Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna – Givenchy Ange ou Démon – Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine – Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Eau de Parfum retails for KD 22 but was reduced to KD 14/500 (haulage here)
Givenchy Ange ou Démon Eau de Parfum retails for KD 46/000 but was reduced to KD 20/000 (haulage here)
Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine Eau de Parfum retails for KD 43/250 but was reduced to KD 34/750 (haulage here)
Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Femme Eau de Parfum retails for KD 44/500 but was reduced to KD 38/000 (haulage here)
I guess I should be grateful that I spent KD 107/250 ($354) instead of KD 155/750 ($700) on these perfumes (perks of purchasing them during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition), but I’m more bummed out by the fact that each and every one of them was not what I was expecting.
To be fair, the scent of Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna was everything I’d hoped for and more! It’s just that the other items in the Gift Set were suspect and the box itself smelled like a small animal had crawled in there to die.
I’d gotten tricked into purchasing the newer Elie Saab Perfume, which was Girl of Now Shine (gold petals on the bottle) instead of Girl of Now (which had blue petals on the bottle and was the the one I’d actually wanted).
As for Givenchy Ange ou Demon, I was expecting it to have somewhat similar DNA to the flanker I’d grown to love, called Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir (review here), but they had pretty much nothing in common.
Gucci Guilty Pour Femme was just an all around mess (it didn’t know whether it wanted to be floral or gourmand or woodsy and masculine).
Basically, all of them were a total fail (for different reasons). With that being said…
They’re slowly starting to grow on me (ever so slowly).
The fact that it’s got so much going on, is what makes Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme interesting! It’s not one dimensional, that’s for sure. I can’t stand the floral notes in it, but I really like the berry notes and woodsy notes! I believe that with use, I’ll be able to form a clearer opinion on this thing (whether it’s nice or nah).
I’m not a fan of the florals in Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine either, but once it fully dries down (much, much, much later), it turns into a pleasantly sweeter scent! Everyone is either complimenting me on it or asking to spritz some on themselves, so apparently it’s a real crowd-pleaser too!
I can see myself getting a lot of use out of Givenchy Ange ou Démon once the weather warms up, particularly when it gets so hot that even my beloved gourmands become cloying and begin to annoy me. Belying the design of the bottle and the intriguing name, the scent is light, zesty and fresh!
Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna actually smells gorgeous, with the one caveat being that it doesn’t last as long (which is the case with most celebuscents). It smells tropical, but thanks to the musk notes, also, very sexy!
However, since I spent over KD 100 on these Perfumes… I believe I should’ve been way more satisfied with them. Don’t get me wrong. It’s completely my fault for being so impulsive and snatching up Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme and Givenchy Ange ou Demon on the spot. However, Elie Saab Girl of Now (Shine) was not my fault and neither was Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna. After it’d fully dried down on my bomber jacket, I was smitten with Elie Saab Girl of Now but instead received Elie Saab Girl of Now (Shine). Since this was my first Elie Saab fragrance purchase, I didn’t notice the difference until I got back home and actually opened it up. Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna was the only scent (out of all 4) that I liked from start to finish (top, heart, base). Unfortunately, it appeared that it had been “gently used” and worse still, the rest of the items in the Reb’l Fleur Gift Set seemed suspect.
Between Bath & Body Works selling old collections and passing them off as newer ones (here) and all my unpleasant experiences at Sephora (here) and Debenhams (here) not to mention all the other unpleasantness in all the other stores in Kuwait, coupled with this latest Perfume Fail at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I’ve just about had enough.
I wasn’t expecting some sort of reward for shopping at these places (unless you count their rewards programs, in which case, I was, lol), because the stuff I bought was reward enough. However, I was sick of all trickery, half-truths and misinformation. I was sick of paying double, if not triple, the original asking price for things that had already been released, anywhere from 2 months to a year prior, world-wide. I was sick of all these overly aggressive and pushy sales assistants and their attempts at trying to use every single trick in the book on me. I was sick of all these attempts at manipulating me to purchase things that were more expensive (even at local hospitals), despite the fact that I wasn’t interested. I was also quite sick of how they acted like they were the ones doing me a favor, anytime I’d purchase anything from any of these stores.
Ideally, the sales assistants’ job was to assist. They were supposed to help you find what you wanted, and if not, at least point out something similar to what you wanted. They were supposed to at least have some knowledge on what they were selling. More importantly, they were supposed to be polite! Unfortunately, that was clearly note the case.
As such, I decided to turn my attention to online stores. I just couldn’t trust the local retailers anymore, especially since I had this new-found obsession with Perfumes and didn’t want to get stuck with anymore duds (because Perfumes aint cheap). This way, I’d be getting more bang for my buck and I’d have peace of mind (knowing what I purchased wasn’t expired or tampered with), regardless of the exorbitant shipping prices. I’ll still purchase things I
need want from local stores, but I’ll make it a point to compare prices and see if I can’t get it online first.
Meanwhile, people are decking out their homes and cars with the Kuwaiti flag and sending texts with little poems professing their undying love and loyalty to the country, temporarily united in their “love” of Kuwait during National Liberation Day, while I’m here rolling my eyes. I know for a fact that so-and-so is corrupt and skims off the top at work and so-and-so always litters wherever she goes and so-and-so always gets into physical altercations with his fellow citizens, and the list goes on and on. Basically, all these people hurt the country they supposedly love all year, but come National Liberation Day, sure enough, out comes the flags and fireworks and the misty-eyed claims of love (ugh). That’s why the whole thing seems so fake to me. With that being said, I don’t mind what people do (live and let live) as long as they don’t try to get me involved.