Chances are that you will own at least one Leighton Denny nail polish. If not, then I highly recommend Some Like It Hot, which I bought as a ‘close enough’ dupe for the discontinued and utterly gorgeous, deep pink/red Chanel nail polish ‘Marilyn’ and the best-selling ultimate glossy mink shade, Supermodel.
Anyone who’s used Leighton Denny nails polishes will know that the formula is highly pigmented and you get complete nail coverage with just one coat, plus it’ll last for days without chipping.
What I didn’t know, was that Leighton, who was awarded an MBE last year for his achievements in the nail and beauty industry, has launched a perfume collection called Light and Dark.
Here are the ones I’ve been reviewing:
LIGHT & DARK Original Eau De Parfum 70ml £43.50. 5ml Spray £8.50
LIGHT & DARK Original 15ml ‘Touch Up’ Solid EDP
A fruity mixture of pepper, myrrh and incense. Gardenia, jasmine, lily and rose are merged with top notes of mandarin, grapefruit, peach and white pepper.
This is easily my favourite and certainly the most feminine fragrance of the Light and Dark trio. It’s very ‘heady’ upon first application and packs a punch, this is no shrinking violet scent.
As the fragrance settles though, it transforms into a rich and exotic scent. I was worried it would be too musky, but it’s not heavy in that way at all, although this is no daytime perfume, this is strictly for after dark.
The scent of the solid perfume is a beat lighter and more suitable for day time. It’s lightweight and easy to throw into your handbag. The lid is firm fitting and won’t come off, plus there’s another, thinner cap underneath to protect the stick. ALL fragrances should be available in stick form!
LIGHT & DARK Lively Unisex EDP 70ml £43.50. 5ml Spray £8.50
Citrus notes of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit, white florals, nutmeg, ginger, pepper and cardamom. Base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, vetivert.
I’m not sure about unisex, Mark was all over this one. It smells like a luxury men’s cologne. I love the scent of bergamot, this smells clean, fresh but very butch.
LIGHT & DARK Desire Unisex EDP 70ml £43.50. 5ml Spray £8.50
Vetivert, patchouli and cedar tempered with moss, amber and crisp spicy elements of pepper and nutmeg. Citrus top note of grapefruit, lemon and bergamot is warmed by a heart of neroli.
I can definitely detect the citrus in this one, it’s crisp, but definitely one for men and women. On paper, the description looks as if it might be a heavier, manly fragrance, but I would happily wear this during the day.
You can also buy the fragrances in glamorous, refillable 5ml spray format, or all 3 for £18.50.
Leighton Denny Fragrances LD Boutique