If you’re never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We’ll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
Katy Perry Killer Queen Eau de Parfum Spray
Available online and at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Kohl’s and Sears; around $49 for 1.7 ounces
“Own the throne in an intoxicatingly and charmingly playful scent fit for royalty.”
Cloe says: I love Katy Perry, and I know a thing or two about crowns, so a fragrance that claims to be “fit for royalty” intrigues me. Killer Queen, Perry’s third scent, was inspired by the 1974 Queen hit “Killer Queen.” It’s a fun and sexy fragrance with a bit of an edge, thanks to the dark plum and bergamot notes. It comes in a lovely red bottle shaped like a scepter without a pedestal, so it just lays on your vanity looking incredibly cool. Guaranteed to blow your mind? Not quite. It could linger a little longer. But it’s extraordinarily nice.
Cloe Cabrera, 46, covers entertainment and style for the Tribune, TBO.com and Centro Tampa.
Celine Dion Signature Eau de Toilette Spray
Available at most drug stores and Amazon.com; about $24 for 1.7 ounces
“With an inspiring blend of light, luscious florals … the result is a scent that’s perfect for every day.”
Michelle says: I am a one-scent woman. I find one that I like, and I wear it until it’s discontinued. (Remember “Rapture?” I singlehanded kept that fragrance on the shelves long after it should have been retired). These days, it’s the original Ralph Lauren Blue, and not a week goes by that I don’t get a compliment or two on it. When I got the Celine Dion spray, I first had to make peace with the fact that I don’t particularly care for this diva. Did I really want to add to her billions by promoting one of her fragrances? Well, no problem here, because I really don’t like it. It’s far too sweet and cheap-smelling. Maybe I couldn’t get past the idea that she teamed up with Coty to produce this. On the plus side, it only requires one little pump on each wrist and it does last all day long. It’s not overpowering (like her singing), which is a common problem for a low-cost “eau de toilette” spray. But “Signature” is just so-so, nothing special.
Michelle Bearden, 59, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and WFLA-TV.
Christina Aguilera Royal Desire Eau de Parfum
Available at Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Target, Sears, CVS; about $30 for 1 ounce
“A sexy sovereign fragrance surrounded by a luxurious symphony of flowers.”
Clarisa says: Flip through any fashion magazine and it seems every celebrity has her own scent.
I’m actually a big fan of one line: Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers. But I took a break from my gal pal Gwen to try another hot singer, Christina Aguilera. Royal Desire is one of Christina’s five perfumes. I was not impressed by the cheap-looking bottle. I like a beautiful bottle that I can display on my bathroom counter. I have five different bottles from Gwen’s line because they’re like little pieces of pop art. Maybe Xtina didn’t want to go there, but wouldn’t it have been great if the bottle was designed like a genie bottle? Of course, a good perfume isn’t based on looks alone. Christina’s website describes Royal Desire as a mix of black currant, yuzu, marshmallow, honeysuckle, lily, iris, rose, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk. Here’s the problem: Every time I asked someone to smell the perfume on me, they replied with something like “I can’t smell anything” or “what perfume?” I shouldn’t have to bathe in perfume for people to smell it. Sorry, Xtina, you couldn’t knock Gwen off the charts of my bathroom counter.
Clarisa Gerlach, 41, is a TBO.com news editor.
Jessica Simpson Vintage Bloom Eau de Parfum Spray
Available at Steinmart, Nordstrom, Bealls and UIlta.com; $35 for 1 ounce
Vintage Bloom captures the scent of flowers in the air — a freshly cut bouquet of fragrant blossoms, long treasured emblems of romance, now captured in a fragrance that is the very essence of America’s sweetheart.”
Shantae says: Even though Jessica Simpson is known for her singing, she’s made a name for herself in the fashion world. You’ll see her name on everything from purses to footwear and perfumes. Vintage Bloom her newest scent, and it’s feminine, light and floral. It would be perfect for warm weather because of the sheerness and lightness. It opens with a mix of lemon and lime that doesn’t last long. The citrus scent wears down to a peony with musk and sandalwood. It lasts for a couple of hours and then it’s gone. The bottle is very pretty and looks very vintage. It makes for a nice piece on your vanity. Overall, Vintage Bloom is a nice light perfume but for the price you may as well go to Bath and Body Works for one of their floral scents.
Shantae Brewster, 40, is the Tribune’s Readers Desk supervisor.