Vera Wang Truly Pink : Perfume Review

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Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.

I made no secret of finding Vera Wang Princess not only puerile, but also unexciting. In this light, Truly Pink is a much more elegant composition—sheer, pretty rose on a woody base. It fully lives up to its name, conjuring visions of pink tulle and satin slippers. …

It is difficult to speak of Truly Pink in terms of the top, middle and base notes because the composition is structured in a modern monolithic manner. What you get initially is pretty much what you will discover half an hour later. I do not mean it as a criticism per se, since many of modern fragrances are build in a similar fashion and often with very interesting results. However, the challenge then is how to make the arrangement multifaceted and nuanced.

Indeed, the lack of nuance is the main problem with Truly Pink. The translucent rose asserts itself without delay, unfolding as a fresh, crisp blossom. Tart fruity notes provide pleasant counterpoints to the floral accord. Like a pleasant but vacuous pop tune, Truly Pink grows more and more grating the longer one is exposed to it. While pretty, the fragrance is unfortunately very predictable.

Truly Pink has a fairly good tenacity, albeit the sillage is not particularly distinctive. The notes include white freesia, cassis, lychee blossom, peony, pink rose accord, creamy woods, iris and violet wood. Vera Wang fragrances are available from Sephora, Nordstrom and other retailers.

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14 Comments

  • ~vanilla girl~: I am going to expend my horizon and try a scent of rose,so Victoria would you say that Rose Absolu by Yves Rocher is less of a rose statement? February 26, 2007 at 7:45am Reply

  • Marina: That ad, with roses aplenty, scares me. So…pink 🙂 Thank you very much for the review. February 26, 2007 at 8:20am Reply

  • Elle: Sigh. I am always hopeful about new rose scents, but this one doesn’t sound like it has a chance in Hades of joining my rose scent family. And I wish there was some miraculous magnet that could extract white freesia and lychee from scents. They simply do *not* work on my skin. February 26, 2007 at 8:23am Reply

  • newproducts: Great review, as always. I especially like how you compare the scent to “a pleasant but vacuous pop tune”. This seems to be a good analogy for many of the mass-marketed scents these days. February 26, 2007 at 10:37am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: S, I think that it would be a good place to start. It has a sweet element, almost gourmand, which makes it less traditional. February 26, 2007 at 12:02pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Marina, it is truly pink, excuse the pun! 🙂 February 26, 2007 at 12:03pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Elle, I do not particularly care for them either, but then again, it depends on the compositions for me. In this case, I got the high-pitched note which bothered me tremendously. February 26, 2007 at 12:04pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: N, very true. I find that many fruity florals are especially hallow and uninteresting. However, it could be that there are simply too many of them. February 26, 2007 at 12:06pm Reply

  • violetnoir: She creates such beautiful clothes (like the gown Rachel Weisz wore at the Oscars last night), you would think that her fragrances would be equally beautiful, or at least interesting, but they aren’t.

    Hugs! February 26, 2007 at 12:26pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: R, I think that the fragrances are very safe. This is definitely the case with Truly Pink. February 27, 2007 at 11:38am Reply

  • anna: This is a great scent. The kind of smell you want to mist across your full naked breasts. March 31, 2007 at 7:27pm Reply

  • robyn: I love her perfumes and I just bought this one too. I don’t have any complaints. I have been looking for a nice rose scent that is not to old for a younger women and this hit the mark. February 14, 2012 at 8:50pm Reply

  • robyn: Nice way to put it!! February 14, 2012 at 8:51pm Reply

    • Jill: Robyn: What do you mean , “Not too old for a younger woman?” Are you saying older women like strong rose perfume or what?
      Vera Wang’s perfume is fun for anyone. November 19, 2015 at 9:51pm Reply

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