I was asked to trial Anna Sui Eye Color and as it was a brand I had never heard of, I was keen to give it a go. Because I received my eye shadow as part of a trial I obviously didn't have to pay for it, but I have found that it can be bought for £13.50 from Strawberry Net (uk.strawberrynet.com). I think this price is pretty middle of the road for eye shadow and I certainly wouldn't gulp at spending that type of price on this product, which must mean that it's pitched about right.
There are a number of shades in the Anna Sui Eye Color range, and the one that I was specifically asked to trial was Anna Sui Eye Color Accent 102. This colour was referred to as "teal" and so it was a bluey-green shade that I guess was chosen for me because I have green eyes. Looking at all of the other shades on offer there is a wide range and so I am sure that there would be something to appeal to everyone. A lot of the colours, including the teal, are quite bold and more bold than I would normally opt for in an eye shadow, but there are more muted and earthy colours as well.
The Anna Sui Eye Color comes in a really nice little palate that would stand out at me if I was buying eye shadow. It is a nice little round black case that is decorated with black raised swirls. It has a window in the palate so that you can see the precise colour that you're buying, and the pressed powder itself is decorated with a cute little rose etched into the powder. In front of the eye shadow there is an indentation in the plastic which houses a little shadow applicator. I like the packaging of this product and think it looks kind of cute and the kind of thing that would be easy to throw in my bag for touch ups.
The applicator is the style that has a padded foam type stick. This is useable, but to be honest I tend to use my own brushes to apply eye shadow, especially when the colour is as bold as this because I certainly wanted a lighter covering that was more difficult to achieve with the complementary applicator. The powder itself is a pressed powder, and it feels nice to apply to my eye because it feels quite light. It also has a kind of translucency that is quite appealing in an eye shadow. It is possible to apply a thin layer to give a sheen or a hint of colour, and if you want something more striking then it's a matter of building up the layers. Once in place the eye shadow does not smudge and it has a good stay-ability factor of about 6-8 hours.
Removing the shadow does need eye make up remover as otherwise it can be a little stubborn, but with remover it comes off really easily. The shadow itself is not irritating to my skin or my eye and so it is the type of shadow that I could wear every day.
Overall, I would recommend the Anna Sui Eye Color because it's a really decent product.