Friday, 30 November 2012

Mariah Carey's Luscious Pink Eau de Parfum (review)

Mariah Carey's Luscious Pink Eau de Parfum

With Christmas nearly upon us our thoughts invariably turn to gift ideas but also to Christmas music, and who better to sing in the holiday season than Mariah Carey? She's arguably the Queen of Christmas; her festive enthusiasm  can melt the hearts of even the most determined of Scrooges.  Mariah doesn't just sing and write, she also has an ever growing line of beauty and fragrance products and here we look at her second perfume, Luscious Pink (yes, really; what a silly name!), which was released in 2008.

Mariah Carey's Luscious Pink Eau de Parfum
Luscious Pink is the follow-up to 2007's M which has been a best seller for parent company Elizabeth Arden, and shares the same bottle design. (Luscious Pink was itself followed by Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix collection, which looks similar but is targeted at an even younger audience).  However, this time pink accents have taken the place of M's purple. The bottle is a nice shape but I would have preferred something different, perhaps something a little classier. The butterfly top, while very Mariah in spirit, is also very cheap looking and the pearlescent finish glass bottle is more yellowy in most lights than pinky.

The good news is the fragrance itself is bright, effervescent and joyful. It has sparkling top notes of Sicilian bergamont, ocean breeze and bellini accord but it's the dewy tiare petals, pink peony and lily of the valley heart notes that really stand out here. It settles down into a pretty sweet base of bright blond woods, sandalwood and white musk. The musk is noticeable, but not overpowering.

Advert aiming for 'ethereal'
It's not a complicated fragrance by any stretch of the imagination - it's light, and not at all cloying so it's very Spring-like in spirit. However, I'm wearing this right now and it's just hovering above freezing here, and I find it's cheering me up on these ever so grey days. I would say it's more suitable for daytime wear than evening, but it is warm and romantic in a young, care-free kind of way. Lasting power is OK, but I'd imagine on dry skin – where fragrance evaporates faster – you might need to apply more regularly.

In 2009 Mariah Carey released an Ultra Pink version which promises "soft accents of cherry blossoms and wild berries, combined with signature dewy tiare petals and a creamy blend of sun-kissed woods.” I've not tried it but it received a nomination in the Women’s Popular Appeal category at the 2010 FiFi awards.

At just £20 for 30 ml – not including offers which are readily available – Luscious Pink is certainly excellent value for money, and I would say it's a more desirable, wearable fragrance than M (which to my nose has too much of a marshmallow smell to it) as long as you can cope with it's youthful sweetness. It's available in 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml bottles and a special 'Deluxe' version with an attractive metallic finish to the bottle and box.

Very youthful and bright
Cheap looking bottle
Not overpowering
Silly name
Very good price even before discounts


Brand: Mariah Carey


Size: 30 ml
Price: £20.00 (£66.67/100 ml)

Size: 50 ml
Price: £30.00 (£60.00/100 ml)

Size: 100 ml
Price: £40.00 (£40.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate

1 comment:

  1. I must admit I've always been dubious about celebrity-endorsed fragrances. But, just before Christmas, there was a lovely smell lingering about the office. I wanted to find out where it was coming from so I could buy some. I later realised it was a Secret Santa gift--and was a David Beckham fragrance! In a million years I wouldn't have thought of testing it. I now know better, hahaha!