fragrance review from a different angle to how I usually write them, instead of describing the overall perfume I want to tell you the tones and how well (or badly in most cases) they work. I can't explain why I find this so important in Sui Love, but it is to me. And it's my review!
Sui Love doesn't really have top, heart and base notes. It has a mixture of fragrances which come through one by one at different times, they don't blend into one another and as one note fades another one takes its place with no calm transition at all! It's strange that such a promising looking and sounding perfume should be such an effort! And why does everyone else think it's such an excellent perfume?
Bergamot, passion fruit, jasmine, white rose, vanilla and Ambrette seed. These are supposedly the main notes in the perfume, I admit I can pick out the jasmine and vanilla but even though those are my two favourite fragrances they don't work well in Sui Love. The jasmine is very watered down and this means I don't get the full whack of heady floral fragrance, I can't see what is keeping the usually strong jasmine down as the rest of the notes are also quite weak. The vanilla is stronger and helped by the zesty bergamot, even though this particular bergamot isn't as zesty or citrus as in a lot of other perfumes.
The problem for me is that Sui Love smells very cheap on me, I'm not sure why as I am usually lucky with perfumes and there are very few I find that don't suit me. Obviously there are fragrances I dislike but it's rare they just smell weird on my skin. It reminds me of Far Away, an Avon perfume which is pretty enough but definitely not deserving of the Anna Sui name.
The vanilla is what eventually spoils Sui Love for me, it starts off with a gorgeous sweet fragrance but after a while takes on a more bitter fragrance which cheapens the perfume even more. Thank god it doesn't have very good staying power, the few short hours you get from a spray of Sui Love is plenty for me thankyouverymuch! It's not exactly sickly, but at least one of the fragrances used in the perfume gets (literally) right up my nose. I start feeling like I'm going to sneeze as soon as I spray it, and although I don't always actually sneeze I know my nose definitely gets tickly when I get a whiff of Sui Love.
If nothing else, Sui Love has taught me never to buy perfume without smelling it first. However pretty the bottle might look!
£23.95 (50ml bottle) from Cheap Smells.
I first stumbled upon Anna Sui's perfumes completely by accident about 5 years ago. I have a slight obsession with unusual, beautiful looking bottles and Sui Love certainly fit the bill nicely with it's butterfly shaped bottle, glowing with warm tones of orange and fuschia. I was most intreagued to see what was actually living inside (or more accurately whether it was as appealing to the nose as it was to the eye) so I bought a small gift set sized bottle with shower gel and body lotion to try out.
As a rule I always test perfumes in the morning to see how they work out throughout the day - your sense of smell is better first thing when you wake up in my humble opinion. So I decapped the bottle and spritzed onto my pulse points. WOW! An intense burst of intense, uplifting but not overpowering floral aroma filled my bedroom. It's very tricky to describe this one because whilst it has strength, it's subtle and carefully crafted in it's construction... no single ingredient dominates the others and it's rather that all elements contribute towards the glorious smell that sprayed out of the bottle. I personally wouldn't say that Sui Love is just 'for kids' or at least the younger market - the bottle is whimsical yes, however the perfume inside isn't sickly sweet and sophisticated enough to bridge any age gaps and 'fun' enough also appeal to younger noses too.
It does feel to be more of a summer perfume than one to use throughout the winter months but that could be because it reminds me of warm days, being in love and even longer romantic nights out watching the sun go down... *ahem* Where was I? ;o)
As the day progressed the intensity faded somewhat giving way to richer floral perfume with subtle oriental undertones and lasted surprisingly well without the need to top up what I was wearing.
All in all... very impressed with Sui Love and very glad I brought the shower gel and body lotion also so I can scent layer to build up the intensity (also means I can use the perfume more sparingly that way, as I have made my way through the small bottle and onto I think my 3rd 75ml bottle now! Yikes!!) Seriously addictive scent, perfect for summer and love is definitely all around with Sui Love.
I love this fragrance so it was a natural choice to review it. Whilst the bottle is unashamedly girly, the fragrance itself manages to balance being sweet, fresh, flirty and feminine without being overpowering or sickly in nature. It also carries well through the course of the day - starting off as a delightful fruity floral display and winding down into some more muted, subtle and barely detectable but very sexy tones of fruity muskiness.
The pretty, collectable bottle makes this fragrance an ideal gift - particularly as it can be combined with the matching products also in the range. The fragrance also goes a long way - one spritz is enough to leave the essence of the scent and the staying power does the rest.
I can think of no downsides of this fragrance. On the upside, I can credit this scent with starting two of the most enduring relationships I have had - men certainly love this smell!
Recently I have been building up a collection of perfume after I almost ran out just before Christmas and when my fiance had a trip over to Ireland recently he returned with our all time favourite perfume for me!
*~*Who is Anna Sui?*~*
For those of you that have never heard of Anna Sui she is an American Fashion designer born in 1964 in Detroit where she received a scholarship to attend Parson's School of Design in New York.
It was not until 1999 that Anna Sui launched her fragrance and cosmetic line. The title fragrance was launched in 1999 and in 200 Sui Dreams was launched followed by Sui Love.
The scent is both a daytime and an evening fragrance and it has staying power.
The scent is contained in a butterfly shaped bottle which is pink and orange in colour. I always think that Anna Sui fragrances are well worth the money and perfect gift as they are always that little bit more different in both scent and packaging.
The products are always in high quality glass bottles with a design to fall in line with the theme of the fragrance and are packaged in a high quality box in the same colours as the bottles.
As with all fragrances they can smell differently on people so if you are buying it for yourself, try before you buy.
The fragrance is fresh and fruity but does have a strong smell of Vanilla which I like if I want the smell to linger.
When you first spray you can smell the bergamot and passion fruit before the floral notes of jasmine,marigold,white rose and lily hit, but it is the Vanilla and rich musk that linger for longer making the scent a little heavier than other fresh and fruity fragrances.
I personally tend to prefer to wear this scent for more formal occassions using cheaper perfumes for work and everyday, this makes it easier for me to recognise the quality staying power that this fragrance truly has and even after a night out drinking the smell lingers on the skin and on your clothing.
The perfume is a warm scent that is nice to wear all year round and what's more is it lasts a good while, I always use it with the body lotion so that the smell is a bit stronger.
My partner loves this scent and every time I wear it, it sends vibes to him and he finds me irresistable so the romance side that this fragrance promises does definately work for me.
A sexy fragrance that will make the men come running.
The product is available in various sizes but if you are not too bothered about it being a tester then you can pick up a 75ml sized bottle from as little as £17.99 which is a real saving as it retails at around £42.00, if you prefer to have the item all boxed up then a 75ml bottle costs just under £25 from fragrance direct which is a real bargain.
Sui Love by Anna Sui is the most recent fragrance which I have added to my perfume collection. I own a few other Anna Sui fragrances and I really like them because they smell really unique and unusual. Anna Sui fragrances not only smell great, the bottles look great too because they have unusual shapes and colours. The bottle of Sui Love is made from orange and pink coloured glass and bears the shape of a pretty butterfly.
The bottle of Sui Love which I have is a 30ml Eau De Toilette, I purchased it from Debenhams a few days ago and it cost me £22. There were other Sui Love fragranced beauty products available to compliment and layer the scent to give it longer staying power.
I love the scent of this perfume because it is sweet and refreshing and has a gorgeous fruity undertone. As soon as I sprayed the scent onto my skin I could immediately smell passion fruit and roses. After about a few hours the scent began to change which is because of the different notes which are used to make the fragrance were beginning to take effect and become more apparent. The initial passion fruit and rose scent faded after about 2 hours and the scent had a sweeter lighter fragrance, this was because the fragrance was fading and the base notes were becoming more visible.
Sui Love is described as having
Top Notes of Bergamot and Passion Flower
The top notes are the first phase of the perfume; they are usually the most volatile and evaporate from the skin very quickly. The top notes are usually very light and refreshing and their scent usually lasts for anything between five and ninety minutes.
Middle Notes of Jasmine and White Rose
The middle notes of a scent are therapeutic and balancing oils, sometimes the middle notes are often referred to as the heart notes of a scent. The middle notes are not always evident and can take between thirty and sixty minutes to develop on your skin, and they last for anything between two to four hours.
Base Notes of Vanilla and Ambrette Seed
The base notes are the longest lasting notes in a fragrance, most perfumes use the same base notes. This is because they give the perfume more staying power and stop the top and middle notes from evaporating from your skin as quickly.
Sui Love has really good staying power; it lasts for about 7 hours before it needs reapplied. I wear this perfume during the day as a casual perfume because of its light, sweet floral nature. Sui Love is a perfume which is flexible and can be worn for different occasions, I wear it as a casual perfume but it would still be a great perfume to wear on nights out.
I love the perfume and when I run out of it, I will definitely buy another bottle. Simply because the scent has great staying power and it is very light and unusual.
Sui Love is a 30ml Eau De Toilette perfume which means that it contains between 4-10% perfume oils. An Eau De Toilette perfume is most commonly bought because it is cheaper than an Eau De Parfum, an eau de toilette scent usually lasts for about 3-4 hours on your skin although some others do last a lot longer it just depends on the different oils in your skin.
**written by me and also posted on ciao**