Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Versace Bright Crystal Absolu is a flanker to the original Bright Crystal. I honestly don’t remember the original Bright Crystal being this obnoxious. In fact, I remember sniffing it in store when it was launched and not thinking it was too bad. I don’t know if I was being really nice that day or maybe I was congested, but Bright Crystal Absolu absolutely grates my nerves.
Everything about Bright Crystal Absolu is neon. It opens with an obnoxious fruity musk. Day-glo yuzu and lucite berries. It’s sharp, screechy and if reality TV could be a perfume, it would be Versace Bright Crystal. You know the formula, you know how it is going to end. It’s formulaic. It starts out as sweet fruits and then goes to screechy, juvenile florals and then dries down to sugar. F*CKING KICK ABSOLU OFF THE SHOW ALREADY! But, it goes on. The producers want to keep this drama around for a few more episodes. Bright Crystal Absolu doesn’t go as sweet as my initial prediction. Oh, the drama! Instead it goes into HISSING PATCHOULI and SPRAY PAINT territory. And then it dries down to a metallic rose-musk, almost Montale-ish in that regard…but like a dimestore Montale.
Well, when I “review” designer scents, I always compare them to the designer brand. And Bright Crystal Absolu is just as obnoxious as the Versace fashion house, so it works in that regard. As a perfume, it does not work. Or at least for me. This genre of perfume needs to just go away already. But, like Versace’s gilded Greek keys smacked on every little trashy thing, this style will probably not go anywhere. This “trend” of perfume has been around for over 10 years and I don’t think it’s a trend anymore. I think it’s what people want. No offense to anyone, because I even sort of like the bottle so I shouldn’t be one to talk, but it seems like if you like the bottle, you probably expect for something “pink” and loud to be inside, right?
Notes listed include yuzu, pomegranate, ice accord, raspberry, lotus, peony, magnolia, Acajou wood (just mahogany ya’ll), amber and musk. Launched 2014 (in the U.S.). PERFUMER – Alberto Morillas
Give Bright Crystal Absolu a try if you like “pink” fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Versace Bright Crystal, Dior Addict 2, Gucci Envy Me, Lancôme Miracle and/or Paris Hilton Just Me for Her. It’s feminine. And I hate to say it, but “young”.
Projection and longevity are average.
Bright Crystal Absolu comes in two sizes with prices ranging from $84-$110 at Sephora.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Another screechy pink fruity-floral. I get absolutely no joy from this one. I remember a time when Versace actually made good fragrances. Or maybe my memory is faulty.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Sephora. Versace Atelier SS 13 image from marieclaire.co.uk. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!