Armani - with code over rated, ADG bouncing off Bvlgari Aqva, Diamonds hardly a redeeming scent.
Gucci - Envy does well with its take on the modern classic, but has lousy longevity on my skin probably coz im used to Eau Sauvage's thicker more lasting residual scent, Gucci PH2 is just an above average fresh frag, Gucci by Gucci PH is hardly a winner by any designer pwerhouse standards.
Versace - Blue Jeans remains one of my favourites. pleasant and awfully cheap, but not cheap smelling, like Le Male, it seems like its a salad of mixed fruit and floral scents which worked out so well, out doing Versace PH in terms of originality and bottle design.
Prada - overpriced, but otherwise the most distinct of the latest releases from the other 3
I own Gucci PH2, ADG, Blue Jeans, Envy, the rest ive sampled at least once. so this is just a very personal take on this issue. Blue Jeans and Envy would still be the best buys. the new releases are getting too similar smelling... with the very final dry down slightly different, but whose gona smell me at the end of the day unless i respray. So for that matter, I state my case. I apologise for bringing in other scents for comparisons, i just couldnt find anything positive enough to discuss over the scents first mentioned in the opening post
For the record, none of the later releases were awful, in fact all were pleasant,but just not worth the dosh. Boss Selection would be a much better kick compared to diamonds or versace ph for that matter.and much more affordable and lasting
Prada i found to be in the shadows of Fahrenheit 32,both in terms of longevity, sillage, opening scent
As for Gucci.... they are headed the same way chanel is with allure homme/sport, with their gucci ph2.... very surprising for such generic conformity. Embarassingly, tho i have a 100ml bottle of Guccy PH2, i couldnt really tell the diff when my friend allowed me to sample his allure homme sport.. Maybe i have a bad nose for this.