Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color in 601 (アナ スイ ローズ チーク カラー 601/ 安娜蘇 魔顏精靈薔薇頰彩 601, ¥3500) was released as part of the brand’s spring 2014 makeup collection as a limited-edition variation. (The other variation (also a limited edition) in the collection is 302.) The four shades in this variation are:
- light apricot orange, lightly-to-moderately pigmented, with a velvety-to-satiny finish and a slight hint of glow
- cool-toned rose pink, lightly-to-moderately pigmented, with a velvety-to-satiny finish
- golden peach, lightly pigmented, shimmery
- off-white champagne gold, lightly pigmented, softly shimmery
The light apricot orange and the cool-toned rose pink are the main blusher shades in this variation, and both shades have a good staying power. The golden peach and the off-white champagne gold are both quite sheer and they go on mainly as shimmer. (They are slightly more shimmery than the pink-toned taupe and the cream white in 302.)
Between the two main blusher shades, I prefer the cool-toned rose pink. (It goes on very slightly warmer than it looks in the pan.) The light apricot orange is slightly too orange-toned for me. (For orange-toned blusher shades to work for me, they need to have enough peach tone.)
When mixed, the two main blusher shades show up as a grapefruit orange (a deep orange shade with subtle pink and red undertones). Essentially, the cool-toned rose pink deepens the light apricot orange, takes away some of its yellow tone and adds pink and red undertones to it. I was expecting the mixture to have a peach tone but it turned out to be more of a subtly red-toned orange. The shade looks a little odd on me, and I think it may be because it is still slightly too orange-toned for me.
601 has quite an interesting and somewhat unusual color combination, with a relatively muted cool-toned pink and a relatively bouncy apricot orange. The cool-toned rose pink does work for me, but the light apricot orange and the mixture of the two don’t. Overall I am not particularly keen on this variation, and, between the two limited-edition variations from spring 2014, I like 302 a lot more.