I’m a huge Estee Lauder fan. With consistently high quality, a versatile range with something for everyone and a generous handful of classics, in my view a trip to the Lauder counter is never a waste of time.
That doesn’t mean I have to like everything though, does it? Because unfortunately, the latest Estée Lauder release was very much not my cup of tea. And I love my cup of tea. I’m sorry Modern Muse Nuit, but you won’t be coming home with me tonight.
Modern Muse Nuit opens with mandarin and cassis, although on my skin it opens with synthetic vanilla, Tonka bean and amber. Some nameless dark fruit notes do creep in towards the end however. There are some very synthetic smelling woods in here too, which sadly added to the overall generic nothing-to-see-here effect. The jasmine makes its presence felt: jasmine sambac for clarity, which seems to be ubiquitous this year. Last year’s trend of vanilla overkill doesn’t seem to have piped down much either so between the two, I cannot, hand on heart, say that Modern Muse Nuit has anything to offer me.
It reminds me a bit of Marc Jacobs Decadence and a little of Clinique Aromatics in Black. When everything’s calmed down, what I’m left with is a woody jasmine vanilla with dark fruit, that sadly smells a lot cheaper than it costs. Avon does this better- try Avon Mesmerize Black For Her: it smells very similar and is under ten quid.
Just because I didn’t like this, doesn’t mean you won’t. All scent is subjective and there are no right or wrong answers. One woman’s Paris is another woman’s Poison!
You can buy Modern Muse Nuit in House of Fraser and from the Estee Lauder site. Prices are £99 for 100ml.