I’m not really a jewelry person. Well, let me re-emphasize that: I'm not a Jewelry Person. I love sterling silver, pearls, vintage jewelry of various sorts, and anything that looks like a mourning Victorian might have worn it, but I wouldn’t wear diamonds or large amounts of gold even if I could afford them. They’re just not “me.” Thus, I’m primarily aware of David Yurman because my morning commute happens to pass a billboard advertising the company’s wares. Sometimes I recognize the model; more often, lately, I don’t. Either way, I can see that the featured jewelry is bold, gleaming, meant to be noticed. Not really my style.
When Robin reviewed David Yurman’s eponymous Eau de Parfum, she wrote that it “smells like you’ve spent lots of money, and while you’re at it, you’d like everybody else in your immediate vicinity to know.” I had a similar response to it: it's a bit too rich and strong for me, and I don't wear many chypres anyway. On the other hand, I do respect David Yurman for releasing a sophisticated, “adult” fragrance. Like the jewelry, it doesn't fit my personal style, but I can see why other women would love it. David Yurman’s limited edition Luxurious Dusting Powder, on the other hand, is a product that I’d be able to work into my own fragrance routine.
The scent of the Luxurious Dusting Powder is billed as “a harmonious blend of seductive patchouli and floral essences of rose and peony,” and that's a pretty accurate description. It doesn’t have all the subtleties of the Eau de Parfum — I don’t notice the citrus or musk aspects as much — but it still maintains the fragrance’s overall floral-chypre identity. It feels plush and warm, and the patchouli is more of a sweet woody-mossy note than a hippie herbal note. It could be layered under the Eau de Parfum, applied under another rose-oriented chypre, or worn on its own if you only want a hint of fragrance. It's definitely still more of a “dressing-up-to-go-out” dusting powder, rather than a “getting-cozy-at-bedtime” dusting powder, but it's still much softer than the matching fragrance. Its shimmer adds a delicate sparkle, not a club-kid glitter effect. I’ve tried wearing a touch of this powder on my bare legs on sunny days, and it would look very appropriate on shoulders or collarbones in the evening.
Lastly, like the Yurman Eau de Parfum, this powder has high-end packaging to match its high-end identity. It's contained in a weighty glass jar with a lid of “cushion-cut, faceted gold” that really does look like brushed metal (although it’s actually crafted from plastic), and it includes a velvety little powder puff. It's definitely meant to be displayed on a glass-and-mirror dressing table or on the marble counter of a very large bathroom. Again, not quite my style, and I don't think I'd splurge this much on a dusting powder, but it will appeal to die-hard David Yurman fans and to anyone seeking a luxe body product that gives old-world glamour a contemporary update.