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I bought this perfume on offer for £9.99 from Superdrug. An absolute bargain. I think it is usually priced around £19.99 however I have seen it on offer many times at various stores, usually around £9.99/£15.99.
It fits perfectly into my handbag, nicely for when I am at work or out for the day, and wanting a quick freshen up. Music box is a nice light floral fragrance with a sweet touch to it. I would say that it is definitely worth the money when brought on offer like I did, however it does not last all day. You will most likely need to top it up throughout the day. The design is lovely, the colour is stylish, and it's quite unusual.
Every time I wear this perfume I get complimented on the fragrance, and people are always asking what I am wearing. It is lovely and light for day time wear, I wouldn't suggest it being a night time perfume, much more of day perfume due to its light sweet smelling fragrance.
"[MUSIC BOX is] captivating and sensual, evoking the emotions caused by a music box" - Kylie Minogue
On first application the fragrance is sugary sweet thanks to the plasticly berry notes. I can't detect any bergamot, so I find the first five to ten minutes of MUSIC BOX to be far too cloying and boring. It reminds me of a Natural Collection strawberry body spray Boots sold when I was a kid.
A touch of the fruit carries down into the heart so there always remains a sweet undertone to everything, which reacts strangely with the bitter florals - it leaves a sharp, chemical tang underneath everything. I can't explain the scent in any detail, it's just sour and artificial.
I'm not overjoyed by the floral notes; they are clean and airy, but they never seem to develop fully - probably because everything goes close to the skin very quickly. In fact the only floral note I can place with any certainty is the watery rose, which gets lost in the jumble fairly quickly. The plasticy berries, watery floral mix and the strange chemical undertone leaves me with an impression, that is reminiscent to laundry detergent.
There's not much to say for the base; it is the Coty/Kylie standard of musk/sandalwood/amber base. And given the poor lasting power of MUSIC BOX, the base is very close to the skin, so makes everything feel a bit flat and linear.
Official scent notes: Strawberry, raspberry, bergamot, roses, freesia, orange blossom, sandalwood, amber and white musk.
We all know what's coming next; this is a Coty/Kylie collaboration, so it's no surprise that the staying power is poor - blah, blah, blah. Honestly the fragrance burns down within an hour, as though it were the Natural Collection body spray. I can't believe that this is the 11th Coty/Kylie fragrance and not only have they not taken customer criticisms onboard, but the quality is noticeably declining further with each new release.
I think that this is best suited to use for day wear, as it's so mild. I don't think its suitable for me to wear to work, and think it's too 'young' for nights out or special occasions. I wore my bottle over the weekends, as it seems very casual and dressed down to me.
The mildness of the florals and strong fruit notes do strongly suggest that MUSIC BOX is best suited to spring/summer. It doesn't appeal to me in colder weather, but I suspect that is just my general dislike of MUSIC BOX talking. The clean undertone does give the fragrance a bit of an icy jolt, so it may be wearable to some people.
It's a short, lacklusture review as there's not much to say for MUSIC BOX - it's all over so quickly and I feel as though I'm just repeating myself when it comes to the Coty/Kylie Minogue range. I honestly can't see her wearing any of her named perfumes, in fact I recall a old magazine interview where she said that she doesn't wear perfume, so seeing the blatant money grabbing behind the range probably helps colour my view for reviewing. I used to love Kylie, so I used to approach each new perfume that she released with a bit of hope and excitement, but unfortunately I was disappointed every time, so I stopped paying attention to her releases. My sister found a 30ml bottle of MUSIC BOX in Asda [£6], and bought it just so I could tear it apart, so here we are.
I think that MUSIC BOX would be best given as a gift for a younger fan's first perfume; the packaging and bottle are very 'princessy', and the actual perfume is mild and is too watery to irritate the wearer. I don't normally like labelling perfumes as either young or old, but I honestly can't see an adult wearing MUSIC BOX.
Gift set [30ml bottle and 200ml tube of body lotion]: £19.95
Asda seem to be my only local stores that still sells Kylie Minogue perfumes, although larger branches of Boots, The Perfume Shop and The Fragrance Shop may still stock her later releases.
If you buy the perfume from Amazon or Cheapsmells there is a huge price decrease - you can buy 30ml bottles of most of Kylie's perfume releases for under £10.