Posted on Tuesday, at • bought • 93 views
Let me say a few things up front: this was a decent deal; I know little about the science of perfumes and scented things; I haven’t ever bought perfumes from Stila before. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let me just say how very underwhelmed I am with this kit. First off, the glass rollerballs. They don’t look like they’re going to break in a heartbeat, but they don’t make me hugely comfortable slipping one into my bag or backpack. The glass doesn’t look like it’s thick enough, compared to other rollerballs that I’ve seen. (Or the rollerball of Sweet Honesty perfume that I had when I was just a wee sprogling of 12, which was plastic. Not exactly glam; but that sucker wasn’t going to break unless you tried on purpose to break it. And maybe not even then, considering that its primary audience was preteen girls.)
Next up, the fragrances themselves. The descriptions sounded pleasant enough: a mix of sweetish, citrusy, and spicy fragrances. If I didn't like one, chances were I'd like the others. (My private candidate for "most likely to be relegated to the back of the drawer forevermore" was Creme Bouquet, because I don't absolutely love smelling like a cupcake and something that contained vanilla and florals might be just a little too sweet for my preferences.) I was looking forward to smelling Midnight Bloom, with its combination of Gardenia, sweet fig, amber, and sandalwood. The fragrances are very very faint, which could be forgiveable...but they fade awfully quickly. And I'm not just talking "some notes fade, leaving behind just X" I'm talking "after about 30 minutes, it doesn't smell like you applied anything." People who know perfumes better than I: is $25 a decent price for 33ml of eau de toilette that is both very subtle, and fades so quickly?
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