Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
When Estee Lauder launched Modern Muse, I was optimistic because I tend to like Estee Lauder perfumes in general. After trying it, I wasn’t really inspired (and isn’t that the entire point of a muse?). I never reviewed it because there wasn’t much to say. Modern Muse was an abstract jasmine. I didn’t love it nor did I dislike it. It’s just one of those perfumes that I don’t have much to say about. When the flankers started to follow, I didn’t go out of my way to try them. I expected very little from them. To my surprise Modern Muse Chic gives me something to talk about.
Modern Muse Chic is musky floral. It’s much “bigger” and bolder than I expected. It has this dusty jasmine thing going on. There’s plum with white florals that almost makes it seem like a more modern take on 80’s floral amber fragrances. On me, the cool lily is amplified and mixes with that boozy plum wine. It’s all over a rather strong, camphoric patchouli. Modern Muse Chic dries down to something that reminds me a lot of Narciso Rodriguez for Her. It’s like that “sexy” blend of patchouli, musk and balsamic woods.
Modern Muse Chic isn’t this mind-blowing fragrance. In fact, it reminds me of a few other modern perfumes (if they were all mashed up together). However, I like it much better than the original. Saying that, I tend to gravitate to these sort of slightly tawdry floral ambers that have a lot going on and want you to believe that they are “SEXY, MYSTERIOUS, SULTRY”. Or whatever adjective we use to compare a perfume to a pair of leopard print panties. What I’m saying is that I have a soft spot for florals + musk + plum. Yet, I still dislike the bottle and the name is stupid. I mean, “Modern Muse Chic”…are there non-chic muses out there?
Notes listed include plum, artemisia, davana, jasmine sambac, tuberose, stargazer lily, cashmere wood, oud, labdanum, patchouli, ebony tree, musk, Madagascar vanilla and suede. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Harry Fremont
Give Modern Muse Chic a try if you like musky floral amber. Or perfumes like Indult Isvaraya, Dior Poison, Juicy Couture Couture Couture, Bond No. 9 Perfumista Avenue, Dita von Teese EDP, Victoria’s Secret Basic Instinct, Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Illamasqua Freak and/or Natori EDP
Projection and longevity are above average.
Modern Muse Chic comes in three sizes with prices ranging from $62-$110 at Nordstrom.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Musky floral amber with boozy plum and patchouli. I don’t see myself rushing out to buy a bottle of this (or buying one at all), but I like this flanker better than the original.
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