Suddenly, with tons of time on my hands and nothing to do, I reluctantly faced towards the duty free shops. Why reluctantly? Because I was broke as hell.
"Window shopping only, " I told myself.
Ha! Famous last words.
But to my credit, after a couple of hours of diligent searching and comparing, I picked the best deal available that day.
And that deal was a brand that was totally unknown to me.
Who, or what, that was, I had absolutely no idea. But the perfume smelled nice and fresh and energetic. And, best of all, there was a massive gift with purchase to go with it.
And though I don't recall what scent that was exactly, I do remember I quite liked it.
Fast forward to January 2015.
I'm at Narita again.
I'm not broke as hell, but on a strict budget. The bulk of my money is meant for my upcoming Taiwanese shopping spree.
All I know is that at Narita I want to buy something nice-smelling. I'm tired of Dior. Other scents are too overpowering for my nose.
Suddenly I remember Anna Sui.
I got this Flight of Fancy based solely on the packaging. Just because.
And while I was getting it, I finally had a chance to test every single Anna Sui makeup and skincare item on the shelf.
To be honest, apart from cute designs, it was all very underwhelming.
The only thing that stood out to me was Anna Sui Eye Brightener.
It's available in just one color marked as 01, or 001, depending on whether you're looking at the box, or the website description.
And speaking of website descriptions, here's a screenshot from Anna Sui's page:
Anna Sui Eye Brightener is intended for the eye area (duh!), but they say it can be used anywhere on the face.
I swiped it on my hand at the store and liked its light color. I liked how to blended seamlessly and disappeared into the skin. I liked how it did what it said it would - namely, brighten the eye area.
What I didn't like was the overpowering scent, so typical of Anna Sui makeup and skincare.
The scent still bothers me, but it's possible to get used to.
It's not a concealer. It will never work as such. But that's just fine with me.
As I get older, I'm realizing that under-eye concealers are a tough balancing act when you're over 40.
On one hand, I want something to camouflage my uneven under-eye skin. On the other, overdo it, and you risk looking like a clown with cake batter smeared under your eyes. Sadly, from what I'm seeing on different beauty blogs, the dried up cake batter deal seems to be the in look these days for Western women.
Thanks, but no thanks.
I know firsthand that it's a challenge to find something that doesn't settle in the fine lines or emphasize wrinkles. It's a struggle.
And because I'm lazy and I'd rather watch cat videos on YouTube, I don't like to struggle with my eye makeup. Usually what that means is that I forgo the undereye concealer altogether.
That's why highlighters, or brighteners, or illuminators, are such a life saver for me.
Anna Sui Eye Brightener is a pretty standard deal.
We get 5.6ml of product in a pretty plastic bottle.
The applicator is a standard issue doe foot.
Anna Sui Eye Brightener is easy and efficient. It makes me look awake. It doesn't irritate my dry and sensitive skin. And despite the strong scent, it doesn't make me cry.
And because it's not a heavy concealer, it's nearly impossible to overapply. It's literally foolproof.
If a makeup idiot like me can manage it, then everybody else should too.
Anna Sui Eye Brightener ingredients:
As you can see, the product is made in Japan.
It's light, it's simple, and it wasn't ridiculously expensive either. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but it was definitely very reasonable.
It joined my very small group of "stuff that most likely goes around the eyes" cosmetics.
From the top:
- Anna Sui Eye Brightener
- DiorSnow UV Shield BB Eye Cream in 010
- Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 1
And this is how they all look swiped on my arm in the same order as above:
And incidentally, this is also the order of how much I like them.
Anna Sui Eye Brightener is a decent product at a good price, if you can find it duty free.
It's very strongly scented, so if you're sensitive to perfumed cosmetics, Anna Sui is definitely one brand to avoid.
Will I repurchase?
Hmmm... only if I can't find anything better.