I am one of many who perceives BR540 rather discreetly. So one and one came together that I looked around for a good alternative. As a lover of the "Roses Vanilla (Eau de Parfum) | Mancera" I wanted to try Instant Crush first.
You can classify IC as a standalone fragrance, yet it has strong similarities to BR540. An indication of this is also the release year 2019. Whether Mancera had intended a copy I do not know, but it speaks of the following:
1. Mancera has recognized which weaknesses BR540 has fragrance
2. Mancera has also recognized the price segment of BR540 and has a much better price-performance ratio an
IC is already alone in the fragrance pyramid significantly more complex and can at least theoretically compete with Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum
. The complexity is clearly perceptible and he also acts in sum clearly "more saturated" than BR540.
Fragrance appearance: I find the IC not quite as modern as the BR540. BR has a clear "freshness" which is present throughout, IC goes in a dominantly sweet direction, the freshness is only briefly present in the opening. So if BR is already too sweet, you won't be happier with IC. But IC goes through a development and becomes more and more similar to BR in the DD. IC has a huge shelf life and until you arrive in the DD, pass easily 3 hours or more... and the DD holds and holds. Basically though, both are very linear in their development.
The eierlegende Wollmilchsau I have unfortunately not found. The shortcomings of BR (so the sillage with me) and the price, IC can actually compensate well, also the durability is unbeatable, but the modernity and this special freshness (iodine, mint, metal) is missing in my nose with IC. Therefore, I can IC also not classify as "woodier", that is for me rather BR.
As always, it is said, try before you buy. IC is a good fragrance and quite an alternative to BR - especially for blind noses like me, who can not do well with Molecule fragrances.