February 2, 2016

Replica Lipstick On Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lipstick On

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.

Replica Lipstick On

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.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • KK

    Hey! I have been reading your blog for about 2 years and have never really commented. But reading this one, I just couldn’t help writing. I too write for Beauty blog. And I find it very difficult to do perfume reviews. A lot of people talk about the top notes, middle notes, etc. But the bottom line is that none of that translates to the reader. I loved how you reviewed this one. You actually captured the feel – which is so intangible – into words! It was lovely to read this review and learn from it! Cheers to you!

    • Isabella Muse

      wow thanks KK! First off thanks for being such a long time reader and secondly, I always find it difficult explaining fragrances as well. Telling someone about top, middle, and bottom notes is great but it’s hard to explain to someone exactly what those notes actually smell like! I’m glad this review expressed a little of how it smelled for you! 🙂 xoxoxo! You totally made my day with your comment!

  • breyerchic04

    Please world, make this and funfair evening into rollerballs, I never ever finish a perfume, but they’d be such fun scents to own!

  • Lila

    Hi Isabella,
    I was wondering if you’ve tried either Chanel’s Beige or Misia (from their exclusives collection) and if you think they might be similar in any way to Lipstick On…
    I was dying to try Lipstick On because I adore the powdery smell of parma violettes or Guerlain makeup (as you pointed out). But I don’t have a counter near by to try it without buying it.
    Both Chanel fragrances that I mentioned remind me of old makeup but in the nicest way possible… have you tried them?

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Lila. I was going to purchase Misia when it first launched but I kept hearing that it was a very strong floral. No counters actually have it so it was a blind buy online that I ended up avoid. I haven’t smelled Chanel Beige 🙁 Sadly I can’t speak if either smells like Lipstick On! I’m sorry! If it is any help at all Lipstick On smells exactly like a lighter version and younger sister of Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle! If I do try those two Chanel fragrances out I’ll let you know!

  • Ursula

    I stumbled upon this after getting a sample of it. Your description was so spot on! The exact description I gave to my mom is that it reminded me of moments from my childhood. You’re so right, it really invokes memories and smells like makeup. I’m in love with it!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay 🙂 I’m glad you’re loving it Ursula! I think it’s a delightful scent!