Review: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Le Parfum and event pictures

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium has been around since 1977 believe it or not and whilst some fragrances come and go or get replaced the original has stood the test of time and is still with us today with many variations but the OG still a cult favourite to many. The latest release to the family is Black Opium Le Parfum which is the sweeter vanilla bomb of the family. I was recently invited to a master class to create the Zoë Kravitz makeup look by the talented Yves Saint Laurent Beaute European Make-up Artist Fred Letailleur. You can rate how I recreated the makeup look further down.

The info:

In 1977 Yves Saint Laurent introduces Opium: a boundary-pushing perfume. A revolution in a bottle. A new idea of femininity: sultry, provocative, enthralling.

Fast forward to 2014, and Opium’s legacy continues to dazzle: Yves Saint Laurent Beauty unveils Black Opium, re-inventing desire in a new, contemporary light, reshaped for the modern woman. The Black Opium woman is embodied by YSL Beauty muse Zoë Kravitz. For those seeking a luxurious, captivating fragrance that takes the signature of Black Opium to a new level of indulgence, YSL Beauty introduces Black Opium Le Parfum.

Black Opium, at its most luxurious. A radical quartet of sumptuous vanilla notes, ultra-dark coffee, and luminous white flowers. Smooth, sensual, and uncompromising. Experience YSL Black Opium, the rock couture fragrance for women by Yves Saint Laurent. Captivating, unparalleled in provocation, deliberatively seductive.

The bottle:

Unlike any other Black Opium bottle, this over-black jewel shines from cap to toe with a reflective gloss: like an expertly cut gem, chiselled from a precious dark stone. At its centre is a dazzling heart of glitter, emblematic of the vivid fragrance found within.

The scent:

• Top notes: pear accord, green mandarin
• Heart notes: orange flower petals, jasmine sambac, cinnamon essence
• Base notes: vanilla quartet, coffee accord, patchouli heart, ambrox

I would describe this as the classic Black Opium scent with a new vanilla intensity. It still contains the signature Black Opium coffee and white floral notes, but unlike the other fragrances in the line, it focuses on the vanilla notes.

Le Parfum opens with a sweet, honey freshness from the pear and green mandarin combo before blossoming into a white floral heart of orange flower petals, jasmine sambac and cinnamon essence. Then ends off with a coffee vanilla accord that leaves a creamy warmness that is just simply irresistible.

The lasting power:

Lasts all day.

You can find these beauties in Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Boots for RRP €153(90ml), €114(50ml), €84(30ml).

Disclosure: YSL PR sent me this product. All opinions in this blog post are 100% my own and honest

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