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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Perfume Review: Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste

Cuir Améthyste is the newest addition to the Armani Privé collection of fragrances, which also includes Ambre Soie, Bois d’Encens, Eau de Jade and Pierre de Lune. It is a warm, velvety blend that smells somewhat like a cross between Bois de Violette and Daim Blond, only more understated, less distinct, and less interesting than either.

After the initial sumptuous and spicy accord of coriander and citrus subsides, the fragrance does not undergo much development on my skin. The predominant note is violet, accompanied by soft, sweet woods and amber, with a discreet (much too discreet for my taste) hint of suede. I realize that this is going to be one of my shortest reviews yet, but I find myself unable to find much more to comment on. If the leather note here were more prominent and the “silver birch” note more distinct, if there were less vanilla, this fragrance might have had more character, more life in it. As it is, Cuir Améthyste is a fairly sweet, rather powdery scent, which stays close to the skin, is smooth, well blended and tasteful. It also lacks any sort of “oomph”, does not have much depth, and, although pleasant and elegant, is rather boring.

If someone was kind enough to give it to me as I gift, I would have undoubtedly worn it with pleasure. I will not however be buying Cuir Améthyste myself. According to Bois de Jasmin, Cuir Améthyste will be released in the US in April-May. I assume it would cost $185.00 for 50ml like the rest of Armani Privé scents.

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Blogger Christina H. said...

Yup.I agree.Totally boring and dull.And for so much money.What a shame.I was hoping for so much more.I didn't anything that was overly outstanding in my mind and for that kind of money I'd rather get one of the 100ml Le Labo scents which I'm starting to really fall for.Of course,the packaging isn't quite as elegant or suave but the juice inside is the main thing!Can't wait to read your reviews for the rest of the Le Labo scents.

10:19 PM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Unsubstantiated Gossip: the friendly Armani SA at Saks today told me that Amethyste had been taken back to the drawing board for reworking and would not be released here until fall. He told me it "was just awful, everyone knows it." I pressed him a little and he stood by his version. Will be interesting to see if it's retooled and/or delayed until fall.

10:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I absolutely agree...not just Le Labo...for that money we could basically get a Bell Jar on eBay.

I will do some Le Labo reviews next week! Which one would you like to be first? :-)

10:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Christina H. said...

I hope marchlion is right.I truly hope they turn out a much better product than what we've sampled.Keeping fingers crossed!

10:28 PM EDT  
Blogger Christina H. said...

Do the Iris review since we both love it!( I take it that you still do!)

10:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Ooh, how perfectly titillating ... Is that really true, they really took it back to rework?..Wow. It wasn't awful at all, just kind of nothing special. There are much, much worse things out there.

10:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I also hope they do something to add some oomph to Cuir A.
Ok, will do Iris some time next week!
I have a very exciting post coming up soon. My very own DH is going to review Feminite du Bois. That is a momentous event. :-)

10:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Christina H. said...

Oh,I hope it's as entertaining as when he desribed the t.v. licenses in England and the blind guy who is in charge of it.I believe he gets a discount,right,lol?!!!

10:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I am sure it will be entertaining. Feelings might be hurt, but it will be fun. My feelings I mean, you know how much I love Feminite du Bois :-)

11:05 PM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Hummmmph--no ooomph! And not much leather either! Seems to be a general consensus. And I have got belljars on Ebay for considerably less:) My pocketbook thanks you.

11:30 AM EDT  
Blogger Patty said...

I'm glad if this is going back for retooling. Purple is my favorite color,and the notes in it sounded just splendiferous, and it's been panned badly so far.

12:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

This is another "Cuir fraud" LOL No leather here, just a hint somewhere in the middle, and even then it smells to me more like suede ...which is not a bad thing at all, I just wish the note was more distinct.

12:55 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I like the stone on the bottle too, and I do hope that they re-do it a little. It doesn't need much more work, just bring it up a couple of notches in intensity or something.

12:56 PM EDT  
Blogger Victoria said...

Ahhh my birthstone. I'm so hoping to like this one at least. Maybe with the amber, it might be the saving grace for me.

5:05 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Maybe you will like it. I hope you do. It's wasn't bad at all, just not exciting enough, you know?

8:29 PM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Ah, will be so interested to see if March turns out to be right. It really could use a bit more of something or another...but I thought it was already on the market overseas, so somehow it seems unlikely that they'll rework it.

12:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

That's what I thought too...but we'll see. It could certainly benefit from a little re-formulation.

12:43 PM EDT  

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