I'm sorry, but this doesn't smell sweet on me. The fragrance, including in the bottle, has a sort of stale, sour dough bread to it that stays constant. I love sweet fragrances and the dry down becomes slightly more pleasant but this one doesn't feel very sexy to me. Do you think sourdough bread smelling vaguely of non-sweet play dough is sexy ? If so, this may be your perfume... That being said, love the bottle. Very pretty on the vanity but lacking substance, perhaps like the celebrity whose reality tv show funds this fragrance...
Let me preface this review: I have a weak sense of smell. But I can pick out notes every now and again and I can definitely distinguish expensive, complex fragrances from simple, cheap stuff. I think this fragrance is well blended and it rocks. I've only just tried it on but it has morphed from a light lemon scent to a pleasant blend that reminds me slightly of men's cologne but soon blossoms into a very expensive smelling women's perfume that goes from a floral to a sweet. It's like wearing three different perfumes in the span of 10 minutes that have an overreaching arch of femininity. Love it. It's great.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Guess by Marciano 2008
metacognition 12/4/2009 1:14:00 AM
I really like the sweetness of this perfume. It has a lovely warm scent that reminds me of sugar but it's not isolated and it seems completely balanced with some other ingredients. I also compared this one to lolita lempicka - it's not similar at all - in fact I think it is more similar to Paris Hilton Can Can, but not as gaudy or cotton candyesque. And it is more sweet to me than Vera Wang's Princess. I got it Guess at perfumania after their black Friday sale - buy one, get the second one for $10. That means I got the perfume for about $25 total! Though you can probably do something similar on ebay. But it's not for everyone. My 60-year-old relative took one whiff of my wrist and thought it smelled a little old ladyish. But I don't think it does at all!
LOL - I got a whiff of this one in the perfume store and I thought, "nuts and peat moss." There is an overwhelming scent of decaying wood that is hard to describe - not gross in itself, but overpowering and strong. I took a sample card home with me and it bled through about ten other fragrance samples stored with it, leaving all of them smelling like Angel! I also let a couple of relatives take a smell of the card without letting them know what it was and they both irked up their noses and said "eew...." and my sibling fidgeted and started holding his nose. I'm sorry but there is nothing feminine about this perfume. I didn't feel repulsed by it - kind of intrigued, actually - but only because so many people around me hated it. I am giving it two stars - for originality, because it takes guts to smell so weird - and because I'm going to buy a sample vial of it and spray it on my brother's Christmas presents to let him know they are from me! Ha.
Finally, a sweet perfume that doesn't have the mature pretenses of old lady scents. No overpowering powder with an indistinguishable mix of flowers or musk. No "look at how unique I am and how expensive / elitist I am, though I smell like fermented garbage (ex. Angel). This perfume is just, simply...sweet and simple. Simple enough for your nostrils to process without saying ew, fake - and simple enough for the people around you to appreciate without having the intricate knowledge of perfumes. Great stuff. Wish the bottle looked better because clear liquid in a clear bottle is boring!
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
metacognition 11/28/2009 10:47:00 PM
I bought the large bottle. Though the plastic cap and rhinestones look cheap (what does it cost to glue in a few cz stones, or use a glass top ? ) the fragrance is pretty good. I smell intense blueberries with a touch of sweetness. The fruitiness is somewhat overwhelming but it seems to diminish after a while and it leaves a very pleasant, sweet berry scent. Not bad.
The bottle is cute, especially the crown. However, I tried this perfume on my skin and on the paper swatch to find something sweet and creamy. Unfortunately, this fragrance reminds me of margarine. Not really sugary sweetness - just thick butter. I felt a bit like I had the leftovers of a really greasy donut on my skin. Not bad, but not my kind of pleasant.
This smell was a nightmare. I thought, this can't be a real scent when I whiffed it in the store. It smells like nail polish remover and is extremely strong - nothing attractive about it! I would rather go without showering for three days than wear this perfume for an hour. Really, it is the antithesis of womanhood, of femininity, and of pleasure! Never thought a real perfume would be this bad!
I'm sorry, but this smells like a floral with some slightly astringent ingredient that reminds me of industrial chemicals or bug spray. That one note ruins the fragrance for me, and makes it about as appealing as turpentine. Avoid this one at all costs. Maybe it just didn't work with my chemistry, but every time I put my nose to the bottle it has that same awful, not-so-feminine stink to it so it can't just be me! I didn't stick around to wait for the dry down, so I can't comment on whether or not the nuclear bomb settles into something more palatable. Edit: Whoops, look like the tester I used may have been a cheap fake. I tried the real one and it was much softer and well blended. It's good. Three lippies added back.
I'm sorry, but whenever I sample this at the perfume counter I am horrified at the scent. It is like the thickest, "old ladyish" perfume I can think of. Super strong for those who have lost their sense of smell in old age. I'm sorry for sounding so offensive, but at least in the bottle, these Elizabeth Taylor perfumes are overpowering with no particularly pleasant note. I did not spray the fragrance on myself though, so perhaps the dry down is better and less in your face. 2 lippies because it at least seems complex.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parlux - Jessica Simpson Fancy
metacognition 11/12/2009 8:51:00 PM
This perfume is, simply put...amazing. I tried it first in the form of a $3.00 knockoff that smelled very sweet and like vanilla, so I thought I would take a risk and purchase the real 3 oz. one without smelling it at the counter. Well, lucky me - the real one smells amazing! It's a strong vanilla scent balanced with something that seems a slight bit fruity and floral - it does not smell like a cheap, artificial vanilla but the real thing. Amazing scent, will definitely repurchase. Found the 3 oz. online for about $24. And word of advice ladies - cheap fakes may smell similar to the original and give you a great idea of what the real one will smell like - but they are not nearly as good as the real stuff!
Ok, so maybe I'm the odd one out but I really like this perfume. It has a very sweet, marshmallow overtone with a smoky incense / smooth soap scent when it is on my skin and I am the type of person to like really sweet, frivolous scents - I love Paris Hilton's Can Can and Jessica Simpson's Fancy. I would recommend this if you enjoy sweet scents - toned with a smoky effect. I always feel sexy when I wear this and I think it is unique compared to the other perfumes I've tried. It smells nothing like Fantasy or Vera Wang. Imagine eating a marshmallow coated in powdered sugar near a small incense burner. That's M, and it's actually way sexier than I'm describing it. I don't get Aquanet hairspray at all, to reference one review. I also don't get generic - smells way different from anything I've tested at the store, including sweet stuff. And I do get the soap element, but it's a sweet soap and it blends beautifully IMO. The bottle is also gorgeous.
I don't dislike this scent: it's watery with a slight fruitiness but there are knockoffs that pick up the same top notes perfectly for about $3 near where I live. Unfortunately the scent is a nice aquatic but easily duplicated. I was able to compare the real thing to the fake and they were almost identical. It's not the best incentive if you want a perfume that is very unique and sophisticated. I would suggest saving your money.
Oh heavens, no. I had the opportunity to smell this in a store. The smell was overpowering, old lady-ish, and somewhat offensive to my olfactory senses. I'm sorry, but I wanted to like this perfume. It's better than white diamonds, but not by much! It might work better on an older woman (40+) who uses just one small spritz. It is easy to overpower with this perfume.
These products are horrible. Really, I bought a full set including eyeshadow, liner, bronzer, and blush. The quality is so poor - the powders are not pigmented at all, and barely show up on your skin. With the exception of the bronzer, I couldn't use any of it. I actually thought I had bought a kid's set by mistake because the stuff is so bad! It is almost like a scam, that they can sell such low quality stuff and pretend its on par with your average drugstore brand. I personally think the brand NYC is much better, and it sells for around the same price! I avoid buying anything from the Color Workshop at all costs.