Product Type: Revlon fragrances
Newest Review: ... which I love! The top of the bottle is silver, and on the front of the glass is written "Charlie Red", which is writte... more
Charlie Red, just one of Charlies Angels!
Revlon Charlie Red Eau de Cologne
Member Name: SoadFan
Revlon Charlie Red Eau de Cologne
Advantages: Long lasting fragrance
Disadvantages: Has a slight 1980s vibe
~Charlie Red, just one of Charlies Angels!~
The range of Charlie fragrances has been on sale for some time now and has fallen out of favour with younger fragrance buyers to some degree. I feel this may perhaps be due to the fragrance being placed amongst the cheaper fragrances on side aisles in many stores rather than on the main fragrance displays. For those of you who have worn Charlie Red and enjoyed its fragrance, where the the bottle is displayed in shops will make no difference. For new buyers and those yet to try the fragrance I feel that its rather a shame that Charlie Red doesn't get displayed in more prominent positions amongst the rest of the fragrances, as it is a very nice every day fragrance that won't break the bank and will last rather well once its on.
Having worn Charlie Red I can say that I found it to be rather similar in many ways to the once highly favoured Beverly Hills Giorgio. Whilst Charlie Red is very close in many ways to the other fragrance mentioned here, it does have a softer air to it that makes it easier for a wider range of fragrance buyers to wear and enjoy. The Charlie Red fragrance is long lasting and I have found that I only needed to spray a small amount of the fragrance on to my skin in order for it to give off a lovely long lasting scent that was full and well rounded with a nice mix of florals and warm base notes.
~ The look!~
The Charlie Red fragrance bottle is in keeping with the other Charlie fragrance bottles and has very little that really sets it apart from other fragrances in the range. I feel the frosted effect is rather nice as it adds a little well needed interest to what is a very plain glass fragrance bottle. The bottle shape is wide and squat with a narrow lid that creates an illusion of height. The bottle is easy to handle and has a certain heaviness to it that means it will sit happily on a dressing table and won't fall or roll without a good push, so shouldn't be easy to knock over.
The spray applicator is simple and sits on top of the plain frosted glass bottle in a secure way that means the bottle will not leak any fragrance. The tall round cylindrical silver lid is very plain yet functional and stays on well when the fragrance it not in use. It is also easy to grip and take off when you want to spritz on some of the fragrance. The Charlie logo sits in the centre of the bottle and I rather like the casual script used as it gives off a relaxed feel. The fragrance name is underneath that and is just large enough for you to tell it apart if it is sat next to another fragrance from the same Charlie range.
The box is in a good strong red shade with a metallic look to it and it once again shows off the Charlie name to good effect. The text shows this to be an EDT natural spray rather than the EDC it shows here, yet they are one and the same fragrance, as this is the only Charlie Red you can buy. I feel the look of the product box is rather 1980s in its execution although its not unattractive to me. I found the box held the fragrance bottle in place well, protecting it as needed and was easy to open when I wanted to use the fragrance within.
What does Charlie Red smell like?
As mentioned earlier I really do feel that the fragrance has a similar feel to Giorgio and if you were a fan of that fragrance you may find that the slightly lighter Charlie red scent is a cheaper way to enjoy a similar fragrance. I cannot say that Charlie red will last as long on your skin as Giorgio does, however I can say that it will last a good number of hours without needing any more help to keep it going. When I first spray this on the the fruity notes are very nice and they give a slightly fresher feel to this warm oriental blend. I feel this has a slightly aged feel to it that is not in keeping with the over sweet florals that are fashionable right now and its rather nice to be able to wear a fragrance that feels a little different like this one does.
The fruity floral top notes in Charlie Red are blackcurrant, plum and peach, they are mixed with pretty orange blossom, gardenia and violet. I feel the fruity florals are there when I first spray the fragrance on but are not all that long lasting as they soon soften down into a more musky jasmine and amber based scent. The heart notes in Charlie Red are tuberose, orchid, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley and rose. Warm honey, sandalwood, amber, musk and cedar form the strength giving base notes which allow the fragrance to remain for some hours on the skin. I rather like the tangy fruity opening the fragrance has and even though it fades quickly it is very pretty and easy on the nose. The warmer tones as they come in are very pleasing and make Charlie Red an enjoyable fragrance to wear.
~Price, Rating and Summary~
Last time I purchased a bottle of Charlie Red it was on offer for a little over £7 for a 50ml bottle, although the usual selling price is just over £10. I feel that is very good value for a fragrance that endures so well in use, as there are many more expensive fragrances that cannot compete with the longevity of Charlie Red when in wear. At the moment gift sets with the Charlie Red fragrance in are plentiful and there are some very good deals to be found. As an example Boots are selling the Charlie Red gift set containing a huge 100ml bottle of the fragrance as well as a 75ml body spray for just £9.99. This would be perfect for fragrance layering.
The Charlie Red gift set forms part of the xmas 3 4 2 offer which means you could purchase this within that offer. The Charlie Blue fragrance is also on the same offer. Over all I feel the Charlie Red fragrance has more to offer than you might think. I feel it has a long lasting scent that changes over time and is very easy to wear. It can be a little heavy if you are over generous when applying it. Apply it lightly and its sure to last for many hours without being too much. Charlie Red will appeal to a wide range of age groups and will suit those who like a fruity oriental fragrance. As far as rating Charlie Red I feel it has a nice scent that is easy to wear and so I would like to give it a 4 star rating.
Summary: Easy to wear and won't break the bank