Versace Bright Crystal was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas and launched in 2006. It is a perfume of its time in so far as it joins legions of fruity florals already present on the shelves and in years to come we will smell this and think it smells dated, like a perfume of the Noughties.
However, in its defence, the fruit used in the opening notes is the citrus Yuzu fruit, which tempers the sweet florals of Magnolia, Peony and Lotus. Had this been complemented by Strawberries or Red Berries, it would be too cloying and sickly, but the Yuzu seems to work. Incidentally I don’t smell any Pomegranate here, but the Sea notes in the opening give it a slightly metallic tang, which unfortunately, made me think of melon/cucumber notes and was therefore a turn off. I’m rarely a fan of Calone cologne. The base notes are plasticky and fresh, like a spotless bathroom. Maybe it’s those everlasting Sea notes that just don’t quit.
I had heard that Bright Crystal was similar to Avon Femme so I decided to run an experiment. I applied Bright Crystal to one arm and the recent Avon Femme to the other (also reviewed earlier in my blog). For the first ten minutes it was hard to tell them apart. However, Bright Crystal retained its clean floral notes whilst Avon Femme began to smell like the basenotes of Avon Incandessence: like plastic flowers with a hint of synthetic Peaches. The bottles are similar though.
To conclude my experiment (I have new glasses that make look very serious) I will say that Versace Bright Crystal is a good everyday scent for the modern girl, and it is clearly better than Avon Femme. However, whilst it’s not terrible, it simply isn’t my cup of tea with a sugar and milk. Not bad for a summer scent though.