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!