Buttery Blue Blob
After reading some positive comments about this perfume by some of my BFFF (best fragrant friends forever), I decided to give Britney Spears MIDNIGHT FANTASY a try and so picked up a tester bottle for myself. My first impression, upon spritzing this fragrance on the box in which it arrived was not very promising. It seemed sweet and purple and fruity and did not seem to hold much potential for olfactory interest.
However, I have found that, on my skin, MIDNIGHT FANTASY smells very different. It's almost an oriental scent with a buttery note not unlike that of JUICY COUTURE solid perfume. I'm not sure whether it's the medium which amplifies the buttery aspect of JC or actually contributes independently to the "butter" content of that composition, but I find the JC solid perfume to be VERY buttery. The buttery note of MIDNIGHT FANTASY is quite a bit less pronounced, but still unmistakeable to my nose.
I cannot say that the fruits and flowers are easy to tease apart or even to identify. Instead, MIDNIGHT FANTASY offers a layer of abstract florality and fruitiness anchored in a buttery but also slightly syrupy and vaguely oriental base. Yet it is not unbearably sweet. I do not think that this fragrance is more cloying than JC, and it is definitely less cloying than Van Cleef & Arpels FEERIE edp, which also happens to come in an apparently blueberry-inspired bottle.
The base of MIDNIGHT FANTASY has the same viscosity and thickness that I find in BELIEVE. There is some real heft to these fragrances, which have big sillage and impressive longevity and are certainly edps, not edts. I would compare the overall thickness, strength and complexity of MIDNIGHT FANTASY to that of Calvin Klein EUPHORIA, although the two compositions are very different. Both are heavy enough to be suited only for cold weather, it seems to me.
In the end, I have come to understand how so many of my BFFF (who are generally speaking perfume snobs (-;) own and wear this fragrance, and now that it's in my collection I'll probably wear it now and then. The bottle looked a bit tacky to me before reading that the rhinestones are actually Swarovski crystals which represent stars in the sky. That's a nice metaphor, and the bottle packs as much heft as what's inside, but there is still something somehow kitschy about it. Nonetheless, it joins the ranks of the SJP COVET and the Van Cleef & Arpels ORIENS bottles as extremely well-suited to use as implements of self-defense to fend off nocturnal intruders.