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The majority of my beauty products are purchased online and as a result, retailers frequently pack a few trial sized freebies with my parcel. Accompanying a recent delivery from Superdrug were three generous sized perfume vials; one of which was Rhianna's Nude with this review discussing my thoughts.
I must admit that once upon a time I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a fragrance solely based on either witnessing its scent on another female or within minutes of receiving a spray at a store's beauty counter. However, these have been costly mistakes especially when it can take at least an hour for a fragrance to fully develop at which point it does not always appeal to my taste. Whilst my vial is a travel size it gave me a good opportunity to try out the fragrance in the comfort of my own home over a period of time.
Obviously, I cannot discuss packaging, but my vial was attached to a card, which displayed the full sized bottle and I cannot believe I am saying this especially in relation to a celebrity fragrance, but it looks rather appealing. Whilst I prefer the likes of Estee Lauder and Calvin Klein when it comes to fragrances, I have tried a few celebrity brands, which have disappointed me. However, pushing my negative thoughts to the side I decided to try out Nude, which was launched in 2012, with a positive attitude.
On removing the lid I was met with a burst of freshness, which was delivered by mandarin, pear and guava. I must admit to being pleasantly surprised especially as I had discovered that Nude is described as a sweet floral and fruity fragrance with a vanilla background. Overly sweet perfumes are a definite no for me, particularly as I find them headache inducing. In addition, I cannot bear the aroma of vanilla, which I find cloying and overpowering.
However, the opening notes were extremely favourable and totally unexpected. They gently lingered on my pulse points for around fifteen minutes before the real depth became apparent when the stunning white flower ensemble made an appearance. The heart notes consist of velvety sambac jasmine, gardenia petals and creamy orange blossom, which gave the eau de parfum a wonderful summer element despite me initially trying out my vial during the autumn on a cold, wet and windy day. I found the composition extremely uplifting with my positive opinion continuing as the warming woody and musk notes swirled into recognition to offer a wonderful creaminess to the fruity and floral tones.
I was instantly able to recognise the delicate aroma of sandalwood, which I adore in eau de parfums. In addition, the vanilla orchid was barely there with it nestling gently in the background. As musk is one of my favourite scents due to its romantic and sensual element, I was pleased to once again witness its warming aroma in the base notes.
I am surprised that Nude is described as sweet, as I for one, would instantly pick up on a sweet aroma; something I cannot bear, but I would not consider this eau de parfum to be particularly sweet. If I had received the vial without any packaging I would have considered it to belong to a top designer brand and not that of a celebrity. In addition to the gorgeous scent, the staying power matches that of designer brands, as I was still able to recognise the aroma albeit a little less powerful, some seven hours later. Due to the intensity of the scent this is an eau de parfum that I would wear for evening use as I feel it's a little too powerful for during the day and I never believed that I would recommend a celebrity perfume.
I checked on the Boots website for a price and am surprised that such a quality fragrance is priced at only £19.50 for a 30ml bottle and £22.50 for a 50ml bottle, which based on my experience, is excellent value for money and one I will definitely purchase.
Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a five star rating to be appropriate together with a high recommendation from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have used and liked one of Rhianna's fragrances previously. I found it to be cheap and cheerful without it smelling that way. I like to have a cheaper fragrance for work so that I don't waste my more expensive ones and so I bought Nude by Rhianna.
About the fragrance
Nude is the third fragrance to have been created by the pop star. It is described as being sensual and provocative, and is apparently to be worn without anything else on at all!
At the heart of the perfume, there is a fruity and floral aroma which has been created using Orange Blossom, Velvet Jasmin Sambac and Gardenia Petals. The top notes of the fragrance are truly fruity and have been created using Guava Nectar, Mandarin and Pear. At the bottom of the perfume is a layer of warmth which has been created using Vanilla Orchids, Sandalwood and Musk.
Packaging and Price
The bottle comes contained within a clear glass which is wider at the bottom and it becomes narrower as it gets higher. It has a nude coloured pattern making it's way up the bottle which is opaque but you can still see the perfume inside which is clear and a little boring to look at. At the top, it has got a metal 'x' which is indented to look sparkly. The lid is nude in colour too. The fragrance will cost you around £15 for 30ml. 50ml and 100ml bottles are also available but these obviously cost more. It can be bought from department stores such as Boots, fragrance shops and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The spray function of this product works well and it comes out as a mist which is distributed evenly on the skin, rather than a direct stream which can make clothes and ruin fake tan. The dispenser is easy to push down on and a suitable amount of the perfume is released with each push. The fragrance is actually really strong so you won't need to use much of this in order to get the desired results. Two squirts is more than enough for me.
The initial aroma that comes when it is first applied to your skin is a strong fruity fragrance. It is a little overwhelming which is why you only need to apply a little bit but it is still very fresh and summery. The main aroma that you can smell is the mandarin which makes it quite a sweet but sharp aroma. This initial fragrance dies down quickly and fades almost completely away to be replaced by the warmth of the vanilla and musk. This is quite powdery and almost artificial smelling and it is still overpowering enough to make you feel sick. Despite the strength of the fragrance, it doesn't actually last long on the skin and it quickly dies down to nothing. It doesn't irritate my skin or mark my clothes.
All in all, I'm not sure what this fragrance is trying to achieve. It's like having two different aromas in one and it is too overpowering and strong for my liking, even if you just use a little bit. I'm handed this to one of my friends as it's no good for me. A little bit disappointing when compared to the other Rhianna fragrances.
Rihanna launches Nude, the third fragrance that bears her name. Nude by Rihanna is a sweet floral - fruity fragrance with a vanilla background. With its woody and skin musky notes, the fragrance transmits intimacy and a feeling of bare skin and nakedness. Fruity aromas of guava, mandarin and pear are located at the opening of the composition. The heart is blended out of white flowers: gardenia petals, velvety Sambac jasmine and creamy orange blossom. The base consists of sandalwood, vanilla orchid and "second skin" musk.