The newest fragrance from Maison Martin Margiela is entitled Replica Lipstick On and is inspired by a lady (or lad’s) makeup ritual or in this case, if you want to be really accurate. Chicago, 1952, sitting behind a dressing table and patting on your face powder with a big old powder puff and finishing off with a bright red lipstick.
They say fragrance evokes certain emotions or even memories and I believe that to be true. When I smell fresh cut grass I instantly think of my father who compulsively mows and manicures the lawn come Spring and Summer. The scent of a just peeled orange reminds me of my cousins and picking oranges from trees in their backyard as a child in Portugal. Scent is a powerful sense and I think the Replica Fragrance Line does a fine job of recreating and evoking certain memories, feelings, and thoughts. The entire fragrance line centers around certain places and how those places might smell. Like the smokiness of a Jazz Club or the cotton candy haze of midway at a fun fair!
Lipstick On evokes the feeling of a fine lady’s boudoir. Think Dita Von Teese, think red lipstick and fine face powder…this is what Lipstick On is all about.
I don’t think anyone thinks to themselves, I want to smell like lipstick. But if you’re a makeup addict the thought has crossed your mind. A long time ago in a land not quite so far away Guerlain bottled up the powdery sweetness of their violet scented face powders and put it into a fragrance. I, for one, am every always obsessed with sugary powder violets thanks to Guerlain and I confess I wouldn’t mind smelling like them. And like a true makeup obsessed lady I do not mind smelling like lipstick! That’s why Guerlain’s French Kiss fragrance is one of my signature scents as it smells exactly like their lipsticks.
I had hopes that would be what Replica Lipstick On would be like!
Replica Lipstick On comes housed in a vintage style apothecary spray bottle that has a modern feel courtesy it’s 100% cotton label with its bold black text. It weights in at 3.4 oz in size and will set you back $125. I don’t personally know your fragrance budget but $125 is around the right price for a mid-range niche brand. I consider, for the great quality you get, Replica’s pricing very, very, very good especially for a French fragrance.
I must admit to liking Guerlain’s French Kiss a little better than Lipstick On. I’m hearing reviews that say Lipstick On is exactly like French Kiss and others that say it’s French Kiss’s little sister. To me, Lipstick On is Guerlain’s estranged, shy little sister. French Kiss has a certain sweetness to it where as Lipstick On lacks any sweetness and gets straight to the point, that point being lipstick.
First spray, for me, is like trying my first lipstick as a teenager. It has a very old 1920’s lipstick note that’s powdery and might remind you of your grandmother or perhaps even your mom. This isn’t one of today’s lipsticks that’s for sure! As it sets you’ll find that the scent of rice powder comes out and the fragrance gets an even deeper note of powder. This is a simple fragrance without complexity but it proves difficult to explain in mere words. It’s a fragrance you have to experience for yourself.
Although it contains a good deal of notes such as Vanilla Bourbon, Orange Flower Absolute, Iris Concrete, and even Patchouli Oil, I don’t think I could honestly say any of those notes are easy to pinpoint. I don’t know if walking around smelling like a lipstick will be everyone’s thing. It is mine! I liked this fragrance. It settles down to a soft, sultry powder and a few spritzes last me well through the day at around six hours of wear.
For me, this smells like the finishing touches of a makeup routine. That last puff of powder and finally, the pièce de résistance slicking on your favorite red lipstick!
If you’re a makeup addict I think it’s a given you’ll find the joy in Replica Lipstick On!
Get it now at Sephora.com.