I've read the list of notes that are allegedly in Versus Uomo, as well as a lot of reviews, and what I smell is vastly different than what either of them describe. I've read reviews describing the smell of peaches, violets, iris root, and all other kinds of wacky stuff in here, but I don't smell any of it. I can only write about what I think I'm smelling, not what I should be smelling. Fortunately, what I'm smelling here is really good.
What I smell is an excellent leathery floral oriental powerhouse, very much in the style of Azzaro's Acteur. It starts with strong citrus balanced off by buttery smelling leather, and after the citruses dissipate, you can smell rose and spicy carnation coming through. This is quite a spicy fragrance, which is only enhanced by the long lasting carnation note. The rose and carnation are right up front, but they are equally balanced by the meaty leather and oakmoss in the base notes. Neither leather nor oakmoss are listed as being a part of Versus Uomo, but it sure smells like they're in there to me.
The drydown isn't as good as Acts One and Two, but is pretty good nonetheless. Basically the floral notes fade into a semi-powdery state, and the vanilla and benzoin sweeten the fragrance and lessen the impact of the leather and oakmoss. Again, not bad, but the drydown smells a little flimsy and mushy compared to the first couple of hours, and I kind of wish those sweet notes weren't there. I'll take leather and moss any day over vanilla.
Released in 1991, Versus is one of the last examples of what was becoming an extinct breed - the heavy 80's power scent. It's not quite as strong as a lot of its 80's brethren, but Versus Uomo is dense. The list of notes in this is enormous, and you can tell just by its jam-packed, rich smell. For me, it's the way the leather and moss muscle their way through all that rose and carnation that makes this smell so ballsy.
If you already own Acteur, I can't say that Versus is a must-own. The two fragrances are so similar, I think it would be redundant to own both. I prefer Acteur, mainly due to its better, more solid drydown, but Versus Uomo is a damn good scent nonetheless.
MY RATING: 8/10
Fragrance House: Versace