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I picked up my 50ml bottle of True Star when Boots were selling off a load of perfumes cheaply a couple of summers back. As I only paid £5 for it, I didn't really do much testing before purchase - just a quick whiff and it was in my basket and headed to the checkout before someone else picked up my bargain!
The packaging on the box is the colour of faded blue denim, to tie in with Tommy Hilfiger's all American image. The bottle is tall and elegant, with a handy silver top with an integral squirty mechanism - ideal when you are in a rush as you don't have to take the top off! The bottle is supposed to represent an award, but I must admit I can't see it myself.
The fragrance was inspired by Beyonce and is supposed to encapsulate both the public persona of the talented musical artist and the private personal side - hmmm, not sure how a fragrance can show all those things, but perhaps that is me being shortsighted.
When the fragrance is applied, it smells quite light and fresh at first, but when it settles it becomes a bit of an odd two tone fragrance - it is all at once sweet and sour at the same time - not like your chicken balls hong kong style you understand - more like a sherbert lemon, a bit sweet, but with a sour after taste.
I find it really hard to detect the individual notes of the fragrance - it doesn't even smell overly floral, just quite well chemical and artificial really. Having searched a few websites, the most comprehensive list I can find is as follows: brightness accord, watery notes, floral accord, sweet pea, syringa, honeysuckle, comfort accord, creamy rice pudding (!!), kashi cereal and toasted wheat grains. What a load of odd waffle - no wonder I can't work out what it smells of.
As you probably will have guessed, I am not bowled over by this fragrance and certainly don't think it is worth a premium brand price tag, although for my bargain £5 I can't really complain. I don't actually think Boots still stock this, though you can still pick this up from the bargain online retailers - scent sation etc for around £20 for 30ml. My advice, give it a miss - Beyonce, I think they could have done better!
Over the years I have bought Tommy Hilfiger Eau de parfum many a time, I never seem to have enough of the fragrance.
It comes in a tall glass bottle, not as fancy as many I have seen on the market recently. The bottle is sold in a light blue box with 'True Star' written in grey on the front. The actual parfum bottle is opaque with just a hint of blue.It has a tall chrome effect spray cap (which is pressed to release the fragrance). 'True Star' is written in grey on the bottom of the bottle.
The fragrance is by Tommy Hilfiger but was inspired by Beyonce Knowles. The reason I never tire of it is because the fragrance isn't too strong, but yet again stronger than some that I use e.g. Jennifer Lopez 'live'. It smells fruity and fresh. It has a blend of citrus, melon, honeysuckle and musk (I guess it's the musk that makes it a little stronger than my usual preference). I'm not usually keen on a musky smell, but this is subtle enough.
I found that the fragrance changed over a period of time in the bottle (I mean it took months to change), but I think it is recommended for parfum to be kept in a dark place, which I didn't do. In other words it didn't last as long as others on my dressing table.
The Eau de Parfume is available to buy in most fragrance shops and online. 30ml at approx £13-£15, 50ml at approx £16.50. Larger bottles available.
Sold individual or as a part of a gift box with the body cream, which was a lovely gift.
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Tommy Hilfiger originally launched the fragrance True Star in 2004 with promotion by singer Beyonce. The idea behind this perfume was to portray the radiance and confidence of the star as well as her more personal and private side.
I have to say I am not a fan of Beyonce myself, in fact I would not generally be allured by a perfume promoted by a star, but after sampling this fragrance in my local cosmetics store I simply had to buy it.
The bottle itself is very feminine, tall and slender and dipping at the centre. The glass is opaque with a hint of blue and the top has a chrome effect. Tommy Hilfiger say that the bottle was designed to resemble an award, being smooth and slender to fit into a woman's hand.
This fragrance is floral yet quite heavy, although not over bearably so. Tommy Hilfiger describe it has having contrasting florals and notes of toasted grains. The scent is strong and needs just 2-3 short blasts and will easily last the day without the need to re-apply. I have found however that the scent tends to have spicy after tones which are noticeable after a couple of hours.
Overall this is a likeable, confident perfume but may be desirable to those who prefer a lighter fragrance.