Product Type: Lady Gaga fragrances
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Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum
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Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Good staying power, not particularly expensive, nice floral base
Disadvantages: An overtly sweet and cloying initial aroma
The fragrance she has been most keen on getting her hands on of late is Lady Gaga's offering, "Fame". She is a huge Gaga fan but the bottom line is if she doesn't like a fragrance she doesn't buy it, which is why even although she loves Madonna she didn't buy her perfume. Fortunately she loved "Fame" from the get go and as a result I bought her a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum in Superdrug for £29.99.
"Fame" comes packaged in a black and gold box and the bottle itself is oval and has a gold coloured plastic lid which has stars with long talons gripping the side of the bottle. Personally I think the bottle, which Lady Gaga herself is said to have designed, is a bit tacky looking but my teenage daughter loves it. Once you open the lid you can see lettering with the name of the perfume and Gaga's name in black (natch), but that's the only identification to be seen on the bottle.
One thing you notice immediately when you take the bottle from the box is the colour of the contents - the liquid inside is jet black. Don't be put off by this as the technology used by Coty in developing "Fame" means it turns clear when it's airborne.
There's been a bit of a stir over "Fame" and initial reports claimed Lady Gaga wanted to create a fragrance inspired by the smells of blood and semen. In typical Gaga fashion this isn't as revolting as it originally sounds - her inspiration came from the assumption that if she could capture something of her own body in the fragrance it would mean she could share it with her fans. I can, however, categorically confirm there's nothing even remotely resembling the smell of bodily fluids in "Fame".
Coty claims the perfume is constructed using a so-called "push pull" technology which eschews the "top, middle and base" notes you get in most perfumes. Again I'd take this with a small pinch of salt - supposedly the notes don't take any precedence in the scent but that's not been my experience.
The notes are based on dark, sensual and light aromas, with Belladonna representing dark - along with the black liquid in the bottle of course. The Belladonna isn't a fragrance I am particularly au fait with, having been told many years ago in childhood to avoid the deadly nightshade at all times. Gaga of course makes her Belladonna seem far more dramatic as a "dark" note by calling it "tears of Belladonna" but it's the sensual heart that is the more dominant fragrance with the sweet notes from Tiger Orchid, Honey and Apricot Nectar hitting you almost immediately. As soon as this sweetness hits the nose it lingers too, making me wonder why there's any suggestion of dark notes beyond the colour of the perfume.
The "light" in "Fame" isn't anything like as dominant as the sweetness of the fragrance. The notes used are Tiger Orchid and Jasmine but this floral layer only really acts to slightly alleviate the almost sickly sweet heart in the sensual layer. I personally am not going to complain about this as I really don't like overly sweet perfumes but it does call into question the suggestion this fragrance doesn't have top, middle and base notes because the floral notes do not come through until you've been wearing "Fame" for about 20 minutes.
I do like the black liquid however - it's a novel touch and it's left my daughter hoping and praying Nicki Minaj's forthcoming fragrance is going to be pink. Be warned however if you spray the perfume really close to your skin the liquid most definitely isn't clear - instead it takes on a grey tinge but it fades to clear quickly and doesn't stain your skin or any fabric for that matter.
Longevity wise this is pretty good - it lingers for about 4 to 5 hours before gently fading away. Even although this is an eau de parfum it's not a particularly expensive EDP so this doesn't particularly surprise or disappoint me.
"Fame" is definitely aimed at the younger age group and I would imagine that by the time you hit 25 you will start to find the overtly sweet "sensual" heart a little cloying, but to be fair I am pushing 50 and rather like it once it's settled down on my skin a little bit.
I would say this is a fragrance best suited to a night out rather than day wear however - it's certainly captured Lady Gaga's love of the dramatic and it strikes me as just a little too strong for wearing in the office. Given the sensuality Gaga shows in her videos and performances I suppose it figures that the "sensual" part should be the most dominant but for me anyway I just wish it wasn't quite so sweet.
So if you can see past the extremely sweet middle of "Fame" then I think it's a good perfume, only really let down by a bottle which sadly I think looks cheap and a bit naff.
"Fame" is also available in 30ml and 100ml bottles of eau de parfum.
Summary: Lady Gaga's debut perfume is black in the bottle