Quick note: I am currently traveling and blogging from the road, and all of my makeup were shipped to my new home ahead of time, except for a few very basic items. Thus, I do not have them on hand to photograph or review. However, I have a box of over 100 perfume samples, so most of my blog posts will be perfume reviews until I am finished with my travel. As perfume samples are very boring to photograph and view, all of the pictures featured are official photos from the manufacturers, unless otherwise noted.
That was how I felt after I had sprayed on Lanvin's Eclat D'Arpege.
Now, where do I even start? Touted as a modernized reformulation of the 1927 scent -- Arpege, the house of Lanvin claims that Eclat D'Arpege is adapted to reflect the spontaneity of the modern woman.
Sadly, it smells like violet water and nothing more. Is it pretty? Yes. Is it pleasant? Absolutely. However, Eclat D'Arpege is so forgettable and indistinguishable from flowery cologne splashes out there, that I don't see the point or reason for its existence. Smelling this, one can easily tell that the house of Lanvin was trying to compete with the modern florals from Marc Jacobs. The difference is that when you smell a Marc Jacobs perfume, you can immediately tell what you're smelling. With Eclat D'Arpege, it could might as well be a generic after-bath cologne from the supermarket.
There is nothing about this perfume that immediately identifies itself, unlike the instantly recognizable classics such as Chanel No. 5, Shalimar, or even a modern classic like Daisy. Whether we love or hate those perfumes, we can at least agree that they are iconic and recognizable. Eclat D'Arpege, on the other hand, is a waste of time.
The lasting power is also very weak, as it fades away within the same hour.
According to its manufacturer, Lanvin Eclat D'Arpege is a blend of lemon leaves, lilac, osmanthus, peach blossom, peony, wisteria, tea, cedarwood, amber, and musks.
Have you ever been disappointed by a perfume? What was it?
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