There’s a Party in Each Bottle of Mariah Carey Lollipop Splash The Remix Perfume

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

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).

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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.”

- Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn

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 crème 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… It’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,

Karen

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  1. Tiffany says:

    I love Helvetica Neue! I’m actually trying to figure out how to change the font on my phone to Helvetica Neue… Anyhoo, I love Mariah and everything but I’m kinda over ‘celebrity’ scents. I want the new Elie Saab Le Parfum.

  2. Lola says:

    I think I would be Edwardian Script because it makes me think “oh u fancy huh” lol :) I agree with Tiffany, I’m kinda over celebrity scents. I would rather spend my money on a classic scent.

  3. Edith says:

    American Typerwriter would be my first pick.

  4. Amber says:

    I’m sure I will be judged but I love comic sans

  5. Emily says:

    I’d probably be Blackladder ITC. Dark, gothy and beautiful? Perfect.
    Today I invented a skull & crossbones smiley. =)X

  6. marisol says:

    Helvetica or Verdana.

    Did you see Ryan’s interview with Conan? Very cute.
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  7. Jessi says:

    I would be Comic Sans of course. Haha, just kidding. ;)
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  8. Anna says:

    I’d be Helvetica or Teletype for normal days, and Champignon for girly days.

  9. Instant Karma says:

    This is totally unrelated, but ahhh Karen, you’re three time zones behind me! I want to know what you thought of the SVU premiere!

    I used to have all these unique fonts, but they were on my old computer. I didn’t really need them anymore, so I never bothered to search for any of them again. Maybe I should get some new ones…

  10. Elaine R says:

    If you could please mention Ryan Gosling in all your posts, I would be more than thrilled.

    Drive: Retro sounding music, retro fonts. I embraced it!

  11. Lauren says:

    I’d be Georgia, love that font so much. Elegant, yet straightforward. Love Ryan Gosling but i’m afraid Jake Gyllenhaal will always have my heart <3

  12. MJ says:

    Century Gothic. Always been my favorite since it’s both fun and elegant. It’s very simple and generally pleasing to the eye. :D You can play it up nicely for headers, but it’s readable for more information based text blocks. It’s also my usual go-to font if I’m ever doing anything artsy.

  13. Marian says:

    I’d be Georgia. It’s very comfortable….almost cozy.

  14. Nina says:

    if i were a font, i would be Calibri. it can be both fun and professional, its easy on the eye, rounded enough but gives me some of the angles i like. :-D

    the bottles of the perfumes are super adorable!

  15. Judith says:

    Good ol’ fonts. I do agree that fonts “summon certain expectations” and truly believe that fonts can really make a huge difference. I do have to apologize because my gut reaction to seeing that perfume’s box was like being transported in time. The font paired with the color reminds of the MySpace blinky html tags from era’s gone by.

    If I were a font it would be “Kon Tiki Enchanged” http://origin.myfonts.net/116/fs/u/67/e51b022553dc33998a0ba1d6823ac8.gif : stylized, slightly elegant yet funky.

    Ryan Gosling… *swoon*

  16. Judith says:

    Whoops, I meant “Kon Tiki EnCHANTED” – spelling error. hehehe.

  17. Susan says:

    I used Amazone BT for my wedding invitations, but I use Bradley Hand for my signature on my work emails. My favorite just depends on my mood, I guess!

  18. Kim says:

    I wish I had better access to fonts so I could make a more interesting choice but I’m pretty limited with my standard Windows stuff. I think I’d be an easy to read script that’s best viewed from a slight distance. :) Adria DB, maybe? That was the best I could do with a quick google of font images. Let me know if it’s a cheesy choice; I won’t be offended.

    And I love how MC differentiates between a Juicy mandarin and an Italian mandarin. Italian mandarins everywhere are offended by the implication that they’re dry and mealy. HAHA!

  19. probablyrandom says:

    The font and music in Drive killed it for me. I think I would have liked it a lot more without the 80s pop interludes/Dirty Dancing font. :(

  20. jenn s. says:

    Curlz MT because I’m silly and frilly like that!

  21. amy says:

    I have always loved American Typewriter because it is retro and classic but if i am a font, i would be either Century Gothic or City Blueprint.

  22. Ashley says:

    Futura bold for me! Retro, yet quirky.

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