Midnight Rose is the newest addition to the Lancome Tresor family. I don’t know about you, but does it feel like Lancome is targeting the younger crowd? My memory of Tresor the original fragrance was that it was quite strong and not something I’d have worn while in my 20s. Then, Lancome came up with Tresor In Love and that gorgeous white dress in their commercials. I loved Tresor In Love. It was light and delicate and a very lovely fragrance all round.
Midnight Rose is like Tresor In Love all grown up.
Midnight Rose seems to be Lancome easing the young set they lured in with In Love over to a darker deeper, sweeter, more mysterious fragrance. Its like saying “You’re growing up young lady, so lets have a fragrance befitting a young lady, testing her sensual wiles for the first time” So really, the use of Emma Watson as the face of Tresor Midnight Rose is just spot on! I’ve got the commercial for you after the jump and its Hermoine Granger as you’ve never seen her ;)
But first a word about the fragrance. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this one, I will not deny. I usually steer clear of sweet scents and Tresor Midnight Rose is one of those I’d usually avoid.
The first note I get is berries. Sweet tart berries bursting with promise of flavour. It is very fruity right at the start and the first few times I used it, I found it too cloying. Once it starts to dry down, a vanilla rose scent begins to emerge.
I don’t usually like food scents in my fragrances so I am quite happy that on me, I smell more rose than vanilla. Someone else I spoke to told me she loved the vanilla scent and found it very addictive and delicious! So really, it depends on your preferences.
This scent is projected as being romantic and mysterious. I didn’t quite think so. The bottle does project that image. The amethyst toned bottle is shaded so it starts out light at the top and appears darker at the bottom. The signature Tresor satin rose is a deep purple and yes, very romantic. The scent however, struck me more as being an everyday sort of playful scent. I didn’t think romance or sensuality. It might have something to do with the fact there isn’t a lot of musk so it doesn’t conjure up that sort of primal urges you envisage with a sensual sort of scent.
After using it a few times, I found that the opening notes don’t bug me as much anymore. However, I also noticed that the scent doesn’t seem to last very long on me for some reason. By the end of the day, if I were to really take a good sniff, there is a faint whiff of vanilla roses on the skin. But if I don’t pay a lot of attention, then I don’t notice it. I don’t get that warm enveloping of scent I like – like a scent that wraps you up in a cocoon and makes you feel all sorts of beautiful. I get that more with Dior J’Adore.
So to me, Tresor Midnight Rose is a very lovely fragrance and I can see that many young ladies will go for it for the gorgeous bottle and sweet scent. For the young girls, this would be a lovely first evening fragrance. But perhaps I’ve outgrown this consumer pool. I do like it, and I will use it, but for the day. If I were planning a romantic encounter or have an evening do, I would go for something a wee bit stronger and muskier and less sweet. Maybe because I’m just not very sweet ;)
Like all fragrances, body chemistry plays a huge part in how it smells on you. A review can only tell you that much, but you’ll have to test it out to see if it sits well on your skin or if it smells like detergent (has happened to me!) I don’t do pros and cons for fragrance reviews because I believe fragrances are too unique to be pinned down and come down to personal preferences.
I leave you with the Tresor Midnight Rose commercial fronted by the lovely Emma Watson. Look at her, all grown up!
If you sniff the scent and like it, just remember this – Its never too early to drop your hints for your Valentines’ Day or Birthday gift. Never ;)
Have you sniffed the Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose fragrance yet? What do you think of it? Do stop by the Lancome Malaysia Facebook page. They may be giving out a bottle there! :)
Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose EdP Price: RM205/50ml, RM265/75ml Availability: Lancome counters