Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Satellite Paris - Corrida


I have no idea why anyone would name a perfume after the horrible practice of bullfighting. Maybe it's the red theme (though the perfume is more orange than blood) and the overabundance of red fruit in the juice. In any case, most of Satellite perfumes have gone the way of the dodo in the last year (according to Satellite's website, only Padparadscha remains in production).


My impression of the ones I tried was that Satellite perfumes, like the jewelry from the last few seasons, are trying too hard. I love statement jewelry, ethnic baubles and funky fashion accessories, but there's something overdone and a bit cheap in what I saw recently in their Paris boutique. Satellite's Alhambra collection (above) photographs much better than it looks in person. I guess this can also be said about the list of Corrida's notes: Black currant, neroli, rose, lily of the valley, jasmine, floral accord, sandalwood.

A red fruity-floral over sandalwood is not a bad idea. Cartier So Pretty Sirop de Bois is built around the same idea and manages to be fun and, yes, pretty. We all know that fruit notes are 100% synthetic, as is the musk and most likely the sandalwood. Yet, Cartier didn't make Sirop smell cheap. Corrida, on the other hand feels like an overindulgence in something that wasn't that great to begin with. It's like a dinner of red gummy bears.

As I mentioned before, Satellite Paris discontinued most of their fragrances. Corrida still pops online from time to time, and the candle is available (on clearance) from BeautyHabit.

Images: Candy Warehouse and Satellite Paris.

3 comments:

  1. It's funny that the very first thing I thought of when I read the first couple of lines of your post was "Satellite tries too hard".

    xo

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  2. Sad not all the Satellite scents are available. I liked their fig and actually went through a bottle.

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  3. I adore Satellite's a la Figue! Haven't tried any of the others though, and didn't even know that Corrida existed.

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