Y Live 
Yves Saint Laurent (2019)

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Y Live by Yves Saint Laurent

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Y Live is a men's fragrance launched in 2019 by Yves Saint Laurent

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There are 6 reviews of Y Live by Yves Saint Laurent.

Oh gosh, another PR Invictus clone. Davidoff did it too just recently with its Run Wild frag. YSL Live is just a bit less potent and loud.

Redundant as a flanker because YSL Y EdP is kind of cute and better in a way. YSL Live is also redundant because after Paco Rabanne, several other houses followed that bubble gum scent blueprint such as Burberry, D&G, Davidoff etc.

Originality: 1/10
Scent: 5/10
Longevity: 8/10
Projection: 7/10
mathematical 52,5%
overall impression 5,5/10

Disappointment after disappointment with this line. The original Y smelled somewhat OK but not YSL worthy. The EDP does smell better as many say, but on me it smells very cloying and doesn't project very well. And now Y Live EDT Intense? What's the point of an intense EDT if you already have an EDP? This one smells like detergant or softener when you're smelling it from the bottle. Barely lasts an hour on me and absolutely no projection whatsoever after maybe 30 minutes. After the first hour it becomes a weak skin scent smelling like a light hand soap after washing your hands. Very disappointing juice in a well designed bottle.

First impression ... Three notes are clear: Juniper, Orange blossom and Cocoa, it has the DNA of its predecessors, but I no longer feel the blue vibe so evident, a mixture of fruit notes enters the scene that does not resemble any specific fruit. A little younger, a little sweeter, still fresh and versatile. I still prefer EDP, but I don't think it's bad, I don't think it's redundant to have both!

Smells super synthetic up close. In the air, it's nice but definitely has that Sephora mall smell. I'm guessing that's the Invictus similarities coming through. I also don't get much of departure from the other Y variations. The Y series for me isn't a personal favorite but I do appreciate where it does it's best work, being a crowd-pleasing fragrance and with good performance.

Projection coming off my skin is big during the first 4 hours. It can get cloying due to the nature of the scent. Later the drydown that remains for the rest of the workday is pleasant, clean and powdery. Definitely in the compliment-bait realm from beginning to end.

Feels very versatile but not excelling at anything other than being modern and fresh. I don't love it but this could easily be someone's all-occasion Swiss Army knife.

What do you get when you take Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum (2018) and stuff it full of fruity sweetness, cranking up the orange blossom like typical Gucci Guilty Pour Homme (2011), then shove a bunch of shampoo/shower gel notes like Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013), then dime the knobs on projection to Versace Eros (2013) levels? Why, you get Y Live by Yves Saint Laurent (2019) of course! I can sort of see the appeal for having a Y for Men (2017) flanker tweaked with elements of the aforementioned EdP but made more club-friendly and youth-oriented, since capturing that upper middle-class teen impulse shopper who won't use his dad's Bleu de Chanel (2010) is the only way most other designers are survivng in a world of niche and prestige perfumes invading department store counters. However, Yves Saint Laurent is really grasping at straws here because the original 2017 eau de toilette was already pretty youth-friendly to begin with in that crisp white shirt Nautica kind of way, while the EdP took all the harsh norlimbanol scratch away to make something more respectable as a generalist office scent someone over 30 wouldn't be embarassed to wear, but where does an extra-youthful version of the EdP really fit in? I'm not sure I can really answer the above question, but what I can say is this smells like Dominique Ropion almost entirely composed Y Live by prescription from market analyists.

What those analyists were likely saying is that what the market needed was a less-mature version of the EdP (which already wasn't very formal if at all), so with a huge sigh of disappointment, here comes the notes. Sweet grapefruit, pear, and ginger open the top, sitting somewhere between Azzaro Wanted (2016), the aforementioned Invictus, and the opening from the Y EdP but mixed in an early 2000's way. The orange blossom and geranium almost seems to bond with ambroxan on an atomic level in the heart, which is where most of the clubber-friendly projection stems, although it doesn't quite burn the eyeballs like the original Y EdT. The base is the usual tonka Kool-Aid patchouli and laundry musk with woody aromachemical scratch, and some of the saltiness of the EdP left over to link back to the rest of the line, but it's a real mess when it dries. This fancies itself as some kind of cold weather gourmand hybrid in the note breakdown, but lacks the claimed juniper or cocoa notes in the final stages to really be that at all. Y Live smells like someone made a mashup of every Montblanc Legend (2011) and Jimmy Choo Man (2014) flanker on the market and gave the resulting beast a glaze of Y EdP to help connect the dots. Y Live is an "Eau de Toilette Intense", so with extra-projection to get the job of destroying your sanity done, it comes on like a bull in a china closet and overstays its welcome until scrubbed.

Y Live by Yves Saint Laurent ends up competing with Viktor & Rolf Spice Bomb Night Vision (2019) and Acqua di Giò Absolu Instinct (2019) for the title of the most unnecessarily-loud and insipid flanker of 2019. The well must be really running dry over there at Yves Saint Laurent, and more over the designer masculine perfume market at large for so many samey fruitchouli Kool-Aid ambroxan bombs with absolutely zero sense of identity being spewed forth onto shelves with such reckless abandon. Here I thought nothing would top Jimmy Choo Urban Hero (2019) for being the nadir of abusing trend, but not even the pretty face of Adam Levine on the ads for this stuff can save it from being the epitome of high-volume mediocrity, because why would even a completely indiscriminate mainstream perfume buyer choose this over the more-recognizable Invictus or even Dior Sauvage (2015) since it smells like everything yet nothing at once, with probably the most-annoying combination of mass-market accords yet assembled? Go test it if you want to, but don't go out of your way since there is nothing here you haven't smelled before and done better elsewhere. If you like the EdP as I do, just stick with that, since it's sweet enough to handle a night out but actually has some decent balance and warmth without smelling like it wants your phone number. Thumbs way down.

I got a free sample of this recently and spritzed it on my wrist for a test. At first, it smelled fresh, albeit generic and mundane.

After a couple of minutes, it smelled like cheap, synthetic sex with an unatural, sickly sweetness that I found disturbing and borderline offensive.

Projection and sillage I found to be average.

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