Haha, you probably think that I’m a huge fan of hers when I’m really not. Well, I’m a fan of some of her perfumes! (Her original Fantasy has been my signature scent since it first came out.)
Shoppers Drug Mart always gets me with their $19.99 CAD fragrance sales for 100 mL bottles! Honestly, I think I read the flyer, see the sale, and all will-power goes out the window like one of the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.
I’ve tried the Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy eau de parfum years ago in the store and wasn’t impressed with it. Back then, it smelled like sour candy on me. But I think that was because their tester bottle was left in direct sunlight for months and it caused the juice to turn.
So, I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did! This is a cute (but very simple) sweet and fruity scent that I’ll definitely add to my rotation on those days when I need a pick-me-up.
(Just in case you’re wondering: the original Fantasy perfume is still my favourite.)
Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy Pictures
Claims: OK, but Product: TRUSTED
- Black cherries, framboise, plum, amber, musk & vanilla (Yes)
- Orchid, freesia & iris (Not sure – I don’t know what these florals smell like)
- Name: Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy Eau de Parfum Spray
- Collection: Britney Spears Fantasy Collection
- Fragrances Available in the Britney Spears Fantasy Collection: Midnight Fantasy, Fantasy (original), Hidden Fantasy & Circus Fantasy
- Amount: 100 mL (3.3 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $19.99 CAD (on sale)
- Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, Elizabeth Arden, Amazon.com, Perfume.com, FragranceNet, FragranceX, Target, StrawberryNet & I’m sure plenty of other places.
Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy Review
Housed under Elizabeth Arden, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy was created by Caroline Sabas and released in select department stores in December 2006. (People found it easier to get hold of in 2007 when its availability increased.) The ads for it harped on how ‘magic begins at midnight’.
This is meant to be a night-time fragrance, but I think you can really wear this any time as long as you don’t go overboard and spritz yourself like a mad man (or mad woman – who I think is actually crazier). I wear 1-2 sprays on each wrist, dab my wrists together, and then dab my wrists on each side of my neck. I find that this doesn’t make it too strong or too light.
Midnight Fantasy by Britney Spears is said to include these notes: black cherries, framboise, plum, orchid, freesia, iris, amber, musk, and vanilla.
What I Smelled
The Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy eau de parfum on me smelled like a soft, creamy, sugared cherry-plum blend with heaps of vanilla.
I usually get sick when I smell fragrances that have cherry notes and I don’t even like candied cherries. A lot of cherry-flavoured things remind me of cough syrup.
I only like eating fresh cherries. Everything else smells very artificial and nauseating to me – I’ll literally get a pounding headache from fake cherry scents, even if they’re in something small like a lip balm.
I’m guessing the reason why I didn’t get a headache from this scent is that the cherry is subdued by the plum, and then the vanilla blankets the whole thing and makes it cozy.
I really like this fruity scent, and I can’t really detect any floral notes. On my skin, this scent becomes sweeter, which is actually the kind of fragrance I prefer.
The thing I appreciate about all the Britney Spears perfumes I’ve tried (excluding Hidden Fantasy, which was too sharp), is that while you can smell the scent, it tends to linger closer to your body.
Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy doesn’t punch people in the nose the second you step into the room. (Actually, it doesn’t punch anyone ever. It’s very much a pacifist. ;)) It’s only when people come closer to you or walk by that people will get a soft whiff of it. It’s what I would call a ‘polite fragrance’ – i.e. it doesn’t force your scent upon people’s nose and assault them. Instead, it gives a come-hither finger and beckons them to come closer if they’d like a smell.
These are the kind of scents I like – they’re more intimate instead of loud. Plus I find that in general, these kind of scents are easier to wear. (Whenever I wear a strong scent, I feel too self-conscious…and I also get a massive headache, so that makes me grouchy. Close-to-the-body scents like this are pleasant.)
I consider Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy to be a really simple fruity fragrance because what you smell when you spray it on and let it dry is essentially what you’ll smell throughout the day and into the night. It does fade over time as you wear it, like with any perfume, but I found that it doesn’t evolve from the top notes to the middle notes to the base notes like with the original Fantasy perfume.
And you know what? I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. The upside is that if you really love the smell of it when you first spray it on, you’re not going to have to worry about it changing into something that you can’t stand. On the downside, its one-noteness (yes, I made up that word) may get boring after a few hours.
I really enjoy this scent, so I don’t mind its lack of fragrance evolution through the day.
As with all the other Britney Spears perfumes I’ve tried, this has a moderate staying power. If I spray this on in the morning, I can still smell it at night. There’s natural fading, but it’s still there. This isn’t a scent that requires touch-ups. (That’s good, because I don’t do that anyway. I prefer to put my perfume on only once a day. The lazy way!)
It features the same bottle shape as all the other Fantasy perfumes – round. Midnight Fantasy has a translucent-blue bottle with clear ‘crystals’ sprinkled all over.
The cap is cute and round.
Out of all the Fantasy bottles, I like the aesthetics of this one the most. It’s not as tacky, but…hehe, it’s also not sophisticated.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
Out of all of Britney Spears’ Fantasy perfumes, this one comes in at a strong second place! (The original Fantasy has still stolen my heart.)
Sometimes fruity scents can be overbearing on me, but this one, I found really easy to wear because it was sweet and soft. The next time it goes on sale again for $19.99 CAD for a 100 mL bottle, I’m going to be tempted to pick up a back-up bottle because I can see myself finishing a bottle.
Which is your favourite Britney Spears Fantasy perfume? Do you think the bottle is gaudy, or do you agree that it’s the least-tacky Fantasy bottle? Do you ever re-apply your perfume at night?
Check out my other Fantasy perfume reviews: