Great reviews, Indie Guy - I totally agree with you about both frags. Terre d'Hermes starts out well, but there is something definitely missing in the drydown that makes it seem 'incomplete' (much to the point where it almost smells synthetic).
That comparison with dior Homme and the make-up kit also rings true. As much as I consider it to be a sexy scent, whenever I smell it I can't help but recalling memories of my mother in her younger years.
Maybe it just reminds me of when I raided her make-up bag, when I was a kid! *;D