Not sure what the other reviewer was on. Perhaps she drank the fake tan? In all seriousness, the colour was fantastic. I have somewhere between fair and olive skin tones. I am on the lighter side and have difficulty finding tan that has cool undertones. Look no more! Downside is the bottlehead sprays poorly. Spray close to skin or directly onto mit. The guide is fabulous to start with, but leaves residue quite easily despite being fast drying. If the guide looks patchy (e.g. on back); blend as best you can, but don't worry, the final result will be perfect regardless.
Guilty admission...yes,i do (occasionally,but shamefully) fall victim to marketing hype.It's got to be some good marketing,but when i do fall,i fall HARD.THIS,dear reader,was one of those times.
Over in Europe,summertime in Austria,and i saw the most amazing pictorial ad for a fragrance i can ever remember.The woman's eyes were amazing...and i had been drawn in.This fragrance was the resulting purchase.
Ad aside,i had to actually like the juice inside to want to put down my hard earned...and i did (besides,hubby had the "pour homme) version,and i thought "we can smell like twins"...how romantic right ? HAHA).But what does this offering from Signor Armani actually smell like ? Well,like Portofino in summer,by the ocean...with style.With its notes of crushed mint leaves,limone primo (this,together with the mint makes for a freshness that i adore...and a tiny touch reminiscent of a fav cocktail of mine - a Mojito), fiore,aquatic green accord,pink pepper, jasmine sambac (floral notes to add a little feminine to the masculine previous notes),peony,cedar,labdanum and brown sugar accord,this feminine but strong and slightly masculine scent is classic Italian but in a sexy,French kind of way.This fragrance is where the Mediterranean Sea (the "salty" undertones you get at first application) meets the sun and earth (the freshness and lightness of the lemon,intertwined with the earths offering of herbaceous labdanum and floral bloomings of the jasmine),come together to create a sense of happiness,serenity and sheer,unbridled joy (which FYI,is what this fragrance's name means..."water of joy",which is fitting,as the precious liquid is itself is a delicate,watery hue of green-y blue).
As for the longevity of this elixir of summertime joy,you will be rewarded with around 7 hours of Giorgio Armani brilliance (thanks to the fact that this is an EDP,not the EDT of the men's version),that stays pretty true to what you began with at the start of your day.
Lastly,what of the dwelling this beauty is housed in? Well,the flacon is true to it's aquatic inhabitant...all fluid like lines,very "smoothed edged rock",just like the many a rocky beach found in and around the Mediterranean coast,and topped with an almost emerald like "blue green" crown (so fitting for designer royalty) and embossed in black lettering.
At around $80 for 30ml,this is not a "cheap and cheerful" scent...neither is it meant to be.This is Italian design by the man who gave us the blazer as it should be...but do a little online hunting,and you can certainly get this for a more "explainable" fiscal outlay.Summer is on the horizon...celebrate all that means (as i will) by adding this to your fragrance collection.
TIP:As this is an aquatic based scent (and not overtly "girly"),you could share this with the man in your life as well...with no "I'm not wearing that girly smell" response to fall back on for him.And do you know what THAT means ? You can get the 100ml and not have any guilt ridden buyers remorse for dropping (as i just investigated),around $150.Hey,it's only economic sense.