As a Madonna fan I was excited about this perfume. One smell brought back images of my childhood visiting elderly neighbors, my senior relatives, and my grandmother giving me hard candy.. no thanks.
This is a lovely tuberose-gardenia scent. I've heard one of Madge's fragrances is Fracas -- THE bombshell of tuberose -- and this has a very similar vibe. If you don't like florals, or more specifically if you don't like tuberose or gardenia, don't bother with this one. But if you do, I do recommend you check it out.
I love Fracas and have had a dalliance with Michael Kors which my husband loved but was too strong for me...I love tuberose and want to love Gardenia but it has never sat well with me. Anyway I had a day off and was looking in my local department store at pefumes and I saw Truth or Dare, I did not even know Madonna had a perfume out so I opened the cap and had a sniff for fun, thinking this is going to be dire....
Oh my god was I wrong! I was instantly hit by the similarity to Fracas, so I was mega intrigued and sprayed it all over....it has a beautiful high quality tuberose note that is at the top I would say - and then underneath a soft gardenia, but also both have an earthy natural smell - which is AMAZING for a celeb scent - to be honest I was blown away but it. I almost wished it was not a Madonna scent as I detest celebrity scents, but then I thought - Madonna does not need the money - she is all about image and she can afford to make a fabulous, high quality scent that ranks up there with Fracas, Michael Kors, Guerlain etc - as she would want it to be fantastic and show her in a good light - heck Britney needs the money perhaps more, but Madonna sheesh - it's probably a tax loss product for her!
I love love love it!! It is multi faceted, and does it last!! It is not cloying, it is not headache inducing, it is quite simply beauuuuutiful!!!
I love this perfume and have another waiting in my closet. I also bought the bodylotion. I will definitely use this fragrance for a long long time.
This is utterly foul dreck. This is one of those perfumes that turn people off of white florals forever. I don't personally wear Fracas, but I respect it, it is a perfume milestone and a classic. This is no Fracas. Trainstop bathroom freshener, maybe. That's about it. She should have listened to her perfumer's advice....
This is a polarizing scent for sure. I love it. My husband absolutely hates it. Go figure. Use sparingly though, quite strong. I cannot wear Fracas at all and I love this, so they are similar but not identical. This is sweeter, but less buttery, if that makes sense.
If you like the original Comptoir's Tiare, this seriously reminded me of it. It's beachy and delicious!
This does smell a bit like Fracas!!! Maybe even a little better, if that's possible. I love this fragrance! It's just the right amount of 'floral', for my tastes anyway. A perfect day-to-evening scent, not too over powering, but not too timid to even be noticed at all. Because it is EDP, the sillage is lasting, especially if your clothing gets a bit of it when applied. It has a nice tuberose note that is more bang for your buck - than say Estee Lauder which is nice smelling, but super expensive & doesn't have hardly any sillage to it - compared to this. I will definitely buy this again. Macy's had a nice deal on a 3.5 oz bittle of the EDP that came with shower gel and body lotion. The only downside - was the packaging, the bottle is a nice milky glass with some beaded detailing around the edge that is nice, but the bottle is a little awkward shaped - tall & slender, so some what prone to toppling over, and the garrish gold cap is hideous....
TRUTH OR DARE is another one dimensional white floral blend of gardenia and tuberose. These two scent notes are so strong that, apart from a whisper of neroli, nothing else is distinguishable from the jumble the perfume quickly becomes.
White florals aren't my thing, but at first I did appreciate the blend... until the jumble of scent notes develops fully on my skin - then TRUTH OR DARE becomes a real no-no. There is something in the jumble that smells overly synthetic and sickly - the vanilla and musk combining with everything maybe? I can't describe this synthetic note in any detail, but it's horribly heavy on me.
I retested TRUTH OR DARE again today when I saw a tester in a store, and my Mum took one sniff of my wrist and she honestly backed away from me, saying the fragrance was too heavy and would give her a migraine if she came too close to me.
Scent notes: gardenia, creamy tuberose, neroli, jasmine, benzoin, white lily, vanilla, caramelized amber and sensual musk.
I wouldn't recommend TRUTH OR DARE and wouldn't know when to wear it; it is too strong for casual or work wear and it smells like many, many other white floral blends, so I don't think that it is unique enough for evening wear or or any other special occasions.
The fragrance does not suit it's edgy name and bottle design, as it is so generic. TRUTH OR DARE does NOT remind me of Fracas [the only white floral that I like], but instead Kim Kardashian's debut fragrance.
The description of Truth or Dare sounded so promising and unique. When I read the notes I imagined a cross between the hypnotic beauty Fracas (a dark yet fresh, complex tuberose classic) with Creed's pretty, bewitching Tubereuse Indiana (a floral with hints of amber and vanilla). What it actually smells like is a drop of Fracas in a swimming pool of ethyl maltol, the aroma chemical that perfumers use for a 'cotton candy' note. Overwhelmingly sickly sweet and cheap smelling, like a synthetic cloud of vanilla, marshmallow, and cupcake. After several hours, it's more bearable but still far too syrupy for anyone over the age of 6 to wear. Beautiful ad campaign, and I LOVE Madonna. But this scent is a disaster for those of us who were expecting an elegant gardenia-tuberose scent. My guess is Madonna wanted gardenia-tuberose (often said to be her favorite) and Coty wanted vanilla cupcake (it's what sells today), so they compromised and did both.