Went on so watery I shouldn't have bothered, and it wouldn't layer to a darker hue. Wasted my dollar. Too bad, normally ELF does okay. Their liquid felt pen eyeliner is much better, but just doesn't last long enough. I still buy that one though, because it goes on so fast and easy. This one, not so much.
It was too watery for me, too. Dunno if I got a bad batch or not, but it went on as if I was laying it over an oil base, in patches and not smoothly. I love liquid eyeliners, but this one just wouldn't go on well. It even resisted itself when I tried to layer another line over the original. Even at a buck, it was a waste of money. Sad
Listed notes: Juniper berries, saffron and cognac; lavender, ambrette (musk mallow) and whiskey; cedar, agarwood (oud), leather, vetiver and musk But I don't get these lovely, intriguing notes. What I get is sticky, slightly sour wood incense with a sweaty note. It's sort of awful and wow, I had to scrub it. Couldn't stand how it smelled on me, like I needed to have a serious bath. Miss.
Listed notes: mandarin orange, bergamot and clary sage; middle notes are cardamom, elemi, olibanum and styrax; base notes are amber, labdanum, vanila and patchouli. Wow, I want more of this. Edible, gorgeous, woody incense. No notes really stand out, everything instead blending into a smooth, comforting melange of Ahhhhh! The Vanilla and Labdanum base is a warm blanket to the powdered woods of the middle notes, while the spices are almost undetectable other than lending complexity to the wood. Masterpiece
Eh, it didn't work for me either. It went on terrible, a pasty, sharp mess but dried almost immediately to a very sheer, powdery scent that was very hard to detect. I think there was a soft powder vanilla with a slightly bready wheat note that didn't jive, but it wasn't as bad as the onset would lead one to believe. It was never really good, though, drying to a super sticky sweet and just never losing that synthetic pasty note. Nope
Listed notes: Rum absolute, dark rum, labdanum and pink pepper, davana accord, Sambac jasmine, hawthorn and ylang ylang , cloves and Ceylon cinnamon, dried fruit, rose, Amber, tonka, vanilla, cedar, labdanum, patchouli and white musk. What I get on my skin: Citrus-toned powdery wood opoponax. Not sure where all those notes went, but this is the basic idea on me, a lovely powdery wood scent that is sheer on top with a heavier feeling at the base where one finds the spiced elements and heavier woods. I wish there was more rum on me, but it's still very very nice.
Listed notes:Cardamom, cypress and rosemary; myrhh, honey and copahu balm; agarwood (oud), atlas cedar, cypriol oil or nagarmotha and tobacco. On the skin I get a woody, soft, incense fragrance. There are no harsh edges or woody screaming that I sometimes get from wood incense fragrances, and it wears very comforting.
On me, a basic oriental with heavy heavy sandalwood, which is a deal breaker for me. Very same-same, and doesn't seem original in any way. That being said, it will work wonderfully on someone out there, so it has the potential to be drop-dead gorgeous on someone who can handle sandalwood heavy orientals. Not me, though
Bubblegum and incense! Rather a pretty combination of fruity pink pepper tempered with mild citrus and based in a soft wood incense--raw incense not burned yet. Youthful but not girlish. I like it alot. It's what I'd hoped Etat's bubblegum encens would be but is far far better.
Ive' tried this twice, but it's so sheer I can barely make it out at all. It seems like a it might be like Paul and Joe Blanc in a milky sheer floral way, but with some wood notes and a dust edge. There might be wood incense in there and ambrette too, but it's so sheer and fades so fast it's really hard to tell. What I could smell, I liked, as it's very pretty. I only wish it was more pronounced.
I adore this. It is a masculine-edged herbal, but it's so fresh and crisp, woody and bright that I sniff it compulsively. Love it.
What it's supposed to be: "A recreation of Kyphi incense formula found at Edfu. Original blended herbs and resins of Kyphi, with Citrus notes giving a semblance to original camel grass and calamus, spice notes reflecting the original formula, and resins, honey and woody notes" What I get: Woody red sandalwood, Indian style for the most part. Okay, but not a favorite. There might be some spices in there somewhere, but mostly it reminds me of Indian red pressed incense. This isn't a bad thing, but it sure doesn't make me think of ancient Egypt.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Possets - Serious Flower - Hawaii
tessture 2/23/2013 9:33:00 AM
I get a tart tropical fruit with flowers. It's like SweetTart candy flowers with clear fruit, most likely papaya. No incense note to speak of. Pretty and fun, but linear and simple too. Still, would be lovely for walking on the beach or dining out in tropical climes.
Eh. Victorian rose. I got a suggestion of cool, which is the mint, but mostly what it smells like on me is old fashioned, slightly rotten rose water. Not bad, but very very vintage and mostly just rose. It's not complex or very interesting, but as a plain, vintage rose, it will appeal to those who like that sort of thing. To me, it is too 'off' a rose to appreciate and there isn't anything else of note to recommend it to me. I also have no idea at all how this represents Black Cat. I suppose the voodoo aspects are more important here than the name? Because it's roses.
Fragrances -Serge Lutens - Petit Livre des Parfums (samples)
tessture 2/10/2013 1:32:00 PM
I also had trouble discerning true scent from the wax samples. While the idea is great, the packaging classy and really fun and the base wax creamy and smooth, there really isn't a lot of scent in these, or perhaps my samples were too old? Totally possible. The wax base is not without scent and takes over a good portion of the experience. Somewhere buried in that beeswax feeling is a fragrance, but I certainly wouldn't buy a bottle of the liquid based on my experience with the solid sample, and several times have found the solid and the liquid to be so totally different it would be wasteful to even try. For fun, five stars. For practicality, zero. So it gets two, coz the packaging is so much fun. What ever happened to those hard plastic pipettes from the 50s? You broke off both ends and applied liquid perfume to sample. Fun, elegant and the perfume stayed very fresh. (Seriously: I tried Shocking from one of these pipettes and it was incredible. The sample was from the 50s and was the freshest version I'd ever tried, totally different from a vintage bottle. Amazing and lovely.)