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**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I absolutely adore fragrances and own a huge collection, mainly EDT's with a couple of EDP's thrown in and the majority being from the likes of Yves Rocher, Avon and Next. A few months ago I was at my parents house and just happened to mention to my mum what a lovely perfume she was wearing, and as we have a similar choice normally in perfumes this was an unknown scent to me so I was quite surprised to learn it was an Elizabeth Taylor fragrance entitled 'Violet Eyes'. I thought no more of it until she presented me fairly recently with a bottle saying she knew how much I liked hers and having worn it several times it merits a review in my eyes.
Having worn this fragrance on several occasions now I feel I can justify a review on the product.
**The fragrance itself**
Violet Eyes is part of the Elizabeth Taylor collection and is relatively new being launched in 2010. It was created by Carlos Benaim and is described as being a "sensual perfume inspired by Taylor's iconic eye colour. It's feminine, captivating, sophisticated and intriguing and filled with a bouquet of the flowers that Elizabeth Taylor loved and is both modern and mysterious.."
Violet Eyes is made up of the following composition:
*Fresh White Peach
**Price, packaging & availability**
I have to admit I'd never heard of this particular fragrance before it being gifted to me, though I am aware of other Elizabeth Taylor fragrances I've never owned any myself as they've always been in my mind something more 'mature' ladies wore (no disrespect to anyone). My mum is very youthful perfume wise and we own a lot of the same products so I was very surprised to learn what this enchanting scent was she was wearing one day. She purchased her bottle(s) from the Studio catalogue where a 30ml bottle was priced at £12.95 at the time but was on a buy one get one free offer making the purchase very economical, especially so as it's a more concentrated form being an Eau de Parfum.
The EDP is available in two sizes that I am aware of, being a larger 50ml and smaller 30ml, with the latter being what both my mum and myself own. Having searched online I've found that prices greatly vary from store to store with prices ranging from £8 to £29 so there is a huge price difference depending on where you choose to shop.
Packaging wise Violet Eyes is housed in a very stylish looking flacon, which is quite simplistic in it's cylindrical design but is still very stunning all the same. The bottle has a frosted glass with a very pale violet hue to it with the logo in capital letters near to the top though because the lettering is in a violet colour also it's difficult to read clearly. The most stunning part of the bottle is the diamante` encrusted design around the neck of the bottle which adds some serious decoration in the form of eye catching 'bling' and is finished off with a metallic silver/ violet lid and all in all the packaging is very aesthetically pleasing and very modern looking.
**My experience of wearing Violet Eyes**
I remember a girl at work used to wear an Elizabeth Taylor fragrance - White Diamonds - and whilst it was an attractive scent it seemed too mature for her as she was only in her mid twenties at the time. I think that first encounter with one of the EDP's from the collection probably put me off trying any of the others which I surprised to learn there are around 12 Liz Taylor fragrances in total with White Diamonds probably being the best known.
When I encountered Violet Eyes for the first time I remember thinking what a fresh and summery scent it came across as, though as my mum was wearing it at the time I wasn't sure what it would be like on my own skin as perfumes can differ greatly when worn by different people. When I remarked how nice it was she kindly presented me with a bottle of my own saying it was buy one get one free, and whilst I was still slightly unsure about wearing this myself being an Elizabeth Taylor perfume I thought what the heck as a gift is a gift at the end of the day.
I wasted no time in applying this EDP the following day, as I was already wearing quite a heady fragrance when this was gifted and I didn't want it to clash by trying it at the same time, so saved it until the day after and applied fresh from the shower.
The metallic lid fits snuggly over the atomiser area which is made from an equally shiny silver/ violet metal, with the nozzle being of a reasonable size given the size of the bottle. The nozzle presses down in a smooth manner and emits a fine mist of the EDP which is a pale purple in colour though instantly transparent once it lands on the skin. I've only used this on my skin before getting dressed so can't comment on if it stains light coloured clothes when applied over the top though I shouldn't imagine it would, but all the same it's best to error on the side of caution.
Violet Eyes is a soft fragrance which is very feminine due to the floral presence, but isn't *too* flowery if that makes sense. On first applying the white peach from the opening notes is very evident and creates a fruity base for the perfume to eventually settle on as it's quite a strong and prominent scent which smells incredibly authentic and almost mouthwatering. The dry down takes a while to start actually but once it does the floral heart notes start to individually shine through with the jasmine being the dominant note before slowly fading to reveal the beautiful scent of the purple rose, which when mingling with the white peach creates a stunning aroma.
The EDP ends on a fruity note with the peach remaining strong throughout, but fades enough to create a warmer base thanks to the amber and especially the cedar. I haven't noticed the peony on any occasion that I've worn this, though that's not to say it's not present as the other notes are all strong and individually shine, plus I'm no expert and can only describe what I can smell so I may be completely missing the peony each time.
Violet eyes is quite a soft aroma despite it being an EDP though that's not to say it fails when it comes to the longevity test as it simply doesn't. I've worn this on many occasions since receiving it and each time I've found it's lasted on my skin for at least 5 to 6 hours, which to say this is quite a subtle aroma I don't think that's to bad considering.
Violet Eyes starts off with a strong fruity floral feel but fades to just the right degree after around 30 minutes and lays quite close to the skin in an obvious but more subtle way. Once the base notes shine through the EDP has a softer and powdery feel which adds a sultrier and sexy feel to it making it versatile enough to wear during the day or even as as evening scent though I much prefer it for general day time wear.
Would I recommend this? I absolutely would. I'm still amazed at what a fresh and modern scent Violet Eyes offers as if I saw this in a shop or online I wouldn't have been lured to try it despite it's stunning packaging which makes the saying more true than ever 'never judge a book by it's cover'.
I really like this EDP and once my bottle is empty it's one that I will buy again as it's a beautiful aroma and depending on where it's bought from isn't too highly priced either.
Very surprising modern scent which is bang on trend and though the packaging may not appeal to the younger market the actual fragrance of the EDP would as it's stunning and I'm now hooked. I feel I need to mention the outer packaging this EDP is housed in as the box it is supplied in is equally as attractive as the bottle itself, being a metallic silver/ violet rectangle with pretty purple flowers and it looks so nice that l haven't been able to bring myself to throw it away yet.
Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes: It begins with a look / Inspired by Elizabeth Taylor's iconic violet eyes, this sensual floral fragrance is feminine, captivating, intriguing and sophisticated / A combination of fruits, florals and warm woody undertones that together create this seductive modern scent with an opulent and mysterious signature / Top Note / The Ingenue: This fresh scent of Lush White Peach bursts onto the scene, causes a stir and leaves you wanting more / Mid Notes / The Star: Voluptuous Jasmine Flower and Rich Purple Rose create an unforgettable aura / Dry Down / The Icon: Delicate Violet Peony, Cedar Wood and Warm Amber are long lasting and memorable /