Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Marc Jacobs 'Decadence' - unboxing and first impressions


Today, I will be reviewing the newest, and long-anticipated fragrance by Marc Jacobs - 'Decadence'. I'm a huge fan of Marc's previous scents (Dot, Honey, Lola, Daisy to name a few), and I was very excited about Decadence ever since I first heard about it. This was announced as Jacobs' first 'mature' fragrance - sexy and sophisticated, as opposed to his usual girly, sweet scents. The concept seemed very promising, and I decided to just put my faith in the brand and blind-buy a bottle online before it hit the local stores. Unfortunately, thanks to the incredibly slow mail service, it only arrived yesterday, but I'm glad to finally have it. Today's post will be all about unboxing and first impressions - hope you enjoy. =)


This perfume emanates class and sophistication even before you take it out of the box. I absolutely love the box design - the deep, emerald green colour; the velvety fabric - it looks as if it was meant for some kind of expensive jewellery. It's stylish, elegant, and quite different to the usual colourful, floral, girly Marc Jacobs designs. Definitely worth re-using this box as a little storage space for makeup or jewellery!

Like the box, the bottle is modern, elegant, and unlike anything else I've ever seen. Marc Jacobs always creates the cutest, most eye-catching perfume bottles, and Decadence is no exception. The design is completely unique - the bottle resembles an emerald green handbag with a stylish gold chain (sizes 50ml and above also come with a black silk tassel), inspired by Jacobs' iconic fashion accessories. I was convinced that the bottle was only going to look good in the advert, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's truly gorgeous in person as well. It looks expensive, high-quality, and is actually pretty heavy. It is a sturdy design, too - you can hold the bottle by the chain, just like a real handbag, and the cap will stay attached (trust me - I tested it!). 



The scent itself is a complete departure from the existing Marc Jacobs fragrances. My first impressions were a little mixed, and that's not because I didn't like what I was smelling - I was just completely surprised! Daisy, Dot, Honey, Lola - they are all such girly, sweet, happy scents. But Decadence? This is a dark, sexy and sultry fragrance. Right from the beginning I could detect lots of amber, which smells warm, earthy and balsamic. Amber is commonly used in night-time perfumes such as Thierry Mugler's Alien, or Chanel's Coco - and Decadence definitely shares that same bold, sexy, 'going out' vibe. I could also smell some dark fruits (possibly plums or blackberries), and something quite sweet that made me think of caramel and honey. This fragrance is very well blended, though, and it was difficult to tell the individual notes apart.


The quality of this perfume is exceptional. Whilst I really love Marc Jacobs, I think that some of his scents come across as a little watered-down, and don't last too long after spraying. Decadence however, is a powerhouse of a fragrance. It's intense, it really fills the room, and it lasts all day. If you want to buy this perfume only because you like Jacobs' previous fragrances - don't! This is completely different from Daisy or Dot. If I had to compare it to something, I'd say that Decadence is slightly similar to Gucci Guilty, or maybe Givenchy Ange ou Demon - elegant, modern, bold; whilst still very sexy and feminine. I think this perfume would be perfect for autumn, romantic dates and going out - ideal if you want to make a statement! 

Pros:
+ Gorgeous, unique bottle design
+ The scent - unusual, elegant, dark and sexy
+ Exceptional quality - it smells luxurious and expensive
+ Good longevity (about eight to ten hours)

Cons:
- Not really suitable for casual wear
- Expensive 

Where can I find it? Decadence is a recent release, and you should be able to find it on the shelves of most major perfume retailers. The price is about £49 for 30ml, £69 for 50ml, and £96 for 100ml. 

Have you tried Decadence? What are your thoughts? =)

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69 comments :

  1. Great review! I've never used a perfume from Marc Jacobs, but this one sounds interesting!

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    1. Thank you! =) It is definitely a unique scent, I think you'd love it! <3 x

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  2. I saw that perfume in stores and absolutely loved it!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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    1. Yay! It was love at first sight for me, too, because of the bottle. *_* <3

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  3. Wow...such a lovely packaging. Love this, dear
    xoxo
    Liza
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  4. aaaawwwwhhh I love love love the bottle!!!!
    I need to smell it :-D
    but I'm not usually wearing heavy perfume and I definitely prefer more light and daytime approachable ones.
    xx
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

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    1. Aw, give it a try, dear, you never know! You might like it =) <3

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  5. The packaging is too adorable!!
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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    1. Yes, it's gorgeous isn't it? =) <3

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  7. I'm sold! The packaging is to die for. I'll make sure to check it out in the local stores! I'm very curious about the fragrance now, seems like it's something I would like to wear :) Thanks for the review xx

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    1. Aw, thank you! It's definitely worth having just for the bottle - it looks so stunning! <3 Let me know your thoughts once you get to try it =)

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  8. Bottle is pretty and I would love to try this perfume! Would you like to follow each other? Let me know on my blog. x

    Fashion Spell

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    1. Thank you, lovely <3 Checking out your blog now x

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  9. A more feminine, grown-up scent? Maybe I should go get a sniff. The other ones were too girly for my taste.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Oh, I think you'd love it, dear! This totally unlike any other Marc Jacobs scents. I think it would really suit you =) <3

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  10. Great post! I really like your blog, maybe we can follow each other? :)
    The Colorful Blog

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    1. Thanks. x x Sure thing, checking out your blog x

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  11. Love the design of the bottle, really unique!

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    1. Me too, I love it! Thank you for commenting. x

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  12. That's something new - as you have said - the other perfumes are too girly (their packaging and the bottles as well). This one looks really cool, at first I thought it was a bag :) Very creative design!

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    1. Yeah, it is totally different and I hope Marc Jacobs creates more fragrances like this one. =) <3 Thank you for taking the time to comment <3 <3 x x

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  14. wow , i'm in love with the bottle and the packaging. Great review.

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  15. Oh wow, I didn't see this one yet, but the packaging looks amazing! I bet it smells great, too :) I love evening scents, and I think this is a great one! Great review xx

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    1. Aw, thank you. <3 The scent definitely lives up to the gorgeous packaging! Hope you get to try it soon =) <3

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  16. the packaging is so great!

    xx
    graciellashiaryn.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, and the scent is really great, too! =) <3 Thank you for commenting!

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  17. I love this packaging. I'm your new GFC follower # 22 if you want to come on my blog ♡

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    1. Sure thing! Checking it out now x x

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  18. I love the packaging and bottle design! Also, as it is on a pricey side, I would need to really think if I like the smell before buying :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Yeah, unfortunately Marc Jacobs perfumes tend to be quite pricey.. =( This one is deffo worth it, though! <3

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  19. I LOVE THE BOTTLE! It looks divine, I am sure it smells great too! Next time I am in Selfridges I shall try it out! x Ania
    http://aniaaniapawlak.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yay! Ok dear, let me know what you think! =) <3

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  20. Wow that bottle is incredible! I need to test this next time I'm passing a retailer!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour



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    1. Thank you =) Hope you like it as much as I do, let me know your thoughts x x x

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  21. What a lovely fragrance and such cute packaging as well! Love the idea of it being shaped like a purse!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Yes, it's very original, haven't seen anything quite like it before =) <3 Thank you for stopping by! x

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  23. This sounds like a lovely fragrance. The packaging is absolutely fabulous. I've followed you with gfc.

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    1. Thanks, lovely =) <3 The packaging is beautiful, but so is the scent! Hope you get to try it x x x

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  24. What a gorgeous packaging! I need to try it, it sounds so good! x

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    1. Thanks Ela! <3 <3 Let me know if you try it, would love to hear your thoughts x x x

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  25. I sniffed this in-store and it really is gorgeous! Totally my kind of scent and I love the packaging. Glad you're loving it too :)

    -Jen

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    1. Aw, I'm glad you like it! <3 Thank you for stopping by x x x

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  26. Really love the packaging cause its so cute like a bag, gonna try it and but it soon! <3

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    1. Awesome, let me know when you get it! <3

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  27. Legitimately thought it was handbag before re-reading your blog post title twice; the packaging is amazing! How big is it in real life, because it looks massive! I'm all about the sophisticated scents and sweet, girly scents just aren't my thing. I didn't quite enjoy his previous scents but this one I've got to try!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. It's actually quite tiny, it fits comfortably in your hand. This is only the smallest bottle size - 30ml. =) I saw the biggest, 100ml one on display in store, and it was huge - it looked like an actual handbag! :P Let me know if you get to try it, would love to hear your thoughts! <3

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  28. The packaging is gorgeous oh my!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. The scent is gorgeous, too! <3 <3 Thank you for commenting, lovely x

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  29. The bottle is amazing!

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  30. I love this bottle! Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Me too =) Love the scent, also! X x

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  31. I had a chance to test this scent out at the mall the other day and I was highly impressed. It smelled very expensive and amazing. I can't explain it really! Not like Chanel but not like Gucci either...

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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    1. Yes, it is very impressive! It's so unlike any other Marc Jacobs scents, which was a lovely surprise. And I agree completely - it's a little like Chanel and Gucci, but not quite - but it definitely has the same expensive, luxurious, top-shelf quality and scent =)

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  32. I smelt this for the first time yesterday in HoF and really liked it. I think the packaging is awesome! xx

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! =) Thank you for stopping by. <3 <3

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  33. This is the cutest bottle ever!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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    1. I love it, too! =) Thank you for commenting x

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  35. I've been looking at this since it came out, I love the smell and the packaging, it's definitely on my wish list! I agree with you, it's totally different to his others - I've had Lola and Dot but this is so much darker. Love it!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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    1. Thank you! Decadence was definitely a pleasant surprise =) I'm loving it! x

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