Apr. 17.

Tested Thursday: Suddenly Diamonds by Lidl

tt-suddenlythThis is going to be a bit of an experience for me, as it’s my first time talking about perfume. As a result, I’m going to ask you to read this in my confident voice, as sounding confident when you don’t really know what you’re talking about is half the battle. The perfume I’m going to be talking about comes from an unlikely source of actually pretty good products… Lidl. And the perfume in question is called Suddenly Diamonds.

I had heard many good things about Suddenly Madame Glamour, the other perfume in the range, as being a close match, if not exact, for Coco Mademoiselle, and was fortunate enough to find both recently in Lidl at the top of Moore St in town (where I had actually gone in to buy chocolate). I’ll be honest in saying I wasn’t enamoured by Madame Glamour. It smelled a bit old to my untrained nose. Suddenly Diamonds, on the other hand, was a much better prospect. It was fruity, sweet without being sickly, and reminded me of another scent, whose name eluded me at the time. At just €3.99 I decided it would be wrong to not take a chance with it, and it landed in my basket.

After a bit of googling, I learned that Suddenly Diamonds is considered a dupe for the (much more) high end Boss Orange, by Hugo Boss. In a case of things working out very fortunately, I am a fan of Boss Orange Sunset (which I unfortunately lost along with a handbag and laptop a couple of years ago – don’t ask) and my staple daytime perfume is in fact, Boss Orange! That means I have both perfumes on hand to have a nose of together. Go accidental genius me!

tt-suddenlyboxFirstly the packaging. The boxes are different enough to be separate products, but so close as to make no difference. A white box, with silver edging and orange writing. The Boss Orange does look a bit more high end, both in box and bottle, by virtue of the embossing of the box, and bottle design, but for €3.99 I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece bottle. It is effective, plain, square(ish) and solid.

Now for the actual inside bit. The perfume itself. I’m sat here inhaling cotton balls (yes, a strange image – no photo will be supplied) which have had 2 pumps from the respective bottles applied. The slight difference in products here is that Boss Orange is billed as an Eau de Toilette, while Suddenly Diamonds is billed as an Eau de Parfum, which should be stronger, and last a little longer. I don’t find this to be the case, the Suddenly Diamonds EdP has a similar longevity to the Boss Orange EdT. In terms of scent, I am getting virtually identical scents and sensations from each one. In fact, being completely honest, now that I have mixed up the cotton balls, I can’t tell which is which. What I am getting from both is a bit of citrus, sweetness and a vague hint of something more deep and rich. From looking at the ingredients on the box, and without being able to translate chemicals exactly, a lot of the actual scent ingredients are the same, albeit in different orders.

tt-suddenlybottleI actually can’t fault Suddenly Diamonds. Okay, it’s not going to win many prizes for style, but it is bigger than, cheaper than, and almost an exact match as makes no difference for Boss Orange. If it is still available in Lidl, and that’s a big IF, for €3.99, go forth now and snap up a bottle.


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  • Yay for perfume reviews! You do them well, cotton ball idea and all. :)

    I haven’t managed to get my hands on either of the Lidl perfumes yet, but I have a feeling Suddenly Madame Glamour would be more to my taste.

    • Do give one (or both of them) a try, if you can get them. At €3.99 there’s not much you can lose.

      I also just happened to have a bag of cotton balls handy, an thought it would be a good idea.

  • These are never in my local lidl when I check- will keep looking though! Great review!

    • I’m not sure if they’re a regular product. They seem to appear and disappear at random. Glad you like the review though. I wasn’t quite sure how to approach it at first, until I realised I had everything I needed sitting on the desk next to me!

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