Monday, 23 January 2012

Anna Sui Forbidden Affair Perfume Review

Anna sui is an American Fashion designer with Chinese origins, and is known for her colorful, cheerful, vivid designs. She is also famous for her fragrances, cosmetics and eye-wear and has stores across 50 countries world wide. You can see her playful side in her creations...
A bouquet of nail colors

Anna Sui palace sparkle nail colors


Same goes for her perfume bottles.....


emmm....these kind of give me the creeps!

I've always had a weak spot for gorgeous packaging. Don't we all? ;)
I had a little test vial of Ana's perfume 'Forbidden Affair' that I decided to review
sorry for the bad lighting. Let's head over to google and see how the packaging actually looks like...


Love the cascading glass all around the edges...

 And the elegant crown shaped ring...



ANNA SUI: Live inside a fairytale fantasy! Dabbing a little forbidden affair fragrance behind each ear is like putting on a Tiara. Enter through the gates of the forbidden affair garden and find your prince charming. Discover what it feels like to live happily ever after!
Enticing piece of writing. Head over to her website and be part of her magical world. It really is worth a visit.
The whole design concept is dedicated to a secret rendez vous between a prince and a princess with the taken from traditional fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. It was inspired by Baroque and Rococo gardens, Baroque palaces, boudoirs, royal fashion and the lavish lifestyle. This style brings us back to the mid-18th century.
A secret garden and a gate where lovers meet in the dusk, in order to remain unnoticed by king and queen, is portrayed on the perfume box. The bottle itself is shaped like oval mirrors of baroque boudoirs. The stopper is shaped like a rose bud that is about to blossom, symbolizing the Anna Sui brand.
The well-known British model Lily Donaldson is the face of the campaign, shown standing near the gates of the palace dressed in a princess lavender dress, with tiara on her head and crown jewelry making her dreamy and stylish. (source)
The interesting thing about this perfume is, that, for the first time ever, Cyclodextrin technology was used in it's composition. The technology claims to  allow the top notes to re-emerge over and over again for an ongoing sparkling fresh fragrance experience.
I found it to be a fresh fruity floral rose with a strong jammy blackcurrant note. It is quite interesting and different from the usual fruity florals churned out by barrel loads these days. I think the tart pomegranate and lemon  saves it from being too sweet. The cedar  gives it a tinge of pleasant sharpness. I don't own a full size bottle, but somehow looking at the bottle I was expecting a richer vanilla laden spicy scent.I'm not complaining, it's quite unique, and a pleasant enough scent. I really like it, quiet fresh and well balanced without being too fruity or too floral.Lasted a good 5 hours on me without reapplying.
CATEGORY: Fruity Floral
Top Notes: Lemon, black currant, Red currant
Middle Notes: Rose, Raspberry, Pomegranate
Base Notes: Musk, Virginia cedar and Violet
This can be purchased from most large stores that stock designer perfumes so check locally for availability and price.
 In the end I would like to share the artist who created this magic. While googling for the package design, I came across this talented artist who did two silhouette illustrations for this perfume's box.
http://dieterbraun.blogspot.com

http://dieterbraun.blogspot.com
Truly Magical. Check out this brilliant artist's blog HERE


Image courtesy: Blogger's own, dieterbraun and google images






14 comments:

CottonCandyINK said...

wow the packaging is beyond amazing

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I love the package and the bottle, so pretty!

Neha said...

Love the designs of the bottle caps, both nail paint and perfumes. Truly creative.

Thanks for dropping by my space and leaving your mark. You have a new follower here now :)

ReeBz said...

Amazing packaging :)

CREATIVE MIND said...

Oh dear, These bottle shapes are amazing! how unique..waoo

Pooja_G said...

wow so creative designs :) and as always a great review from u :)

Pandora`s Box said...

Thank you ladies :)

Rakhshan said...

clever bottles!! i love how you introduce everything about the brand/designer! great post:) x

Jayme and Mendi said...

Gorgeous packaging! Thanks for posting!!

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Su said...

Totally fascinating! Love the bottles :) Forbidden Affair sounds like a nice fruity floral with a twist. I will try it for sure!
Off topic: I recently tried Taylor Swift's Wonder Struck and thought of you! It is a nice sweet scent :)

Cherry Lane said...

I totaly love Anna Sui...I cant live without Sui Dreams...Its one of my absolutely favourites!! Your so right...all her bottles are so beautifully designed...it makes you feel like you are buying something really special. :-)

Pandora`s Box said...

@Su: Awww!:) Yes it's quite sweet.Yet another celebrity candy.

@Cherry Lane: It's nice to see designers take so much time in designing beautiful packaging.As you stated, makes you feel you're buying something precious.

city said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

parfum-ori said...

Terima kasih infonya gan.
Lumayan buat nambah wawasan.

Parfum Ori
Anna Sui Parfum.

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