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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