Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I haven’t bothered reviewing Fame earlier and I don’t know why I’m doing it now. The deal with Fame is that it doesn’t matter what the black juice in the claw covered bottle smells like; Lady Gaga’s millions of Little Monsters will buy it. And they’ll love it. This is how fandom works. It doesn’t matter if perfume people love it or hate it. Perfume people don’t drive the sales.
Despite knowing that we aren’t the drivers of sales and knowing this is a celeb scent constructed by Coty, we still want to try it. Even the perfume world fell for the hype, the wait, the weird things Gaga said during interviews. We wanted to try it, probably to confirm that we *knew* it would be a disappointment; a few of us hoped to be surprised. Bottom line – this is a celeb scent. Nothing more, nothing less.
Fame opens as peach Jolly Ranchers and grape Kool-Aid. It’s sweet and fruity and very “celeb scent”. It gets more syrupy and reminds me of grape cough syrup. With time I get a mix of white florals and an ambery muskiness. It’s familiar and has been done before.
Lady Gaga Fame is not bad and isn’t good. It’s unmemorable. That is the worst thing anyone can ever say about a perfume. When I’m not smelling it, I forget about it. And because of this I have no desire to wear it.
Notes listed include belladonna, incense, apricot, honey drops, tiger orchid, and jasmine sambac. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – ? Maybe someone is ashamed. I can find the names of the bottle designer and who shot the ads, but nothing on the perfumer.
Try Fame if you like that style of muskier fruity florals that we find in celeb scents or perfumes like Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Cacharel Amour Amour, Juicy Couture Couture, and/or Illamasqua Freak. Personally I think anyone can wear Fame since you won’t be able to smell it 15 minutes after it is applied.
My beef with Fame is that it has below average projection and longevity. I seriously use hair products that linger around longer than this perfume. It seems “watered” down.
Fame comes in 3 sizes with prices ranging from $42-$79 at Sephora.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – I can’t remember anything after the grape Kool-Aid. Very little projection, very little going on. A disappointment. It’s a disappointment as a perfume and it’s a disappointment because it does not match “Gaga’s” image or the hype.
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