Shu Uemura’s Pricey Rose Fragrance Smells Pretty But Fades Fast
Each June, Shu Uemura releases a limited edition collection of various beauty products to commemorate the opening of their first beauty boutique in June of 1983. This year’s collection, called Hana-Bi, includes, among other things, three pricey eau de toilette fragrances. How pricey?
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Each of the scents will set you back a whopping $85 for a 1.6-oz. bottle. The company sent me one of the three, Fleur de Rose, to review for the blog. I was really looking forward to trying it out, knowing full well that it had better be good for $85.
Eau de toilettes are usually less concentrated and less expensive than regular perfumes (sometimes referred to as eau de parfums). I could see myself shelling out $85 for a truly breathtaking eau de parfum, but paying almost $100 for an eau de toilette is a lot to ask of anyone.
I’ve been wearing Fleur de Rose off and on now for a few days. It’s a very light, simple, rosy scent that reminds me of crushed rose petals and wild licorice on a crisp spring morning.
I like Fleur de Rose, but I don’t love it. The fragrance simply is what it is and doesn’t evolve or change over time. And it fades quickly, too. When I dab it on my wrists in the morning, the scent is gone by lunchtime.
Shu Uemura Fleur de Rose Eau de Toilette
Price: $85 for a 1.6-oz. bottle
Use: A light, rosy fragrance
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
I have a special place in my heart for Shu Uemura products, especially their eyeshadows, but Fleur de Rose is simply too expensive. I haven’t tried the other two scents in the collection — Fleur de Terre, a fresh woody floral; and Fleur de Source, a spicy floral — but they’d really have to smell amazing and last far longer than Fleur de Rose does to justify the price.
I have a feeling that die-hard Shu fans and avid perfume collectors will still snap this up without hesitation. If money’s no object and you love rose scents like YSL Paris or Lancome’s Tresor, then you may like Fleur de Rose even more than I did.
Read more about Fleur de Rose, or test it out at your favorite Shu Uemura counter.
I’ve got a bit of the Sunday blues right now because I’m not ready for the weekend to end. How was your day? Maybe hearing from a friendly voice will help cheer me up.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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