Apr 28, 2013

Kate Walsh The Boyfriend Eau de Parfum (Sampler Review)

Kate Walsh Boyfriend and Billionaire Boyfriend Eau de Parfum (available here) - You don't need a boyfriend to have Boyfriend, the new fragrance created by "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh. Inspired by the longing felt for her boyfriend's warm scent, Boyfriend combines muguet, dark plum, myrrh, and night blooming jasmine to create a seductive floral fragrance. Topped off with amber and woody musk, this intoxicating scent includes all the notes that make your eyes roll — just like him.

Kate Walsh Eau de Parfum Spray - Billionaire Boyfriend - Fragrance Review - Celebrity Perfume
Kate Walsh Perfumes - Billionaire Boyfriend and Boyfriend
Eau de Parfum Spray - Samples from Sephora

This is yet another sampler review thanks to the stockpile of Sephora samplers that I have.  I have never been a huge fan of celebrity perfumes.  They just seem like hyped, hastily-thought-out mixtures made just to cash in on some celebrity's moment of fame.  True, there are some that get good reviews (SJP), but I have my doubts on how much time, effort, and personal connection a celebrity really does have with what is touted as his/her perfume.  Anyway, moving on to the Kate Walsh fragrance, here's an extract from the marketing story:  Actress Kate Walsh wanted to capture the scent of a guy on a girl: a man's cologne mixed with perfume, the smell that lingers on the skin. This fragrance evokes memories of that time after he has left for the day when she gently awakes in a bed that's still warmly redolent of "boyfriend."

To start with, I really, really do not like the name (or the story that goes with it).  Boyfriend is odd enough, and then there is Billionaire Boyfriend!  Putting aside my issues with the name, and I agree I am kind of weird that way, I do like the Billionaire Boyfriend (:P :P) and have used up quite a few vials.  I would label this an winter/evening perfume - a heavier floral-oriental fragrance that smells wayy more sophisticated than I had imagined it to be.  This is nicely rounded perfume with no harsh notes, and while it is a stronger fragrance, I do not find it too overbearing.  The staying power isn't too bad, lasts almost the whole day on my skin, softening down with woody notes as it dries down.  The Boyfriend (minus the money), on the other hand, I don't like.  It seems to me like a subdued/watered-down version of Angel with a cloying sweetness to it.  The smell doesn't last very long on my skin, and that's about the only good thing I have to say about this fragrance.  This does seem to be the more popular version, though, going by the reviews on Sephora, and I much prefer the glass bottle packaging of this perfume to the blingy, metal one of the billionaire.

I don't like either of these Boyfriends enough to buy a full size bottle, but between the two I prefer the Billionaire - now, if only they would change the name to something a little less cheesy!