Baccarat Rouge 540 (2016) Eau de Parfum

Baccarat Rouge 540 (Eau de Parfum) by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Baccarat Rouge 540 (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is sweet-floral. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBlood orange, Jasmine, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesAmbergris
Base Notes Base NotesCedarwood, Fir balsam



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Submitted by OPomone, last update on 11.01.2019
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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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Very helpful Review    15
Practice Vs. cotton candy
A few months ago I decided to test almost all MFK's. It started with Lumiere Noire, whom I bought blind. I liked it so much that I wanted to meet the others. Most of them I have tested extensively and I have to say: Kurkdjian knows his trade. Not only as a perfumer for other brands, but also for in-house productions.
Even though he is rated very well at 7.7, there is still a lot of criticism. Disinfectant, dental practice, cotton candy... It is definitely a special fragrance that polarizes properly. A fragrance you should never buy blind due to positive experiences. What makes this fragrance stand out for me: The recognition value, the extraordinarily good performance and simply the entire appearance.

The MFK scents are very inexpensive compared to other niche scents, which here are significantly more expensive. MFK's usually cost between 120 and 150 Euro per 70ml. This 200 to 230 euros. It is also available for big fans in 200ml. There is also the much more expensive Extrait de Parfum, which however does not have the best reputation and does not really do justice to the high price. Especially as far as performance is concerned, this fragrance is a bomb. Durability and Sillage. I give both of them a 10.0. This scent settles in the nose, even a sprayer is very strongly perceptible. Also the Sillage is especially at the beginning really cool and nothing for people who like to stand in the background. In the 2nd hour she lays down easily, but is nevertheless very strongly present. I find it perfect for going out and for evening events.
The bottle is the typical MFK, but here even nobler due to a great colour combination. Beautiful golden lid and the color of label and perfume looks high quality and noble.

In describing the fragrance, I have to say: It actually moves between the dentist's office and the cotton candy booth. An extraordinary station wagon. This fragrance has a very clean sterile touch, paired with a cotton candy note that sounds cheap but is not. Not sticky, but nobly sweetened. Floral notes with it. I also perceive a light fruity note.
I don't smell special notes here, but in the whole package they make an original composition. He has something polarizing, but also some sensuality and sexiness. Fits type-conditionally but rather to the self-confident type, since he comes across very loud and straight.
I have tested it several times and I like it very much. I accidentally applied it once before going to the gym. Luckily only a sprayer on the back of the hand. It was funny to wear such "penetrating" scent during sports because even a sprayer works very strong.

Last question: Unisex? More of a women's fragrance to me. Even if you shouldn't always categorize everything, I would have guessed a woman's scent in the blind test. But everyone should decide for himself.
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Greatly helpful Review    5
game of chance
Kurkdjian excels at creating well turned-out perfumes. Smooth, seamless perfumes with lovely olfactory shapes and pleasant profiles. Of course, he also makes Cologne and Absolue pour le Soir, two of the dirtiest roses available, so he’s not limited to olfactory pleasantry. Still, most of the Maison Francis Kurkdjian perfumes have a mannered quality. Where various perfume lines promise Arabian fantasy or minimalism or narrative, MFK offers the comfort of normalcy. Only better. MFK gives us the mainstream, but with a perfection that negates the inherent dullness found in middle of the road.

Take the Amyrises. They are luxe versions of what you might find on the department store fragrance counters at any given moment—they are designed to be. They might not draw your attention at a distance, but up close the fit looks just too good to be off-the-rack. They balance a prim detachment with a wink to let you know that there’s more here than just an idealized designer perfume.

Baccarat shares the refined, muted quality of the Amyrises but not their designer style. It is more abstract and uncluttered. The polish, the precious-metal glow that many of Kurkdjian’s perfumes have is there, but the shape is less conventional. It riffs on a mainstream sensibility, but less so than the Amyrises.

The opening of the perfume matches the the nearly-fruity scent of fir to a juicy orange but cuts the sweetness with a mineral edge. The saltiness and a cotton-candy note circle each other, yet Baccarat 540 skips the lingering caramel predictability of the current run of praline perfumes. The specific notes seem to recede over time as large olfactory images come into focus. A marine/ambergris shape gives a balanced, synthetic profile to the heartnotes. The sweet/nutty pairing holds together through the drydown giving a cozy coherence from top to bottom.

Unusual? Yes.

Edgy? Not in the least.

Interesting? Try it and see.
Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 3.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
Play The Game, Avoid This Luxury Crystal Maker Inspired Perfume...
Baccarat Rouge 540 opens with a brief dash of saffron spice infused dulled orange before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart, the orange morphs to a vague, slightly transparent and relatively sweet fruity floral jasmine accord, as powerful woody amber takes on the starring role, with significant powdery oakmoss and fir balsam support. During the late dry-down the composition remains highly linear as the powder infused woody amber continues to control sans the jasmine and sweetness, now with mild cedarwood support through the finish. Projection is very good to excellent and longevity outstanding at nearly 24 hours on skin.

What a stinker Baccarat Rouge 540 is. I knew in seconds I would detest this composition, and sadly after a couple full wearings on skin my opinion hasn't changed. The initial dulled orange is tolerable, but that only lasts five seconds before the composition turns cloyingly sweet from the woody amber, and extremely powdery from an unpleasant and poorly implemented oakmoss and fir balsam tandem that is suffocating to the powder averse like this writer. As the composition is highly linear, things don't change much all the way through the finish, letting the nose torture continue on and on... and on. In truth, there really isn't anything I can say positive about the composition's smell as it is all bad, really. At least on the flip-side for those perfume warriors that can tolerate wearing this scary stuff, the performance metrics, especially longevity, are absolutely outstanding. So if you are insistent on wearing an early "worst new perfume of 2016" candidate (at least easily to the nose of this writer), you will live with this stuff all day and all night without any fear of it wearing off. The bottom line is Baccarat Rouge 540 may seem like a relative bargain at its current selling price of $300 per 70ml bottle (as it originally was sold as a 250 piece limited edition in a fancy Baccarat crystal bottle for an eye popping $4000), but in truth $3 is paying too much for this "poor" to "very poor" 1 to 1.5 stars out of 5 rated horror. Spending your $300 at the baccarat *table* is a better investment.
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JoaoMartins 115 days ago
Good, but overrated. MFK has way better fragrances than this one. Oud, AUF, AVF...
Bottle 10.0
Scent 6.5
Yos 170 days ago
Explaining what is smells like sounds bad but it's AMAZING! Completely unisex too. Smooth, sweet, and unique!+1
Bottle 7.0
Sillage 6.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 8.5
SamuelGustav 18 months ago
This is like one of those beautiful celebrities, beautiful until they open their mouths. It's like a love/hate thing.+3
ScentedSalon 3 years ago
Quality ingredients but becomes sickly with the jasmine and orange. Not enough to call this a beautiful perfume.+2
Scent 6.0

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