There was a brief moment in the early 2000s that Anna Sui makeup made an appearance at Sephora. It might have been only in NYC, and I think the emphasis was on the range of nail polish, but it was fun while it lasted. The packaging was adorable, and the products, even the polish, had a sweet rose scent. Within months Sephora phased it out ( I bought everything I could find on eBay). Ever since the only place in the US you could find these products was at the Anna Sui boutique.
Last year I discovered that Beauty.com now carries Anna Sui makeup. It's not the full range or the seasonal item (you can find those on ichibankao.com, though they charge a heavy markup), but it's the core collection including classics such as the #400 Anna Red lipstick you see here.
The color, a vivid true red, is an irresistible Valentine's Day kind of shade. Since the coverage is semi-opaque the true color of my lips does show through. If I want a fully red lip I need to apply a second coat with a brush, which also gives an excellent longevity. Anna Sui lipstick feels very... lipsticky. The fragrance is as very feminine, as I remembered, and goes well with the packaging. The formula is sleek (it contains both dimethicone and candelilla wax) and feels very comfortable and kind to the lips without beeing too slippery or goopy. The finish is smooth and satiny, no shimmer but not completely matte.
Bottom Line: a real treat.
Anna Sui Lipstick #400 Anna Red ($30) is available from beauty.com.