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Métallique (2019)
by Tom Ford

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Year of Launch2019
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseTom Ford
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Métallique

The company describe Métallique as:

Willful. Fearless. Addictive.

Forged with elegant brilliance, Tom Ford Métallique mesmerizes its admirers with a pulsating flash of modern, resolute femininity, willful, luminous and in full bloom.

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This isn't a replication of Tom Ford's successful Private Blend release, Soleil Blanc, but it is its mass-market equivalent, much in the way that Tom Ford Noir Extreme was the mass-market companion to Tobacco Vanille, a kind of attempt to build a different road to a similar destination.

Metallique is actually quite nice, with a creamy, almond-like blend of floral notes and "sandalwood" doing for Metallique what the creamy coconut did for Soleil Blanc. Nevertheless, it's hard to not see it as an "also-ran," not just in the realm of fragrances in general but in Tom Ford's own lineup.
01st September, 2019
This perfume is a love song to the helonial aldehyde, sharp, metallic, and unforgivingly bright. Tom Ford perfumes seldom have trouble being unconventional, even if their single accord focus makes them somewhat linear, but they tend to stand up as wearable art for fans of the house. Métallique (2019) is really no different in execution when you think about it, but it also brings together a certain old-school complexity thanks to the chypre genre it revisits, but is still properly synthetic like a modern designer. In case the name didn't give it away, this stuff smells like metal, just like someone took the smell of a chrome bumper and wrapped a feminine-market fragrance around it. I like this, but not sure if I could pull it off, due to just how prominent that metallic aldehyde is in the mix.

Métallique opens with that aforementioned sharpness, carried by bergamot, helonial, and pink pepper. The rakishness does tone down in time, allowing a softer heliotrope note to move in, bolstered by muguet and hawthorn (the death flower). This stripped white floral core becomes the pulse of the chromium beast that is Métallique for the next few hours until ambrette and vanilla slowly sneak up to form a base. There's some sort of "sandalwood" woody base here (that isn't sandalwood) but helps establish the dry chypre accord that this finished in after about the 6 hour mark. Métallique is pretty daring and austere in the way icy sharp chypres like Chanel Cristalle (1974) and Jacomo Silences (1978) are, but bright enough to be "modern" to most mainstream noses. Wear time is about 10 hours with moderate sillage, and this feels best for office use due to its emotionless delivery.

If Tom Ford is trying to bring back the old Cruella DeVille chypres of the late 70's, he may just succeed with Métallique, but only within the context of his fanbase. I don't see this catching fire the way Black Orchid (2006) has, and likely will end up going the way of Sahara Noir (2013) after a few years, meaning Métallique may be another Tom Ford unicorn in the making, much like his axed Private Blend lines and former LVMH scents like Yves Saint Laurent Nu (1999), M7 (2002), Gucci Pour Homme (2002), and Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003). Again, not sure this fits my personality but I can appreciate the concept, and see this as easily being unisex. Despite over-inflated prices and often painfully linear executions within the Private Blends line, sometimes the single-minded house style of Tom Ford hits creative pay dirt, and that is definitely the case here with Métallique. Thumbs up.
11th August, 2019 (last edited: 13th August, 2019)

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