I wore my sample of Sartorial. I do see the metallic note in it, but it is not sharp or say edgy, but nice. I do not get lavender, and I do not get powder. Now some have said at basenotes it is one of the best new releases of 2010 and I can see that. It is not like anything I smell at Macys and, well, nothing ever really. To me, it is very office appropriate. It does not scream when you put it on, and you could meet with people 10 minutes after you put it on. To me, that is a drawback. I spend $110 on 100ml, I want to smell me!!! Well crafted and nice.
Alas, I am not inspired by it. Maybe like a poster above, I might change when I wear it a second time, and drats, with those little 1ml samples, I get a wearing and then half a wearing. I wore Le Labo Patchouli and commented that I get a cinnamon/clove vibe over a background of a leather glove, and over the first 30 minutes, it seemed to warm up. I did not care for it, maybe because the name is nothing like the scent - would have been better to call it Le Labo Misnomer and I might have liked it. Sartorial is something that I don't think will evoke strong feelings of love or hate, but a lot of "it's nice" or "it's ok". Le Labo therefore is more interesting.
I'll keep an open mind. To give you an idea, when I try a scent, I like to wear it, and then like to have a little applied to the back of each hand. Usually within the first hour, it is still pronounced and has a certain aura. Sartorial is more of a skin scent as I have to dig my nose into my hand to smell it. It is nice when I smell it, so right now, an hour into it, I will say it has low to medium silage. Maybe an eau de parfum would help in that regard.
edit: I would say that after 6 hours, it still had low to medium silage, but it was not long lived on me. The Le Labo easily out powered it. I do not get barbershop connotations when I wore it. Just goes to show you skin chemistry is everything. I will say that people are right, this aint you daddy's Penhaligons. And I liked it better than anything I find at Macys. If you are looking for a nice new addition, yea, grab a bottle. If you are looking for your holy grail, it was not that sort of scent for me. I would have liked for it to be, but it was not