Let's set the scene; it was but a normal day at work when one of my colleagues walked past me, and from her wafted the most glorious scent. My favourite smell in the whole world. I complimented her in the way of "Oh, you smell delicious, you are wearing Chanel aren't you?". I was sure of it, Coco Mademoiselle is my perfume of choice. Her reply was not what I was expecting and she said no. She explained that the perfume had often been mistaken for Chanel and she was regularly complimented on the scent, but it was actually a cheap perfume from a budget supermarket. £3.99 from Lidl no less. And this brings us now.
Introducing, Lidl's Suddenly Madame Glamour (don't let the rubbish name phase you).
Obviously, after hearing about this Chanel dupe I had to get there and get myself in on the action, which is exactly what I did. Clearly the packaging is nothing to rave about, and the bottle won't be one I display, but you can't really expect much more for the price. On first spritze, the two perfumes are close to identical. The only differences I could identify between the two are that Coco Mademoiselle smelt slightly more orientalish and Suddenly was a little more citrus-y (describing scents is clearly my forte). I was sold. As the perfume develops, the subtle differences are even less obvious and it really is difficult to tell the two apart. I have heard varying reviews regarding the staying power and it probably differs person to person, but on me it was definitely better than I expected. Four hours post squirt I could still smell the perfume, and although it was muted, at £3.99 for 50ml I'd say you can afford to be a little more squirt-happy!
I will definitely be re-purchasing this perfume as it is great for day-to-day wear and means the very expensive real-deal lasts a lot longer! Happy purse strings!