Black Opium Over Red Review: Best Flanker Yet?

Black Opium Over Red Review

Welcome to my Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Over Red review!

Over Red is my favorite Black Opium flanker so far, and I am currently in love with this fragrance. If you enjoy sweet fragrances and the original Black Opium, you will likely enjoy Over Red. Even if you don’t enjoy the original Black Opium, I think this one is worth a try.

To sum it up very briefly….Does Over Red smell fantastic? Yes! Does Over Red last long? No. 

Even with the longevity that is nothing to write home about, Black Opium Over Red has been my most reached-for fragrance for the past few weeks. 

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Over Red

Black Opium Over Red
Value for Money

Black Opium Over Red is possibly the best Black Opium flanker that has been released to date. 

Over Red is a sweeter and more modern take on the original Black Opium. 

While the cherry note is short-lived, it is a sweet vanilla cherry, and I don’t find it medicinal at all.

Black Opium Over Red Review

✓ Pros

  • Sweeter version of the original Black Opium
  • Retains original Black Opium DNA, but a more modern twist
  • Versatile

✗ Cons

  • Weak performance
  • Cherry note is short-lived

What Does Black Opium Over Red Smell Like?

Black Opium Over Red is a sweeter, and to me, more modern version of the original Black Opium. 

I have seen many different opinions on Over Red and how much cherry people perceive. I am one of the ones who does not get a lot of cherry from Over Red. Even though it is marketed as a cherry flanker, I smell the cherry note for the first 10 minutes or so, then it’s gone. 

That being said, while the cherry note is present, I do enjoy it. I don’t find it medicinal or too synthetic, I get a sweet, dark cherry. 

In the opening, I get the sweet cherry note and the original Black Opium DNA with a heavy but short-lived blast of patchouli. 

As it dries down, Over Red becomes a sweet and more vanilla-centered version of Black Opium, with less focus on the white florals than the original.

I have never been able to detect a strong coffee note in Black Opium, and that remains the case in Over Red.

From the Yves Saint Laurent website, “This sought-after sweet perfume scent takes the signature of Black Opium into a new fruity universe. Black Opium Eau de Parfum Over Red is the dreamiest warm and sweet cherry perfume that truly captures the senses and lasts all night long.” [1]

  • Top Notes: Cherry, Mandarin
  • Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Black Tea
  • Base Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, Coffee, Indonesian Patchouli Leaf


Black Opium Over Red isn’t strong in either longevity or projection, so don’t be scared to overspray! When I tested with a light application, I got around 5 hours of longevity, then it was pretty much gone. Over Red has moderate projection for the first hour or two.

Over Red does last longer when sprayed on clothes, so definitely spray on both skin and clothes to maximize longevity. 

Even with the short longevity, I find Over Red so intoxicating that I keep reaching for it, and I don’t mind reapplying throughout the day, as then I get to experience it all over again!

When to Wear Black Opium Over Red

Over Red is a versatile fragrance for the fall and winter. Since it isn’t too strong, I wear Over Red anytime and anywhere. I’ll likely keep wearing it throughout the spring and summer as well, on cooler days or evenings. 


Black Opium Over Red is priced in line with other similar designer fragrances.

Ideas for Layering Black Opium Over Red

Pump up the vanilla and cherry notes with these combos!

Vanilla layering ideas:

  • Kayali Vanilla 28
  • Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle Le Parfum
  • Giardini Di Toscana Bianco Latte
  • Maison Mataha Escapade Gourmand
  • Victoria’s Secret Bare Vanilla
  • Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel

Cherry layering ideas:

  • Kayali Lovefest Burning Cherry
  • Tom Ford Lost Cherry
  • Maison Alhambra Lovely Cherie
  • Snif Tart Deco
  • The 7 Virtues Cherry Ambition
  • BDK Parfums Rouge Smoking
  • Bath & Body Works Winter Cherry Blossom


Is Black Opium Over Red a unisex fragrance?

While Over Red is marketed to women, all fragrances are truly gender-neutral, and everyone should explore and wear what they enjoy!

Can Black Opium Over Red be worn year-round, or is it more seasonal? 

Over Red’s sweet notes make it perfect for the cooler months, but it is versatile enough for year-round wear, as it isn’t overpowering.

Is Black Opium Over Red more suitable for day or night wear?

Over Red is versatile and can be worn both during the day and night. Some may prefer it for nights out, but it also works for everyday wear as it isn’t a loud or overpowering fragrance.

Can I buy a sample of Black Opium Over Red before splurging on a whole bottle?

At the time of writing, Over Red is still very new and not available at any online decanters yet. I will update once I see that samples are available for purchase!

Final Thoughts

Black Opium Over Red is a fantastic addition to the Black Opium line and has earned a regular spot in my current rotation. The cherry note may not be long-lived, but definitely give this one a try if you enjoy sweet fragrances!

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**Fragrance notes and infographic obtained from