Monday, 17 June 2013

Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix – Vision Of Love Eau de Parfum (review)

The name of this perfume is clearly ridiculous to anyone over twelve. But this is a Mariah Carey scent we're discussing here, and she is 'eternally twelve' – her words, not mine. While her début scent, M, and follow-up, Luscious Pink, were aimed squarely at young adults rather than teenagers, her most recent collections, Lollipop Bling and Lollipop Splash The Remix, are directed at the youth market.

Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix – Vision Of Love

You could argue that Mariah is simply creating scents (and she does have some input, unlike some) that suit her giggly, youthful persona. But this is a woman who has spent the last 23 years at the top of one of the most vicious, cut-throat industries in the world. Maybe, just maybe, she's creating young scents for the most impressionable age group by design. The same age group that could become more financially involved in the Mariah Carey brand and go on to purchase her music, her films, her concerts and her accessories, too? You decide.
Tested here is Vision Of Love, one of three scents from the Lollipop Splash The Remix collection, the others being Inseparable and Never Forget You. I'm not about to buy all three – although they are cheap – so I went with the one with her legendary début song title which dates back to 1990! All three are fruity-floral fragrances, with candy (or confectionery, if you're from a Commonwealth country) used as inspiration. They're similar in spirit to the Lollipop Bling perfumes, but while the 'Blings' are packaged in shiny glass bottles, the 'Splashes' are contained behind frosted glass.

Mariah Carey © 2013 SKS2K6
Speaking of the frosted glass bottles, I do think they look quite nice! They're an improvement over original M and the (lovely smelling) Luscious Pink perfumes that, while identical in shape, used colours that clashed somewhat. The monotone colour scheme of the Lollipop collections works better. I like the dark pinky purple used on Vision Of Love, too, it's attractive and fun. I still think the design's shape is cheap - particularly the lid - but the overall look is still distinctive and mostly inoffensive.

I'm not a big fan of the box, though.  While it's undoubtedly higher quality than the cardboard/plastic packaging of Luscious Pink, the cartoon clefs, notes, lollipops and butterflies are a bit much for most adults.  Again, I do like the colour scheme: pinks, purples and violets work well together, and the Party LET font is refreshingly frivolous.

The mandarin and coconut are instantly striking, but the neroli essence takes a little longer to develop. It's more of a heart note than a top note. Either way the initial impression is vibrant, beach-y and inexplicably young. After a few minutes the macaroons come to the fore. I get a strong hit of cake baking with this fragrance, and I like that that, being an avid baker myself. Yes, macaroon is perhaps a bit of an immature note, but I don't mind – with Vision Of Love I'm happy to embrace my inner child. The base is predictably sweet, soft-feeling and creamy.

juicy mandarin, coconut, star neroli
French macaroon, purple jasmine, white peach
sandalwood, vanilla infusion, creme de musk

At the risk of repeating myself, everything about this perfume suggests youthfulness. While I'd never suggest anyone over the age of 40 (Mariah's age when she created this with Elizabeth Arden) should avoid young fragrances, I think it's obvious what age group this was created for. Also, while I reject traditional gender-specific fragrances, Vision Of Love is so very girly. Something to bear in mind if you're a man who likes his women's scents. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The sillage doesn't stay close to the skin; it's a striking scent that will catch people's attention, but only briefly because the lasting power isn't great. That's not massively disappointing, especially considering the price, but you will probably need to reapply throughout the day.  Or perhaps you could buy the entire Lollipop Splash set and mix 'n' match!

Faultless in this regard, it's very well priced and there are lots of deals around. I paid £12 for mine, which is half the recommended price. Check the internet and see what offers you can find! When it comes to perfumes at the cheaper end of the market, I don't always worry about trying before I buy. If I like the sound of the fragrance notes I'll take a chance. Who could quibble about a twelve pound bottle of perfume if you end up not liking it?

Overall, it's fair to say this is a young-person orientated fragrance, and it's somewhat immature in its make-up with a confectionery-inspired base and brightly coloured packaging. But it's just about appealing enough for some adults. Maybe I'm young at heart, but Vision Of Love makes me smile and as far as I'm concerned that's as good a reason to buy a fragrance as any!

An affordable fragrance
Doesn't last especially long
Very youthful, bright and full of zest
Cheap, in more ways than one

Totally ridiculous name


Brand: Mariah Carey

Size: 30 ml
Price: £24.00 (£80.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Parfum/Fragrance, Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ext. Violet 2 (Ci 60730)

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