Scent and lips create irresistible chemistry with M·A·C Shadescents, six new perfumes inspired by our most iconic Lipstick shades. Lady Danger thrills with notes of wild cherry and Ruby Woo goes bold with whiffs of deep red leather. Notes of saffron, incense smoke, and cordovan leather surprise and intoxicate in Heroine. Candy Yum-Yum conjures tropical fruit and cotton candy and Velvet Teddy calls forth wild honey and creamy musk. Crème d’Nude evokes the vibrant sexiness of naked skin.
Creme D’Nude Lipstick: pale muted peach beige (cremesheen finish)
Creme D’Nude Fragrance: Amber Musk
Velvet Teddy Lipstick: deep-tone beige (matte finish)
Velvet Teddy Fragrance: Wild Honey
Lady Danger Lipstick: vivid bright coral-red (matte finish)
Lady Danger Fragrance: Woody Floriental
Ruby Woo Lipstick: very matte vivid blue-red (retro matte finish)
Ruby Woo Fragrance: Woody Floral
Candy Yum Yum Lipstick: neon pink (matte finish)
Candy Yum Yum Fragrance: Fruity Floral Gourmand
Heroine Lipstick: bright purple (matte finish)
Heroine Fragrance: Woody Leather
I thought I was done with MAC but then they go and do something like this… and suck me back in. MAC released six fragrances to correlate with six of their pre-existing lipsticks. The lipsticks chosen were all iconic, best-seller shades that consisted of two nudes, two reds, a pink and a purple. The packaging of the perfumes reflected that.
I thought this was such a fun and interesting concept! I mean, can you imagine having a fragrance named after your favorite lipstick? I wonder if MAC would consider extending their fragrance range to include not only their best-selling lipsticks but all the other well-loved MAC products (like their eyeshadows, for example)? Personally, I would’t mind seeing this become a trend in the Makeup World (Nars Orgasm Perfume anyone? LOL). Take note, other makeup brands.
Out of all of scents, I only got Velvet Teddy. I was so sure I was gonna’ get Candy Yum Yum but once I actually got a chance to sniff all of the fragrances (at Fanar Mall) Candy Yum Yum just came across as a bit juvenile (read: something you’d be more likely find at Bath & Body Works) and definitely not worth the price tag. I can’t remember what the rest of them smelled like (after all, this was awhile ago) but I definitely remember that the scent on one of them was so offensive that it actually burned my nose. My nose pretty much stopped working properly after that, so rather than
torturing overwhelming my olfactory senses with any more scents, I decided to give them a break and go visit some other stores for awhile. Once I regained my sense of smell, I could detect a very pleasant scent coming from the sleeve of my bomber jacket (I’d doused it earlier with all six of the MAC fragrances so I could sniff them later, once they’d fully dried down, smart huh?). It was Velvet Teddy! That settled that. I went back to the MAC counter and purchased Velvet Teddy right away.
First of all, this is a unisex (if not masculine) scent, and baby, I am all about that life! The stand-out notes are Tobacco Flower and Honey, which is why a lot of people have compared MAC Velvet Teddy Fragrance to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Perfume. I’d compare it to Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Fragrance Mist, in the sense that they are in the same scent-family (smokey masculine note + sweet gourmand note). Yeah, Velvet Teddy would be Twilight Woods‘ pragmatic, great, great, great grandfather… who served in the army, back in ‘nam (just go with it). I’d love to compare MAC Velvet Teddy Fragrance to Serge Lutens un Bouis Vanille, but I can’t because I spilled every last drop (here).
When I first spritz Velvet Teddy, I get an uplifting whiff of Bergamot (love that stuff)! Sadly, that lasts for about all two seconds before it’s replaced with Ginger (blech). Luckily, the Tobacco Flower quickly overpowers the Ginger… and every other scent, for that matter (lawl). I get a hint of Mimosa that disappears almost instantly making me think I only imagined it in the first place. Then, I get an intoxicating dose of Honey. For some reason, once the Honey makes an appearance, I can’t help but be reminded of Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixer Perfume (reviewed here) both of them strongly reminiscent of the scent of good old-fashion Tea (which I’m quickly growing more and more fond of)! Finally, Velvet Teddy dries into a comfortable musky scent with a hint of warm honey and a healthy helping of Oud/Teeb (smells so similar to something you’d find in a typical Arab home but I’m pretty it’s neither Oud nor Teeb… only Tobacco Flower). A spritz or two is more than enough, as any more would be overkill. I’ve found three spritzes to be my limit, any more would induce a headache. On my skin, Velvet Teddy lasts and lasts and last and lasts (well past 24 hours)! Also, I’m not sure if it’s just my imagination but I feel like the scent actually gets stronger throughout the day!
Ginger Zest, Bergamot, Tobacco Flower
Vanilla Orchid, Golden Mimosa, Wild Honey
Papyrus, Liquid Musk, Tonka Bean Infusion
Frosted bottle, clean sharp angles, brushed copper spritzer, the packaging really is outstanding! I especially love how the packaging on each fragrance matches the color of its lipstick counterpart (cute touch)!
Reasons why I’m so glad I purchased Velvet Teddy:
– It’s such an interesting scent that also happens to combine two things I enjoy in a fragrance (masculine notes + gourmand notes).
– I don’t have anything like it in my fragrance collection (new to the tobacco flower world)
– Nothing else in my collection lasts on the skin as long as Velvet Teddy does (it seriously last forever)!
– Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille dupe for a fraction of the price!
MAC Velvet Teddy Fragrance retails for KD 24/500