[unpaid/sample] I’ve always liked Michael Kors fragrances – it hits the right spot of being everyday wearable while being distinctive and elegant. This brand has undergone quite the journey recently – to re-cap, the Michael Kors fragrance license was owned by LVMH until 2003 where it was bought by Estee Lauder Companies. As of 2023, the licence goes to EuroItalia which owns the licenses for fragrances such as Missoni, Versace and Moschino). I always feel there is a bit of a Lauder signature in Michael Kors – it’s always felt like a Lauder fragrance with iterations slotting into the sweet and floral with the catnip scent of jasmine running through.
Super Gorgeous is a good stayer – if you like longevity in your perfume, this works! I wore it all of yesterday and there was almost no fade by the evening. I could tell it had settled but it was still very much in olfactory evidence and on that vein, a little goes a long way. You don’t really need to spritz it all over.
I had a little olfactory flash back when I spritzed Michael Kors Super Gorgeous – it was of opening the Estee Lauder Blockbuster make up set that my parents bought me when I was about 14 or 15. There’s that kind of sweet, new lipstick nuance to this which is probably why I love it so much. In terms of notes, it’s jasmine, tuberose, ylang ylang and orange flower with a base of amber and tobacco. I’m trying to say there is a sharpness to the sweetness on first spritz but can’t find the right words to express that in another way – but once the tuberose and amber kick in it becomes smooth and creamy. If you don’t like sweet florals you won’t like it, but if you’ve been a fan of Estee Lauder fragrances in the past (before the disaster that was Modern Muse) I think this will take you right back into a place of happiness when fragrance wasn’t as complicated as it is now. Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and that’s often a trigger for a new scent – think of Michael Kors Super Gorgeous as the new friend you feel you’ve always known which seems a good fit for the occasion. The Perfume Shop has this exclusively at the moment HERE (£49, 30ml).
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Wow, tobacco in the bottom line sounds promising.. I love old (ooooooold… VERY old) EL creations like Beautiful and Knowing – now you made me curious to put my nose into this… Thank you, Jane!
Oh – I’d love to hear about how you first got into beauty/makeup. My first foray was when I was around 13 – my mum bought me a tiny travel Helena Rubenstein multi product palette – it was beautiful – eye shadow, powder, blush, a lip palette and a tiny mascara, I think.
Two ladies at the Helena Rubenstein counter fussed over me – showing me how to put everything on – I forgot everything straight away but I loved the grown up attention!
I still love tiny multi travel palettes!
It was those blockbuster sets – my parents bought me one every year for a long time and I was just hooked on make up from the first time. My dad actually knew Estee Lauder (she told him he had large pores) and Private Collection was the fragrance that was given to all the women who attended one of his fashion events. She sent my mum a huge set of nail polishes. Long story short, there was a disagreement with the EL press office and I was so upset I stopped featuring their products from that day forward. The only exception has been the solid fragrance Disney collection because the people who did not make my path easy have long since gone from the PR department. But, it ruined my love of the brand and all my connections to it, so I voted with my feet but have never forgotten what took me to a love of beauty in the first place.
That’s a lovely story about your family connection to Estee Lauder and first interest in make up , less so about your own brand experience. I will try this Kors confection out as I haven’t worn any of their fragrances for ages.
Have a lovely weekend, wrap up warm xx
If you’re familiar with the Lauder style perfumes I think you will like it – it gets more powdery as the day wears on. x
It’s so nice to read a review of a normally-priced fragrance. I’m so fed up of beauty editors writing about artisanal perfumes that cost £180+and can only be bought from someone’s side return in Bloomsbury between 2-4pm on a Wednesday. Mass market isn’t a dirty word; most of us have pretty similar tastes.
I know – it’s hard to justify fragrances that cost so much because they don’t have to.