December 30, 2016

Nest Black Tulip Reminiscent of Miss Dior But Delightfully Dark

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Nest Black Tulip Eau de Parfum ($72) is a new warm floral fragrance that Nest introduced for Spring 2017 which contains notes of black amber plum, pink pepper, and Japanese Violet. I had a Sephora Gift Card burning a hole in my wallet and this as well as a few of the Nest items on sale at ended up in my cart, you know a girl needs backups!

I’m a fan girl of Nest’s tooth-achingly sweet floral fragrances. I don’t really love floral fragrances but Nest is a wizard, an absolute wizard with florals and truly creates some unique blends.

Imagine my surprise with Nest Black Tulip arrives and it quite reminded me of Miss Dior Cherie. But don’t worry, it has delightful dark, decadent, and edgy way about it that will capture your attention in a major way.


Steampunk: a subculture that consists of elements of science fiction intertwined with a mixture of the Victorian era’s romantic elements. This is in fact the embodiment of Nest Black Tulip Perfume. When I smell this I think of tightly laced corsets, frilly petticoats, with steam fogged distressed googles and a wrist cuff watch. It’s a contrasting fragrance that’s dark, sultry, and decadent yet also soft, feminine, and flirty. A come hither concoction of notes that are extremely sexy and provocative.

On opening Nest Black Tulip is a floral gourmand that resembles Miss Dior Cherie. If you’re anything like me you might step back slightly after misting and curl your nose up as the first mist is dark and pungent. Pink pepper tickles your nose but within seconds a very interesting amber note comes out to play that reminds me of a spiced vanilla of some sort. Don’t get your hopes up as it dies away quickly and you have to be really on your sniff game to smell that initial note. Within a few more seconds, the scent showcases the fruitiness from the dark plum with a every so slight bitterness that quickly gets taken over my a wave of warming amber. A very slightly powdery layer overtakes the fragrance but never overwhelms. My nose struggles to identify the violet as amber and plum really dominate here. During the dry down those notes continue to dominate and even hours after application you’ll still capture sweetness of dark ripe plum with that warm, comforting slightly masculine amber. It’s a very sexy fragrance that wears close to your skin and has a nice long linger without being overpowering or intrusive. I’d liken it to contrasting combination of light and dark elements that make up Miss Dior Cherie.

Nest Black Tulip is a keeper. I wouldn’t call it one of Nest’s more unique offerings simply because it reminds me a lot of Miss Dior but I would say it’s a lot more wearable. I have a love/hate relationship with Miss Dior. It can be an overwhelming fragrance at times. Nest Black Tulip seems to capture the essence of Miss Dior but on a lighter more wearable scale that’s much, much more dark, sexy, and unique.

Very much a keeper!

I loved it and highly recommend checking out if you’re a Nest lover just a fan of sexy gourmand florals.

Nest Black Tulip is available now at


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  • Sarah

    This sounds right up my alley. I have to ask, you certainly don’t have to answer, but I was bored last night and I went to your Facebook page and I only had the energy to get to 2011 :-). But the question is, where in the hell do you put all your cosmetics? Are you super organized? Do you have a warehouse? I buy a lot from all different kinds of stores, but I buy what I want, not so much what is new and I need to review like you do. I’m just at a lost. Maybe, you can help a fellow makeup, Perfum, shoe and purse hoarder?

    • Isabella Muse

      lol! only 2011 eh? 😀 I do a lot of clearing out. I’m def organized and I have a lot of stuff no doubt but I do gift things away, donate them, and I try to do this often to keep things from piling up. I totally understand about shoes and purses too, right there with you! ;-D I’m also a collector of statues, comics, etc…that’s actually an area that’s out of control for me as I don’t part with any of my collectibles and they can get overwhelming. I literally just had to clear off a shelf in my office with Doctor Who busts and box them up and put them in the attic to make room for some new statues and busts I got as Christmas gifts!

      • Sarah

        Omg, I just moved and I had to clean out my attic. Be careful with that stuff in the attic. Before, you know it, it will get full, too. It was great to move. I had a yard for 6 weekends in a row. You would not believe how much I got rid of!! And how much money I made.

        So Envious…I want to be organized like you, I just can’t seem to get it. 40 years old and I can’t put lipstick and glosses in the same damn drawer. WTH is wrong me? 😉

        • Isabella Muse

          OMG TELL ME ABOUT IT! The thing is I have a live in attic so there’s a bathroom/kitchen/bedrooms/etc up there. I believe it’s called an in-law set up. No one lives up there and it’s empty which means I have to resist the temptation to store everything up there. At one point I was stashing away my seasonal wardrobes in one of the bedrooms and I said to myself I really need to stop because it was getting ridiculous! Ha! Don’t be too envious! I’m really not THAT organized 🙂 I def try to keep everything in it’s place otherwise I’d go insane but sometimes I let things get a little to piled up! lucky enough that’s when I slap my wrist and say time to toss things out!

          • Sarah

            So, you basically have another house? You really need to be careful. Haha. When I moved, I moved to a larger house, however, I did not want to move all the stuff. So…after work I would sort. Move, yard sale and giveaway. I took 3 trunk loads of clothes to goodwill (with the hangers on), I have a small Lexus NX, so it took that many trips. Anyways, it was awesome to giveaway all that stuff. I would have different stuff every weekend at the yard sale, because I was going through different rooms. Funny thing, I would see the same people every weekend. Anyways, sorry for the long novel. Have a safe weekend. The crazies will be out. 🙂

      • Sarah

        I would assume you would have to clear out often, lol. Otherwise, you would have to live in a house the size of Nordstroms. Haha.

        • Isabella Muse

          haha! My house is fairly large but I keep beauty/makeup to one room only! otherwise it’ll overtake everything 😀 I try to be diligent but most times it’s seasonally that I do declutters!

    • Isabella Muse

      ps I don’t mind answering at all when you put a question towards me in a kind way like this 🙂 Some people are just plain rude and will be like “WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MONEY!? Why do you have so much makeup?” The way you asked, was lovely 😀 Random, but I just wanted to tell you that.

      • Sarah

        Well, thank you for answering me. Not random at all. We who ask these questions are jealous, in a good way, at least for me!

        • Isabella Muse

          It’s my pleasure to reply 🙂 and discuss our evil hoarding ways together lol! Awww don’t be jealous girl, believe me, nothing to be jealous of 🙂 but you’re sweet to say so and I’m flattered 😀

  • Hanna

    This sounds like something I’d love. However sometimes plum and berry smells tend to smell kind of rancid on me. It’s a weird thing, all I can smell is fermented fruit.
    I’m going to go in and try this though, your description sounds lovely!

    • Isabella Muse

      Don’t worry, you likely won’t smell the fruitiness because the florals and amber dominate 😀

  • Bonnie

    I am fully hooked on Nest after buying that sampler set from Sephora. Now I really want this one as some of my sample sizes are running out!

  • Claire L

    Love the steampunk imagery you conjured up! Shame Nest don’t stock in the UK or I’d be all over this!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw that stinks! It’s such a lovely fragrance, surprised Nest isn’t available in the UK!

  • Elaine G

    Happy New Year, Muse! Try storing makeup/ fragrance etc. on the boat!! I stocked up on necessities…and am working on storage. I edit so much and pass along. Thanks for ideas & good recommendations…love my Derek Lam samplers–when is your next fragrance story ?Your ideas are keepers. My wish (one of em) is to win a giveaway from the Muse. A girl can hope! Come visit eastern NC & hang on the (small) boat as we dream of sunny waters. Elaine G

  • J

    Love your description of this perfume!
    Will be reading your recommendations more often.