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Manifesto Eau de Parfum is the newest addition to the Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) fragrance collection. Manifesto is described as being 'an attitude, a presence and a tribute to style, beauty and mystery' - spontaneous, passionate and intuitive. At present, a matching body lotion and shower gel is available in the same fragrance.
*Top notes (the initial scent) - blackcurrant, green notes and bergamot
*Heart notes (the body of the scent) - jasmine and lily of the valley
*Base notes (the finishing scent) - tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood and cedarwood
The Manifesto bottle is a stunning, high quality piece. The glass bottle is slender as to replicate a feminine silhouette. It is nipped in a the middle with a purple, faceted gem stone design which looks very fancy and expensive. The tinted perfume is visible through the glass bottle. Gold writting and a gold, textured lid complete the look. An attractive design indeed.
~Price and Availability~
YSL Manifesto EDP is widely available in 30ml, 50ml and 90ml sized bottles. Current prices are as follows :
*www.escentual.com : £39.95/£54.40/£73.10
*Boots : £47.00/£65.00/£86.00
*The Perfume Shop : £46.50/£63.50/£85.50
Back in October, my Dad gave me some vouchers to go to Boots and select a suitable fragrance for him to present my Mum with on Christmas Day. He absolutely HATES shopping and knowing how much I love perfume shopping, he thought I would like the pleasure of picking something for Mum. Mum and I have similar tastes in perfume and after trying various perfumes, I returned to Boots a few days later and selected the new YSL perfume - Manifesto. I bought a 30ml bottle and used up a £5.00 off voucher. It was also a points event so I benefited from shopping for my Dad!
Anyway, you may wonder why I am reviewing my Mums gift? Well having sampled this particular perfume several times in various shops over a few months, I was pleased when Mum asked if I wanted the small amount left in her bottle recently - how could I say no! Mum is like my sister - she gets bored of a scent after a while and I usually end up receiving lots of partially used bottles of perfume. I cannot complain as it keeps my collection fresh with new perfumes to try.
Manifesto is a gorgeous scent from the moment I apply it to my skin. I fell in love with it from the first time I tried it and have yet to tire of it. The top notes are deliciously sweet and engaging. The blackcurrant is the predominant note - very authentic, bright with a sharp edge and syrupy sweet. The green notes and bergamot offer a refreshing and citrussy touch but the focus is on the fruity sweetness of the blackcurrant which at times, reminds me of a warm, cosy blackcurrant drink or blackcurrant candy sweets! This obviously won't appeal to all but I really adore the scent.
The sweetness of the top notes are still noticeable on my skin after an hour or so and are joined by the heart notes. I can't say that my nose picks up on the lily of the valley in Manifesto but the jasmine is definitely there - elegant, feminine and with the complimenting sweetness of the blackcurrant, very favourable. After a while, the blackcurrant sweetness is replaced with vanilla and the other notes start to fade around this note.
The dry down of Manifesto EDP is gorgeous! The vanilla plays the leading role and is beautifully sweet, powerdy, sugary and to me, absolutely heavenly though some may find it a little heavy. It is laced with the tonka bean and a lovely woody ensemble which gives the scent depth and richness. I find this combination of notes to be very comforting, soothing and warm. The strength of the base notes is really good at first but the scent starts to fade after a short while and I cannot detect this EDP on my skin after 6hours or so which is disappointing for a premium EDP.
YSL Manifesto will not appeal to all. I find it to be a lovely feminine scent but the sweetness of it will either be appreciated or unappreciated in my opinion. In my eyes, Manifesto would be a little heavy for day to day use but for occasional use for day or evening wear, it would be ideal. Manifesto does have a playful, youthful edge to it but I do not consider it to be a scent that would only appeal to younger wearers. Both my Mum, sister and I like it and our ages vary from 25 to 58!
Manifesto EDP is a scent that I enjoy wearing as it includes a lot of my favourite fragrance notes. I would say that it is very overpriced though as it is quite a simple and not entirely unique scent. It doesn't last as long as one would hope given the high price tag. I like the way the different fragrance notes emerge but there isn't much character to the scent and it is simply a pleasant, easy to wear scent for me. It has similarities to Lancome La Vie Est Belle and also Prada Candy.
Whilst I do love this perfume and can recommend it, I don't think I would pay full price for it if I was buying it for myself.
Thanks for reading :)
Group: Oriental floral
I received a sample of YSL Manifesto Eau de Parfum as part of a lot of samples I won on eBay. YSL is the latest fragrance launched in 2012 described as 'spontaneous, free spirited and courageous; a scent full of passion and emotion.'
The nice, dark purple packaging houses a tall, slim and transparent bottle cinched at the middle with a multifaceted ring cut in the shape of a precious stone. I'm fairly neutral to the design however I never liked the pretentious publicity of the face of the perfume, actress Jessica Chastain covered up to her elbows in purple paint.
Top notes: blackcurrant, bergamot, green notes
Immediately after the first spritz, the sweetness is strong and apparent and to be frank, quite repulsive. Imagine a sickly sweet, relentless odour of sugar and barely anything else, a sticky, synthetic and vanillic aroma of candy floss overwhelming everything. From time to time I'm also getting a whisper of fresh, citrusy bergamot that seconds later gets tinged with an overly sweet, syrupy blackcurrant note, that's not clearly not fresh or fresh enough on its own. The fruits are basically drowned in sugar, a sort of artificial sweetness that overwhelms the composition from the start. The first phase lasts and lasts and it is starting to make me nauseous after half an hour as it just wont settle down or lose the sweetness. Despite the two small spritzes on my wrists on each three occasions, it fills the space around me in a foot radius and won't let go.
Heart notes: lily-of-the-valley, jasmine
I thought it could not get any worse and it did! Hoping for the florals to develop and finally calm down the sweetness, I'm in for a disappointment. The sugary, candy sweetness doesn't subside but gets upped by the appearance of a powdery edge that transforms the sugar into sugar powder!!!! Yuk! There are no floral or fruity hints to my nose and the overall feel is an extremely cheaply executed, linear, generic and boring sugary vanilla accord that gradually projects less and less and leaves a light but perceptible synthetic and sugary sillage in the next 4 - 5 hours.
Base notes: cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka beans
The final notes of Manifesto have finally lost their cloying sweetness and now sit closer to the skin. The sugary and also powdery sweetness is still the dominant element but is now coupled with a heavy and increasingly prominent dose of Iso E super, an aroma chemical reminiscent of sweet cedarwood which adds a certain airiness and woodiness to the dry down. Unfortunately, there's not much else here that could redeem the cheap-smelling and synthetic and nutty feel that stays linear and somewhat thin in the final 2 - 3 hours.
Let's make big bucks, let's make it smell like cotton candy, yeeha! I've observed the multitude of recently released Flowerbomb clones - ubersweet, gourmand or fruity and vanillic numbers like CK One Chock, La Vie Est Belle or the more upper class La Petite Robe Noire and Lolita Lempicka en Blanc. YSL seemingly didn't want to be left behind. I'm not against gourmand and sweet, there are excellent gourmands out there that have stood the test of time, like Angel as well as niche gems too. I just don't like nonsense, cheap and messy concoctions passed as luxury perfume.
YSL managed to pick a misnomer for such a banal and generic sweet cotton candy fragrance. Manifesto is also an Eau de Toilette by Isabella Rossellini introduced in 2000 as a fragrance in the floral green genre. It looks like it isn't just the name that has been stolen but also the lack of imagination, creativity and quality relegating YSL's Manifesto to the underbelly of cheap drugstore clones, bar the price.
For me there's not a hint of a manifesto, just pure embarrassment.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Being a new release, Manifesto is distributed in department stores, perfume stores and selected drugstores such as Boots for an RRP of £44 / 30ml, £60 / 50ml and £85 / 90ml Eau de Parfum. There's currently a half price offer on a YSL Manifesto giftset at £40 / 50ml Eau de Parfum + 10ml travel spray
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