Is it as good as I remember? Depend Nail Polishes

 

This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

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This is an old classic for me.

I remember my mom buying Depend nail polishes all the way back in the 90s and she would sometimes paint my nails, these small polishes are very likely the first beauty product I ever tried out in my life.

When I got older and started to earn my own money as a teenager, these were some of my favourite items to stock up on since they come in a great selection of colours and finishes, combine that with them being cheap and often on a buy 3 for the price of 2 sale and you have a product that is extremely affordable.

Although I never saw them as the perfect nail polishes I really did enjoy them since they were cheap, small and had an amazing selection of shades.

But the important question is what do I feel about them now?

 

Packaging

The packaging of these have changed over the years but currently they come housed in a tall but small glass bottle. They contain 5 ml of product.

One thing to note is that on the label at the front has a symbol that signifies whether the coverage is sheer or opaque.

Whenever I bought any of these I always make sure I write down the number of the shade, since the back label have a tendency to fade easily.

 

Shades

In this post I have done my best to try to showcase the variation of their line.

None of the shades in this line has any proper name just a number.

 

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This is a lovely dark purple with both purple and small amounts of blue shimmers in it.

This shade needs to be shaken, which is just simply to turn the bottle down and up, in order for the pigments to blend before applying. The first time I used this it came out sheer on the first coat and in the second coat the polish became really thick and the end result was a little bit textured.

Second time I used this it was a little bit more even but it still requires two coats to be opaque. Something weird happened in my swatch photos here, they come off as a bit sheer but in irl these are opaque.

One thing I really like about this polish is that It can last for 4-6 days without chipping, which is very good.

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I believe this is an effect nail polish. It contains opaque white glitters with some larger silver glitters in a clear base.

I love this polish best alone since I found it weird as a top coat.

Alone this is stunning because it does look like you have snow on your nails, you need to shake it and put on two coats for this to reveal it’s beauty. It is a nail polish that manages to stand out but still be “neutral” enough that you can wear it on any occasion.

It is beautiful and extremely long-lasting. I don’t know how long this can be worn without cracking. I wore this for almost two full weeks before removing it, it almost looked like it did when I first applied it only that the clear base had started to get a little bit”yellowish” as clear nail polishes can become after a while.

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Verdict

I can’t argue against the price, it is ridiculously low even for the amount you get.

The quality is not the best but it is far from bad, I would call it an average formula and to be fair I have bought more expensive nail polishes which still cracked after two days.

These tend to be a bit more stubborn in my experience and they can be difficult to remove.

I believe I will buy more of these in the future.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

H&M: Nail polish

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Cinnamon Spark, Imaginarium, Space Race and Toprock.

A couple of months ago I started to want to paint my nails again.

It was two years since the last time I painted my nails regularly and threw out my last polishes. I’m not sure why but I just could not be bothered anymore and besides that I always hated the smell of both the nail polish and remover.

I started to find my old favourites again and I have reviewed some of them.

But some time ago I went to my local H&M and I found myself mesmerised by their selection of nail polishes and the price tag.

They were also hailed by a well-known norwegian beauty magazine, who is usually very biased in favour of luxury brands, which in itself is such a rarity that I wanted to try them out just based on that alone.

I also like the new packaging, it’s not extremely high fashion but in my opinion it does not matter when it feels sturdy and the shade name is on the bottle itself. It is elegantly simple.

The polishes contains 8 ml of product which is not bad at all and I do find myself liking the brush which makes it easy to coat the nail in one swipe.

But how do these stand up?

Disclaimer: My swatch pictures are not perfect, I have done my best using two different cameras and taking pictures at different times of the day. I am not entirely happy but I really do hope they showcase the shades with a certain accuracy.

 

Space Race

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It was very difficult to capture the holographic effect correctly.

Do you remember the holographic craze some years ago? Everything from nails, lips, eyes and various clothing featured this effect and it was everywhere before it died out (at least from the mainstream)

It has lately re-emerged but in a very different light and “texture” than earlier. This nail polish however reminds me of the earlier incarnation of this trend, it does look eerily similar to a nail polish I owned around 2012-2013.

It is a silvery holographic nail polish that goes on fairly opaque with the first layer, it also dries down quite fast and the surface of the coat is a little bit texturised compared to other nail polishes. I like the fact that this one dries down so quick compared to most other polishes on the market.

I like this one quite a lot but a huge minus is the fact that this polish does start to chip already the next day, even with two coats it is not long-lasting at all. It is gorgeous but I have never experienced a polish that already starts to crack the next day.

With one coat however it starts to fade already after five hours, which is a strange effect to say the least since it looks like it is the pigments only that goes away, not the polish itself.

But I do actually like this one despite that huge flaw and I will perhaps even buy it another time.

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Imaginarium

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This is one of the most unique nail polishes I’ve ever seen or used, the shade is a colour shift between green and purple with an added metallic brilliance. On the nails it can in some lighting conditions look like it is a tarnished silver shade.

One thing is important to note with this one and that is that it does require two coats in order for it to be a bit more opaque, with only one coat this polish falls short and frankly looks more like a child’s nail polish and, as is the case with Space Race, it will start to fade after a few hours.

But it is a little bit on the sheer side no matter what and that is very visible in the pictures I’ve taken here. But I personally don’t mind it that much.

With two coats on the other hand this one is brilliant but also long-lasting aswell as non-chipping.

 

 

Cinnamon Spark

This one has a similar finish to Imaginarium but it features more of an iridescence and not the metallic finish that Imaginarium has.

Cinnamon Spark is a gorgeous shade with a teal iridescence on a red-brown background.

Compared to the other two in this post, this is a much more transparent shade and is also one that takes a long time to dry completely down. It requires two to three coats to become somewhat opaque and combined with the long dry down time, it leaves a little bit left to be desired for me but I enjoy this shade.

I find it beautiful and it is also the most long-lasting of all four.

It is really unique but not perfect.

 

Toprock

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This is a pale turquoise with a slight lilac iridescence. It is a very “glowing” shade  which I’m not sure looks good on me. In the bottle it looks great but on my nails I think it looks extremely cheap on me and that lilac iridescence is almost gone. It might have looked better if I were a little bit more tan.

The wear time is among the better ones of the H&M nail polishes but by god the dry time was long. It took forever for each coat to completely dry and as with the rest of this line this nail polish start to chip quite quickly and does not last long enough in order to excuse the long dry down time.

This might sound quite contradictory when compared to my review of the other nail polishes in this post, but where I can tolerate some of the other polishes in this line because of their shade but this one does not look good on me+long dry time and not being long-lasting at all.

 

Summary

Overall I’m not sure if I can give these a super high-grade.

I feel quite disappointed with the inconsistencies of the formula, of course it is normal for variations in different shades but I think that when I buy five different shades and they vary this much just in formula? That’s more than just disappointing and makes for a less than stellar experience.

I love the shades and the variety that H&M has to offer but such a lackluster formula makes me wary of buying more of these. I can buy from other brands and while they also can differentiate a bit between shades, I have never experienced something like this before with any nail polish line.

 

Have you tried any of these?

What do you think?

 

 

 

Holika Holika: Golden Monkey Glamour Lip Kit

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If there is one thing that I’ve always struggled with it is my dry lips, despite drinking plenty of water and being a lip balm addict to the boot.

So I have been eyeing this lip-kit from Holika Holika for quite some time but I’ve also been a little bit sceptical for some reason. I believe it stems from the fact that I’ve had my experiences with lip products that made me break out around the lips, this is especially in regards to some of the lip scrubs out there.

But I decided to give this a chance since it is budget friendly.

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The packaging is adorable.

What is it?

This is a three-step lip kit which is supposed to exfoliate, plump and nourish lips.

 

The steps

Step-1 Lip Peeling Patch

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The first step is a an exfoliating wipe shapes as lips which are going to remove dead skin of your lips.

The instructions state to take out the cotton sheet and carefully rub it on your lips and to stop when you feel a slight sting.

One thing I did not like about this step is that the cream that this cloth is saturated with smells like baby wipes and if you get it into your mouth, which you will, you’re left with a very perfumed and bitter taste.

But it works amazing and that’s the only thing that matters, this transformed my lips from being textured to be smooth.

 

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Step-2 Volume Lip Pack

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This is a lip patch made of hydrogel which contains hyaluronic acid and collagen, this is supposed to both moisturize and plump your lips.

You are supposed to leave this on for 15-16 minutes.

I have tried other hydrogel lip patches in the past and one thing to note is that this one is much thinner than what I’m used to. Usually these lip patches has a thicker consistency but this is really thin and I was happy to find out that this would help it stick better to my lips.

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Here’s the packaging containing the lip patch.

I really enjoyed this step since it was relaxing and after removing it my lips felt so soft and looked healthy.

But I’m not sure if it had a plumping effect.

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Step-3 Honey Lip Essence

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This is a product I’d wish was sold separately. It is a thick non-sticky balm with a lovely honey scent which I left on my lips for at least five minutes and I am left with insanely soft lips.

The packet contains a lot of product so I did repeat applying this and let it sit for five more minutes in order to use it all up.

This step was my favorite part of this kit and I can’t remember the last time my lips felt this good.

 

Verdict

This really helped my chapped lips and they both look and feel better. It is a product that really wowed me.

Another bonus is that this lip kit is very budget friendly and I will certainly buy this again.

 

Thanks for reading!

Isadora: Face Mist

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This is a new offering from Isadora that made me curious.

I have never used a setting mist in my life but the more I’ve read about them the more I’ve wanted to try it out and see if they are as amazing as people say they are.

But as always when I’m unfamiliar with a product type, I am hesitant to try it out or judge it since I know very well that unfamiliarity+what works specifically for me does not always mesh well when finding out if something really is good and I am also afraid to completely discard a product type when the fact might be that it’s only the product itself that leaves much to be desired.

But I took my chances with this product since it is has a budget friendly price.

 

Product description from Isadora’s website

Invigorating and moisturizing face mist that preps and adds hydration to the face in order to prepare it for makeup. Use it also after makeup application in order for it to sit better and to give an extra glow to the results.

The mist is also perfect for you who sit a lot in front of your PC during the day, spray over the face a couple of times during the day to keep skin from being dehydrated and to give your it a lovely touch-up.

Active ingredients:

  • Arctic rose extract
  • Sun flower oil
  • Pomegranate extract
  • Rosemary extract
  • Glycerine
  • Castor oil

 

How to use

Shake well before use.

Keep it 15-20 cm from face and close your eyes as you spritz. Let it dry completely before you put on makeup.

 

Packaging

The packaging is very conventional and consists of cheap pink plastic. But as I have pointed out before on my blog, packaging is not everything especially not if the product itself does wonders.

What I’d wish in the packaging is that it was made of sturdier plastic.

You get 100 ml or 3.4 FL .oz. in this bottle which I feel is very economic combined with the low price point this has.

The nooze also should have been made a little bit different. When using this the way you get instructed, it gives you not the fine mist needed for you to use this to set makeup, instead you get a circle on your face with product which is fine when you use this to hydrate and prep skin but with makeup on you end up ruining it.

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So how does it hold up?

In this review I felt it was important to place this under the three advertised uses separately.

I’ve used this for ca two weeks now.

 

As a hydrator

I enjoy this.

It is definitely nice for a bit of refreshment whether you’re sitting in front of the PC or just out and about.

It gives a nice soothing effect when you initially spray it on but it also leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.

It keeps my skin from becoming tight or oily during the day and I don’t need to put on moisturizer on my drier areas.

 

As a prepping step before makeup

In order to test this out properly I’ve decided to combine it with my sunscreen and foundation, leaving out my regular base product as this face mist is described as having priming abilities.

After doing my regular skin care routine and letting everything dry down, I spray a couple of times over my face and then let it sink completely in before doing anything else.

This product does not leave any residue on skin which is what I did initially worry about, it sinks completely in and my skin feels moisturized. When I apply my sunscreen+foundation it does help both products to blend and helps “lock” the products down.

Going about my day, I could feel that this created a nice layer beneath my makeup that kept my skin feeling nice throughout the afternoon. It also kept my makeup “fresh-looking” and gave me a slight glow from within effect.

Another point that I feel is important to mention is that this actually helped balance my skin.

Usually after wearing makeup for longer than my usual 4 hour limit,  I will have a couple of white heads on my nose and forehead, but after using this face mist over this personal time limit there were clear indications that it had protected my face from getting clogged up.

Removing my makeup and doing my nightly skin care routine I could tell that my skin’s texture had improved and I had not done anything different other than adding this in my routine.

 

As a makeup setting spray

This is where this product fails in my eyes and it is just because of the packaging.

The problem really is the nooze of this since it is not capable of dispersing the product evenly which in turn ruins the makeup look.

Since that is my experience with this as a setting spray, I really do feel that I’m not capable of giving a proper feedback when the only thing that is wrong is essentially the packaging and not the product itself.

I believe I’m going to purchase an empty spray bottle in order to try this again.

 

Conclusion

It is rare for me to get a wow effect from a product, especially from a product type that I’ve never tried before.

I have combo/oily skin and it is a skintype that I feel can be difficult to manage sometimes and it is especially true when it comes to the seasonal changes my skin often go through.

Which is why I love this product, it moisturizes my drier areas when I have them but it also keeps my oily areas in check, it can be difficult to find products that can balance these issues without aggravating the other.

I do believe that this is suitable for most skin types since it does contains oils/extracts but it does not leave skin greasy or with any residue.

 

 

Geek Chic Cosmetics: Solid Scents

I bought four of these and as the name suggests they are solid and the company’s site states on their site, they differ from their liquid “sprites” with their warmer drydown, more subtle scent and longer wear.

Solid perfumes are something that I’ve been trying to get my hands on lately as I remember them being popular way back ago. They are generally much gentler to skin than alcohol based scents and also much economical in the long run.

Unfortunately they are difficult to come by but I’d really wish this type of perfume became normalised and common.

These come in a practical twist up tube containing net.wt  .07 oz and the price at the website is 3.49.

But how do these hold up?

 

Les femmes tragiques: Queen of shades

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Description: Queen of Shades is a lush mixture of juicy jewels of pomegranate and sweet pearls of acai berry on a bed of sweet, fresh-cut roses, just opening their blossoms. Queen of Shades is a dark yet sweet floral fit for a queen.

Top notes: Fresh-cut roses
Middle notes: Fresh, juicy acai berry
Base notesTiny jewels of pomegranate

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Well I do love the background story as Persephone is one of my favourite greek goddesses but this disappointed me.

The notes and the description made this seem like a “fresh” scent with some sweetness but what I got was instead an artificial candy smell that gave me a severe headache in under fifteen minutes.

Unfortunately for me I could not go home until three hours later and even when I did my best to wash it away, what happened was that it turned into pure sugar and I probably had to wash it off three times more to get the scent away.

I really wanted to like this but it is too sweet and cheap, and the so-called fresh roses are rotting and that’s the only thing “dark” about this scent.

Really disappointed and I believe there are few people who would like it.

 

Badasses of fiction: Executioner

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Description: Executioner is very rich, and it.. well, it just smells like you’d imagine dark red would smell. Like a Victorian parlor, something ancient yet full of life.

Top notes: Deep, dark oakmoss and cool greens
Middle notes: Musk and gentle florals
Base notes: Gourmand of currant and sweet wine

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This one I was really excited for as the notes made this seem like a darker gourmand with some tartness to it.

On the first swipe of this the cool greens, which I believe is mint, are the dominant notes alongside with what I believe is the oakmoss and musk. It’s not bad but it is a scent I would call musty.

After awhile the top notes disappear and I’m left with the most powdery scent I’ve ever come across. It does become a little bit overbearing as it also smells “old” on me.

It is among the better ones of these but I feel that this scent is what i consider an old woman’s scent.

I won’t slam it completely though as I believe there will be some people who this would just smell amazing on, but I am not one of them.

I love the green notes in this though.

 

Badasses of fiction: Crazy loves company

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Description: Crazy Loves Company has an aura of warm amber and soft cocoa, but cotton candy and kettle corn come through clearly and red velvet cake rounds the whole thing out.

Top notes: Red Velvet Cake and sugary cotton candy
Middle notes:
Kettle corn and funnel cake
Base notes:
Amber, musks, and cocoa

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This I’ll admit was only bought because Harley Quinn is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. I did not expect to like this at all since all the notes scream cloyingly sweet but surprisingly enough I find this one quite comfortable to wear.

Don’t misunderstand me this is quite a sweet scent but I still find it likeable for what it is. I believe it is the hint of a salty note that do make this in my opinion a wearable scent and I’m fond of amber no matter what.

It is very lovely and I’m pleasantly surprised since I thought I would hate this one.

I find this scent to be very rounded and whole bodied compared to most sweet candy scents I’ve tried.

 

Badasses of fiction: Quid Pro Quo

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Description: Quid Pro Quo just smells like high society. Like an Italian bakery in a library. It’s basically a gourmet of class.

Top notes: Dry, heady merlot mixed with sweet milk
Middle notes: Fresh baked baguette and crisp, fresh parchment/papyrus
Base notes: Warm vanilla and cool stone

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This one I have a little bit of mixed feelings about.

Straight out of the tube, the scent reminds me of a lip balm I used when I was a child and its weirdly nostalgic.

It is a comfortable scent with warm notes and something cold lurking beneath. It certainly does have some gourmandy notes but they are not the stereotypically sweet notes that people associate with that fragrance group. These are very warm and rounded with a hint of tartness about them.

But the scent has also something cold about it which I believe is the notes that are refered to as cool stone and fresh parchment/papyrus. The last one also gives a drier feel to this fragrance which is welcome since it does not end up being powdery.

But too me this still falls behind a bit.

It ends up to me as a below average scent since it does smell like it could have been “blended” better if you get what i mean.

But in the end it is comfortable to me and very nostalgic, I enjoy wearing this at night when the temperature runs low.

 

Conclusion

I did not expect these to be super complex fragrances as they are extremely cheap.

My view on perfumes is that they don’t need to be “advanced” or complex in order to be good. Even perfumes with only two notes can still be better than most of what you can buy over the counter from designer brands.

But these do not cut that mark for me.

Yes I do actually like two of these, but I rarely reach for them and for me that is a clear sign that I won’t buy more of these or try out the other scents in the line.

To me these scents seem like the work of someone mixing perfumes for the first time or someone using low quality fragrance oils.

Again I did not expect the highest quality or craftmanship due to the price so I’m not slamming neither the company or the person crafting these scents. This is entirely on me as I knew what I possibly would get but I wanted to try them out still.

I have to say that I LOVE the formula itself.

It is quite non – greasy and it does not leave a residue which is a great thing with these solid perfumes. The company deserves all the praise for that as this is something a lot of people experience with solid perfumes.

 

 

H&M: Drama Cream Eyeliner in #Gold Rush

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This is part of the permanent offerings at H&M beauty line.

According to H&M’s website this gel eyeliner is supposed to give the wearer intense colour payoff and long lasting results.

 

Packaging

The packaging is a sturdy glass jar typical for gel eyeliners.

It holds 0.13 oz or 3.8 gram of product. Which is in my experience the normal amount of product offered for gel eyeliners.

 

Shade

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This is a true metallic yellowish gold.

Most of the gold eyeliners I’ve had in the past have always been more of an antiqued gold shade so at first I was afraid that this shade would look tacky on me, but it is actually really beautiful especially when worn with a purple/lilac eyeshadow look.

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Application

Just a great tip from me to you:

Gel eye liner is one of those products that can easily be unhygienic if you just dip your brush in and out of it while applying, this can also lead to the product drying out quicker aswell because of the jar being open for an extended time but also because of contamination.

A solution to this is to use the end of your brush, the part without bristles, to scoop an amount out of the jar and placing it on the back of your hand. That way you don’t have to dip multiple times into the jar, possibly getting eyeshadow into the gel eyeliner itself or any of your germs.

The warmth of your hand will also give the benefit of “melting” the product making it easier to apply.

The first thing I notice about this product is the extremely strong chemical smell, at first I thought I had bought an expired jar but scooping out a tiny amount of this and leaving it on my hand, it feels normal and not dry so the strong smell is supposed to be there.

Trying it on the first time was a hassle.

I believe it is because of this being a metallic and not a “normal” gel eyeliner, but it was very clear to me that it was the pigments they had used in this that made the texture a little bit disagreeable, since I felt that this took a couple of minutes longer to make it look even and opaque.

But when it is fully applied this does look like a true gold shade.

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Wear

This is where this gel eyeliner really checks all the boxes.

When this dries down it settles, does not fade or crease and most importantly it lasts all day.

In other words its perfect and might also suit people with oily eyelids, who very often have trouble finding eyeliners which stays put.

 

Conclusion

Honestly I have mixed feelings about this product.

The strong scent is nauseating and even when it’s on my eye, it takes some time before it disappears completely. I am sensitive to scents but I feel that this might even be an issue for people who usually don’t have an issue with scents as the smell is so intense and uncomfortable.

The application is also a bit of a hassle since the pigments make this uneven and a little bit  difficult to get opaque. Combine that with the smell and I have a sure way to get a headache.

But the gorgeous colour and how this just stays in its place when it dries down, really brings my perception of this up a couple of notches.

I believe that it might just be the pigments used in this gel eyeliner and the other shades in this line might be a bit better to apply.

I will use this up but I don’t think this will be repurchased by me.

 

 

 

Is it as good as I remember? : Flowing by Puma

This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

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This for me is a very special perfume, namely because it was the first perfume I ever owned. It was brought to me by my grandmother when I was still in elementary and I loved this scent as I felt at that time that it was not a stereotypical girly girl smell, unlike those scents my classmates would use that were either candy scents or perfumes that I felt was too “old” for someone our age.

I loved spraying this on my diary and notebooks. Funny thing is that when I read my old diaries or notebooks from those years ago the smell is still there. For me it just makes those memories more vivid.

Half a year ago I bought this at a local department store. They have changed the bottle from all those years ago to a more round glass bottle, which frankly I feel look cheaper but that’s just my opinion, but again this is a very inexpensive fragrance that is easily found.

But is it as good as I remember?

 

Facts

This fragrance was released in 2003 by Puma and is defined as an oriental floral.

It comes in two sizes: 20 ml and 40 ml.

Top notes: Mandarin Orange, Freesia, Raspberry and Cassis.

Middle notes: Iris, Violet, Mimosa and Ylang-Ylang.

Base notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla and Musk.

 

Packaging

The packaging has not changed that much but the current bottle is round instead of square as it was when it was initially released.

But it still does carry that early 2000s nostalgia.

Especially the cardboard box it comes with, it has those stripes in analogous colours that was quite common at that time.

But the most important part is that the new glass bottle feel much sturdier than the old one.

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How I feel about it now:

I’m surprised by how long wearing and warm this is. I can definitely smell the base notes from the get go and some of the middle notes, the top notes are there initially but they disappear in a minute on me.

I want to compare this to a warm blanket. It does have a powdery feeling about it but it’s far from an “old” scent it is in fact too young for my taste and I know that it’s not because it’s reminding me of my old self but because you have a very “pink” note in it that I’m not capable of pin pointing. It might be the mixture of freesia and musk combined.

But I understand why I loved this so much when I was younger.

It is quite sophisticated for being so cheap and sophisticated was what I wanted to be at that time. But that is the brilliance of Flowing, it is a sweet and an inoffensive scent that is suitable for young girls but it becomes too soapy and conventual for someone my age.

Puma as a perfumer has never been the most original out there but they know how to make fragrances that are comfortable everyday scents that anyone can wear.

And Flowing follows that line faithfully. I have to comment that I think that the name suits the scent very well. When you wear this you will notice how it fluctuates between the notes and believe me this perfumes drydown is beautiful.

I especially have to note that this is one of the very few perfumes with a vanilla note that I can actually stand, it is because it is not too sweet or sugary but it helps in combination with the amber to keep this fragrance grounded. It gives it more weight than if the base notes only existed of sandalwood and musk.

A lot of the notes in this scent is what I would define as “airy” notes so it is great that there are grounding notes in it aswell. The iris note also gives it an edge that keeps this from being too powdery and/or boring.

Therefore I will say that if you are between the ages 10-17 then you should try this out. You can make this work if you are older too but I believe only if you are a woman who loves lighter oriental scents and who truly is young at heart.

 

Will I buy it again?

No.

But it does not mean that this fragrance is bad or not worth its price.

It is enjoyable but I feel that it does not suit me anymore.