I was excited to see that Sephora started carrying the new Comme Des Garcons Play Red Eau de Toilette (not to be mistaken with the original Comme Des Garcons Red fragrance)! I really enjoy unique and obscure brands of perfume especially French ones like Annick Goutal and Commes Des Garcons is steeped in in whimsical Japanese tradition making a unique fragrance that totally pulls me in.
Let’s take a look at Comme Des Garcons Play Red!
Comme Des Garcons Play Red is one of three “color” fragrances that recently launched on Sephora. I admit I ordered this blindfolded online. Without sniffing it in person I felt sure I’d love it and it is lovely but not what I expected at all.
This comes housed in a fat larger square bottle with Comme Des Garcons’ adorable heart peeking from the bottle. For an EDT formula and for such a light fragrance it has excellent linger and very good throw on my skin.
Unfortunately I was disappointed because I read so many different reviews that described it as a cinnamon heart candy fragrance where as others proclaimed it a sweet, sweet cherry. Honestly, both aspects sounded appealing to me. Even Sephora markets it as a warm fragrance with sweeter, floral notes.
It contains very interests notes like Mint Nanah, Lime, Juniper Berry, Basil, and Jasmine. I actually really wanted it to smell like cinnamon heart candy….but it doesn’t. This actually smells very lemony lime-ish and that’s about the only notes I get from it. It’s a rather fresh tart lime fragrance with a hint of light floral as it dries down the basil and mint really shine through as well and I feel like I stepped into an herb garden after the rain! It’s not unpleasant in the least and it smells quite different and unique. However, a little disappointing when you’re expected cherries or cinnamon. I can’t understand some of the reviews I read that described it as such.
Comme Des Garcons Play Red isn’t as unique as I expected and therefore too expensive. I wish it was a different fragrance, something that might have people asking, “What are you wearing?” but unfortunately, it isn’t. So if you were considering a purchase I’d suggest heading in store to smell it before purchasing online the way I did.
I expected something more from Comme Des Garcons and although Play Red isn’t a generic fragrance by any means it’s still not special enough to have be raving in delight!
Available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.