I cross my heart and swear on my husky tabby’s low-hanging belly that I really, really tried not to mention Ryan Gosling in this review of the new Mariah Carey Lollipop Splash The Remix perfumes (available in three fragrances; $35 each).
But I failed (obviously), and I blame it on the poster for Ryan’s new movie, Drive.
You see, I’m a font freak — a “ho for Helvetica,” if you will — and the handwritten hot pink type on the poster and in the movie’s opening credits made me hyper aware of flamboyant fonts this week. Fonts like the one on boxes of Mariah’s new Lollipop Splash.
I think it’s cool how typography can summon certain expectations about things like products and movies. At first the retro pop pink font used on the Drive poster wasn’t at all what I expected from such a dark, violent movie, but I totally get it now.
“I wanted that kind of font because it’s timeless, in a way. It’s like a hand drawn logo, which is also like old fairy tales. If you look at old fairy tales, they’re always beautifully choreographed and designed.”
As for the packaging for Lollipop Splash, mad props to the person on Mariah’s crew who picked that curvy pink font (Party LET, I believe), with its fun, girly curves. I wouldn’t be surprised to find it embroidered on the pocket of a hot pink terry cloth bathrobe in Mariah’s closet or on her own personal (scented) stationary because it seems to suit her well.
The three new fruity/foodie floral eau de parfum sprays, available now, build on Mariah’s existing Lollipop perfume. To my nose, the remixed scents all smell sweet, sugary and very MC.
The official fragrance notes…
- Vision of Love — Juicy mandarin, coconut, star neroli, French macaroon, purple jasmine, white peach, sandalwood, vanilla infusion and crÃ¨me de musk
- Never Forget You — Italian mandarin, raspberry nectar, pineapple sorbet, jelly bean accord, golden peony, wild wisteria, muguet, sugared wood, vanilla and pink musk
- Inseparable — Pear, mango, raspberry, orange flower, jasmine, plum blossom, praline, sandalwood and vanilla beans
The fragrances, flourishes, neon bottles and butterflies all come together to paint a picture of a world I would have loved to visit when I was 12 years old — like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but with unicorns, rainbows, bubbles, glitter, heart-shaped lollipops and confetti shaped like stars — but at my age now?
Well, probably, yeah…
They’re probably most age appropriate for a teen or tween, but that doesn’t mean I won’t also wear them from time to time.
PRICE: $35 each for a 1-fl. oz. eau de parfum spray
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Elizabeth Arden counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
If you were a font, which font would you be?
I think I’d be Helvetica Neue Ultra Light… Itâ€™s everything I’ve ever wanted in a font — elegant and non-fussy, yet it makes a statement without hitting you over the head. Plus, I think it scales up very well.
How about you? Which font would you be?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,