Perfume Fail

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Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna – Givenchy Ange ou Démon – Elie Saab Girl of Now ShineGucci 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…

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Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine Eau de Parfum

At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), despite the fact that I actually said “no, thanks”, a sales assistant near the entrance, had gone ahead and spritzed some of Elie Saab Girl of Now (blue petals) on me. I glared at him angrily before continuing on my way (to check out the other booths). After some time, I noticed an interesting yet not unpleasant scent (a distinctly creamy sweet mixture of almonds and possibly hazelnut) emanating from where he’d sprayed my bomber jacket. So, once I was ready to leave the place, on my way out, I went back to his booth and asked to purchase the perfume he’d rudely yet cunningly spritzed on me earlier, which was Elie Saab Girl of Now.

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Spotted at Perfume & Makeup Exhibition

(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).

I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).

Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).

I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…

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