Big question. How old is too old for Juicy Tubes? Because when the time comes to graduate from flavoured lip gloss, along with those jelly sandals that slice up your feet and anything stretchy satin, Prada Candy Gloss will be waiting to pick up the slack.
Prada knows how to do this kind of girly. Highly stylised, slightly kitsch (OK very kitsch), but somehow still managing to whisper “I’m expensive…”, Candy Gloss takes the fluffy, musky caramel of the original Candy and, surprise! glosses it out, but also, oh yes, adds this deliciously lip puckering sour cherry note that I am obsessed about.
Black Perfecto already had me on the cherry train but while Perfecto’s is a deep cherry cola, syrupy sweet in a cool way, Candy Gloss’s cherry is, I think, even better. It’s paired with a tart green blackberry that adds freshness to the top, not in a natural fruit way (ha, oh no!), but just making that juicy cherry punchier and more vibrant, more highly ‘curated’, because of course this is faaashun.
The talented Mark Behnke from Colognoisseur identifies some peachiness in this fruit salad which holds the opening back from total sour-lolly territory and yes since he says so I can recognise the humid, seductive fuzz I get from peach, but along with a soft floaty orange blossom, it’s all tutti-frutti table dancing really before a gentle flop back onto a bed of pink rose petals (I love rose and orange blossom together, they are just made for each other).
The huge cloud of benzoin floats it all away like a fairy floss dream in the end – but remember, this is a Prada branded fairy floss, with a continuing delicious marzipan freshness from almond, and just a little bit of heliotrope in a haze of musk that keeps that cherry going right to the finish. Which isn’t long, I get a couple of hours out of it, max. It fades to a familiar and subtle lipstick scent rather than a sticky sour syrup, which shows the intentional nature of the whole composition I think.
This is not a serious perfume, but it’s a great one. It’s joyful, irreverent, and certainly more worthy of investment that a damn pair of jelly sandals…
Prada Candy Gloss is available in Australia from David Jones, $156 for 80ml