Both of these are now available at sephora.com
Thread: Givenchy Play and Intense
Anyone know the scoop on this? where exclusive? when coming out? thanks
Both of these are now available at sephora.com
They have been out for a while. I managed to get a large bottle of Play on Ebay new for $24
I have Play Intense and it's like an intense version of Rochas Man. They're really, really, REALLY similar (at least on my skin)...
I've seen them in European websites, like escentual, for sale.
I'm for Intense, because I do love Rochas Man and Bond No. 9 New Harlem.
Interesting how they decided to put out two different versions at once.
Both versions are now available at The Bay across Canada. No testers as of today, or samples!
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Macy's now has it online, too. Not sure about stores... you might want to check them out, too.
The regular Play is very much along the same lines as the new Zegna Colonia, like a frosty citrus with a touch of wood. Although I must say, the amyris wood that is part of the composition imparts a nice sensual effect. I rather liked it and yes, there is some originality there. It lasted and lasted on my skin.
Play Intense, on the other hand, is intoxicating, but may not be appropriate for summer where Play is. As has been said, it's a mish-mash of Rochas Man, A*Men, Bulgari Black and the like, with a strong immortelle note and a kind of tarry, roasted coffee note that's admittedly fun and somewhat original for non-niche.
Play and Play Intense finished almost identically on my skin, well into the next day. So, a good 18 hours of wear.
Incidentally, the bottle is clumsy and unattractive, very square and wide, hard to handle, with a top that's the same size as the width of the bottle. Hard to remove.
I'm interested in these simply because Lucas Sieuzac, the nose behind Amouage Reflection for Men and Jubilation for Women, is the nose for these two. So far they sound good.
Hednic, what do you think of Play? Can you give a short review. Thanks
I found them at Nordstrom - Intense is the best for me but its too much like Polo Double Black and Rochas Man so not worthy a purchase from me.
I tried them both at Nordstrom. Nothing that new or exciting. But Play Intense is decent and much better than Play.
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I tried both Play and Play Intense at Macy's today... the SA said that they got them in two days ago. I liked the Play Intense the most-similar to Bvlgari Black, but a bit spicier. The regular Play was a bit lacking. Liked the iPhone/iPod touch-esque bottle, too (looks better in person than in the pictures).
I already own Bvlgari Black, so I have no need for this. But still, teens/young adults just graduating from Axe (which is Givenchy's target audience for Play... look at the ads with Justin Timberlake for proof) could do a whole lot worse.
I saw these at Dillards the other day.....I really liked Intense which was a Great shock, a nice shock I must say.....Play is to weak.....was gone in an hour.....Intense got my attention.....Gary
I have to say, despite the naff bottle and ad campaign, I really, really like Play Intense a lot.
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According to a source working in LVMH, it has been launched globally; sales objectives are akin to both, even though the Intense version was the preffered option among most Sales Reps participanting in a launch briefing.
I tried both, I liked the Intense over the regular one. I can't recall their notes, but it did get my attention in that they were not blended according to the usual style in fashion nowadays.
I regret Tirmberlake's presence, it does look like a celubescent rather than a brand by Givenchy. But the scent is fine. Of course, there are better options around, so I guess I won't be buying it - maybe in the next ten years.
Yeah, the Timberlake presence and lame bottle design(Why on earth should a perfume bottle ever look like an mp3 player???) are such a turn-off, but Intense really has quite a lovely smell.
I saw the them last week. Yeah, the bottle design looks contrived and trite. Plastic-ky even. Didn't even realise it is a Givenchy, I thought it was Adiddas. The frag has to be really good for me to get the crap looker.
I tried the intense at macy's and it's definetly much better than the regular one.
So out of these which ones would you guys would you choose for a date night? or just winter in general
or Polo Double Black?
I'm 18 by the way. I'm also picking up Angel Men, or is that to strong for me for winter?
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Intense; I think it is a fine contemporary fragrance
Angel Men: one of my 20 something female student admitted that whenever his boyfriend uses A Men he wants to hug him for hours.
I would give the last one a chance. Still, don't forget to exercise your seduction skills, the fragrance won't do it by its own.
Have you tried the A*Men Pure Malt? I think that would make an excellent fall and winter scent. And A*Men is sweet and gourmand enough to go well with a snowy, foody holiday, IMO. Just avoid too strong in tight places.
I talked to my very market-savvy SA. She says that the Intense was blowing away the regular Play at her store - the 2nd store to tell me that. But when I asked her why she thought that was so, she speculated that it's because the Intense is hitting stores at the perfect time for a fall scent, and that the regular will pick up and reverse the trend in the Spring.
Play Intense is pretty good, and will most likely be my next purchase. I wore samples of it twice this week to work, and just felt awesome in it. If there is anything like it, I would love to try it, because I think it's pretty darn good, and if it isn't original, I'd like to know what came before it.
I was given 2 samples of Givenchy Play when I bought my Gucci Pour Homme II and well.. I do like it but it's rather forgettable. The Intense version may be better but I haven't tried it. Overall Play is rather unprepossessing.. especially when I saw a picture of the bottle on the sample packaging.
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Givenchy Pi Neo - the musk is similar (regular Play is actually closer to this)
Bulgari Black - the rubber note is much stronger, but much less gourmand
Viktor and Rolf Antidote - the rubber note is slightly stronger
A*Men Pure Coffee - the gourmand aspects are similar, but this is much better IMO
L'Instant PH EDP - the cacao gourmand is similar and overall much better IMO
Everything is bad here - bottles, advertising, scents.
Play is fresher and Play Intense is more on the gourmand side. I don't like any of these two, but if I had to choose I would choose Play (not Intense)
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I tried Play the other day and it was pretty good, a little synthetic smelling but good nonetheless. I would really like to try the Intense version, but my local dept store doesnt have it for some reason.
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