I really like Kat Von D as a brand overall, so I was excited to get the opportunity to try her Saint and Sinner perfumes. I love perfume. There’s no method to my fragrance madness, except chances are that if it smells like candy or has any hint of vanilla in it, I’m gonna like it.
Kat Von D has been hyping up the return of these fragrances and their elaborate bottle redesign on social media, so I was a lil disappointed that the mini sample bottles are quite plain. Considering that the packaging and presentation is so important to Kat that she designs everything by hand, I thought this fell short. The bottles are small, though – kitty floofbeans for reference – so I suppose I can understand.
One design flaw in these little samplers that I can’t get over is the absence of a spray nozzle. I think it’s meant to be one of those samples you dab on like a fancy Elizabethan lady who’s nearly due for her annual bath, but dabbing didn’t yield much product. Instead, I just kinda dumped some across my chest and let it ooze down into my cleavage. Classy.
So let’s say that I was mildly annoyed from the get-go, but like, it doesn’t take much for me to become annoyed, so take that with a grain of salt.
Now to the substance, I suppose. Saint is described as a classic floral with notes of vanilla, musk, and jasmine. It is way more my style because I really do want to smell like a cross between a giant bonbon and a teenage girl. Sinner is more grownup, warmer and spicier with patchouli, wood, and cinnamon. Not my jam, but not repulsive either.
My number one complaint about these fragrances is that they do not stay on the skin. They have the lasting power of a body spray. I own body lotions with scents that linger longer than these. Like, I drenched myself in Saint, walked to the bus stop, and 15 minutes later I could no longer smell it. With a fragrance like Maison Margiela REPLICA Lipstick On (a fave), the scent remains strong for several hours, lingers close to the skin by the end of the day, and can still be detected in my hair the next day.
This leads me to believe that Kat spent her budget for these fragrances on the pretty packaging and creative marketing rather than on quality ingredients to make the fragrance last on the skin. It’s a shame, because they’re quite pretty perfumes overall – Saint especially. If you’re looking for something similar that lasts longer, Saint reminds me a lot of Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream (which I have and love) and Elizabeth & James Nirvana White (which I have tried).
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for my review.