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===The Product=== Striking eau de parfum comes in a pointed red graduated coloured glass bottle with a gold coloured cap like a crown. Comes in a sumptuous red box with am image to represent a studded red velvet cushion with a black and white trim around the edges of the box to represent fur. The name was based on the group Queen''s famous record called ''Killer Queen''. Manufactured by Coty. ===Cost=== 30 ml bottle has a recommended price of 23GBP but is currently on sale at fragrance direct website for 10.95 The fragrance is available as 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum with body lotion and shower gel. Killer Queen was launched in 2013. ===My Opinion=== The fragrantica website states: ''Top notes include wild berries, dark plum and bergamot accords. The main note of the heart is velvety red flower (Celosia), but there are also Sambac jasmine and rainbow plumeria. The base contains cashmere, patchouli and liquid praline.'' I am not into celebrities or their perfumes and have not got around to trying Katy Perry''s first two perfumes, which I would probably like, insomuch as they come in cat bottles. When I first tired this perfume I did not even know what it was or who by, but the unusual shaped bottle drew my attention as I love glass things and this pointed base bottle certainly was unusual. The gold colour cap is a bit cheap in my opinion but the bottle is lovely. The perfume itself is quite strong and heavy and not really a summery daytime perfume but more one for the evening ? it may be a bit overpowering for the office! It is very heavy, rich and sultry and I would say leans toward the patchouli and berbamot notes rather than any florals that are listed. I have no idea what ''liquid praline'' is or why it is listed as am ingredient ? to me praline comes in a chocolate box. I find this perfume lasts well and is rich and enjoyable to smell. It lasts for a good 4-5 hours or more depending on how much you apply. If you look online you can find some great bargains for this perfume and if you like it its worth buying it now. May not be to everyone''s taste as it is heavy and rich but not as much of an acquired taste as my Angel perfume. ===Star Rating=== 5 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.katyperryfragrances.com/killer-queen
I'm not one for buying these celebrity perfumes as I've always thought they all smell similar to one another so I felt as though I was wasting my money. I received a sample of this perfume in my glossy box that I get sent every month and I sprayed it and I was so impressed with the smell! Like really! So for Christmas I asked my boyfriend for it as a gift. It's a strong perfume so you only need a few squirts. It's a deep floral smell with hints of something sweet like truffles. Hard to describe but it really is special and different to anything else I've ever smelt before. I will be purchasing another that's for sure! Once you have sprayed it it does last more or less all day. But then again I do tend to reapply perfume throughout the day as habit. Not a bad price for a large bottle too!
Killer Queen is the third perfume from Katy Perrry and this time it looks a little more adult than the previous two cat shaped bottle of Purr and Meow. The red glass bottle is made to look like a jewel with a gold plastic pull off top which conceals a rather inefficient spray. Despite all the pictures of Killer Queen showing an upright bottle the actual bottle lies on its side as the bottom comes to a point. I think this looks quite nice.
The perfume is described as playful and the scent as floriental, which I assume is a combination of floral and oriental.
Top notes - Dark Plum, Wild berry, Bergamot.
The initial scent on my skin is very strong and quite overwhelming, I was expecting a light and playful scent but this punches its way up the nostrils. I can't detect individual fruit notes; to me it seems powdery, fruity and strong and not a scent I am a fan of initially. The Top notes begin to fade after an hour.
Heart notes - Red Velvet Flower, Rainbow Plumeria, Natural Jasmine Sambac.
I have never heard of the floral scents described above so I can only describe the scent as my nose allows. After the initial blast of the top notes the scent settles to a more floral scent. Again I was expecting a lighter scent but the scent continues to be heavy and smells mature something I would expect my elderly aunt to smell of. The heart notes continue on enthusiastically for a couple of hours before giving out to the base notes.
Base notes - Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline.
The perfume comes to a warm powdery end that lasts till the following day. As I move around I continue to get waves of warm floral and a hint of vanilla which is nice.
Overall I am not a fan of Killer Queen. I have given the bottle to my 13 year old daughter. The bottle looks really ice and I do like the jewel look despite it making it a little harder to store. The spray on my bottle seems a little cheap and splatters the perfume rather than mists it on to my skin which means a lot of perfume is dispensed with each spray.
I find the fruity top notes a little over whelming for my tastes and prefer the floral heart and woody base notes which last for hours. My daughter loves this perfume and despite not being a fan of it, it does smell nice on her when she uses it lightly.
Thank you for reading.
I always associated COTY with the cheaper fragrances you can buy but perhaps I was wrong! I received a sample tube of this EDP in a recent Glossybox and I always try the fragrances they send so was willing to give it a go. I also have an affinity with the sponsor's name so felt it may be the right one for me...
WOW this is a strong smelling perfume! It really reminded me of a Gucci fragrance I wore a couple of years ago so there must have been similar contents. I am not a big fan of strong fragrances since having children, I don't like to think of them having to breathe it in if we're having a cuddle so I stick to light fragrances now.
What's in a name?
I was interested to read online that this fragrance was inspired by the Queen track 'Killer Queen' and I think it is quite a rock fragrance in terms of strength and power and a little bit of craziness!
The perfume has top notes - wild berries, dark plum and bergamot accords with a heart note of velvety red flowers. The base is patchouli and liquid praline. All strong scents competing with each other for a rather rebellious outcome I think!
The actual bottle is shaped like a bottle of poison - in fact I love this and think it's a bit different with a base like a dagger point it is in keeping with its name.
Whilst I wasn't wild about the fragrance I wish I had the actual bottle as it looks a lot of fun for a dressing table conversational piece. However we were on with a sample here which I used several times. I certainly didn't hate the fragrance and felt it was quite a statement fragrance to wear. I was happy to try it and use as a sample and found it to be long lasting and received compliments on it but I just didn't feel it was a day time work wear aroma.
A 30ml bottle of EDP will set you back £23 at Superdrug. Which makes me take back my earlier comment about COTY!!
I wouldn't buy this, whilst I don't hate it, I feel I have moved on from these powerful scents and left them behind with my more livelier days of clubbing and pubbing. Since having children I opt for a more feminine and floral light fragrance to suit my lifestyle. Boring perhaps but it's where I currently find myself! Killer Queen is lively and exciting and one that will suit many a young thing but perhaps an opinion on this fragrance should be sought before buying as a gift.
As a subscriber to Glossy Box, each month I receive a box of beauty products, which gives me the opportunity of trying out brands that I would not previously have considered. Inside one of my recent boxes was a 1.5 ml vial of Katy Perry's Killer Queen Eau De Parfum; something of which I would never have considered using especially as I am not a fan of celebrity fragrances. However, I decided to try it out with this review discussing my experience with using.
Whilst my eau de parfum was a sample sized vial, I was rather attracted to the image of the stunning bottle, which was displayed in the beauty magazine that accompanied my box. I discovered that its appearance was modelled on the Queen's sceptre to deliver glamour with its vibrant shade of red and contrasting golden crown cap. However, as I have not owned the full sized bottle I cannot comment on the quality of the packaging although I have a sneaky feeling that it could be thin and flimsy. The eau de parfum is described as both luxurious and floral and when I read the list of notes I was intrigued especially due to the inclusion of one of my favourite scents, namely patchouli.
A quick spray onto the inside of my one wrist released the eau de parfum in a fine mist and my nasal passages were immediately confused with the most overpowering ensemble of scents. I would describe the top notes as being extremely cloying due to dark plum and despite the inclusion of wild berries and bergamot there was no give with the overbearing sweetness. I had anticipated the fruitiness of the berries together with the freshness of bergamot to slowly seep through in order to offer a lighter element, but the depth of dark plum is far too deep.
As perfume top notes generally tend to last for only ten to fifteen minutes, I was wishing the time away so that the overpowering aroma would disperse. However, the top notes seemed to linger for what seemed like forever before I was able to witness yet another burst of overpowering sweetness delivered by celosia. Whilst the middle notes of the eau de parfum allegedly contain sambsac jasmine and rainbow plumeria I was unable to recognise any other scent due to the dark plum, which decided to make yet another appearance.
Thankfully, after approximately half an hour I was able to obtain some light relief due to the introduction of cashmere and patchouli; both of which mellowed the sweetness of the middle notes albeit very briefly. I learned that liquid praline makes an appearance in the base notes, which is one of the reasons I cannot bear Theirry Mugler's Angel and its resemblance was almost identical. I cannot speak favourably of this eau de parfum from the top to the base notes although the biggest positive point as far as I was concerned is that its longevity was extremely poor with only a wisp of aroma being evidence some ninety minutes following application.
I would have considered a Katy Perry perfume to be aimed at a late teens to a twenties age group, but the strong and deep aroma is not something I would have wished to wear at that age or now that I am in my mid forties. I cannot admit to being disappointed, as my expectations for a celebratory fragrance were low from the starting point and this is something that I definitely cannot recommend.
I have checked on the Boots website for a price and would advise that at the time of writing you can make a purchase of the 30 ml bottle for £22.99 and the 50 ml bottle for £28.99.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I had received a small sample of this perfume in my October glossybox. I hadn't sampled this one before, and having liked previous Katy Perry perfumes, I was excited to try this one out.
Katy Perry is best known for her hit singles, including 'I kissed a girl' and 'Firework'. Her marriage to Russell Brand and their subsequent split also brought her headlines. Like many celebrities, a perfume range was next. Killer Queen is her third perfume. This scent was a collaboration between the singer and the perfume giant Coty.
This one is very different from Perry's other two perfumes Purr and Meow, which were, unsurprisingly cat themed. This one is named after the Queen song, and Perry has said that when she listened to the lyrics of the song, she wanted to be like the person depicted in the lyrics, and finally she feels she has become that person.
The composition of this fragrance is as follows:
The Top Notes are Dark Plum, Wild Berry and Bergamot.
The Heart Notes are Red Velvet Flower, Rainbow Plumeria and Jasmine.
The Base Notes are Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart and Liquid Praline.
When you first spray this, the scent is very floral, with a hint of something darker. I don't really make out any of the fruit notes, it's very floral and slightly musky. I would describe this as an evening perfume as it is a quite heavy scent, and leaves a lasting rich woody musky scent after application. This is marketed as a woman's scent, but Perry and Coty do say that there is a hint of the androgynous with this fragrance, although I do think this is slightly too floral to be a unisex perfume, even though the lasting scent is a rich musky, woody scent with just a hint of the floral elements within. I found that this is quite a long lasting scent as well, and I could still smell this about 5 hours after application.
This is one of those fragrances that I am unsure about. When I read the composition of this fragrance, I thought I would like it, but somehow the scents together don't seem to work for me. Don't get me wrong, it's an okay fragrance, but not one I would purchase, as there are much nicer ones on the market. It is, however, good value for anyone who likes this scent.
Prices for this perfume are
(at time of writing, The Fragrance Shop are offering a free bag with either of the above products)
There is also a 100ml bottle available for around £38.
"Killer Queen has been in my vocabulary since I was 15, because of the song 'Killer Queen' by Queen. Freddie Mercury painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in. I named my company Killer Queen after those lyrics. I feel like, after all this time, it was appropriate to use that name in association with something I did. I feel like I'm falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted" - Katy perry
When you bought a 50ml bottle of Killer Queen at it's launch in Superdrug, you got a free red handbag [I believe that if you buy the perfume from the Boots website you'll get the same bag]. My sister bought the perfume just because she wanted the bag, and has since passed on her bottle to me...
Killer Queen opens with a rich plum note. I can also make out what I think is raspberry. The plum note is long and distinctive, so carries down to the heart of the perfume, along with the patchouli. This mixture of plum and patchouli is very similar to Midnight Heat by Beyonce - another Coty release. Midnight Heat itself reminded me of Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy [Elizabeth Arden], so it you enjoyed either of them then you'll probably enjoy this as well.
I'm not familiar with celosia, but I don't think it's meant to smell appealing - a keen gardener compared Celosia fragrance to that of a skunk online. I guess that Coty just wanted to use the exotic name in the description, but used something else in the perfume instead, but I can't guess what. In fact - aside from the frangipani - I am not able to separate any floral notes from the sweetly powdered floral jumble heart of the fragrance, as the praline develops and mixes with the patchouli, lasting for the duration of the perfume. I think that the powdered floral mix is extremely similar to Taylor by Taylor Swift [Elizabeth Arden] overall, so maybe there is magnolia and/or peony in Killer Queen too?
There is no strong indication between the heart notes and the base, thanks to the constant presence of the powdery floral mix and patchouli. The soft, creamy praline adds a slight nuttiness so it is a warm, comforting mix, which does lend a teensy bit of a different air to Killer Queen as it dries down. The final drydown reminds me of Lancome's La Vie Est Belle, so there's nothing new here either.
Official scent notes; wild berries, dark plum, bergamot, velvety red flower (Celosia), Sambac jasmine, rainbow plumeria (frangipani), cashmere, patchouli and liquid praline.
Killer Queen has good longevity for a Coty release; a five to six hour average on me. It's still not amazingly great generally speaking - but it is very good for the price.
Killer Queen is a new release but, based on my experiences with numerous scent-a-likes, I wouldn't recommend it as a spring/summer fragrance; the plum and patchouli notes are both strong and long lasting, and these scent notes tend towards becoming cloying in hotter temperatures.
I think that Killer Queen is intended as a evening fragrance, but I think that you can comfortably wear it whenever you want [during the day, casually and for work]. As although it is a noticeable fragrance I don't find it cloying or irritating to wear, and other people like it too, so I don't feel that it is invasive to others.
Killer Queen is pleasant and easy to wear, but it's just not anything to get excited about. I love perfumes with praline and/or vanilla in, but this is "meh" for me - it reminds me of other perfumes all the way through. I will happily use my bottle as it was given to me, but Killer Queen isn't something that I'd choose to buy for myself.
With a new company now in charge of the Katy Perry fragrances [Coty], Katy promising a new mature image, the meaning behind the perfume's name, and the marketing campaign for this product, I was expecting Killer Queen to be adult, a bit more unique and confidently commanding. However the result is still 'young' and unoriginal. Killer Queen doesn't have a unique stamp of it's own to make it stand out from the crowd, and it is not something that I'd imagine Katy herself actually wearing.
As it's not long until Christmas, I'll add that if you mix Purr and Meow together, it smells fairly similar to Killer Queen. So if you have a fan of Katy Perry, or her previous perfume releases, in your life Killer Queen would make a good gift choice for them. Coty release some great value perfume giftsets every year, and Boots knock more money off selected ones for a limited time in the Festive run-up, so keep your eyes peeled...