August 22, 2019

Tom Ford Metallique Isn’t the Powder Bomb I Expected It To Be

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4 stars out of 5

Tom Ford Metallique is the new powdery floral fragrance that launched a very short time ago at Sephora and luxury department stores. I was going to purchase this when it launched and I’m quite glad I waited because the extra 20% Off during Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event sure helped me swallow the price tag.

To me it feels like ages since Tom Ford has done a more mainstream fragrance outside the Private Blend Collection. I feels like Velvet and Black Orchid are the two that commonly come to mind when you think of Tom Ford having less than niche fragrance on the market. Of course, the price tag screams luxury niche versus department store good buy!

None the less, it’s nice to see Tom Ford venture outside the Private Blend world for a little bit. I picked up Metallique because it was described as a powdery floral. Shocked aren’t you? I’m always proclaiming my love for sweet and foody gourmand scents why in the world am I buying a powdery floral. I actually really like powder fragrances if they are done right. Shalimar, Chloe Love, Bourbon French Parfums’ Kus Kus, Etat Libre D’Orange Bijou Romantique, are just a few I enjoy. I think I migrate towards powdery fragrances because I’m always looking to recapture the scent of a fine Victoria lady’s powder. It must be a fond memory from the first time I smelled Guerlain powder. That perfect violet fragrance that made me feel extra fancy.

Metallique has elements of powder but not a fancy lady’s powder. It has harsher elements and the name fits those harsher, grittier notes.

I am not nearly educated enough in fragrance to explain what I smell when I spray Metallique. It feels very complicated to me yet also, oddly familiar. First spray it smells soapy with a metal twang that tickles your nose and throat in the oddest way. There’s a sweetness initially but it disappears fast! It morphs right away and I start smelling a metallic caramel note on my skin but again, after a brief few minutes the scent changes and some of the floral notes come out to play. Heliotrope perhaps a bit of lily of the valley and a faint pepperiness.

After about an hour into the wear I feel like it turns more vanilla on my skin but not a cake-like or creamy vanilla as there’s still some sort of odd metallic note that’s combined with the vanilla. It has this twang in the background that sends a sort of shiver down your spine. It’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled before yet some part of my brain is telling me that it smells like something I know. I like it. It’s sultry and different. I’d go so far as to call it sort of sexy. I think it would actually layer nicely with a more gourmand vanilla as you’d get that odd metallic twang and a add gourmand element if you layered with something creamier and warmer.

I swear Jennifer Beals smelled like this in the opening of Flash Dance. The warm, harsh scent of metal being welded. Oh what a feeling! Ha…! 🙂 The scent is strong and it does wear long and strong. I could smell it 12 hours into the initial spray! It does linger quite nicely!

If you’re looking for a unique fragrance you might just love Tom Ford Metallique!

If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do share!

Where to buy

Nordstrom Sephora

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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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  • Carolina

    You got my attention with the mention of violet perfume! Too bad this isn’t it! I am actually looking for a good violet perfume, something that smells like Guerlain Meteorites powder but isn’t the Meteorites perfume, which actually smells like Marc Jacobs Daisy. Do you have any recommendations?

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m always looking to capture that perfect powder scent ;-D Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose, Chanel Misia, and Etat Libre d’Orange Putain de Palaces, and Replica Lipstick On are great picks! Not really dupes of Guerlain but similar for sure!

  • Kimberly

    Aw, Muse! I knew I loved you–another Shalimar lover. Sometimes I feel like a stranger in a strange land because I LOVE the more classic fragrances–White Shoulders, Shalimar, Chanel #5, Obsession, Opium–and I’m extremely picky about fragrance.

    That being said, if you like powdery fragrances, I have another one for you, and it’s said that it’s what Shalimar was based upon!

    The name is “habanita de Molinard” and it’s divine. I can’t remember how I found out about it or where I bought it, but I love it and wanted you to know, too!

    The Tom Ford fragrance sounds like one I will NOT be picking up–LOL! Thanks for all you do–you are usually one of my favorite emails of the day (and I get a TON!)

  • Carolina

    Thanks Isabella! That helps a lot. I’ve been eyeing Frederic Malle’s Lipstick Rose scent. I think I will take the plunge and buy it! 🙂

  • Frozendiva

    Decided to spring for it on the Sephora sale.

    I do miss the Violet Blonde fragrance Tom Ford had a few years ago. Just a few spritzes left in my little bottle.