To me, Lipstick Rose walks a tightrope between classy and childish. I suppose the fact that it occasionally veers into silliness, but always rights itself, makes it a bit exciting, though in the end that's the reason for my neutral review instead of a thumbs up.
So what does it smell like? Strawberry candy and bright sweet violets and sugary roses and dusting powder and a pinch of 70's musk. The powder note makes sure this never smells cheap, though the strawberry/violet candy smell shoots past "youthful" and lands on "childish". It's weird - it wants to be both a matronly old-school rose/violet perfume, but it also wants to be something Britney Spears would put out. And it's kind of both, and kind of a neither.
Given time, a great almond note comes in, along with just a microscopic touch of marshmallow, which convert Lipstick Rose into a very good loukhoum scent for the second half of the day.
More lipstick than rose if you ask me, the candied violet offsetting the rose's jam-like nuances. I do not know what chemical is responsible for this but there is indeed a certain waxy feel to it that reinforces the lipstick image. While it does recede eventually into a lightly musky floral that passes muster, I can't imagine why any woman would want to smell as if she'd put on way too much lipstick.
No surprises, this is a straightforward one
It may have taken me a couple of tries to really warm to this one, but it is one of those scents that perfectly evokes what it is going for. The beginning is this powdery haze over a PINK rose and violet rush, with just that hint of wax to it. The drydown does evolve into a sweet violet with some juicy berries and light vanilla, with the suggestion of rose just barely present. It wears nice and long, as some of these Frederic Malle powerhouses do. Glamorous, feminine, maybe a little unsubtle.
Pros: Sweet rose and violet accord, evocative of a certain kind of lipstick
Name says it all. A waxy, lipstick-like concoction of rose and violet supported by a tamed down vanilla/vetiver base. Hints of musk and amber provide more consistency during the powdery drydown. Surely not groundbreaking yet very funny. If you like to smell like an high-end lipstick, go ahead. Nice.
Yes, it does replicate the smell of a certain type of lipstick, and to me brings back the memory of a very bright pink by - I think - Max Factor, that I wore many years ago. Happy memories! But although it's pleasantly nostalgic, I wouldn't want to splurge on an FB just for the sake of old reminiscences. Pretty and very girlie, this scent to me is pleasant but definitely not a must. Also, I found it quite linear with little or no development, and I prefer scents which tell a story, unfolding more delights as the hours go by. I'll pass on this. But it's nice enough.
This is exactly what a Guerlain divinora lipstick smells like. They nailed it.