Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo
Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo

Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo

Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains a subtly yellow-toned light-medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and a warm, yellowed medium tan with a metallic-like sheen. The pink shade is warmer than Dior Garden Roses, subtler and more shimmery compared to MAC Sugar Snack, smoother than MAC Taupeless, less metallic than Inglot #431, and slightly more shimmery than MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink. The tan shade has a yellowness to it that makes it harder to dupe, actually. theBalm Stand-offish is warmer, less tan. Without the sheen, Urban Decay Naked might compare better with it, though it would still be darker.

Dolce & Gabbana’s eyeshadows are hit or miss for me; sometimes they’re stellar, but often, for as soft and silky smooth as they feel, they perform poorly on the eyes. Cinnamon was so-so; the pink shade required some packing to get it to stick and show up, but the tan shade was easier to work with. The textures of both shades was finely-milled and buttery, but the pink shade was looser, so there was a modicum of fall out during application. The pink blends out easily, but it will disappear if you aren’t careful, so I recommend using a light hand when blending. These wear about six hours before noticeably fading without a primer, and they still fade a bit after ten hours over a primer.

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Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The pink shade is the troublemaker of this duo--the brown shade is really nice and is much easier to work with! The pink suffers from minor fall out, some fading issues, and needs to be packed on to be seen.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012


Dolce & Gabbana and Monica Bellucci

A long time personal friend of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Monica is the symbol of the Italian beauty of our time, personifying passion, voluptuous sensuality and breathtaking beauty in films such as “The Matrix – Reloaded”, “The Passion of the Christ” and “Don’t Look Back”, as well as French language films such as “L’Appartement”, for which she was nominated to the César Awards.

As admirers of Monica’s beauty and carefree sensuality, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana found it only fitting to celebrate her remarkable magnetism with her very own limited edition Dolce & Gabbana Make Up collection, The Monica Lipstick Collection, launching in stores in May 12.

With her famed fulsome lips, impeccable complexion and daring, expressive eyes she exudes the irony, mystery and charm that comprises the very essence of the Dolce & Gabbana woman.

“We love Monica and have worked with her many times over the past 20 years. Her beauty is timeless,” says Domenico Dolce. “She expresses perfectly the Dolce & Gabbana woman,” adds Stefano Gabbana, “She is ravishing – a true Italian icon.”

“I’m delighted to be collaborating with Domenico and Stefano on Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up,” says Monica. “I have always adored the aesthetic of Dolce & Gabbana and it’s so exciting to be involved with their creative process.”

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

10 Worst Beauty Products of 2011

These are some of the biggest flops I tested out during 2011!  Creasing, poor pigmentation, grittiness, dryness, you name it, you’ll find it on this list!

  1. MAC Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Sweet Temptations Eyeliners
  3. MAC Street Art Eyeshadow Palette
  4. Dior Blue Tie Palette
  5. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick
  6. MAC Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad
  7. NARS Celebrate Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
  8. MAC Miss Piggy Pink Eyeshadow
  9. Clarins Barocco Gold Shimmering Powder
  10. MAC Big Bounce Shadows

What was the worst product you tried out this year?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011


Dolce & Gabbana The Velvet Collection

The Velvet Collection is an effortless reinvention of the concept of traditional luxury. An homage to the designers’ sartorial heritage and to their instictive ability to draw forth the essence of Mediterranean indulgence, the scents of the collection are opulent fragrances inspired by creative influences gathered from the sublimity of their lives. In an audacious inversion of subject matter, the artisan has become the muse, carrying the essence of Sicilian Baroque within.

Six scents, each bearing reference to specific olfactory influences coming from the designers themselves: sweet, woody Velvet Vetiver (with notes of galbanum, fig, and vetiver), raw, seductive Velvet Wood (with notes of ebony wood, benzoin, and leather), luxurious Velvet Patchouli (with notes of patchouli, kephalis, musk), sensual Velvet Sublime (with notes of mandarin, neroli, and orange flower), decadent Velvet Desire (with notes of gardenia, frangipani, and tuberose), and a rich, hypnotic Velvet Love (with notes of pepper, carnation, and ylang ylang). A collection where tradition and innovation collide in profound accord.

Each retails for $195.00/50ml and available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue beginning December 2011.

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad
Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad

Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad

Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is part of the Precious Stones collection, just in time for the holidays. Everything is inspired by the “sumptuous shades and textures” of precious stones and gem colors. It’s not exactly the interpretation I would expect when one is looking at jewels and gems–I always think turquoise, sapphire, ruby, but there are certainly lighter, less dramatic stones, too.

The first shade in the palette is a pale pink-lilac with a soft, frosted finish that is just slightly sheer. theBalm Curtain Call is purpler. It’s actually very, very similar to MAC Seedy Pearl. Make Up For Ever #303 is pinker and frostier. Next to that is a softened orange–kind of like a peach shimmered pale orange with a frosted finish. Like the first shade, it’s a touch sheer. The hue is similar to theBalm Stubborn Eyeshadow.

On the bottom left, we have a frosted, cool-toned white. It’s just shy of being silver-tinted. The theme of the quad is definitely softer color, because this one was also a little sheer. theBalm Sassy is similar in color. MAC Forgery is also similar but has a chunkier texture. Inglot #453 is similar but more opaque and has a more metallic finish.  The last shade is medium-dark red-tinted brown with a champagne sheen. This was the most pigmented shade of the four. Bare Escentuals Vow is similar in color but has a satin finish, so it doesn’t look quite the same.

From Dolce & Gabbana’s press release on this collection, this quad is supposed to be a contrast between highlighting and shading, though I’m not sure where they’re getting “light jet” or “dark topaz.” I’m going to assume “light jet” is somehow the white shade. At some point in the press release, they describe the eyeshadow colors of the collection as “soft pearl hues to vibrant jewel shades.” Nothing about the Jewels quad is at all vibrant. They’re all very soft and muted. If you want intense color, look elsewhere, but if you like your eyeshadow soft and more natural, this should be right up your alley.

The confusion as to the pigmentation level aside, the texture of these was a bit powdery, with the peach-orange shade being the least powdery . It’s a very soft formulation, but it’s too soft, because it creates a lot of excess product without enough binder. I find I have to pack and pack and pack on the color to get a noticeable, even layer of color. They don’t just blend but disappear. You have to use a heavy hand to get enough color to show on the lid, but then you have to use the lightest hand to blend away any edges.  It’s marginally better when they’re used wet, but not by much, because the color still fades–there’s just a little less fall out.

I always find Dolce & Gabbana eyeshadows require more work and patience than an eyeshadow ought to.  I think these can work for someone who only sweeps on a single color and loves the idea of variety in color but really loves the idea of barely-there color on the lid (I have a friend just like this!) and is happy to see a visual difference in the pan but doesn’t mind the actual results.  They just don’t cooperate well when they’re used together.

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Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

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I haven't been impressed with a lot of Dolce & Gabbana's eyeshadows lately, which is a shame. They can do an excellent lipstick, but their range of eye products has been full of misses.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, October 28th, 2011


Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2011 Collection: Precious Stones

Capturing the essence of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion collection and translating it into a compelling make-up story is the role of make-up creatrice Pat McGrath who this season raided the designers’ jewel box unearthing a haul of sumptuous shades and textures inspired by the precious stones and gem colours seen on the catwalk.

Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Purple Pearl (330)
  • Plum Sapphire (76)

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Mauve Diamond (117)

Ultra-Shine Lipgloss Lipstick ($29.00)

  • Pink Sapphire (139)
  • Pink Diamond (138)

Precision Lipliner ($30.00)

  • Rose Pearl (12)

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Gems (107)

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Jewels (142)

Crayon Intense ($29.00)

  • Topaz (19)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Mauve Diamond (38)

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Amethyst (168)
  • Grey Pearl (230)

availability: November 2011, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com

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