Lipstick -Clinique - Color Surge Bare Brillance 125 Tropical Punch
zeynepd 1/17/2010 5:37:00 PM
Very very sheer and quite glittery with a slightly sticky texture. I have used this both on my pale skin and when I was really tanned and I got good results.It is quite similar to Lancome Color Fever 100 Apricot Haze, but that one is more visible and durable I think.
Although the name says apricot, this is one of the best soft, innocent pinks I have ever used. Has a glossy and creamy texture and smells lovely. Goes really well with many tones of skin as well as red, brown, black and blond hair. Quite similar to Clinique's Bare Brilliance 125- tropicl punch but that one is more sheer and glattery with harder texture. I would rebuy Apricot Haze.
I love the original, have a travel size of L'eau the One that I use from time to time and I was pretty curious about this one. Unfortunately, the rose is too synthetic to my nose and smells like an overly sweet jam on my skin.
Karma smacked me on the face with a clay casserole dish filled with soil and bitter spices. Dry rot.
My skin amplifies the sweet vanilla notes of this, so it is very much like Britney Spears' Fantasy on me with a gentler touch.
I like the pomegranate note and its interpretations in fragrances as the fruit is capable of taking many forms from sweet notes to more tart or even bitter ones. My favourites so far have been Miss Boucheron and Midnight Rain and I was quite interested in Ma Dame because of the grenadine, thinking that it would be lively but sweet when combined with the rose. Yet, my experience was far from it. Ma Dame left me cold with a crystal clear, metallic, fizzy interpretation. I could get a vivid smell but it didn't connote any liveliness to my nose. I also found it too sporty for myself. Still, I believe it can be quite impressive on the right person. And the bottle boasts the best design I have ever seen I think.
Berries, milk, caramel, beeswax, vanilla, wood, what's there not to like? Unfortunately the strange combo of cocount - the dessicated sort sold among spices in supermarkets- and somehow medicinal patchouli ruin it for me.
In a parallel universe where I would be content with one single fragrance - from each category:))- this could be my signature or HG in the light oriental category. It is one of the longest lasting fragrances I have ever experienced with more than average sillage. It really evolves throughout its course but doesn't lose its initial character. In that sense, it is coherent and congruent. The opening is sweet but bright pineapple that could border on being too stale if I didn't always get a flash of the woods. The mid-notes are more friendly and accessible than some elegant white flowers and I like their 'country' feel. The base is a miracle of soft woods without the nose burning white musk of so many more recent fragrances. Birmane reminds me of Burberry Classic though the former is slightly less dynamic of course. The fragrance goes with a variety of dressing styles and things - except my orange anorak:)) Nowadays I'm stockpiling it as it is dirt cheap on some e-tailers.
My mother gave me a half used bottle of this two years ago and since then I have been toying with it on different occasions, though without a WOW. I like the bright yet milky opening conveying the smell of unripe green figs. I love this bright but milky phase in fragrances; yet, in this one milkiness gives way to a sweet coconut on me. I must admit that I'm not a big fan of coconut and this is actually the fragrance that has made me appreciate it a bit, but I still find the coconut note too sweet and perhaps a bit sticky. I am unable to experience an anchoring base and it just disappears. I guess I like the Fig Candle more than the fragrance. On the right woman though, it could be gorgeous.
Opens exactly like a stronger Trussardi Inside but tones down to something sharper and perhaps more roughly blended. Still, it's warm and kind of fluffy. I love the opening and perhaps the mid-notes but don't care for the rest. A good, comfortable, casual fragrance with good sillage and lasting power though. I think it has an element that will appeal to a lot of people and can be worn safely to a lot of places. I would rebuy if wasn't hooked on Trussardi Inside. I have dropped my bottle on stone tiles twice, but it's still alive and well.
This one needs the right chemistry to work, and it seems that mine is miles away from it. The opening burnt my nose terribly. Then there was the warmth, but it soon turned into some cloying heat - like suffocating in a cashmere sweater in an overheated room where everybody is about to doze off. The base felt sweaty to me, but I might be imagining that as an extension of the overall feel of this perfume. I usually don't care for the bottles, but this one is truly unsightly.
10 years ago, perhaps I would dismiss this too easily as another big fragrance in the spicy oriental category but today I view and admire it as a handsome fragrance that makes a difference. Life Threads Gold opens up with vivid notes of plum accompanied with a very aromatic clove note. The clove never gets cloying or masculine as it is brightened with juicy tangerines. Altogether, the opening is mature and cheerful in a way that reminds me of The One. I also love the heart where a light handed rose is accompanied by what I think is ylang-ylang. The floral notes are added a twist with some lush herbs. I detect a lovely coriander and a modest dash of pepper - I love both of these notes. Again, the fragrance is mature but cheerful to my nose. It moves into the base smoothly and I get mostly incense. Altogether, it is a golden fragrance that would go well with earthy colours, cashmere jumpers and suede skirts. Very noticeable but not in your face - in its own category of course. Perfect for winter.
I had cunning plans for this one. I would handle the rose to the best of my powers and indulge in the berries. Well, little did I know. Parisienne opens up with an overwhelmingly sweet pink rose essence that reminds me of the roses in Armani I'dole. If you get a vintage or European feel from strong rose essence, I guess you would enjoy this. On me, it was very middle eastern loukhoum though. Soon roses give way to a cherful potpourri and berries show up. They really are lovely and not tart at all. Yet, this phase lasts way less than I would expect from YSL , and the drydown... umm, where is the drydown?
On me this is a very structured scent on the soft but fresh side with three developmental phases but the lasting power is so weak that describing all the impressions would last longer than my actual olfactive experience. Thus an overview: Very alcoholic top notes. Unfortunately I get no apples at all. (10 minutes) Good, soft, creamy, very slightly floral mid-tones with soapy orange blossom and cinnamon showing their faces from time to time. (20 minutes) creamy, super-subtle, slightly peachy drydown (10 minutes). My overall impression is that this is a slightly trendy, slightly perfumey but very causal fragrance for everyday occasions. It has a lively feel for the duration it lasts.EDIT: I'm taking off a point as to my nose, it has lost almost all dynamism whatsoever. The soft orange creamsicle is now Calcium- vitamin C tablets. And I'm asking myself: Can something be both metallic and stale?
One of the rare Chanels that I can actually pull, which means that it is perhaps geared towards relatively low-key audiences that look for comfortable sensuality rather than the edgy million dollar look/smell. Nevertheless, it oozes quality as the soft, fluffy sensation it offers is unique. It is almost linear on me, but in such a way that I wouldn't like it to develop into anything else anyway. It's creamy, very slightly flowery, and kind of bright without ever becoming screechy or super-perfumey - this is often my trouble with Chanel. When I wear this, I always think of white. A whitewashed black and white Maine cottage, a white fluffy blanket on crisp white sheets, a white silk robe. Not so bad sillage and long lasting. I don't have a signature perfume but I feel kind of uncomfortable when I run out of Allure.