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Varanis Ridari

  1. MIA Review: Light Blue Forever pour Homme (2021)

    Dolce & Gabbana have taken a similar turn as Calvin Klein in recent years by relying heavily on past successes rather than trying to do anything new or standout. In some ways, D&G have leaned into the "if it ain't broke" mentality even harder than CK have, if only because Klein still throws out the random zinger now and then like Reveal Man (2014) or cK2 (2016) that tosses everyone for a loop. Not D&G though, as they are content with issuing flanker after seasonal flanker yearly ...
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  2. MIA Review: Eternity Cologne for Men by Calvin Klein (2020)

    Calvin Klein has been scraping creative rock bottom for a few years now, there's no getting past that. The decades of insipid seasonal flankers to their best-selling classics and endless focus group experiments like Euphoria Men (2006), Encounter (2012), and Obsessed for Men (2017) have most guys thinking all they know how to do is cannibalize their own past successes and throw stuff at the wall to see what sticks beyond that. Other designers have jumped on the bandwagon with the prestige tier psuedo-niche ...

    Updated 9th May 2021 at 09:29 AM by Varanis Ridari

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  3. MIA Review: XX Artisan by John Varvatos (2020)

    John Varvatos XX Artisan (2020) doesn't really smell like a true part of the contiguous Artisan (2009) line, but rather more like an unused formula for something else dressed up in Artisan wicker and slapped with the same XX anniversary trappings as John Varvatos XX (2020) of the same year. I'm not saying this is bad, but also not saying it's good either, and if post-bankruptcy Varvatos fragrance (now mostly an imprint under direct control of EA Fragrances like Giorgio and Claiborne) has showed ...
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  4. MIA Review: Beau de Jour by Tom Ford (2020)

    Not a lot has changed between the release of Tom Ford Beau de Jour (2019) as part of the private blend line and Tom Ford Beau de Jour (2020) from the signature range, but the tweak is worth mentioning. Most importantly, the packaging update to more-closely resemble other newer entries in the SIgnature line with the ribbed cylindrical bottle, plus the slightly nicer (but still expensive) price tag, make Beau de Jour as a semi-permanent addition to the masculine line up a bit more appealing for some. ...
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  5. MIA Fragrance Review: Spicebomb Infrared by Viktor & Rolf (2021)

    This one is quite spicy! I'm not sure what happened between the release of Spicebomb Infrared by Viktor & Rolf (2021) and the previous flanker of Spicebomb Nightvision Eau de Parfum (2020), but evidently someone decided to steer the theme of the line back to its namesake with this release. In my opinion, it's for the best, and the concept of "Nightvision" could have very well just been its own pillar range, rather than have tenuous association with the original Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb ...

    Updated 7th April 2021 at 12:32 AM by Varanis Ridari

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