Saturday, 14 August 2010

New in stores: Pink Sparkle EDT by Kylie Minogue [Review]

I used to be a massive Kylie Minogue fan and I still try to keep up with her different ventures, including her fragrance range ; She's just launched her 6th womens EDT - Pink Sparkle. So how was it?

While I don't dislike PINK SPARKLE or think there's anything disagreeable with it, at the end of the day it is just another safe and generic Kylie Minogue EDT, that follows the same old blueprint as her past fragrances: A mild mix of fruit, underdeveloped florals and a musk infused vanilla base. Nice, but nothing new so it's a bit boring.

This would make a good gift choice as it's mild and unoffensive. I also see it as being wearable for women of any age.

I hope her sister's fashion label used a different company for their upcoming fragrance line, because I've now given up on Kylie's. And I think Coty are having doubts too; I've looked in stores and briefly checked online for a 75ml bottle, but can't find one so it looks as though they've not produced one this time around.

And many stores have now stopped selling her past fragrances now. Not a good sign; They'd better up their game if they plan on this venture lasting much longer...

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The fragrance

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When I heard the name PINK SPARKLE I envisioned Hello Kitty, pink hair bands and glitter nail polish; It's certainly not a name that I'd chose for a fragrance. But there is some good news - Coty haven't gone down the 'sweet shop' road again to tempt Kylie's younger fans into parting with their money. PINK SPARKLE is inspired by and named after pink champagne.

On first application the fragrance is slightly sweet thanks to the peach, but the tart grapefruit note livens it up and keeps the sweetness to a minimum.

The grapefruit carries down into the heart, whilst the peach note fades fairly quickly. The floral notes are a let down as they never seem to develop. The gardenia is the only one I can separate - but that is due to the 'champagne' accord. The grape mingles with the lingering grapefruit and smothers the florals, it does give a bit of energy and a sense of bubbles, but it's not wildly different from the top notes.

The vanilla infused musk base isn't too sweet thanks to the sharp vetiver. The vetiver accord is most likely synthetic, since the Kylie fragrances are cheaply manufactured. I like the contrast between the feminine vanilla and the masculine vetiver, but the effect is quite short lived.

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Scent notes

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Red grapefruit, white peach, lily of the valley, champagne, gardenia, Arabic jasmine, Bourbon vetiver, Bourbon vanilla and musk.

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The bottle

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I like how the bottle has been designed around the champagne inspiration. The glass is clear to show off the pink juice and it has a cord pattern embossed around it, mimicking vintage champagne bottles.

The cap is a pale gold and shaped like a stopper on a champagne bottle. I think this is the best bottle design that any of the Kylie fragrances have had.

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Other buying considerations

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As this is a Kylie/Coty collaboration it's no surprise that the staying power is poor; It goes close to the skin within half an hour and I struggle to smell anything after an hour.

The fruits and the watered down florals are a pleasant combination for the current, [supposedly] warmer weather, but I personally doubt I'd go for a fragrance with zesty grapefruit on rainy days and colder weather, so I don't see this as being suitable all year round.

PINK SPARKLE is a nice casual fragrance and can also be worn to work. However I think it's too quiet, safe and is unoriginal, so don't think it's 'special' enough for evening wear or for special occasions.

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