Do you watch Project Runway? I am totally addicted to the show–I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode and I think the show is on it’s 11th season! The show combines my three loves–fashion, beauty and modeling. Did you know the last Project Runway All Stars used Laura Mercier cosmetics?
In the February 7th episode of Project Runway Season 11, Heidi Klum tasked the designers to use her new fragrance, Surprise, as the muse for this week’s looks. The essence of the fragrance, its packaging and color scheme inspired designers to emulate Heidi’s fragrance in fabric, with each team creating six looks for her. Two winning looks were chosen, one which Klum will sport for her advertising campaign and the other that she’ll wear for a launch event.
“I love my new fragrance, Surprise and I was so excited to share it with the designers for my Project Runway challenge this season.” says Klum. “Fragrance is an extension of a woman’s style, so this was the perfect collaboration for the show. Surprise is really feminine and sexy, but with a little edge so I was excited to see what all of the designers would come up with. I love the winning looks that we chose and I can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing ad campaign.”
The winning designers – Kate and Daniel – each designed gorgeous dresses with very different looks. Kate’s design was a black strapless dress with a pink underlay, a high cut slit and a form fitting bodice with ribbons of fabric inspired by the lines on the Surprise bottle. Daniel’s dress was more understated with both hard and soft lines. The dress itself was a blush colored matte jersey (I believe) and the black accents were leather.
Surprise captures Heidi’s fearless spirit, sophisticated glamour and vivacious sense of fun. Surprise is built around explosive, elegant notes, creating a sexy floral fragrance. The fragrance comes to life with a burst of Mandarin and Pink Pepper for a dynamic top note. This is your typical fruity opening and just when you think it’s like all the others, the ultra-feminine heart bouquet of Rose Petals and Magnolia kicks in. I detect much more rose than magnolia on skin, but nonetheless it’s the scent of a woman. Finally, a bit of spice and then the dry down of Benzoin and Milk of Sandalwood delivers a warm, creamy base. I had to research Benzoin as I’d never heard of it before. Here is what I found:
*”Benzoin is an oil extracted from the Styrax Benzoin tree, produced by the tree in response to deliberate damage. It is a common ingredient in incense, perfumes, food flavoring agents and also has medicinal value as a stypic, antiseptic and an inhalant.” ”Benzoin has remarkable fixative properties and a unique aroma reminiscent of vanilla, making it a desirable component of fragrance and incense, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.”
Aha! So that’s what I thought was vanilla! I also smelled some woody notes in there that give the fragrance a bit of an edge.
Surprise is bit more complicated than Heidi’s last fragrance, and not a comforting scent like Shine was. That’s okay, I’ll get my comfort elsewhere and wear this alluring, womanly scent instead. It’s stronger and spicier than what I would normally choose but I think that makes for a nice change. Fragrances tend to disappear on me but this does not, so don’t overspray like I did–a little goes a long way with Surprise.
Surprise comes in a glass falcon with a black oval adorning the top and black, pink and gold ribbons wrapping the bottle. I know some people think pink and black are too immature and girly, but I think the addition of gold makes it a bit more ladylike and refined.
Bottom Line: Let’s be real…this is not an expensive fragrance and so I am not judging it as I would something that was created by a master perfumer. I also realize I may not be the most sophisticated parfum connoisseur, but I like Surprise. It doesn’t smell like a cheap drugstore perfume even if it is. It has a feminine vibe with some interesting spice thrown in for a bit of charisma.
Available at drugstores nationwide
1.0 fl. oz./$28.00. Surprise is now offered at perfumery chains, department stores and drug stores in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and Eastern Europe.
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