When I saw Modern Muse Chic described as "a unique contrast of sophisticated florals and succulent fruitiness juxtaposed against deep sultry woods", I was a bit confused as that is basically what I found the original to be. However, where the scents are exceedingly similar on first spritz, the dry down of Modern Muse Chic proves to be more; more floral, more woodiness, more, well, chic.
What I described as a dual-personality scent back in January, has been identified by Estée Lauder in Modern Muse Chic as a 'dual-impression' fragrance structure. Some women will find themselves drawn to the floral top notes of Jasmine Sambac, Tuberose Fir Abs and Stargazer Lillies while others will have more of an attraction to the woodier accords; Cashmere Woods, Agarwood and Labdanum, all of which are enhanced by a very discernible Patchouli Blend.
I fall into the latter category in that I love the heavy woodiness of the scent once it settles on my skin and can barely identify the florals on myself. There is an element of Modern Muse Chic, and I haven't yet identified what it is, that is much more 'me' than the original. Don't get me wrong, I still love Modern Muse for the way in which it makes it easy to wear a stronger, muskier scent during the daytime but, Modern Muse Chic has so much more depth and I like that in a fragrance.
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Chic is available from October 2014 and is priced at €58/30ml, €80/50ml and €115/100ml