Luci ed Ombre by Giuseppe Imprezzabile for Masque 2013

Shhh! Niche Nerds?

Something NEW? Something FABULOUS? I don’t know either. It just arrived and I want to test run it with you. Let’s do it together. Yes, I know, you need three or four wears to get a feel for a fragrance, sometimes your chemistry or the temperature is wrong, i know. Come on, let’s do it anyway and see how it is. It will be fun, even if it’s absolute shite, doesn’t matter…

Luci ed Ombre by Giuseppe Imprezzabile for Masque 2013

Luci ed Ombre Masque FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Incense
Heart: Moss, Tuberose, jasmine, ginger
Base: Patchouli, cedar, olibanum

The opening incense is warmer and sweeter than expected, a very spicy resinous and honeyed incense that matches none in my collection. So pretty and exactly a smell I could imagine myself wearing regularly. I just went and checked. Luci ed Ombre reminds me most of a Korean incense I have but it lacks the bitter undertones. My skin often skews fragrances a bit sweeter and I am glad in this instance because Luci ed Ombre is magic on my skin. I also get some sweet fruit in the mix like a canned peach or nearly over ripe, sun warmed mango straight off an Aam Wallah’s cart in India. The tuberose and jasmine are clean until you hit the full on heart and then we smell some breath, not a lot but enough to warrant mention, and the ginger playing back up after its zing in the opening is still a very pretty counterpoint to what is largely a resinous fragrance with what may be the moss acting as a mediator. Patchouli? I’m not really getting patchouli, this could very easily be me as we al know my sniffer is regularly off point, but I did do a comparison with my patchouli essential oil and there is no resemblance for me in Luci ed Ombre. Maybe it’s a super clean version aromachemical and I can’t get it.

 Luci ed Ombre Masque Mango Wallah Kiran Jonnalagadda FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Do you ever think something is absolutely heart stoppingly gorgeous but worry that it might be a little generic? This is my worry here. A couple of times while Michael & I were overseas I would pass him something that I was swooning over and he was totally meh, that’s just this aromachemical or that boring overused note and though I am quite good at trusting my own judgement sometimes when the magic is taken away, the sparkly washed matte, it can not be replaced or reignited. One of the things stopping me becoming a serious perfumista who knows all the notes and aromachemicals is how much understanding the process may dilute my total enjoyment of fragrance overall, that WOW Factor of a first inhale that is all about the joy. It would make me sad to lose that.

Luci ed Ombre Masque Tuberose Carolyn Jewel FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

So my vote here is GORGEOUS! A winner and as soon as I finish this decant a split or FB in my future, probably very near future.

Further reading: Now Smell This has the ad copy as an introduction to the range
First In Fragrance has €150/100ml + Samples
LuckyScent has $215/100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

Have you jumped in and tried any of the Masque fragrances yet. I see there are some reviews on other sites about different scents in the range. Do you think it will be the next big thing?
Portia xx


12 thoughts on “Luci ed Ombre by Giuseppe Imprezzabile for Masque 2013

  1. Hi Portia,
    I received the 3 Masque frags as samples with purchase recently, and had a quick sniff of this and went, oh maybe not my thing too tuberosey etc
    Anyway I now have it on my wrist and it is much fresher than I remembered. Not cloying and I do get the incense now and the mango…skin, not fruit.
    But I agree, sometimes better not to micro analyse the notes…
    Thanks for the reminder!


    • YAY JackieB,
      Yes, mango before it’s cut. Wonderful, isn’t it?
      My decant is nearly dry.
      Portia xx


  2. I’ve decided I need a sample ot their Tango after reading reviews recently, maybe I’ll add this one as well! It seems like a happy scent!


    • Hell EvaS,
      Nice to have you drop by. If this is a sample of the work being done by Masque I want to sample them all. I think we have a new contender in the game.
      Portia xx


  3. I have been wanting to try the perfumes from this line for a while. Portia, you make this one sound so interesting. Hope you are well. xo


  4. Hi Portia,
    I totally understand your sentiment; I don’t want to be someone who over analyses fragrance and loses the ability to just chill and enjoy it. When I try a new frag for the first time, I try to empty my head (ha, some say it’s my permanent state) and let the images and feelings come through. No judging, no dissecting.


    • Yes ThinkingMagpie,
      Yes on the friends thinking it’s a permanent state. Hilarious. It’s hard to just sit back and enjoy the ride sometimes with an open mind but I try to keep the wonder, the thrill and the excitement of discovery.
      Portia xx


  5. Hi Portia,
    their Montecristo has been on my sample at the Scent Bar list for some time. I’m adding Masque Milano to the Italian parfumo tour now. xx J


  6. Everything sounds good but tuberose 😉
    I haven’t tried any of Masque perfumes yet and, unless I catch a big fat lemming somewhere while reading some review, I’ll wait for it to fall onto my lap (or jump at me in a store).


    • Yes, there is so much choice Undina. It gets to the point where you have to sit down and take in what you have, the hunt will be there when you are into it agaiin.
      Portia xx


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