Anyways. Mary has just made her first foray into the world of scent, and by Jove, it's lovely. You might wonder why a professional makeup artist, sought after by the world's most glamourous beauties (Victoria Beckham and Gisele Bundchen are among her A-list clients) would launch a scent before, say, her own makeup range, a la Charlotte Tilbury's 'myface'. "Fragrance," Mary admits, "is always the last touch of magic to any look I create." So there you go.
Plum Eau De Parfum, £60 50ml (exclusive to House of Fraser) launched early last month but it was only last week that I was able to test it. It's a chic, enticing, unequivocally feminine chypre that has the makings of a future fragrance classic. Top notes of peach, lemon and, of course, plum are freshly sweet, while a heart of Gardenia, Tuberose, Jasmine and Rose Absolutes eases in. Finally, the musky base kicks in. Think Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber and White Musk. Mmmm.
And as a greatly-welcome bonus, the perfume boasts impressive staying power. I spritzed 'Plum' once on the back of my hand (I was already wearing perfume on my wrists) and could still smell it wafting over my own scent that evening. The lovely thing about 'Plum' is it seems to transcend age, status and style. I could see a Chanel-suited, 50-something wearing this with as much aplomb as a hareem-panted, aviator jacket-wearing 20 year old. This, ladies, is a truly special scent. Sx