Alien Man Mirage 
Thierry Mugler (2020)

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There are 3 reviews of Alien Man Mirage by Thierry Mugler.

I couldn’t agree more with Varanis Ridari’s review, but I will go neutral, as this really doesn’t smell bad. The opening is very nice (probably the juniper) but the rest is a bit of a slog.

If nondescript sweetness is your thing, this is serviceable, but you’re really better off with any number of similar fragrances, starting with Invictus, which is much more nuanced.

Performance for me is good. In fact, any stronger and I would go thumbs down, as the sweetness is a bit unrelenting. Sillage is strong for the first few hours and average for the life of fragrance; four to six sprays lasts 8+ hours on hair and clothes.

I love the original Alien Man and enjoy Alien Man Fusion’s quirks, so I bought Mirage blindly for under $30 to complete the trifecta. I don’t regret it, but it’s easily my least favorite of the three.
Aug 5, 2021

Thierry Mugler Alien Man Mirage (2020) is showing that the Alien Man (2018) line is starting to follow the formula of "another year, another unrelated flanker" that the original A*Men (1996) line seems to follow, but with much less creativity and more of "what everyone else is doing" to try and desperately cash in on novelty. I'm not a fan of the "bubblegum" sweet freshies that lace ethyl maltol with your typical ambroxan stew then shove some tonka in there for skin heft, because outside originators of the style like Gucci Guilty pour Homme (2011) and Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013), it's just whipping a dead horse. Thierry Mugler basically treads down the same path as Jimmy Choo with Urban Hero (2019), serving up another carbon copy of a carbon copy young men's scent that smells like an Invictus or Gucci Guilty pour Homme but channeled through the usual Thierry Mugler aesthetic weirdness. Once smelled, you'll quickly realize all the weirdness ends with that packaging and bottle aesthetic, and this is just another sweet, clean, musky and fresh nothingness in Emperor's clothes.

The opening is juniper and a huge slug of ambroxan freshness mixed with that generic sweetness which is so common in fragrances of this type. The juniper is interesting and I see this trying to convey a bit of aquatic personality without the usual lucid fruit and dihydromyrcenol soap notes, and it does that, However, the sweetness just continues to countermand any real freshness potential this might have had until much later, utilizing some ozonic notes for lift to replace that sweetness but otherwise bearing down heavy on a nondescript patchouli isolate that just adds body with little else to so many things now, before showing off a little bit of a suede leather note and tonka over the dominant ambrox like in Coach for Men (2017). The leather and patchouli connect this more to Alien Man Fusion (2019) than the original Alien Man, but there is little else in common with anything from the line before it. Wear time is average and performance is slightly below, with sillage being close after a few hours, but as a summery release, I can see why. Best used in summer obviously, and this is the most casual entry to the Alien Man line to date.

There isn't much else to say here, and I feel dogged for having to make you read another review about another attempt to cash in on ideas that haven't been new since the beginning of the 2010's, but seeing as bloodsuckers and bean counters are squeezing all the life out of increasingly-incorporated designer perfume houses like this (at least in their standard lines), reviews like this are getting more common and nearly unavoidable. To be fair, I don't think Alien Man Mirage smells offensive from afar, it just does absolutely nothing for the line it has been thrust into, nothing for the name of Thierry Mugler, and adds yet another redundant option to a long row of many such options for the general consumer. It's like stuff such as this isn't even trying to improve or innovate on what other scents it borrows from, and just steals a bit of thunder much the same way a scent from a clone house does, but minus the clone price. Not recommendable unless you are a collector or extreme Thierry Mugler fan, because whoever perfumed this was definitely painting by numbers, and there are much better options for a modern freshie that cost less. I really hope this stuff is a mirage, so it eventually goes away. Thumbs down.
Jun 1, 2020

Opening is bubblegum sweet. Reminds me of LeMale fraiche. Later, turns more into Alien Man Fusion, minus the coffee note and with some added green-sourness.

It’s my least fav of the Alien Man scents released so far, assuming there will be others. I think they were trying to make this the “light” version, maybe best for warmer days? Not sure, but it doesn’t really work for me.

On top of all that, it doesn't perform well either. Light projection after the sweet opening and then it's gone after 4-5 hours.
Mar 25, 2020

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