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Madame Glamour Box
Nov. 27.

Tested Thursday: Suddenly Madame Glamour & Suddenly Woman I from Lidl

tt-suddenly-thLidl isn’t the most likely place to think of when it comes to perfume shopping, and well, you’d be right in not thinking of them. But, remember, they sell all manner of weird and wonderful things on their special offers each week, so it stands to reason that perfume would come up once every so often. I have myself, previously bought and reviewed one of their perfumes. So the subject of Tested Thursday today is to have a sniff of two more from their “Suddenly” range, in the form of Madame Glamour and Woman I.

It appears Lidl are concentrating on doing a pocket friendly alternative to well known perfumes. The previous subject of a Tested Thursday, Suddenly Diamonds, on a side by side sniff test, was found to be an almost exact dupe for Boss Orange. The main difference between them was €30+ euro. From my research I am led to believe Madame Glamour and Woman I are dupes of two Chanel fragrances. in the form of Coco Mademoiselle (Madame Glamour) and Chanel No. 5 (Woman I). Unfortunately my budget doesn’t stretch to Chanel (yet), so I am unable to offer a side by side comparison, but there is a simple test I can do. If it smells like a cheap perfume, it fails. So, if I start talking about notes of petrol, white spirit and cow pat, it’s not a good sign.

Madame Glamour

Madame Glamour Box

Madame Glamour has been doing the rounds for a while now, and tends to sell very quickly when it does randomly appear. However, it and I haven’t always gotten along. When I first smelled it, alongside Suddenly Diamonds last year, I thought it smelled quite a bit “older” than the more fruity Diamonds. I hadn’t consciously put the link in place between Diamonds and Boss Orange, though subconsciously Diamonds smelled familiar. Put in front of me on its own though, and Madame Glamour comes into its own, as it is not competing for my pennies. I immediately classed this as a floral scent, light, quite a daytime smell. It smells like a stroll through a warm flower garden, enjoying the breeze. I could see this as a day to day perfume, when you don’t want to use something more intense, or upmarket. It’s a perfume to use when you are just going about, doing your thing.

Madame Glamour Bottle

The one thing that really lets me down with this perfume, is the container. I know, when you pay less than €4 you’re not to expect much, The bottle itself is elegant, without being anything special, with minimal amounts of writing on it. As your eye is drawn up along its curves though, you reach a plastic, gold coloured ring, and a lid that looks as if it was borrowed off a radiator valve. This is a bottle to quickly pull out of your bag, use, and hide it away again before anyone notices.

Woman I

This one is a deeper, richer, more opulent number than Madame Glamour. It is more sensuous and would be great for an evening perfume, or something for going out, or when you just want to feel decadent. I do believe there is an Irish Beauty Blogger who may be trying to fill a bathtub with this exact scent, judging by how many she bought when I put word out that it was available again. I will not name names, but she is a bit of a Makeup Addict, and that kind of endorsement of a scent is good enough for me.

Woman I box

I am also impressed by its lasting power. I haven’t had a chance to give it a full wear test yet, but I sprayed a couple of spritzes onto a cotton ball on Monday, and have been sniffing it periodically, and it is still there. It is not as intense as it was on Monday, but that is possibly a good thing, as it did smell slightly synthetic on first sniff. This did dissipate really quickly however, leaving just deep pleasantness behind.

woman I bottle

Again, the bottle isn’t brilliant, but I think it is nicer than Madame Glamour, with a more square profile looking at the bottle straight on, and a curved shape looking at it top down. The plastic lid is a little bit of an annoyance once again, but it is not too bad.


There are some out there who would never go near a budget perfume, and I respect that. I must also respect that the perfumes, when they do appear, tend to sell out quite quickly. And while they wouldn’t have been my first choice, now that I have them, and have been working with them, they are growing on me. And at €3.99 a bottle, could you ask for much more?


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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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