I am personally a fan of wearing perfume every day - but it can become a bit pricy (especially as I have the bad habit of spraying liberally) so after a recommendation from a friend tried 'Suddenly' - by Lidl...
Personally I believe that 'budget' supermarkets are great for all - and when this was on offer for £1.99 I bought my first bottle - it usually retails at Lidl for around £4 for a 50ml bottle. I bought this because I had been told it smelt like Chanel Mademoiselle - which I have always liked due to it's floral / fruity smell... I will be honest and say I can tell the difference - Chanel does last much longer and has a slightly nicer fragrance to it.
However considering this is 2% of the price it's an absolute steal. On my skin I would say that the Chanel version does last all day - so around 16 hours at a push (the scent does develop and lessen through the day) and the 'Suddenly' lasts about 6 hours without reapplication. I personally have no issue with it's longevity - it lasts better than some more expensive body sprays that come with less in the bottle - so I can't complain.
It's potentially unfair to write the review as a comparison of the two scents - as if I hadn't been bought the Chanel as a gift I probably would have never have worn the Chanel regularly (it's a bit out of my usual price range for everyday perfume). As a scent on it's own 'Suddenly' does exactly what it you'd want of it. It's a great perfume that could command a higher price than it does. It's an absolute bargain and one that I continue to buy and use regularly.
I had been keen to try Lidl's own brand perfume Suddenly Madame Glamour for a while as I had heard it was just like Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle which is one of my favourite all-time fragrances, that I often go back to. The Lidl version is about £4 instead of the £50 you'd pay for Chanel. I have seen this product on Amazon for £12, which seems pricey if you know you can get it for £4!
This £4 buys you a 50ml bottle also, packaged in a glossy white and gold cardboard box, which looks quite sophisticated. It apparently sells out quite quickly, I managed to get mine as I popped in just after a delivery.
Inside the box is an uninspiring glass bottle, with a cheap plastic lid. Obviously at this price, there isn't a huge budget for packaging and design, so it isn't surprising really! The liquid in mine is a deeper orangey-pink than in the photo above.
The notes include bergamot and jasmine which are similar to Coco Mademoiselle. Whilst the overall affect is similar, I do find the overall initial fragrance to be sweeter in this perfume, but it settles down after a while. When I wore Coco Mademoiselle I often had compliments on my perfume, this has not happened with this one (yet!) or maybe people are assuming I am wearing the same thing again. I always used to save the Chanel version for special occasions, but this one I don't mind wearing everyday.
I have heard people claim this doesn't last as long, and whilst this is true, I was surprised that it lasted until mid-afternoon after an 8am application. It is not like it disappears after a few hours as some cheap perfumes do.
If I am honest I prefer my Chanel as it feels a bit more special and luxurious. I *know* what I am wearing even if no one else does! However if you do manage to spot one in Lidl I think it is well worth buying as you haven't lost much if you find it isn't for you. The overall affect is floral-oriental.
I couldn't believe it when someone told me that the perfume that they wearing was from Lidl so when it was on offer at just £1.99 I had to try it. It has a fresh fragrance that's not at all overbearing and is perfect as an everyday scent and a great size for travel and to keep in your handbag.
I've tried so many perfumes in my time but the only decent ones I've found were over £40 until I found this. I couldn't believe it when my mom told me that it was the dupe of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle and it is. Chanel Coco Madelmoiselle spray eau de parfum currently retails at £66.50 in boots for a 7.5ml bottle which I couldn't justify spending every time I needed a new perfume which is why I've never bought Chanel coco madelmoiselle only when I recieved it as a present.
I would describe the scent as not to light or heavy but a fresh spring scent like a floral rose one its just beautiful and I usually put it on in the morning before work and you can still smell it at the end of my shift which was more than I expected. The only difference between this and Chanel coco madelmoiselle's fragrance is that this is slightly lighter than theirs and it seems to be diluted.
The packaging looks quite cheap and tacky as its white and gold but it is quite faded as does the perfume bottle but that doesn't bother me if you look past that your getting a bargain.
I can't wait to buy this again I'm not usually a regular purchaser of perfumes due to the price but I would definitely recommend it and you would be silly not to try it at £3.99. I don't usually shop in Lidl but since buying this I will be checking in there regularly just to stock up on this.
I always find myself spending in excess of £50 once every couple of months for a new scent and although it doesn't sound a lot, over a year that's a pretty hefty amount so when I found out lidl where doing a high end dupe I jumped on the band wagon! I really enjoy the scent of this perfume I feel it's a sophisticated and quality scent but you definitely get what you pay for. The lasting power isn't spectacular but then why complain at under 5 pounds it does just what I want it too, perfect for the handbag.
When I heard of a perfume that Lidl were selling, which supposedly smells similar to Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle I was really keen to give it a go.
The Express reported in 2011 that an independent test was carried out with 150 women and 90% of them favoured Lidl's perfume, Suddenly Madame Glamour over Chanel's popular Coco Mademoiselle.
The two fragrances have been compared a lot online and they are quite similar.
~ Price ~
Suddenly Madame Glamour is available from Lidl stores and it costs £3.99 for a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum.
The 50ml bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum is £67.00 so if this perfume really is nicer then it's a real bargain.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is wide at the bottom and the neck narrows as it goes up. It is a similar shape to Davidoff Cool Water Woman, but it is made from clear glass.
'Suddenly', is written in gold lettering across the front of the bottle and then underneath in smaller lettering, 'Madame Glamour For Women 1.7Fl Oz 50ml'.
There is gold coloured metal ring around the neck of the bottle and then a white plastic cap sits on top.
The white top does look a little out of place and I think that a different design would have suited the bottle better.
The perfume itself is a light pink colour that leans towards orange, similar to the colour of Coco Mademoiselle.
~ Scent ~
Suddenly Madame Glamour is described as 'a fresh citrus and floral notes merging to an alluring, exotic Oriental accord'.
It is a lovely fragrance. It has a light floral scent. It does have an oriental feel to it. It does have a slightly harsh floral note in it, but it is softened by the other florals.
It is a very feminine scent and I think it smells expensive. I certainly wouldn't have guessed that this scent was from a budget supermarket costing just £3.99.
It is similar to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. I would say it is a little bit softer than Coco Mademoiselle, but it is still quite strong and it has a presence to it.
I find I notice this scent on myself when I wear it and it is long lasting on my skin. It lasts for around 5 hours, which is great, especially for the price.
I think I do slightly prefer Coco Mademoiselle to this fragrance, but this is still lovely and very similar. I'm not sure that I prefer it by over £63.00 though!
I find that I tend to wear this through the day, but it is one that I think would be fine to wear for nights out as well as it is quite sophisticated.
A few of the women in my office have this fragrance and it smells good on them too.
I would definitely buy this fragrance again. I think it would be nice as part of a gift if the recipient was told about the comparison to Coco Mademoiselle as it may seem a strange gift otherwise with Lidl's address on the back.
I would recommend this fragrance. It is great to wear to work where you don't want to waste your more expensive fragrances, but want to smell good.
I think this fragrance deserves 5 stars! It is fantastic for the price!
My mum bought a few bottles of 'Suddenly Madam Glamour' from Lidl for myself, my sister and herself after hearing all the hype. 'Suddenly' has been hailed as the best thing since sliced bread being favourably compared to Chanel beating it even in tests. It's been described as a sensational new perfume produced exclusively for Lidl. The cost for a 50ml bottle is only £3.99 when mum bought it, it was half that price for a limited time only.
Lidl Suddenly comes in a cheap feeling white and gold cardboard box. The bottle is a glass simple teardrop design with a dodgy white lid that doesn't fit my bottle- it's too big. The gold coloured nozzle works okay but again looks and feels cheap. Although the perfume itself is pinkish it reminds me of urine.....
The perfume has "fresh citrus and floral notes merging to an alluring, exotic oriental accord", incorporating Bergamot and Jasmine- mmm just smells like musk to me.
I don't particularly like it therefore have avoided wearing it since the initial purchase. However for this review I sprayed myself roughly 4 hours ago. Applying to bare skin hasn't caused any reaction I'm not irritated or itching in the slightest.
When first applied it has a strong scent, I can't say I can smell any of the above notes although I suppose it does have an oriental spiciness about it. As it settles it smells sweet and musky, I can't argue with the Chanel comparison as I find that smells like musk too but can't really compare wear as I don't use Chanel. I did however sample it in Debenhams- since having 'Suddenly' in fact to see if it was the 'same'......... My sister and I both agreed that it doesn't smell much like Chanel only inasmuch as it's musky. I can't decide whether or not it smells like cheap perfume, I'm erring towards cheap. I am biased though as I don't like floral or musk perfume preferring fruity ones.
After 4 hours I can still smell it faintly on my wrist so longevity isn't bad, other perfumes I've had would be long gone after this time. I keep catching a whiff of it when I move too. I'm sitting here smelling like the 70's....
This is difficult for me to review as it's a matter of personal taste, all I can say is that it smells like musk, so if you like musky perfumes you'd probably like it.
3 Stars from me
one for the price
one for still being able to smell it after 4 hours
one for being able to smell like Chanel on the cheap
I bought this perfume after a friend told me about it. It is a cheap dupe for Chanel's coco Mademoiselle perfume and it only costs £3.99(!!!!!) from Lidl. After a couple of failed attempts to buy a bottle of it (it had completely sold out) I finally got my hands on it a couple of months ago.
The perfume came nicely packaged in a cardboard box which from what I remember looked fairly elegant and not cheap but as with all perfume boxes I chucked it away as I don't see the point in keeping them. The perfume bottle itself is quite simply designed and it doesn't really stand out from the crowd, it holds 50ml of liquid which for such a low price is a very generous amount and the bottle is a rounded sort of shape with a long neck.
It's nothing special to look at really, it's nice enough and neat though and it doesn't look too cheap apart from the white plastic lid and when the lid is off with just the nozzle showing it looks a lot better but to be fair I don't care too much about the bottle as long as it smells decent. The perfume nozzle is easy to press down on and a generous but not overly generous spritz comes out with a firm push down.
The perfume is very strong and I found it a bit over-powering at first, well I still do but not as much so. The first time that I applied it I decided to only apply it to one of my wrists as I knew that if I applied a squirt of it to both of my wrists and my neck as I usually do with perfume it would be far too strong and not very fair on anyone around me. One small squirt on my wrist and the smell was really noticeable and strong, the smell was instant and didn't take any time to develop.
My first thought was that it was a very mature fragrance and slightly granny-ish if I am being totally honest, without being too much of a harsh reviewer, I found the fragrance to be a bit of a depressing one if that makes sense as it didn't uplift me or make me feel fresh or make me feel better about my self/sexy etc like some of the other fragrances that I have do.
The smell strangely reminded me a bit of old grapes or something but dipped in some sort of strange mixture of ingredients, including a musky scent. Lidl say that this is a citrusy and exotic fragrance with floral notes. Personally I don't think that the citrus and floral work well together and the citrus notes have a bitterness, the floral is a bit 'here and there' and I can't really put my finger on the exact floral notes.
Overall the fragrance smells okay but a bit like someone has thrown in concoction of ingredients and it is too strong. The staying power is excellent though and this lingers on my skin for hours and hours, it's also noticeable on my clothes the next day. I do think that this smells very slightly similar to Chanel coco mademoiselle but it has an edge to it so you can tell it is a cheaper version and not the real thing, at least I can anyway but maybe I'm biased because I already knew how cheap it was before trying it.
A few of my friends have tried this perfume and a couple of them liked it but most of them agreed with me that it's a fairly mature scent and too strong. I suppose it's all a matter of taste and if, like me, you like sweet, summery, light fragrances then this may not be for you as in my opinion it isn't any of those things. All in all I'd certainly recommend this perfume - at £3.99 you can't go wrong and it's nice enough but not to my personal taste, so I'm going to give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Lidl Suddenly Eau De Parfum
Having read the very positive reviews on Dooyoo, I decided to give Lidl's perfume a try myself when I spotted it on the shelf whilst I was seeking out the paracetomol. As already mentioned by another reviewer Lidl is not the most inspiring place or likely place to buy perfume! Lidl does not even pretend to be anything other than a budget supermarket. So as someone's who's favourite perfumes come from Christian Dior and Helena Rubenstein it did feel very odd indeed placing the parfum into my basket and then onto the conveyer with my budget coffee, peanut butter, salami and paracetamol.
I was pleasantly surprised that the parfum comes in a nice box sealed in cellophane and did seem at odds with the surroundings stacked high on the shelf, rather than niftily displayed. The box is rectangular mostly white with a gold band covering the bottom third of the box.
I couldn't wait to get my purchase home. I was not wearing any perfume that day, so when I got into the car I pulled the Suddenly out of the bag and ripped open the cellophane to open the top of the box, sat neatly inside was a pretty dew drop shaped bottle with a gold coloured spray atomiser gold coller neatly topped with the only downmarket part an out of place looking white plastic top. The clear glass bottle showed the golden coloured parfum and generally the appearance was encouraging. I sprayed a little onto my wrist and hmm, it was nice, so I shared it with the other wrist by rubbing them together and was just about to spray some onto my neck when I caught the next part of the aroma. I did not like it. One of my favourite perfum's is Miss Dior and when my Miss Dior gets musky, I top it up with fresh perfume. This was musky fast, just from rubbing my wrists together. As I drove home, I could smell the overpowering muskyness of the parfum which was not surprising as I had sprayed it in the car. Way too much musk for my taste.
The bottle looks great on the dressing table and if it did not have the Lidl name to it, this would make a lovely gift that looks far more expensive than it is, after all I pay more than this for room spray!
The perfume relaxed a little into it's soft musky middle notes and by the time I got home my husband's verdict was "It's OK". OK, is as far as I will go with it, it did not cause a rash, it did not burn my skin or sting my eyes, or bring on an asthma attack or migraine. So I cannot honestly fault it other than to say it is not the perfume for me when I smell it on me.
I decided to give it another chance and put some on to go to work, earlier this week. My colleague's dog seemed to quite like it, but I did not get any comments good or otherwise, when I wear some simple Body Shop or Avon products I get comments from both male and female colleagues about the nice smell and indeed have sent many a colleague off to look at The Body Shop on-line to buy the product! Not so this, nadda, nothing. I am sorry to say it has not grown on me. I sometimes wear EDP to work, always wear it on nights out and I am used to favourable comments from newer colleagues who perhaps haven't been out with me wearing a strong EDP before. I also have a couple of honest friends who will tell me if they don't like what I am wearing! They didn't comment either.
This is likened to Coco by Channel - maybe therein lies my problem. I have a friend who wears Coco and it smells great on her, but I don't like it on me!
Lidl Suddenly reminds me of those cheap copies that were doing the rounds about 20 years ago and on first spray they smelt like the fragrance, but settled into something not so nice and generally they were not very strong, apart from the Poison copy that was dreadful and strong!
I love floral fresh fragrances and tend to buy those that contain Jasmine and have a "green" top note. Lidl Suddenly when atomised into the air smelt fresh and floral - briefly, then the musk set in. I guess it is like wine, I like a fresh white Pinot. This is more a red slightly fusty Malbec or Merlot. So if that's your choice of fragrance that suits you, buy some, it's worth a try, but for me it's such a shame it just does not suit me. However, as it is my taste not the parfum that is at fault I give this an average 3 stars, because I don't believe it is as good as the expensive perfumes, but at such a low price it gives them a run doesn't it!
Available from you local Lidl at only £3.99 per 50ml bottle at the time of writing (January 2014).
Thank you for reading and I'm wondering who to give the suddenly by Lidl to!