Name: Alien Aqua Chic
Brand: Thierry Mugler
What I liked:
– if you like floral powdery jasmine scents, you may like this
What I didn’t like:
– unoriginal, bland and boring, lacks the character of the original scent
– if you want a fresh watery scent, this is not for you
– doesn’t last long
I have a love/hate relationship with Thierry Mugler fragrances. They’re mainstream, but daring mainstream, bold and unusual. Although I appreciate them for what they are, none has ever really appealed to my tastes yet. I just find them too overpowering. Take Alien, for instance. It’s a floral concoction where the jasmine has been amped up so much that it will make your head spin. Lovely (if you like jasmine, that is), but just a tad too much. So, when Mugler recently released Alien Aqua Chic, a softer take on Alien, I knew I had to try it.
But I didn’t expect to regret it. The first time I spritzed it on, I only smelt powder. Lots and lots of powder. Then, some light floral note. I felt like I was in the dressing room of some old ’20s Hollywood diva who, now that she was past her prime, had to apply twice the amount of powder to hide all her imperfections, but was still loved enough to have a bouquet of flowers from a fan on her vanity. In a way, that’s what Alien Aqua Chic is: a faded, forgettable and insignificant version of what once was a great star. Sad, isn’t it?
After a couple more days of wearing it, I finally started to smell its more subtle nuances. In the opening notes, you can smell the faintest hit of bitter orange blossom. It’s so faint that, hadn’t I known it was there and looked for it, I’d have missed it. The floral, powdery jasmine heart is diluted with freesia and spiced up with ginger water, but the result simply smells cheap. The powdery base is enriched with airy musk. But still, it’s a floral powdery smell that pervades the entire scent and overwhelms all the other notes.
The fresh notes conjured by the name, Aqua Chic, simply aren’t there. Well, freesia and ginger water should have some fresh, watery facets, but they don’t express them in this scent. At least, not on my skin. If, however, for fresh the brand simply means a less overpowering version of Alien, then yes, this is it. It’s lighter, but not in a good way. At least, Alien has personality. Its Aqua Chic little sister is really bland. And doesn’t like commitment. The fragrance lingers on my skin for only four hours. I usually find that disappointing, but this time I can’t say that I was sorry to see it disappear.
Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic, is a lighter, but not fresh version of Alien. Jasmine, which smells really powdery, is still what you’ll smell for most of the scent, which doesn’t linger on the skin long.