Manifestos often make me think of extremes but YSL's Manifesto runs in the opposite direction. It's about a little bit of this and a little bit of that. A pleasant, almost seamless balance of things - actually little bits of so many different things that it's bound to catch you with something. And in my experience, the early excitement fades off quite fast, leaving you with something slightly bland... like that scent on a silk scarf; again, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
When I first tried it some time ago, I was overjoyed, almost felt like laughing in the dull department shop I was in. Manifesto opened with cool, airy and half sweet- half sour black currants. Then it turned slightly vanillic, slightly powdery (make-up bag), slightly ambery and even slightly coconutty. Like a melange of everything on the shelves.
I craved for it for a whole month, couldn't get it off my mind and eventually became the proud owner of my own tacky bottle. Soon though, the excitement faded and Manifesto became my everyday fragrance for work because it's acceptable and non-offensive. I ran through my bottle pretty quickly, earned a couple of compliments, caught some exciting whiffs around myself from time to time; but the love affair is over. Nice for autumn though.
Good sillage and good lasting power with multiple spritzes.
I bought the small bottle after smelling this because I loved it! Sweet, vanilla but not cloying & floral - thought it would be my new signature fragrance however it has zero lasting power on me :( I literally can't smell it an hour after I applied. The do make a perfume rollerball so I tried that to increase longevity but got tired of re-applying
Amazing fragrance!I love sweet scents and I just fell in love with this one...Not too sweet,instead it is very warm and mature!I just adore it!
Normally I don't like sweet scents for me but this one won me over. I really love it. It's so light and sensual and feminine. Not too sweet, not too powdery just perfect, especially for Summer. Normally I don't like to stick to 1 perfume but I'd definitely buy this one again. I think it's worth trying.
Smooth, light, powdery flowers and a creamy wood base with resinous notes. Very wearable, very nice. Rich enough to be a night fragrance but still simple enough to be day wear. Very likable and since I'm not a huge Jasmine fan, a bit of a surprise.
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. Basically, it's a Gourmand With Cream.
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.
This 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 or Euphoria added too. It's kind of like the love-child of Euphoria and VS Heavenly. Or Angel and VS Heavenly.
It has the jasmine & woods of Alien, the gourmand of Angel (and/or Addict or Euphoria), 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 gourmandy top and middle notes.
Quite good to me. Gourmand & Cream. 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 equal parts gourmandy and creamy. Not new or groundbreaking, since it's a mish-mash of others we're familiar with. 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.