First, the new(ish) Michael Kors trio:
The Sexy Amber was fairly predictable, but I like amber in most guises and this one was pleasant enough, but not 90-plus bucks pleasant, if you know what I mean.
By the same token, I expected to enjoy the Glam Jasmine, and although pretty, it was a bit too synthetic-y for my taste. Someone on Fragrantica mentioned a similarity to Marc Jacobs’ Blush, and I definitely could see that. Like the Sexy Amber, if someone gave me a bottle, I’d not quibble, but I still would rather spend the extra bucks and have one of Serge Lutens’ offerings or something else a bit more unique.
There was also a bottle on the display with the main three, called Sexy Rio di Janeiro (a Macy’s exclusive it turns out). I thought that one might be the most adventurous, but it turned out to be so fleeting that I didn’t wind up making any notes on it at all.
After sniffing it on the blotter, I blew off the Sporty Citrus altogether for any skin time. It did not stand out in the least to me and easily could have been one of a number of similar scents already on the market.
A bit later on, I spotted the pillowy, cube-ish Calvin Klein Reveal bottle, divided diagonally into half glass and half metal. (As I looked at it, I kept thinking: Didn’t I have a pair of earrings from the ‘80s that looked like this?) They’re calling Reveal a “solar oriental,” so I was unsure what to think. It turned out to be a slightly salty amber musk, back-heavy on the vanilla, with the tiniest thread of something marine running loosely through it. It reminded me of a scent that I couldn’t quite put my finger on; and although it didn’t thrill me, I could see Reveal working nicely on a brisk fall or winter day as a cozy wrap of warmth. A soft, warm and creamy skin scent and unlikely to offend anyone. And I think it could be good on the guys as well. Hey, at least it’s not another fruity-floral concoction.
Then as I was heading for the door, I passed the Estee Lauder counter. No skin territory left, but the SA kindly gave me a sample of the new Modern Muse Chic. On the blotter, I thought I sniffed a touch of citrus infusing the original. But when I got home and tried it on skin, all I got was what seemed like a slightly altered version of Narciso Rodriguez for Her. Not a bad thing, mind you, but not what I was hoping for.
So Reveal wound up being the best of the bunch for me (meaning, I would enjoy a sample or three, but no more).
What about you? Have you found love (or even like) with anything out in the mainstream lately?