Contains notes of Jasmine, Wood, Vanilla, Tonka Bean. When first use it I smell a burst of fruity black current/plum with a undertone of woodsy vanilla. After it settles into my skin I can smell a blend of jasmine, vanilla, wood, musky- a bit powdery and musky. It smells soft, warm, and comforting. It reminds me of VS Heavenly and Emporio Armani She perfumes. If you like those two fragrances I would check out Manifesto. I find it does last through out the day but doesn't smell strong. It lingers but doesn't overpower.
I did find it a bit expensive- ( retail prices .34 roller ball $25, 1oz EDP $62, 1.7oz EDP $82, & 3.0 oz EDP $102 ) I have seen a gift set with the 1oz and 3oz for $112. I was able get the 1oz via a Sephora inside JC Penny Perfume Sampler kit for $50- the kit contained samples of various samples a full sized Sephora by OPI nail polish in "I'm Wired" and a voucher to purchase a small bottle of one of the samples.
I did have a problem with redeeming my voucher at the Sephora inside JC Penny even thought I bought the set there. There is a misprint in the fine print that says it CAN NOT be redeemed at the SJCP. Even though in the title it says it's JC Penny exclusive kit. So- there is a chance that both stores will not redeem the voucher.
My experience was when I went to the SJCP I was denied redemption of the voucher due the fine print and was told to go to the freestanding store. I expressed my concern that I purchased the kit at SJCP and was unhappy and though it was strange I was unable to redeem it at their location. The SA thought the kit was a return from a freestanding store and was adamant that I had to redeem it at the freestanding store.
I went to the freestanding store only to find out that Manifesto is not sold at any freestanding store within 50 miles. They were nice enough to call up SJCP. SJCP made an "exception" to let me redeem the voucher. Otherwise the freestanding store was willing to let me purchase Manifesto out of pocket @ SJCP and let me return and redeem the voucher at their store. A huge hassle but at least I got what I wanted. If they were not able to accommodate me- I would have returned the kit. But at that point how could SJCP deny it was a misprint- I would have had the kit and receipt- it proves it was bought at their location. They also had the same exact kit in stock and could have taken a look to see it was a mistake. I can see this as a major problem if you don't have freestanding store nearby or they don't carry the fragrance you want.
YSL Manifesto eau de parfum is a sophisticated scent.
-the bottle design is mysterious and opulent
-ad campaign with Jessica Chastain- Bravo!
-a unique gourmand fragrance that is complex, creamy and sultry on my skin
-I can't compare this fragrance to any other fragrance as it would not be fair as Manifesto stands or sits crossed legged and sultry on its own ; )
-For reference I wear Alien, YSL Elle, Angel, Bvlgari Notte, Hermes Eau de Merveilles, Lolita, Montale Chocolate Greedy, Prada Candy, Sinner by Kat Von D and many more gourmand fragrances.
-highly addictive- upon first spritz I was enveloped in a crisp green, woody vanilla after a few moments the fragrance settles to a rich sambac jasmine and comes through to a dry down of a slightly oriental base of vanilla and tonka bean creaminess. Love...
-I adore everything about this gorgeously complex fragrance.
-excellent longevity- lasts all day and lingers until the morning-so sexy!
I normally wear Narsico Rodriguez Her. I now am in love with this perfume. I fist smelled it on my friend and then tested it out at a local mall. I could not stop sniffing my wrist. I think it smells sexy and sensual. The longevity is also pretty good. However, some people may find itthe perfume a bit strong or unappealing. My co-worker saw the bottle on my desk and she loved the bottle but when she sniffed it, she kind of just walked away. Haha. I don't care though.
I just bought myself a 30% discounted gift set of YSL Manifesto (because our Dillard's is closing) and I like it very much, but it's a tough one for me to figure out and a tough one for me to review.
It's almost like YSL really studied all the perfume reviews from the public -- what we like, what we don't like, and why. And then they took all the best notes & qualities of what we like in a perfume and put them together -- minus the offensive stuff -- and voila! -- Manifesto! It smells to me like a lot of marketing research went into this perfume.
The is very hard for me to get my nose around and describe, but I'll give it a shot: 1/4 Alien + 1/4 Angel + 1/2 Victoria's Secret Heavenly. With maybe some Addict added too.
It has the jasmine & woods of Alien, the gourmand of Angel (and/or Addict), sunken into a pillowy creamy soft round white vanilla, like Heavenly. It starts off with the first and works its way down into the last. The topnotes sink into the soft base, and the drydown is quite soft -- yet still has the interesting top and middle notes.
Quite good to me. I wore it half of last week and really enjoyed it. It's like a Goldilocks perfume to me -- like they tried to get it Just Right. Not too harsh (like Alien), not too boring (like Heavenly), not too strong, not too fleeting.
I think YSL tried and succeeded to incorporate the best qualities (and eliminate the worst) of several of today's popular trends in scent. It's a nice blend to me -- easy to wear day after day -- for any occasion. Manifesto would make a good go-to or signature, all-occasion, all-purpose perfume.
Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is the face of Manifesto (from "The Help" and "Zero Dark Thirty"), and I like the bottle a lot -- clear, so we can see how much we have left, tall & narrow for easy storage, with a beautiful purple "waistband" and gold cap.
I can't stop smelling the places that I spritzed this. It dries down to kind of a carmel-y vanilla base with a little kick/spiciness. My friend also couldn't stop sniffing me. She did ask me if it were Victoria Secret's Heavenly or Gucci Flora. I was kind of off-put by the Heavenly reference since that's one of my other friend's "signature scent" and I don't really like it on her...
I would say that it is a very nice scent but is it signature scent-ish? Not really--that's why I took off one lippie. You and people will remember that you smelled good, but there's not too much projection on this one. I have, however, been using it everyday since I got it.
It's too warm for humid/muggy days. I feel like on those kinds of days you need something crisper to counteract the weather.
Overall, a very warm sensual scent. Memorable? No...but still rather addictive.
EDIT: Upon reflection, you could probably mix a vanilla scent and something a little crisper from bath and body works and get the same effect...I don't really like that so I'll take it down another lippie.
Tried this at Ulta, smelled good on my sleeve. Even a week after spritzing, I can still get whiffs of it, very creamy with musk? I was trying to figure out the dry-down since it smelled very familiar and the result: Glade's Cashmere Woods air-freshner...no joke, go smell it for yourself!
Manifesto is a lovely scent. I don't normally wear florals, however this is such a smooth feminine scent, I'll find time to wear it. I spritzed some on at the perfume counter, and got two unsolicited compliments before I left the store, which is enough for me. One person told me that she doesn't normally like or wear perfume, but that this was lovely. It's not too fruity or sticky sweet, rather it's light, with just a hint of the jasmine...it does come across as a "purple" scent, if that makes sense. The dry down is especially nice...A particularly nice vanilla with some very light woods rounds it out, To me, there's not much throw, but as I received comments on it, it may be stronger than I can pick up. It will be a lovely summer perfume. It's not terribly unique and has rather ordinary notes, and may be "boring" to some, however it's so well done that it should judged on it's merits apart from the rest of the crowd.
.NOTE***** This review is for MANIFESTO. The system would not let me add to list of frags under YSL.
I got a good sample of this at Sephora. According to their site, the composition is this: Jasmine, Wood, Vanilla, Tonka Bean. I definitely smell the jas and the vanilla, and it's a match made in heaven. Sweet but not so much as to resemble candy floss. It's a greener, more grown-up sweet. Not as entrancing as the Maison de la Vanille stuff, but still, a very nice frag. I might ask hubby to give me this for our anniversary.
I too was a bit dismayed at the bottle. Then I looked at Niki Minaj, MJ's Dot, Betsy Johnson's black and pink tutu, and other similar bloody sacrifices made to the gods of bad taste and vulgarity, and suddenly the Manifesto bottle did not look too bad.
I love this fragrance....however, for a YSL price and high-end designer name I would expect a more elegant bottle. The bottle is quite tacky!
Every time I went to the mall, I had to spray this on. Love it, very sexy fragrance. I'm all about Tonka Bean, love Vanilla, and Jasmine is one of my favorites. My favorite perfume for the last few months has been Ralph Lauren Big Pony #2 in the pink bottle and it has Tonka Mousse. It has awesome lasting power and the bottle is adorable. I purchased a gift set that had the Eau de Parfum Spray, 3-oz. and Eau de Parfum Spray, 1-oz. for only $112 at Dillard's. The 3-oz. by itself is $102.