Rose Week 2013
I admit that I disregarded Malle Lipstick Rose as another fine fragrance trying to smell like a functional fragrance to cash in on some people’s nostalgia: This smells like my mother circa 1961. This smells like how I imagine an Old Hollywood starlet in her dressing room smells like, etc. This was before I wore it. I rarely say this, but Lipstick Rose is genius. Yes, this is a hyper-realistic take on vintage French cosmetics, so it is another fine fragrance inspired by a functional fragrance. Lipstick Rose is so realistic as a cosmetic rose that I would compare it to pop art – taking something out of its general context and presenting it as a fine art, in the case a very well-done perfume.
Lipstick Rose opens with a fizzy grapefruit and tart, juicy raspberry over sweet violet. Lipstick Rose has sillage. It leaves a trail of powdery violets and waxy, metallic rose. Lipstick Rose has a presence, sillage. Yes, Lipstick Rose is powdery and waxy and “synthetic” but this is the point. It’s supposed to smell like makeup – tube and all. And if you are familiar with French cosmetics, a few brands will come to mind when you smell Lipstick Rose.
Other vintage cosmetic inspired perfumes come across as frou-frou and campy to me. This is not bad at all. I love camp. Lipstick Rose can be perceived as “fun” but it isn’t all fluff. It makes a statement. I think it says something about the matriarch. But, you know, I’m probably looking for something. In true Warhol fashion, Lipstick Rose is probably artistically affectless. It’s probably just a “silk screen” of vintage French cosmetics. What you smell is what you get!
Notes listed include violet, rose, musk, vanilla, amber and grapefruit. Launch date 2000. PERFUMER- Ralf Schwieger
Give Lipstick Rose a try if you love rose. Or if you like perfumes that smell like vintage cosmetics.
Like I said, Lipstick Rose has mega sillage and projection. It has above average longevity. But, when I wear it, I go all out. I spray at least 4 sprays.
Malle Lipstick Rose comes in 2 sizes (1.7 & 3.4 oz) with prices ranging from $165-$240 at Barneys.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A pop art interpretation of vintage French cosmetics. Genius.
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