Charlotte Tilbury has some really amazing products, I have reviewed many in the past (I will link them in the post) and with every new launch, there is a new excitement and rush to try the product. With each new launch, my expectations from the brand have always risen, I do not think there is anything from the brand which I have tried and not liked. The newest launch from Charlotte Tilbury is the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter which I will be reviewing in this post along with my other favorites from the brand.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – 5 Tan

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (CAD $50) is the new Revolutionary product which is a must-have customizable complexion booster with the versatility of a face primer, with the mega-watt glow of a highlighter and the perfecting properties of your favorite digital filter. The ingredients in this product help to soft-focus, illuminate skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.

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It is indeed a very versatile product, I have used it as a makeup base, a foundation, as a highlighter and it has amazed me in every way. As a base or a primer, it gives a radiant glowy finish to any foundation you use over it. As a foundation, it gives a beautiful natural radiant finish with light coverage, perfect no-makeup look, of course with the concealer for my spots. As a highlighter on the high points of the face, it gives the most natural highlight. If I mix this with my foundation or tinted moisturizer, the finish is a beautiful glowy face, which does look naturally flawless and radiant.

For my medium tan skin tone, Shade 5 – neutral caramel suits me perfectly. There are 7 shades available in the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and as the coverage is light to medium, it can be great for a range of skin tones which match the nearest from the range of 7 shades. The packaging is in a heavyweight glass bottle, and the product is applied by dotting with the foam-tipped wand. The product has been working okay for my combination skin, no breakouts or irritation. Overall a really revolutionary and nice new launch from the brand.

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer (CAD $65) features ingredients to give your complexion an instant pick-me-up to create an effortlessly dewy look. It can be used as a face primer underneath the foundation or on its own for a relaxed dewy look. The packaging is in a nice sturdy plastic case with a pointed opening to dispense the product.

This primer does make the skin radiant and more youthful. I have used it as a primer or mixed it with my foundation, gives a beautiful natural dewy glow to the skin which looks very youthful and fresh. The texture is very smooth and the consistency is creamy, a little more than a pea size is what I use on my face and a part of the neck. I apply it with my fingers and that’s it. I just leave it like that on the no-makeup days and on the other days, follow with my foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup review swatches

It can also be used as a natural highlighter, dotting on the high points of the face and it gives a beautiful glow to the cheek. I have seen with Charlotte Tilbury products that they are all multi-use products, and they all tend to make you look radiant and youthful. My skin does not looks or feel oily after application or even at the end of the day, it looks glowy and dewy all day. The other makeup products stay on well over this primer, no rolling off. It did not give me any breakouts or any irritation.

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Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher – Love is the Drug

Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher (CAD $50) has a creamy, color-rich texture in a cool shimmering pink to create an ultra-flattering makeup look. The blush is really beautiful, the texture is so creamy that it melts into the skin. The blendability is just amazing, love the way it just disappears into the skin and gives beautiful natural flush to the cheeks. The complexion looks healthy and luminous. The formula is very pigmented and gives a nice color payoff. The shade ‘Love is the Drug’ is beautiful bright pink, as I mentioned it is pigmented, so a little will be enough, means the blush will go a long way. On my medium tan skin ton, I just swipe and tap a little, gives me a nice rosy pinkish healthy glow.

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To use this blusher,

‘1. SWISH your brush around the outer shade & tap off excess. Run the brush flat, up the cheekbone starting from the apples of your cheek, to structure your face.

2. POP the shade by taking the pointy end of the brush, dip it in the centre colour & tap off the excess. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, blending seamlessly to make them pop & glow.’

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Moon Beach

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick (CAD $48) is a Lip To Cheek Dewy Colour Pop which has luminous, rose-gold iridescent peach shade inspired by the mesmerizing light of Moon Beach. It is inspired by the unique lighting, golden sands & bronzed goddesses of Ibiza. To use it, simply twist up color & apply straight from the bullet, blending with your fingers for a youthful, fresh look of year-round summer.

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The formula is really good, easy to apply and blends in nicely into the skin. It is perfect for on the go or for the next vacation you are planning. It gives a beautiful rose-gold iridescent glow to the skin with a hint of peach. It would be a great highlighter too. I am thinking of the beach and then this beach stick, the sand, the sun and the gorgeous glow with this.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup review swatches

There is a slight shimmer, so it is definitely not for work or everyday wear but perfect to travel with on a vacation or a night out. It will be great for the weekend, a dot on the cheek and blend with the finger, gives a beautiful glow. The shade Moon Beach is a nice shade for my medium tan skin tone can be used as a highlighter as well as a blush, more of a highlighter as I did not notice much color payoff to the cheeks, a little unnoticeable hint, and rest is the glow.

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – 3 Dark

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (CAD $58) is a face powder which features ingredients to prevent excess shine and brighten complexions. It can be used in the oily areas to make them matte or on the whole face to set the makeup or for more coverage. The powder gives a nice soft blur, giving that airbrush finish to the makeup. The powder is very finely milled, and very smooth. It blends in nicely and does not gives that powdery look or feel. I use it either to set my makeup or for retouching when I have to freshen up my makeup. It does not give a full matte finish but good enough to look bright and not shiny keeps the glow intact which I prefer. The dark shade is not as dark as I expected before I saw this in person, it is a medium shade to me and works perfectly to set the makeup. The makeup does not look cakey.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup review swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Medium to Dark

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (CAD $80) is a perfect lightweight, buildable, blendable formula to create a well-contoured face. The Medium to Dark shade is perfect for my medium tan skin tone. The powder is like serious cream, it is so soft and melts into the skin so nicely. The lighter shade is the highlighter and the darker shade is the bronzer. The shades are beautiful and look so nice once applied, the formula is buildable yet looks very natural. The bronzer I feel is a bit dark for me, so a little swipe is all I need and it works for me, It is not orangey on the skin. The highlighter gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks, a little swipe into the product is all I need. The packaging is very beautiful, as is of all the Charlotte Tilbury Products.

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To use Filmstar Bronze & Glow,

1. Apply the ‘Sculpt’ shade to the areas you want to define, the hollows of your cheeks, the temples, jawline, the sides and tip of your nose. Never forget to blend-blend-blend!

2. Apply the ‘Highlight’ shade on top of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, your lip’s cupid bow and the brow bone for a candlelit complexion.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette – Smokey Eye Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Smokey Eye is a makeup palette with intense black, gilded gold & nude shades. There are 7 shades to create a sexy, sculpted look and the ultimate classic smokey eye in this all-in-one makeup palette. This iconic palette is perfect for a wearable, gorgeous day look that is easily amped-up to a dazzling date night look. It is a gorgeous neutral palette for a daytime makeup look to dial up for date night with a deeply-defining, smoldering black shade. The intense black shade can be used to define the eyes for an instant smokey eye. The beautiful highlighter shade is the iconic Bar of Gold highlight to add gilded gold shimmer to your cheekbones. Add a pop of color with the Ecstasy-shade blush for an effortlessly sexy glow.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup review swatches

The formula is very fine and smooth, blends in easily into the skin. It is perfect for sophisticated or glamorous yet natural look. The whole shade range is exquisite, but the blushes blend and balance for enviable cheekbones. ‘Swish’ is very pale pinky-peach and with the deeper ‘Pop’, both will suit all skin tones. This palette alone is a great way to transform from the office look to a party or night out look. And as it is travel-friendly, you can have it in the bag and you are good to go for all the occasions and events. Keep in mind to keep it in a pouch or something soft to not break the inner product, as It did happen to me in the past.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup review swatches

To use Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Smokey Eye,

1. For a subtle daytime makeup look, start by applying the Eye Prime shade all over your lid for long-lasting application using the Eye Blender Brush.

2. Then use the Eye Enhance shade along your eyelid for added dreamy dimension!

3. Using the Eye Smudger Brush, dip it into the Eye Smoke shade and run across the upper lashline, adding on the lower lashline if you want to add intensity to your gaze.

4. Lightly dust your face with the Sculpt shade to give you that natural sun-kissed look, and highlight along your cheekbones and t-zone with the Highlight shade. Swish and Pop the cheek color on for a natural flush.

5. To dial up your look for the evening, blend the Smoke shade across the upper eyelid crease using the Eye Blender Brush. Use the Smudger Brush to bring your Smoke shade along the upper and lower lash line.

6. Sculpt out your contour by sucking in your cheeks and follow the hollow to define those cheekbones

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Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service – Royal Lipstick Trio

Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service – Royal Lipstick Trio (CAD $100) features 3 truly legendary lipsticks in 2 award-winning formulas, so that every woman can feel like a queen, look like a queen and think like a queen.

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This kit includes:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen is a soft neutral wine shade in the award-winning matte formula. This gorgeous lipstick will add a pop of subtle color to your face that looks divine on everyone from 18-80.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen is the best-selling iconic lip shade in the can’t-live-without rosy, crown-jewel pink that instantly lifts and brightens your complexion. Wear this matte lipstick all year round for a timeless lip look.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess is a charming tea-rose pink for a splendidly sophisticated lipstick look. In the sumptuous moisturizing formula that will leave your lips kissably-soft, this pink lipstick is perfect for every royal outing in your diary.

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I have loved and reviewed Charlotte Lipsticks in the past here and I always have them the in rotation, they are one of my favorite matte formulas that do not make my lips dry and looks great. This kit is so beautiful. The Duchess is the perfect everyday lipstick. while the other two are for nights or parties or when you want a quick fix to feel and look beautiful. The formula is nice, creamy and does not irritates the lips or dries them out.

Charlotte Tilbury products are available at Charlotte Tilbury Official website, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, and Cult Beauty.

 

GIVEAWAY – Open Internationally

I am giving away the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Medium to Dark (purchased by me) and Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Dark Tan (gifted). For more details to enter the giveaway, go to my Instagram here

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Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours, launched in 2017, is a sophisticated and bold evolution of the signature Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, which was presented in 2011. From the official description of the fragrance, ‘With an intense leathery floral chypre, Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is a bold, opulent scent. Its intense floral notes, blending rose absolute and iris butter, express elegance, and voluptuous femininity. The leather accord adds a sophisticated touch, underpinned by the deep burgundy shades of the glass bottle and the luxurious hand-tied velvet ribbon.’ The nose behind Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is Michel Almairac and Mylene Alran.

About Bottega Veneta, ‘the house is committed to outstanding craftsmanship and the highest-quality materials and sets a lofty standard for inspired luxury. The brand celebrates the skill and passion of traditional Italian artisans and empowers them to focus wholly on perfecting their craft, leading to excellence in innovation in products from luxury accessories to fine fragrances.’

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours (CAD $156 – 50ml) is a limited-edition, mysterious leathery floral chypre fragrance. The top notes of the fragrance are bergamot and pink pepper, middle notes are rose, jasmine, plum, and spices. The base notes are patchouli and leather.  The fragrance is so delicious from the first spray. The first notes I notice are citrusy with bergamot, the leather starts in pretty quickly. There is a vintage feel to it but a mix of modern composition. Such a beautiful creation. I did not notice much patchouli, but plum was definitely there, adding a fruity sweetness to it, making it more favorable as women’s scent. It is not at all a sweet but there is a hint of sweetness that comes through the fruity notes. The rose and the spices are just so beautiful, they are noticeable just around the time when the leather notes come in, the blend of all is marvelous.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours

On my skin, the longevity of the Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is around 8-10 hours. I have smelled the Original EDP from the house and do feel the similarities in both after around an hour but the opening is indeed different on both. The fragrance is what I can describe as the class, the name, the packaging, and the blend are just extraordinary, It would definitely be in my top favorites.  I would love to keep this for special occasions or the days I want to treat myself. This fragrance is not very heavy but the perfect sillage to make you feel that it is there. I am definitely going to look into the Original one as the last time I tried, it has been on my wishlist since then. This is definitely worth checking out if you like leathery floral chypre fragrance and moreover, this is limited edition and may be gone soon. I see it is sold out at Holt Renfrew, still available at Nordstrom, Bottega Veneta website(if you are in the US), Harrods.

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I am a fan of acids for skin which help resurface, brighten, treat, and help maintain the skin. And when Omorovicza Acid Fix was launched in January 2018, it was natural for me to be so excited as all the products I have tried from this brand have been a real hit for my skin. I have reviewed the Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask which I use on the days of congestion and to keep the breakouts away and the skin clean here and on the days I need a quick fix but I am too tired, I go for the Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask reviewed here. Another favorite is the Queen of Hungary mist, which I have the travel size in my bag and the full size on my vanity. Omorovicza Acid Fix (CAD $140) is described as a multi-purpose treatment, which exfoliates, peels, resurfaces, brightens and plumps the skin. Acid fix combines a potent blend of AHA/BHAs, it helps to reverse the damage caused by sunlight, pollution, and acne so that the skin feels smoother and looks agelessly luminous.

Omorovicza Acid Fix review

The key benefits of the Omorovicza Acid Fix include the following:

  • Australian Caviar lime extract helps to perfect skin’s appearance to soften and smooth while improving luminosity.
  • Glycolic acid, a powerful exfoliating AHA, reveals a brighter, clearer, younger and more even-toned complexion.
  • Salicylic acid, also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliates the surface of the skin leaving it smooth and soft and also enhances cell renewal and improves pigmentation issues.
  • Lactic acid refines and smoothes the micro-relief of the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Sodium hyaluronate delivers moisture and increases moisture retention for skin that is soft to touch.
  • Omorovicza’s patented Healing ConcentrateTM leaves skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking.

Omorovicza Acid Fix

I have using and testing Omorovicza Acid Fix for almost three months on and off, finally got the chance to use it regularly, as prescribed, 2-3 times weekly, for over three weeks during the night. The product has a nice consistency, easy to apply, not runny, sinks in nicely into the skin. It is not very strong but gentle yet effective. It is suitable for combination, oily, and normal skin types. When I first started using it, I did notice a slight tingle, and that was all. I apply 2-3 drops on my face after cleansing, avoiding the eye area and then follow with my moisturizer.

Omorovicza Acid Fix

My skin has been brighter, even, and plump since I have been using this product. I notice fewer breakouts and do feel my spots from previous congestions are fading fur to the resurfacing action of this serum. It is like a peel for home, that is gentle yet effective and easy to use. I see my skin is radiant in the morning when I am using this on the night before. The packaging of the serum is in a frosted heavy glass bottle and there is a dropper to dispense the product. The size is good enough for travelling also.

This is a nice addition to your skin care routine if you are looking for something that is multi-purpose, resurfaces, treats, brightens, maintains the health of the skin. Omorovicza Acid Fix is available at Nordstrom, Sephora,  Space NK , CultBeautyand Omorovicza official website

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I am still swooning the spring makeup launches from Dior which I reviewed here and here we have the summer launches to keep us glowing and fresh. From the official description of the Dior Cool Wave Summer Collection 2018, ‘The heat of the sun sun and an indigo pool, the clash between hot and cold, sensuality fusing with the skin. Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, sets the stage for a summer at its zenith with an effervescent collection that explores the contrast between aquatic blues and euphoric shades.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

From these splashes of color and intense transparency springs forth a vibration all its own, both romantic and pop-art. “It’s like the splash of an incandescent body diving into cool water,” describes Peter Philips. “Formulas with a cooling effect in energetic colors melt into the sun-kissed skin.” For me, the collection has taken the basic essence of the summer and the collection is so practical which can be used and enjoyed during the summer for its vibrancy of shades, freshness in formulas, and the ease of use.  Whether it is for work, for shopping, for pool time, and for vacation, the pieces in the collection can all be used as well as they are very travel-friendly.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Cool Wave  – 5 Couleur Eye Shadow 597 Heat Up

After the long winter, while dreaming of summer, the first scene that comes into the mind is color of the tanned skin, the bright blue of a lagoon or the bronze hues of the later summer. Inspired by that dream, there are two 5 Couleurs palettes that feature a pattern like a ripple of a drop hitting the surface of the water, the effect is captured by the palette so perfectly. The 5 Couleur Eye Shadow 597 Heat Up (CAD $73) is about all the hues from the sun, the palette has luminous brown, coral, and nude shades. The formula is very creamy, an ideal combination to create multiple looks on eyes this summer.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

From the picture, the top two shades would be perfect for a daytime look while the lower two can add the intensity to the look for either day or night wear. For my medium tan skin tone, the shades are more than perfect to even have a little hint of summer or for having that smudged-kohl, mysterious look. The formula blends easily and builds up quite well. The formula is nicely pigmented, so make sure to get the hold of it before working on a full look. Just want to mention that the top right shade from the palette is quite opaque on me, it does give a highlighting effect and also good as a very subtle shade, which I am really liking. I did notice the formula of the top right shade is a bit hard to work with compared to the other four, which are very creamy. I have already used this palette few times and love the versatility of it, the shades are perfect to create some amazing looks.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Splash On The Eyes – Diorshow Cooling Stick

Diorshow Cooling Stick (CAD $41) is a sleek, very sophisticated looking eyeshadow stick. The pencil glides along, leaving a feeling of freshness and solid color with a wet-effect finish bright with sunlight. It features a formula brimming with water for a gorgeous, fresh feel, Diorshow Cooling Stick unfurls its seductive bronze, precious gold and ingenue pink along the lash line or as a highlight in the inner corner of the eye. Diorshow Cooling Stick is a waterproof beauty booster is perfect for relaxing tired eyes and toning the eyelids.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Diorshow Cooling Stick in 001 Bronze Wave and 002 in Gold Splash is in the swatches below. For my medium tan skin tone, they have been a really great addition to spring, summer, and for even fall. They are easily buildable and the formula glides on pretty easily. The shades are very practical and can be used in the regular routine. Once applied, it does give a fresh light sensation and then it fades away, that cooling fresh sensation relaxes the eyes. Other than that, the staying power is good, the ease of application and the travel-friendly packaging is all a plus.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Taking Summer Vertical – Dior Addict Lip Tattoo

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (CAD $37) has been here for quite some time and when the product like this is much loved, more shades are always welcome. The staying power, formula and the packaging has impressed many, including me, I reviewed few shades here last year and today, I have one shade to share with you called ‘Watermelon’.  If you have not yet tried this product, Dior Addict Lip Tattoo is a tattoo-finish lip ink with a no-transfer finish and an extreme 10-hour hold. The new shades are bright and vibrant, the formula is ultra-pigmented with water finish and nude feel fuses with the skin of the skin of the lips in a matter of seconds like a temporary tinted tattoo. Watermelon is a bright, mouth-watering pink shade and the tint it leaves is beautiful bright pinks which looks very natural after the product wear off the lips after few hours.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Cool Summer – Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Addict Lipstick (CAD $44) is a concentrate of Dior and a palette in summer shades. It has a hydra-gel core which makes it stand out for the hydration and that shine it imparts to lips. There are beautiful shades launched which embrace an epicurean season with essential colors, the shades include an effervescent orange, a bronze nude, a sensual coral, a graceful pink, a dizzying fuschia and a blue-toned shimmery shade. The swatches I have below are for Dior Addict Lipstick 090 White Splash and 411 Nude Chill.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

The formula glides on very easily, very comfortable to wear, hydrating to the lips as well provide a beautiful shine. There is no dryness or any feeling like that even after it wears off. The bullet is designed beautifully with the logo in the middle, such classic packaging, heavy and shiny.

Cool summer – Dior Lip Maximizer

Dior Lip Maximizer (CAD $42) is inspired by the Dior backstage, it has the mint extract that gives off instant freshness, irresistibly plumps the lips and creates an incomparably shiny smile with icy blue accents. The shade available in Dior Lip Maximizer is 011 Pool Blue. The formula is easy to wear, gives a cooling sensation and is comfortable to wear. It does give an oomph to the lips by plumping them a bit and the shine is so gorgeous. The effect stays on for a while and the shine adds on to the effect to give a beautiful finish.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Comic Strip – Dior Vernis

Peter Philips explains, ‘For a summer synonymous with playfulness and freedom, I wanted to come out with a collection of bright nail colors that women can use to express their creativity and personality’. The bright nails, this summer, are called Wizz, Splash, Blop, respectively in coral, denim, swimming pool blue shades. The Dior Vernis (CAD $34) is enriched with a pearly shimmer that catches the sunlight, sexy like a bikini and fun like a pop song. The shade I have on my nails is 404 Splash and I am really liking it. It is fun summer shade and I am planning to sport it with many outfits, the bright swimming pool blue shades do enhances the mood already as is Ice storm outside here in mid of April.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Overall, a beautiful and very practical collection that can be used for all occasions, during spring, and summer. The collection is worth checking out, the shade range and products will suit most of the skin tones, and don’t forget when you wear the seasonal makeup and shades, there is the mood factor too which makes you feel more beautiful. Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection is available from mid of April on all Dior counters nationwide, Sephora, Hudsons Bay, Holt Renfrew, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is my first fragrance from the house. Van Cleef & Arpels, the world-renowned Paris jeweler, pays tribute to nature with a range of magnificent fragrant compositions inspired by its LesJardins (“The Gardens”) jewelry range. The extraordinary collection has seven rare and luxurious fragrances from the house. The bottles are a mix of simplicity and classicism, with the high-end refinement of the details in relation to the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry codes. Each perfume is given a formulation number by the master perfumer and presented in a hallmarked and embossed presentation gift box. One of the seven fragrances from the extraordinary collection is the Orchidée Vanille which I will be writing about in this post. The nose behind Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is  Randa Hammami. 

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire - Orchidée Vanille

The key words to describe this fragrance are Gourmand, Warm, Sensual, Comforting, and Spellbinding. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is described as a floral, gourmand vanilla with a subtle blend of fruity (Mandarin, litchi), tasty(Bitter almond, Chocolate), and sensual floral (Bulgarian rose, Violet) notes. With an intensely addictive vanilla pod, the raw nature of Vanilla Absolute is faceted with woody (cedar), balsamic (Tonka bean), and musky notes.

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire - Orchidée Vanille

From Randa Hammami, the perfumer for Orchidée Vanille, ‘This fragrance unveils a fresh, sensual interpretation evoking a heady, unique oriental voyage. A mysterious flower of legendary beauty, I wanted to translate all the facets of the Orchid. Following the fresh and fruity opening provided by Mandarin and Litchi, I wanted to surround the middle note with floral and sensual accords (Violet, Bulgarian Rose). The bottom note of Virginia Cedar Wood is enveloped in Vanilla Absolute and adorned with balsamic and musky flourishes.’

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire - Orchidée Vanille

Orchidée Vanille is very comforting and relaxing scent to me, not very sweet or sugary gourmand, more like a ladylike sweetness. On my skin, it opens fresh and after few minutes, the vanilla turns on. The chocolate and the bitter notes are subtle on my skin but still noticeable. It is very soft, creamy, and sensual, more of a light airy romantic fragrance. It is amazing to wear work and is not very loud, it is elegant, effortless, and classic. All the notes blend in very delicately and in balance to make it a really divine vanilla scent. All I get from is the natural notes and not any synthetic or chemically smell, which is really a nice thing for a vanilla based fragrance. The lasting power on my skin is around 8 hours on the day when the weather was sunny after which it starts fading which is okay for me. During the cold day, it lasted for around 5-6 hours on me. So the skin chemistry and the external factors, for me, do play a big role in how the fragrance projects on you and how much the longevity of it is.

I am happy to say that this is one of my favorite vanilla fragrances I have ever smelled, more of a vanilla cocoa gourmand. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is available at Hudson’s Bay, and Neiman Marcus.

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