Estee Lauder Modern Muse was one of my favourite launches in recent years and it would appear that I wasn’t alone in my admiration of it. Modern Muse has now reached that milestone of approval and success and has spawned a flanker.
Estee Lauder has a fairly safe Go-To image for the mainstream perfume buyer, although I think the brand is one of the best on the High Street. On every Estee Lauder counter you can find consistently good classics and I can name at least five scents that I would buy without hesitation if someone gave me a voucher for my wedding anniversary on Wednesday for example (Ahem). Too often Estee Lauder has been overlooked as an “Old Lady” brand, but hopefully Modern Muse will attract some new, younger appreciation in the same way as Pleasures did in the Nineties.
Having said all that, Modern Muse Chic dips its ladylike toe into Lake Daring and sticks a bit of Oud in there. Pearls may be clutched, but Estee Lauder has pulled it off.
I have been wearing Modern Muse Chic all day- two spritzes of Eau de Parfum this morning are still going strong seven hours later with no need for a top up.
Initially Modern Muse Chic is similar to Modern Muse but with the Plum and the Jasmine Sambac cranked up. Wait an hour though and the Oud and Wormwood emerge and stay put throughout. I can’t decide if Oud or Jasmine Sambac have been over used lately in new launches, but frankly I can’t find anything to complain about here.
Modern Muse Chic is pretty much an evening version of Modern Muse, and smells as if Modern Muse has been concentrated and layered over the teeniest drop of pure Oud oil. It seems to radiate more as the day goes on, which is no bad thing. This may be too much for the office, but great for a memorable night out. Nice bottle too. If you don’t like even the slightest trace of Oud or Wormwood (think how Absinthe smells) then you might want to side step it, but I think this is rather good.
Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic is available in widespread locations: in the UK you can buy it from John Lewis, House of Fraser, Selfridges and Debenhams to name but a few. In the USA and Canada you can buy it from Neiman Marcus (USA only), Macy’s and Sears, and in Europe you can buy it from Sephora, or of course, the Estee Lauder website.