Delight in the iconic Armani bottle(rendered super cool by the inky glass), but don't expect much after the atomiser has been deployed.
It is in essence a more expensive and muscular version of Cavalli Black. They share the same monochromatic early and middle phases, and it's as bleak and featureless an olfactory landscape as you will find anywhere. It is dry, peppery, and slightly spicy, but it lacks nuance, creativity and is rather predictable.
The light at the end of a seemingly interminable tunnel is the endearing dry down. It may be familiar, but the sweet tonka and amber finish is surprisingly robust, and plays well against the pinched dryness of the cedar.
The final couple of hours almost compensate for the preceding dreariness, but not quite.
24th June, 2014 (last edited: 28th August, 2014)
A slightly spicy bergamot gives way to a blandly synthetic cardomon, which develops into an ultra-generic drydown of wood and vanilla. The longevity of about three hours is not impressive either. One would expect better from GA.
Well, Armani seems to think of itself as the ultimate fashion brand (what could be extended to its fragrance line)... It's the only reason to launch a super-ultra-overpriced fragrance with that kind of juice. Totally common, uninspired, bland scent. They must think everything launched under their trademark will be a success: It just needs a nice bottle.
Ok, I could rate it with a big "thumbs down", but It's not a bad fragrance. It's just common, non-original and overpriced.
The iris note could be translated as powder. Add a generic sweet smell, put some generic spice (probably pepper) and voilà: Eau de nuit. There's nothing new here. I got it as a gift and here's my advice: save your money! You can get closer scents for 1/3 the price: Banderas The secret, Silver shadow private and even D&G the one. I guess nobody will notice the difference if you use one of these instead of Nuit.
I'm not thrilled, however the longer it stood on my skin, the more I started liking it. There is a certain vibe/connection with Dior Homme here, however far from that I'd say they're the same. Albeit the fact that Armani Eau de Nuit is not original at all, it is not completely without character. So, it's not strong or "strong" but it has something that lifts the eyebrow up in "interesting indeed, Watson" fashion. Initially I was sure it'll be weak but it showed in way it is a quite "determined" fragrance. My liking aside, unfortunately it is attrited even in a sense of marketing, but then again it is not bland. In one moment I agree it is unrefined, unfinished even, but then again everything is somehow here. Indeed it is also quite artificial, unnatural, but then again what is natural these days?
Suma sumarum - quite solid, not for bashing around, however neither is it near for pedestaling. (13.07.2013.)
Manatee's review is hilarious. Reviews like his keeps me coming back to this website. So, forgive me for not posting any thing about the actual fragrance. The ingredients alone signalled a very tired, bland product. Then I read the review by Manatee. Bravo!