Perfume Review: Guerlain Metallica / Metalys
Today Ina of Aromascope and I are reviewing Guerlain’s Metallica a.k.a. Metalys. We decided to write about the scent on the same day mainly to amuse you with contrasting opinions our reviews will undoubtedly present. You see, Ina Gets It, and I Don’t. I feel rather inferior and in a minority of one when faced with what seems to be universal love for Metallica. For example, look at the high score the fragrance gets at MakeupAlley. Or read a beautiful review on Bois de Jasmin, in which Victoria talks about “carnations set in gold”, the perfume “alight with amber”, displaying “the same golden glow that bathes the figures and the landscapes in the paintings by Titian.”
On my skin, Metallica refuses to exhibit the magic it generously shares with others. It smells on me like an unremarkable mix of Guerlain’s Terracotta Voile d’Ete and I Profumi di Firenze Talco Delicato. From the former, it borrows the dainty, pale carnations, from the latter, the sweet, vanillic powderiness. The attractive ylang-ylang note that appears in the beginning does not stay long, and when it leaves, it takes away all the sumptuousness and richness the scent could have possessed. Apart from ylang-ylang’s untimely departure, Metallica does not undergo much development on my skin. If I try really hard, I sort of sense a certain ambery dirtiness in the drydown, which most self-respecting Guerlain scents are supposed to have, but that’s about it. Carnations, a touch of rose and a lot of vanilla are all I get. If carnations were brighter and spicier or / and if the vanilla note was deeper and richer, if the amber was more forceful, perhaps I would have been more moved by Metallica. As it is, the only exciting thing about this pretty fragrance is its (unlucky for Guerlain) association with Metallica the rock group. I spritz and immediately there comes the earworm:
Musha rain dum-a-doo dum-a-da, ha, ya
Whack for my daddy-o
Whack for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar-o
Yeah, whiskey, yo, whiskey...
So please click here, listen to one of my favorite Metallica songs and then go to Aromascope to enjoy a review written by someone who appreciates and loves this scent.
Metallica, now sold under the name Metalys, is available in Guerlain’s boutique in Paris, €130.00 for 125ml. Bottles of Metallica often appear on eBay and cost anywhere from $200.00 to $400.00.
The image is from aromat.ru.