I was curious about this one, I really liked the purple paint visual. <--- Is easy.
The official description:
It starts off with fresh green wave, bergamot and black currant. The heart includes accords of white flowers such as Sambac jasmine and lily of the valley. The base is woody and slightly oriental and captures notes of cedar, sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean
Manifesto has a very juicy start, with what smells like citrus jam (apparently, it's blackcurrant and cassis). It very much reminds me of the beginning of Dior Addict- in fact the whole thing reminds of an updated Addict throughout, I don't know if that was intentional.
The vanilla and candied flowers quickly makes its way up into the jammy fruitiness of the concoction, and at this point if you smell close into the skin I swear I catch a whiff of the infamous cupcake accord from Britney Spears Fantasy. Of course, Fantasy on me is a prominent rancid piña colada, and this is nothing like that, but it does have that gourmand facet. And its very very sugary.
The sillage is fantastic (read: potent) and even in skins like mine where fragrance just disappears, you can smell it after a few hours.
I found it a pleasant comfort sweet scent, certainly not a light one, but I am a fan of sweet vanilla and I am a fan of Addict - i always longed for a modern version- so I enjoyed it and I'm happy to have a small bottle. I don't blame YSL for stepping into the fruity patchouli game, everybody else has done it. Its siblings, so you get an idea of what category this is in, would be: Dior Addict, Miss Dior Cherie, Chanel Coco Noir. I consider them all nice fragrances, if a little uninspired.
On a side note, there's nothing Oriental about Manifesto and the advertising is completely misleading. I would have loved the fruits to disappear and the vanilla to merge into blackberry and incense…but life is not perfect.
Disclaimer: I was sent this product for consideration.