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Invictus Victory (2021)
by Paco Rabanne


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Year of Launch2021
AvailabilityIn Production
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HousePaco Rabanne
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Invictus Victory

Invictus Victory is a masculine fragrance by Paco Rabanne. The scent was launched in 2021

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Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory (2021) is a loaded gun pointed at your self-respect, but I'll get to that in a minute. I used to think that ever since designers realized there's more profit in pushing perfume as the bottom line over ready-to-wear apparel, that putting out one shamelessly commercial focus-group made fragrance to fund every half dozen or so more creative things (usually taking the form of flankers to the main less-interesting pillar) was okay, because business is business. You look at Chanel for a good example of this practice being maintained, with a Bleu de Chanel (2010) or Chance Eau de Toilette (2002) powering a dozen or more Les Exclusifs and flankers, but it seem some designer brands like Paco Rabanne have increasingly gotten greedy and decide to live in the moment rather than maintain any long-term respect with buyers. No better case for this has there been than the exploitation of their biggest successes on the men's side of the perfume counter, with inane flanker after inane flanker of Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008), or Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013). completely ignoring the legacy of their classics like Paco Rabanne pour Homme (1973) or dumping b-sides to these same garbage flankers as flankers of "lesser" lines instead, a la Paco Rabanne Pure XS (2017). Here with Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory, we see another stab at the DNA of 1 Million, but cross-pollinated with "Invictus DNA" and given a bit of what made Versace Eros (2013) so special. I guess this is marginally better than the insulting Invictus Onyx (2020), which was just the OG in a limited edition bottle with a single note tweak.

I guess I can see a bit of why Paco Rabanne would want to copy Eros, since it is the biggest competitor to 1 Million in the club circuit where these fragrances do battle while their wearers dance and try to "scoop up chicks", but like when Coca-Cola launched New Coke to be more like Pepsi, Paco Rabanne is basically throwing the fight by doing the same thing with Invictus Victory. The opening here is familiar territory to all Invictus fans, and probably the best part, with that telltale grapefruit and mandarin showergel ethyl maltol and calone blast mixed down with less ozonic or aquatic properties this time around because we're not going for "fresh" in quite the same fashion. This fruity sweetness is instead shored up with thickening pink pepper that bridges to what feels like an entirely different scent upon the initial dry down. A really synthetic lavandin note similar to what is in Calvin Klein cK One Shock for Him (2011) comes into play, but it isn't joined by lovely cocoa or tobacco notes like in the Calvin Klein, but is instead made scratchy with the usual woody amber nonsense you find in designers going for "incense" in fragrances made for cost. Luckily, this doesn't turn into sandpaper because a very sweet vanilla tonka note joins that lavender to make something very similar in tone to Eros minus the mint, with the "Invictus DNA" replacing the apple. Wear time is about 8 hours but projection is shockingly poor, which further detracts from value. Best use if you were to use this at all (woe be to you) is probably just at home, since you're the only one who is going to smell it, and barely that after an hour.

As a would-be clubber, this sucks. Adding insult to injury is the fact that Invictus Victory is marketed as "Eau de Parfum Extreme", like it's supposed to be some thermonuclear warhead filled with ultimate swag that makes everyone in the club uncomfortably aroused and scared simultaneously. When you think that Paco Rabanne already has a half dozen fragrances that could serve in this purpose including many 1 Million flankers such as 1 Million Privé (2015), you start to wonder if this exists with a purpose in mind, or just a shameless "in the now" cash-grab for all the knuckle-draggers out there who live and die by having "the latest and greatest". You know who I mean, the kind of guy that sells off a fragrance when his favorite spin-clapping YouTuber tells him it's played out, whether he still likes it or not, or the kind of guy that makes it a point to tell me they wear a Detroit T-shirt and leather jacket with the fragrance in rebuttal of me disliking it, as if somehow completing a "look" with the fragrance makes it objectively smell better. If you are a fan of these thick and sweet tonka bomb clubbers (and I indeed like the aforementioned genre-defining entries in this style myself), you can do far better than Invictus Victory. Paco Rabanne themselves could have done better than this, simply by not doing it at all. We honestly have enough "Invictus DNA" fragrance be they flankers or competitors, so rather than shoving it into a competitor's formula and calling it done, Paco Rabanne should really be thinking: "Where do we go from here?" Thumbs down
15th February, 2021

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