Saturday, June 06, 2015
Madonna Truth or Dare Perfume-Review
My first impression of Truth or Dare was that there was something fruity in it. There isn't (at least not according to the listed notes) but the combination of tuberose, benzoin, and vanilla tricks my brain into reading it as fruit-like a plum that is a little too far gone. The sweetness is a bit much initially, but it quickly settles into the white florals and opens into a really lovely fragrance. The neroli is there announcing itself start to finish. The jasmine, which I'm guessing is synthetic indole (because I can smell it) gives the fragrance that bit of dirtiness it needs to keep the tuberose and vanilla from turning it into a too heavy gourmand. That's a polite way of saying, "I like a little shit with my flowers."
Truth or Dare isn't a terribly complex fragrance. There's nothing challenging in there beyond a little musk and subtle amber. Comparing it to Fracas because it has tuberose and white florals doesn't take into account the imaginative base of vetiver, sandalwood, and oakmoss that makes Fracas so glorious to wear. Truth or Dare would benefit with a bit of green, and I wouldn't hesitate to layer it with something vetiver-ish to bring out a contrast to all that sweetness.
I now have a enormous bottle of Truth or Dare, which I will probably get through this summer. I can see this as a perfect fragrance for a warm, humid evening. It isn't the most sophisticated fragrance I own, but there's something in it that makes me keep sniffing the bottle, which is always a good sign. Typically, this would not be the sort of scent I'd like, but I do like Truth or Dare-even if I hate the bottle. Unlike most tuberose scents (like Fracas) Truth or Dare doesn't have a gigantic silage-so apply freely! (just kidding, but you can wear more than the tiniest drop of this without overwhelming everyone around you).
Truth or Dare is so far outside my typical fragrance style, I'm still somewhat shocked I enjoy it as much as I do. That's the thing-reading a profile of the notes isn't the same as experiencing them the way they're put together. I'm sure I've dismissed some real gems over the years based on a dislike for one note or another. Sometimes I need to remind myself to keep an open mind, because you may just find a winner where it was least expected.