Madonna is an 80’s icon. I was born in 1991. Like a Prayer, Like a Virgin, Vogue, Material Girl- all before my time. For me, Madonna is just that lady who made out with Britney Spears that one time. I don’t know who she was in the 80’s, but these days she’s just another pop singer whose business savvy is much stronger than her actual singing. I respect the lady’s hustle, but I wouldn’t really call myself a fan.
That’s why you can really trust that I’m being neutral and unbiased when I tell you that this is the best celebrity fragrance that I’ve ever tried. (Yes, I’ve tried Like This; no, I haven’t tried Cumming or Denevue.) There’s no fruit punch in Truth or Dare. There’s no fruit at all. There’s no sugar. Truth or Dare is unbelievably sophisticated for a celebrity fragrance, and it smells great.
We’ve all read that Truth or Dare was inspired by the Robert Piguet Fracas that Madonna’s mother used to wear, and the resemblance is immediately obvious. Like Fracas, Truth or Dare is a sultry, buttery tuberose fragrance. Truth or Dare does smell less like popcorn butter than Fracas, to the relief of those who find Fracas “rancid”.
So why should anyone choose Truth or Dare over Fracas? I can see two reasons. First, Truth or Dare is cheaper and easier to find. But more importantly, Truth or Dare has a completely different vibe than the louder, more dramatic Fracas. It’s more relaxed, more informal. It’s sexy, sure, but it’s not trying too hard. When I smell Truth or Dare, I think that I can smell the woman that Madonna wants to be. Someone sophisticated, self-assured, someone who doesn’t have to prove her sex appeal through an endless deluge of “accidental” nip slips. I’m grateful and impressed that this is the side of herself that Madonna chose to bottle.