Product Review: YSL Manifesto Fragrance

Name: Manifesto
Brand: YSL
Size: 30ml
Price: €51,50

What I liked:
– lovely fruity patchouli gourmand scent
– sweet, but not overpoweringly so, and easy to wear
– good sillage and staying power
– the bottle

What I didn’t like:
– if you dislike sweet scents with green accents, this is not for you
– understated and unoriginal
– the price

Manifesto: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer; it is derived from the Latin word manifestum, meaning clear or conspicuous. Unfortunately, there is nothing conspicuous about Manifesto, the new fragrance from YSL Laurent. Far from making a statement, Manifesto is easily and quickly forgettable.

Manifesto is a candy sweet and patchouli scent with fruity accents. It opens with a strong burst of green leaves laced with blackcurrent and sprinkled with citrusy, bergamot accents. This is my least favourite part of the scent. I don’t think this accord agrees with my body chemistry as the green notes take on a medicinal aroma on my skin which I’m not very fond of. Soon, the floral notes (a soft blend of green rose and jasmine) make a brief appearance before disappearing as fast as they had arrived.

The drydown is supposed to be woody and sightly oriental, but instead it’s simply gourmand, which was very disappointing for me. I love oriental scents, but Manifesto isn’t one. At this stage, it’s simply very sweet and sugary. A delicate, slightly woody patchouli note is layered over a gourmand accord of tonka bean, vanilla and almonds that becomes milder as the hours pass. Manifesto doesn’t overpower you with its sweetness.

It’s an understated scent, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it means that you can wear it on any occasion without giving people a headache, but it lacks character. It’s nothing we haven’t all smelled a thousand times before. It’s not bad, but it’s not particularly good either. It’s not daring, It’s not distinctive. It’s not a manifesto. Only the bottle, shaped like a woman’s body, makes a statement. But it could contain any number of patchouli gourmand scents with fruity accents. You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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YSL Manifesto is a fruity patchouli gourmand scent that’s been done a million times before. Far from making a statement, it’s an understated and easy to wear scent that lasts for the entire day.

Rating: 3/5

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  1. Janessa says

    Meh, enough with the candy-sweet typical scents already! I am someone who isn’t afraid to buy stuff without seeing or smelling or trying it on first (even clothes). I shop online frequently and I do consider the perfumes you like.
    As for Seville, I’m getting that myself for Christmas. I know I mentioned that my mom’s friend could get it for me in France but it didn’t work out. Yup, it’s expensive but I value your words highly.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I so agree with that! This doesn’t smell like candy, luckily, but it is really just another sweet gourmand scent and I’m started to get tired of those.

      And you’re brave. I like to shop online too but perfumes is one of those things that I have to smell before purchasing. Apart from samples kits, of course.

      Shame that it didn’t work out, but I’m glad it is still available so you can get it. I really hope you’ll like it. It’s one of the most original scents I’ve smelt in a loooong time and it just smells amazing!

  2. Janessa says

    Okay, maybe this isn’t THAT sweet, but now that I am smelling more perfumes, I’ve learned to appreciate the unique ones.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, once you step away from designer brands and start smelling something unique, there is no turning back. :)

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