So you've grown out of Princess (and its many spawn, from Flower Princess to Preppy Princess) but you're not ready for one of the signature (read: wedding-appropriate conservative floral) fragrances from Vera Wang, what to do? Vera Wang would like you to consider their new Lovestruck, fronted by actress Leighton Meester. The theme, as you might have deduced from the balcony scene in the ad: a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet.
Lovestruck is a musky floral with your standard fruit bomb opening (tart guava jam and citrus), a cheerful middle-weight fresh floral heart (allegedly tuberose and lotus blossom, and there are vague suggestions of both) and a pale woody-musky dry down (something that could stand in for sandalwood, a little drop of creamy vanilla, plenty of clean musk).
It's wearable, and it's not overly sweet or fruity once the top notes fade. It isn't as boring as the resolutely faceless Look, but it isn't exactly what I'd call distinctive either — landing, as it does, in a sea of same-y young-but-not-too-young pink floral fragrances with fruity accents. I suspect it will sell, or not, based on consumer reaction to the frou frou bottle with the faux nail polish font, which aims for, but in my humble opinion, doesn't quite reach, the same sort of tongue-in-cheek fun as Marc Jacobs Daisy or Lola. So far, it has reasonably good reviews at consumer sites like Sephora and MakeupAlley, if that sways you. I did not mind wearing it, but I'll have mostly forgotten it by this time next week.
Vera Wang Lovestruck is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml ($48-78) Eau de Parfum. The lasting power is so-so. Lovestruck was developed by perfumer Stephen Nilsen; the notes include guava, angelica, tuberose, lotus blossom, woods and musk.