April 11, 2016

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Review

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I was able to get my hands on Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Parfum finally. It launched on Theirry’s site earlier last week and I popped it quickly into my cart soon after! I’m a fond fan of the original Angel but even I can get admit it is an overwhelming fragrance that I typically love to hate on.

When I heard about the launch of Angel Muse I had hopes for something a little more lighter and wearable compared to the original Angel fragrance.

And that’s exactly what I got.

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse

The marketing is pretty funny on this as they are using a hashtag for it of #HatetoLove and for me that’s the embodiment of many Thierry Mugler fragrances. They really are fragrances you hate to love or love to hate because they are strong, overpowering, and overwhelming but somehow, someway they set and dry down to something you end up falling in love with.

And so holds the same for Angel Muse. It’s a fragrance that starts out incredibly harsh but develops into something delicious. Where as the original Muse fragrance relies on patchouli to create an intoxicating, sexy edge, the new Angel Muse is more about the earthiness of vetiver.

Angel Muse comes housed in a bottle that is described as a “cosmic pebble”. It’s an oblong bottle that quite reminds me of the Star Trek Starfleet insignia, if you’re a Trekkie like me you’re totally going to love the packaging although the excitement wears away slightly when you realize the bottle won’t stand up by itself. The bottle isn’t only elegant but very modern and of course, fitting with the sci-fi theme that Thierry favors so much with his fragrances. Sadly, it does not include a stand of any kind. I was disappointed a little by this as I thought it would look quite lovely displayed with my other Alien fragrances but sadly, it doesn’t stand up and needs to lay on it back which ruins the presentation factor a little for me.

Georgia May Jagger is the face of the new fragrance, following in her mother’s footsteps, Jerry Hall, who was the face for the Angel Perfume Collection. It’s a gorgeous promotion with a simple windblown Georgia holding a bottle of Angel Muse against a pink galaxy background. It’s simple yet effective enough to draw the eye.

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse perfume

Angel Muse is dubbed a gourmand but she isn’t a traditional gourmand in the least due to her cloying, deep, dark opening. She’s terribly bitter on the opening with a harsher vetiver and patchouli note straight at the opening that gives way to warm, sugary, syrupy pink berries. She’s cloying at first, as if you jumped into a cold pool of water and can’t quite your breath. I think she’s dark, earthy, and very masculine but she settles down quickly enough and gives way to a sweet, fluffiness that reminds me of an expensive dessert that looks good enough to eat but doesn’t taste nearly as good as it looks. She definitely holds some of the original Angel DNA at first mist but she’s one that develops given time into her own, unique blend. There’s certain creaminess here and a syrupy sweetness with a warming woodsiness that’s mysterious and sexy. The hazelnut cream is here as promised but I don’t think it is a note you can fully get a feel for since both vetiver and patchouli overpower it. As it continues to settle, hours into the wear, the fragrance takes on a certain jammy note that gives it a little more sweetness. It’s definitely a fragrance that evolves with wear so don’t judge it by first mist as that first mist alone can disappoint for a number of reasons. One reason of which you might feel it is overpowering and secondly, you might feel it smells a lot like the original Angel. It needs time to set, settle, dry down and that is when in fact the layers of the fragrance are revealed.

I thought Angel Muse was a surprising fragrance. It’s something that disappoints at first but grows on you with continued wear. It’s much, much more wearable than its older sister and reveals a bit of playfulness and sweetness as hours pass. I liked it, a lot but not at first so give it time to grow on you before making your final descion.

Like all of Thierry’s fragrances, Angel Muse is a complex little diva that requires patience, attention, and dedication.

If you like complex, edgy gourmands she’s for you!

Angel Muse is available now at www.muglerusa.com and comes with a Muse Approval.


I purchased this item.

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  • Christina D.

    I am so sensitive to fragrances that I avoid all perfumes EXCEPT Angel. I love it and it is the only perfume I own and wear when I’m in the mood. Based on your persuasive review, I think I may like Angel Muse, but I think I’ll test it first.

    • Isabella Muse

      Angel is a wicked little fragrance that you do need to be in the mood to wear. It’s dark, deep, and quite overpowering when worn incorrectly. I think Angel Muse is much, much more wearable. If you need a refill of angel or any of the Aliens they are giving a nice gift on Mugler’s site of an Angel Muse sample with a very nice makeup bag using promo code MUSE. Either that, or hopefully it’ll pop up soon in stores. If you like Angel though I think this is a definite yes!

  • Kate

    will look out for this, I had been wearing Angel since it came out but got a little bored.

    and it is very Star Trek insignia-ish

    • Isabella Muse

      right? Totally star trek-ish! It def has some of Angel’s DNA but once it dries down it’s quite different!

  • Jules

    Haha! I remember the first time I tried Angel..,sprayed some on in the mall & thought it was absolutely REPULSIVE. I couldn’t wait to get home to change my clothes! But I ended up falling asleep, and when I woke up, I couldn’t stop smelling my arm…it smelled amazing!! But yeah…that initial smell, tho… One thing I’ve found with patchouli heavy scents (see also: Euphoria, Armani Si) is that I have to apply them SPARINGLY (which is not the norm for me, I confess), and I have to apply them while I’m nekkid. If I get them on my clothes, game over. The more masculine notes will overpower the sweetness. I love the sound of this, but will wait til I can try it out first, for sure!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh Angel will totally do that to you! It’s like jumping into cold water and you can’t breathe for a moment! LOL! I swear it smells awful at first mist. It’s a fragrance you have allow to develop likewise for Angel Muse. At first mist it is very bitter but it gets syrupy and fluffy after a few hours and almost cozy! This is actually reverse for me. It smells better on my clothes! On my skin it’s a little harsher but on my clothes it smells kinda sexier and warmer! It lingers really nicely. I wore it all weekend and when I popped my jacket on this morning I could still smell it and it smelled rather comforting 😀 Let me know what you think when you try!

  • Lisa

    I’m rather late the scent page dropped out of a Macy’s sales paper. I thought WOW what scent is that? Then I saw it my first thought was Clinique Elixir I immediately knew I had to have it. The model for this is she also the model from the Rimmel commercial?

    • Isabella Muse

      Ha no kidding Clinique Elixir smells like this!? Now I have to try! Yup, that’s Mick Jagger’s daughter, Georgia.

  • Deb

    I absolutely love Angel. When I wear it I always get compliments and people asking me what I am wearing. I can’t wait to try Angel muse.

    • Isabella Muse

      Deb, you’ll adore Angel muse if you love the original Angel 😀

  • Kim

    I have worn Angle from the beginning. I love it and get compliments. I have not liked any other of his scents. Until now I just got my sample of Muse and love it. Your description was spot on! I am getting my first bottle on the weekend