Let's start off by saying that this is not a terrible fragrance - but It's not a great fragrance either. By today's standards, it's actually a very average one. I would go so far as to say that by 2018, it's probably one that most people EXPECT.
Back in the 90s and even into the late 2000s, people expected ADG. They expected fresh, and to some extent, most people still do. But fresh has become boring, so we add a little playful fruitiness here, a little elegant tonka bean there and perhaps even a little formal pepperiness or incense, and we end up with nearly every popular designer release today. It's that sweet spot that plays with the average consumer's freshie expectations, but not enough to make them turn away from fear of non-conformity. What a beautiful game.
The problem with Dylan Blue, is that it doesn't do it right. The familiar "shower gel" vibe is there with the grapefruit, sweetness and aquatic notes, but there is a heady fruitiness right from the very beginning that absolutely KILLS it. To me, the smell is reminiscent of overripe robotic fruit swimming in a pool of spicy chemicals. It's almost certainly caused by the mixing of fig, ambrox, mineral musk, and all of the spicy notes, giving the fragrance a rather metallic and grungy syntheticness that's overbearing on my skin. And for the very decent amount of time that it lasts, I really couldn't stand it. I still can't.
Imagine that some guy named Dylan was carrying bottles of Sauvage, Bleu de Chanel, Invictus Aqua, Versace PH and Ferrari's Noble Fig in his arms, tripped, and smashed all of the bottles on the floor. As he slipped and fell, bashing his nose against the floor, this is likely what he smelled - the ambrox of Sauvage, the incensy citrus of BDC and the weird fruitiness of the rest. That's basically it. That's Dylan. He sure blew it.
But look, that doesn't mean it's ALL bad. After a solid 8 days of testing, a few people around me actually liked it and the longevity and sillage were above average for a quasi-freshie. And truth be told, for a long time, I was actually considering getting a bottle myself due to the abundance of "compliment-getting" reviews out there (not to mention the very decent price). But of course, it's unwise to believe everything you hear, and following my own testing, I'm happy to say that there are just SOOO many better options out there in the same genre - ADG Profumo, BDC EdP, Aqva Atlantique and even Luna Rossa Carbon to name a few (though LRC is not exactly known for its stellar performance).
My advice - spend the extra money and get something better or more unique. After all, it's not worth owning a fragrance that embodies the very definition of "forgettable" when there are so many others that can help you stand out. But I urge you to sample it first for yourself (if you can) before coming to the same conclusion.