Estee Lauder Dazzling Gold and Dazzling Silver

Please don’t take advantage of this revelation, but I am extremely susceptible to suggestion. I have been hypnotized into thinking I was Tyra Banks with virtually no effort on behalf of the hypnotist.

I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is that yes, my runway walk was indeed fierce. I also smiled with my eyes. Oh, Tyra, you are a delight. Never change.

This leaves me particularly vulnerable to the charms of a good perfume name, and my fond childhood memories of Pokemon Gold and Silver made me an all-too-easy target for Estee Lauder Dazzling Gold and Dazzling Silver.

I had Gold, because that way you could get the legendary Pokemon Lugia at level 70 instead of 40. Is my nerd showing?

I am unable to find much in the way of notes for Dazzling Silver (beyond “sun-soaked flowers”, of course). It hardly matters, though, as Dazzling Silver was clearly intended to be a bouquet and not a soliflore. I smell something sweet and purple, so my (wildly off-track) best guess would be lilacs. For perhaps 20 minutes, Dazzling Silver is a prim and professional floral, the perfect office scent. In my opinion, that’s quite an accomplishment. It’s not easy to strike the right balance for the workplace. A voluptuous tuberose like Fracas could suggest that you are the office hussy, while a green floral such as No. 19 can be interpreted as “frigid ice queen”. Dazzling Silver manages to come off as both approachable and competent.

Unfortunately, once those 20 minutes have passed, Dazzling Silver develops a strong undertone of drugstore vanilla hand lotion that it never manages to shake. My sample is from the ’90s, so it is very possible that it has gone off a bit. If anyone has smelled a Dazzling Silver without drugstore vanilla hand lotion, please chime in.

If Dazzling Silver is a creature of the office, Dazzling Gold is its unemployable little sister. Please do not wear this to an interview unless you wish to imply that you have spent the last three nights boozing it up. Dazzling Gold smells like that same old generic fruity accord marinated in too much alcohol. It is intensely syrupy, creating an overall impression of fruit preserves that nobody wants to eat. This is particularly weird considering that this is supposed to be a fruit-less floral fragrance. The only thing distinguishing Dazzling Gold from the thousands of other fruity fragrances out there is that Dazzling Gold is less pleasant.