The idea of giving a cologne/perfume only one or two wears and then determining its quality seems hasty to me. For the purpose of a review, I like to let a fragrance develop and tell a story over an extended period of time through a multitude of different experiences. As pretentious as it sounds, I find it particularly effective in enabling it to have an effect on me, whether it be simple or profound. Describing this within a review, I believe, makes for a better read.
Having said that, on the occasion, a fragrance comes along and blows my mind. When this happens, I can't help but throw this methodology out the window and talk about it! This is one such fragrance.
The Thierry Mugler lineup is known for its complex compositions. Modern gourmand notes combined with more traditional non-gourmand notes. House signature, so to speak, is combining these notes to create a unique, powerful, intoxicating scent. The Mirror Mirror Collection, however, is a little different.
Miroir Des Vanites is an enigma. A warm, crisp scent that goes on dry, opening with a citrus blast and drying down into a vetiver tinged woody-esque base. All its life, it is teased into the nostrils with a breezy, gourmand licorice, a note that seems to disappear and reappear on a whim, and a light vanilla.
Light, yet strong. Simple, yet complex. Sweet, yet savoury. Masculine, yet feminine. Modern, yet classic. A quality blend that is unlike the others in its house, and yet still manages to carry the Mugler signature.