Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Blue Eyeliner

April Showers Bring Midnight Blue Eyeliner?

Dolce & Gabbana Blue Intense Eyeliner ($29.00) is a midnight navy blue with subtle sheen.  It has a rather rich look and an incredibly smooth finish.  The pencil itself is firm enough to get very distinct, precise lines without fear of breaking the tip.  The color applies smoothly and evenly without tugging the lash line or requiring lots of back-and-forth to get the pigmentation you want.

It is definitely a luxury eyeliner, though, and the price reflects that, so I know this won’t be something everyone will want to indulge in.  Nevertheless, it’s a quality eyeliner that applies beautifully without budging, smudging, or fading throughout the day.  It lasted impeccably through a forty-five minute yoga session (and for me, I’m so out of shape, that one session might as well be eight hours of sweating!), so it’s definitely an eye-worthy liner (oh, the cheese!).

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love ultra soft liners like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliners, these will definitely be too hard in comparison.  If, on the other hand, you love the firmness of MAC’s Eye Kohls, this one will be just right.

Availability: Saks Fifth Avenue (available in May)

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Friday, April 9th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lipstick

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lipstick ($30) is a pretty-in-strawberry-pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It’s not an ultra cool pink, though it does have cooler undertones. It is a semi-sheer lipstick that delivers some color but doesn’t totally block out the natural lip color. It wears well–about three to four hours–and feels incredibly smooth and creamy on lips without ever drying them out. Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks do have a particularly stronger rose scent, so those who prefer unscented lipsticks should probabyl pass on this one.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Shine Lipstick: Emotion (56) & Delicate (53)

Summer Preview: Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom — Shine Lipsticks & Lipgloss

To finish off our Dolce & Gabbana summer preview of the Midnight Bloom Collection, today we’ll look at two new shades of Shine Lipstick (Delicate and Emotion) and one new shade of Lipgloss (Delicious). Shine Lipsticks retail for $30, while Lipglosses retail for $29. Dolce & Gabbana (the makeup!) is only available at Saks.

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Emotion (53) is a pinked mauve with a champagne-pink-gold shimmer. It’s like a champagne bronze kissed with fairytale plum. It really does deserve such a whimsical description. These two shades of Shine Lipsticks are particularly lovely–it’s almost like a duochrome eyeshadow, but you know, *lipstick*!
  • Delicate (56) is a softened coral-peach color base with golden peach and gold shimmer and a champagne sheen. Like Delicate, it has that mix of sheen, frost, shimmer, and color. I’d say this wasn’t quite as opaque as Delicate, but it is still a medium coverage lipstick.

I tried Gold Shine Lipstick last December, and even though the color was totally fun and funky (and definitely not similar to anything I already owned, which is kind of a big deal for me!), it didn’t sell me on the Shine formula like these do. Gold showed me lots of shimmer–borderline glitter–but these are softer, smoother. They wear well (four to six hours on me) without drying out lips. Both shades applied evenly and gave nearly opaque color (you can always tell by my lip “freckle”), even though “shine” makes me think sheerer coverage.

If you’re sensitive to scent, you may not like the rosy scent that accompanies Dolce & Gabbana’s lipsticks, though. Packaging is in line with the rest of Dolce & Gabbana: gold metal that looks and feels luxe (nice weight to the lipsticks) but still holds fingerprints. (Seriously, isn’t it about time sometime invented fingerprint-proof metal for cosmetics?)

Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Delicious (73) is a medium coral-orange cream finish gloss. It is nearly opaque (again, my lip “freckle” is nearly hidden). Dolce & Gabbana described the shade as “candy pink,” but I really don’t think it fits. I just don’t see any pink whatsoever in this. I even have a slightly naturally rosy pucker, so you’d think it would emphasize the pink, but this reads coral on my lips. Not that that’s an issue, though, because it’s a very fun, summer-appropriate shade. It’s creamy enough to give you that no-shimmer, high-gloss look and doesn’t settle into lip lines much (less noticeable from a normal viewing distance than upclose!).

Dolce & Gabbana’s Lipgloss is slightly tacky, though I wouldn’t describe it as sticky–just not non-sticky entirely. I typically get about three hours of wear with the gloss alone, which is about average to a little above average for a gloss on me. Like the Shine Lipsticks, it is rose-scented, so sensitive-sniffers beware! Packaging is a clear base with a “gold” metal cap, and of course, pricing is that of a high-end, more luxe brand (think Chanel, Guerlain, etc.).

Dolce & Gabbana is always an indulgence, but in the past few months, I’ve found more products to love than ones that disappoint. I remember being a little wary in the beginning, but their products have really worked well for me so far!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of shimmer and sheen in your lipstick and don’t mind paying for it, the two new shades of Shine Lipstick are beautiful. Delicate will work beautifully on both cool and warm skin tones, while Emotion will work better on warmer skin tones but is still wearable for those with cooler skin tones (but you may want to pair it with cooler eyes!). Delicious Lipgloss is fun but it’s a warmer coral, so it is better suited for warmer skin tones and would look nice over Emotion.

Availability: May 2010 at Saks

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection

Dolce & Gabbana — Summer Preview — Laguna Eyeshadow Duo

Laguna Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00 for 0.17 oz.) is new for Dolce & Gabbana’s summer collection (due out in May), and I’m excited to show you a sneak preview of this perfect-for-summer duo! It includes a softly teal-shimmered muted sky blue and a rich, blackened forest green with gold and green shimmer.

At first, I thought that the bluish side was like Benefit’s Mermaid Eyeshadow, but it’s not. It’s more like a blue version, if anything, but after looking at both, they’re definitely not similar. The forest green shade originally reminded me of NARS Night Porter, but the finish is softer and smoother and it’s a shimmer/sheen rather than a glitter finish.

The texture of Dolce & Gabbana eyeshadows is amazing. It’s soft, smooth, and buttery. I love that Dolce & Gabbana puts out colors amongst more muted shades, too, because I think it gives them more variety. But even better is that their colors actually show-up true-to-pan!

Surprisingly, Dolce & Gabbana is cheaper by the ounce than NARS Eyeshadow Duos–$211/oz. vs. $228/oz. (and not so surprisingly, cheaper than NARS, Make Up For Ever, and MAC singles), but you do get the luxe, “gold” metal casing for your buck, too (but it does hold fingerprints as is typical with metal packaging). I’m actually surprised that these are priced so similarly to NARS Eyeshadow Duos, because the Dolce & Gabbana line-up is more comparable to Chanel and Dior in terms of pricing, typically.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love really smooth eyeshadows that go on like butter, Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Duos hit the mark. If you’ve been hunting for a blue that’s not too bright or overwhelming, you may find this duo works well. I think this duo in particularly is suitable for both cool and warm skin tones, too!

Availability: May 2010 at Saks Fith Avenue

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection

Dolce & Gabbana: The Midnight Bloom Collection for Summer 2010

Presenting the incomparable collection of colour cosmetics developed by the sartorial talents of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Each season, luminous colour direct from the runway is transformed with a discerning eye to produce a transcendent palette. The brilliant design duo create a dynamic portrait of the present and path to the future drawn from hints of the past. The Make Up defies the conventional and celebrates the power of today’s femininity… the look is bold and unexpected, yet softly sensual and seductive.

Introducing the Midnight Bloom Collection for Summer 2010: profound glamour, languid sophistication and cunning romance. A celebration of Dolce & Gabbana’s singular sensibility inspired as always by their cherished Sicily: its glorious past and the dramatic duality of its intriguing present. With Midnight Bloom, Dolce & Gabbana honor their vibrant heritage with signature brilliance and sultry sensuality. The collection is expressly created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman who flaunts her femininity; who trusts in serendipity; who relishes a luxury that’s effortless; who emboldens reality with a touch of fantasy… and celebrates who she is, inside and out.

Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00)

  • Fabulous (155) (New) includes a spring green, pink lilac, bluish-gray, eggplant

Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00)

  • Laguna (150) (New) includes an aqua-green, deep green

Crayon Intense (Eyeliner) ($29.00)

  • Blue (8) (New) Rich blue

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Delicate (53) (New) Pink-nude
  • Emotion (56) (New) Pink

Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Nude (50)

Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Delicious (73) (New) Candy pink

Precision Lipliner ($29.00)

  • Nude (1)

Luminous Cheek Colour

  • Tan (22) (New) is a satin brown

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Shocking (122) (New) Fuchsia
  • Nude (210) Nude

Availability: May 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana The Brush Collection Collection

Dolce & Gabbana: The Brush Collection for Summer 2010

Dolce & Gabbana presents The Brush Collection: the accessory line up created by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to enrich The Make Up line.  The Make Up captures a sense of mystery and a touch of magic to create a look that’s sophisticated, sensual and always exquisite.

Dolce & Gabbana translates two decades of a straight-from-the-runway beauty, into a palette of colours and textures that’s discreetly dramatic and divinely distinctive. The colour range, both vivid and nuanced, reflects the Designers’ singular spirit of romance, revolution and risk. A signature sensibility joins a dynamic aesthetic to create a collection of new modern classics that enhance and entrance.

The Brush Collection, the inaugural accessory collection from The Make Up, is conceived for the woman who is passionate about perfection, performance, and play. An exceptional line of professional quality tools to assure a flawless precision, effortless application, and implement a polished finish for endless glamour.

The Brush Collection

A selection of five professional quality brushes define, highlight and refine… with a luxuriant touch that caresses the skin. Soft sculpted and succinct, the brushes are designed with well-considered detail and engineered ergonomically for optimal application. Each brush is an object of seamless eloquence in rich matte black and shimmering gold, crafted from the highest quality materials using only the finest natural hair; Goat AAA for the face and for the eyes and Sable for the lips. The Dolce & Gabbana emblem is delicately engraved in elegant gold lettering along the stem of each brush.

The Powder Brush ($55.00)

An all-purpose brush that glides soft and sensual against the skin for meticulous coverage. It provides a smooth even finish with a full dome shape assembled of sumptuous natural bristles, designed for applying pressed powder, loose powder and bronzing powder.

The Blush Brush ($48.00)

Boasts a gentle touch that feels magical. This brush is specially designed to impart the perfect amount of colour for even application. The semi-full dome shape of the feathery-soft bristles is tapered to highlight, shade and define features with accuracy.

The Eyeshading Brush ($30.00)

A slim stem with natural bristles gathered at the base, tapering slightly at the tip. Perfect for sweeping a single shade from brow to lid or for blending two or more shades with ease.

The Blending Brush ($32.00)

A delicate eye brush for blending shadows with precision. The soft, natural bristles are springy and full to contour the lids, layer intense colour or to define and refine explicitly.

The Retractable Lip Brush ($29.00)

A revolutionary tool for superior lip colour application. The tapered edge creates a pliable tip for unerring control to form the perfect pout. A retractable mechanism with a lid allows for portability and versatility… slip in a purse or pocket.

Availability: Now!

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