Name: Bright Crystal
What I liked:
– fresh floral scent
– not overpowering
What I didn’t like:
– not very original
– doesn’t last long
– the packaging
The last time I was shopping at my local beauty store, a SA offered me a sample of Versace Bright Crystal to try. Being a fan of its sister Crystal Noir (it’s actually one of my favourite perfumes), I was both curious and hesitant to give it a sniff. You see, Crystal Noir is a gorgeous, warm and sensual oriental blend with a floral touch which is just the kind of scent I love while Bright Crystal is a floral scent and I rarely enjoy those. They tend to be too sweet and are so unoriginal! Maybe it’s because the market is saturated with them at the moment, but they all smell pretty much the same to me.
Well, Bright Crystal is not very original either and you won’t probably have any problems finding a good dupe for it but I was pleasantly surprised to discover it’s not overly sweet. It’s flowery but fresh and light. It opens with notes of Pomegranade and Yuzu, a citrus fruit believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda, which feels vibrant and uplifting. The heart of the fragrance is a flowery explosion of Magnolia and Peony that’s sweet but not nauseatingly so. The drydown is warm with notes of musk and amber.
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Bright Crystal but I really did. The citrus notes at the beginning feel fresh while the base notes rich, warm and sensual, cutting the sweetness of the fragrance. Unlike many floral scents targeted mainly at teenagers, Bright Crystals would suit even grown-up women, making them feel both confident and feminine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long so be prepared to reapply it a couple of times throughout the day. Another thing I don’t like is the packaging: I love the pink color but the cap is just too big and makes the bottle look somewhat tacky.
I’m not a fan of floral fragrances but I really enjoyed Versace Bright Crystal. The sweet floral heart is softened by the fresh citrus notes at the beginning and the warm amber and musk notes in the daydrown. The result is a vibrant, sensual and sweet scent that can be worn in any occasion. However it’s not very original and this, coupled with the the short staying power, has brought the rating down a bit.