Visa was one of several Robert Piguet samples I received recently in my Glossybox. When I received this I was not really aware of the Robert Piguet brand or the products, so had no idea what to expect. There was a card with my sample, which contained a description of the scent, but I still didn't think it gave me much of an idea of what to expect, as it sounded like the perfume contains every ingredient imaginable!
'White Vineyard peach, pear, violet leaves, bergamot and yellow mandarin mingle with a heart of ylang ylang, rose, immortelle and orange flower absolutes before revealing a base of patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, moss and vanilla beans.' is the official description of the scent. As I said, that sounds like a lot of ingredients to me, but there are certainly some that appeal, especially the fruity top notes of peach, pear and mandarin, as I do tend to like anything with a fruity scent.
I will quickly mention the bottle, but I can't dwell on it, given that I don't own the full size, only a small vial. The bottle is simple in style but not my taste; I think it looks more like an aftershave than a product aimed at women, given the dark colour of the glass.
When first applied to the skin, Visa has a pleasant fruity scent to it, with the peach coming out most strongly in my opinion. There's something alongside the fruitiness that is rather unusual and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Perhaps it's those violet leaves, I'm not sure, but whatever it is, it turns what could otherwise be a rather boring fruity scent, into something much more interesting and unique.
When the scent has been on the skin for some time the fruity notes start to disperse and the fragrance develops to reveal the middle (or heart) notes. At this point the fragrance seems to mature and a much more floral tone seems to come out. The ylang ylang seems to give an exotic twist and the rose lingers softly. There is a sweetness to the scent - which smells a lot like vanilla - and it compliments the florals well. I usually feel that floral scents can be quite old fashioned, but this particular one actually smells modern and fresh, probably because it is quite different to most other floral perfumes - certainly the one's I have tried anyway. It's very feminine and although hard to describe, I just find it to be a genuinely lovely fragrance and slightly unusual in scent, although I can't put my finger on why.
The base notes of the fragrance linger once this has been on the skin for a while, with vanilla and sandalwood being the dominant ones. A hint of a floral scent remains along with it and the overall fragrance is both woody and creamy.
On the whole, I think this is a lovely fragrance and I much prefer it to Fracas which is the other one I have so far tried. The scent, although floral, is not heady or overpowering and is feminine without being too old-fashioned. I like that it's quite unusual and different to majority of perfumes available at the moment, which I have found tend to be a fairly samey floral-fruity mix.
The staying power of the scent is fantastic, I can apply it in the morning and it will linger on my skin all day, which is excellent. This said, it is not overly strong - I think the intensity is just right - this is not a fragrance which will enter the room before you do!
It's quite difficult to suggest which age group I think this would be suited to, as it's quite different to any other fragrance I've tried, so I'd have to say it is pretty much dependent on personal taste. It's a daytime scent in my opinion, I prefer something a little heavier for evenings and this has a lightness about it that makes it perfect for the day. I've worn it for work and I chose it recently when I went out to lunch with my fiancé. I think it's probably more suited to the spring/summer months though as it has a real freshness about it.
Visa is not very widely available, having looked online. In fact House of Fraser is about the only place on the high street that you will find this perfume - even online it's not stocked by all that many outlets. The prices below are from House of Fraser:
That is very expensive to me - whilst I think it is a lovely scent, I'm not sure I would want to pay so much for it.
High price tag aside, I really like Visa. It smells lovely and is certainly one of the nicest smelling floral fragrances I've tried and I would recommend it.
Mysterious and addictive, this Robert Piguet gourmand oriental Visa eau de parfum is an intoxicating combination of white vineyard peach, pear, bergamot, ylang-ylang, rose and orange flower mingled with rich patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla beans and a gourmand leathery accord. Dazzling and dramatic, Visa de Robert Piguet is the fragrance for those who expect the exceptional.