Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Christian Lacroix Nuit Eau de Parfum (review)

Christian Lacroix Nuit Eau de Parfum
Christian Lacroix's original perfume for Avon was Rouge, and I adored it then as I adore it now. In time I will get around to reviewing that but first: Nuit. I believe Nuit – which is French for 'night' – was the third Christian Lacroix/Avon collaboration after Rouge and Absynthe, and was followed by Ambre and, most recently, Bijou. All are available in male and female versions; here I am reviewing the women's scent.

Nuit, like Rouge, Absynthe and Ambre, is contained within a tear drop shape bottle which is coloured a rather royal shade of purple. I don't think the silver writing is a particularly classy choice – of the four bottles utilising this design, it's Nuit which pulls it off the least successfully. The box is better featuring an attractive silver leaf and branch design. Quality is OK. The bottle's lid is wobbly and made of cheap plastic but everything else feels hefty and solid.

Christian Lacroix Nuit Eau de Parfum
The scent is a rich oriental concoction created by Carlos Benaim, described as “a forbidden fantasy of intoxicating florals, mysterious amber and midnight musk” which is fairly accurate. It opens with bergamot, neroli and honeysuckle. Flowers of jasmine, tuberose and narcissus are the heart of the perfume, which is supported by a base of amber, incense, musk and woody notes.

Unsurprisingly, Nuit is perfectly suited to la nuit. I've tried wearing it during le jour and it just feels wrong. It's too deeply flowery and the musk is overpowering for work. I also found it divided opinion quite sharply – some loved its almost smothering nature while others felt it was choking. With this a little goes a long way, something that's emphasised by its strength – a couple of sprays and people will know when you're coming and where you've been.

Unfortunately I feel the amber is overpowered by the musk until it's been on for quite some hours and the tuberose is a little sickly if you overdo it. To get the negatives out of the way, the top notes (predominantly peony) aren't in the slightest bit subtle. This perfume is far better once it's warmed up and worn down.

It's not as dark as you might expect but it's an alluring perfume all the same. It smells great wondering through the streets on London on a cool Autumn night and as the temperature has plummeted I come to appreciate Nuit's warmth all the more. If you're looking for a fabulous winter's night perfume, this could be it. Some other reviewers, I noticed, can smell spices but in all honesty I cannot. A shame, really, as I love a hit of spice and it would go so well with Christmas!

At just £20 this is another good value perfume available exclusively from Avon. It's a cut above their standard range – as it should be with Christian Lacroix's name attached – but I don't think it's as good as Rouge, Absynthe or Ambre. In many ways Nuit is a specialist scent; it works so well during colder evenings but at any other time of day or season it feels out of place.

Perfect cool evenings perfume
Doesn't work for me in Summer or daytime
Very good value for money
Can't try before you buy

A bit suffocating for some


Brand: Christian Lacroix

Size: 50 ml
Price: £20.00 (£40.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: Poland

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Parfum, Aqua, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

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