Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Perfection Nail Lacquer

All About Nudes in Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian Lace Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Perfection (220) Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is a nearly neutral caramel nude with a cream finish.  It’s new for fall and part of the brand’s Sicilian Lace Collection, which certainly is all about barely there and nude shades.  This is a very subtle color, and it’s not a trend or shade for everyone.   I found two coats was plenty to get an opaque look, as the formula was very pigmented and on the thicker side.

I found the applicator a bit bothersome, as the brush itself is larger and thicker than average; it allows quite a bit of the lacquer to absorb into the brush, so it’s easy to overdo it if you’re not especially careful.  If you have very narrow nail beds, you may also find the brush too wide to use with ease.  The lacquer wore just fine with Zoya’s Color Lock System with tip wear but no chips after a week.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: At $20 a pop, this might not be the shade to splurge on if you’re not quite sure how you feel about the nude on nude trend.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Evocative Beauty for Fall 2010

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana present their visionary colour cosmetic collection with signature elan. An unconventional palette inspired by colour straight from the runway is re-interpreted with an intrepid eye, and acute aesthetic. The iconic design duo pay homage to a monumental past… celebrate a glorious present… and prepare for a prescient future.

Introducing the Evocative Beauty Collection for Fall 2010: a collection that renders the essence of Dolce & Gabbana with bold attitude, passion and precision. Contrast reigns supreme: the look is seriously seductive, inspired by the rogue spirit of today’s Sicily and saluting the sartorial spirit of its proud past. Dolce & Gabbana refine and redefine their signature sensibility: daring duality, dynamic contrast and sly sensuality. Created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman, a woman who challenges conventions, relishes fantasy, expects luxury… and radiates a profound femininity.

Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Cosmopolitan (237) (Cream) (New)
  • Amethyst (165) (Cream) (New)
  • Lust (167) (Cream) (New)
  • Orchid (115) (Shine) (New)

Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Amethyst (155) (New)
  • Vibrant (143) (New)

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Divine (147) (New)

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Evocative (95) (New)
  • Ocean (180) (New)

Crayon Intense (Eyeliner) ($29.00)

  • Chocolate (10) (New)
  • Onyx (11) (New)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Tan

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Cosmopolitan (108) (New)
  • Dahlia

Availability: mid-August 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations.

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss: Charm, Candy

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss: Charm & Candy

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly tacky, mostly glossy, lipgloss. These have a shine that’s glossier than your average lipgloss, so lips look very lush and juicy. I’ve tried a few different shades of Dolce & Gabbana’s lipglosses, and they seem to be on the sheerer side, with nothing being completely opaque. I like that they’re moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. I only get about two to three hours of wear, which is a little below average for me. These glosses are rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste.

  • Charm is a sheer medium pink with fuchsia and ruby sparkle.
  • Candy is a semi-sheer milky medium pink with no shimmer just a glossy shine.

With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey.  Overall, they’re nice glosses, but it’s not quite the holy grail.  For the price tag, I’d probably opt for Chanel or Guerlain glosses instead–or perhaps Dior’s Ultra Gloss.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: These are definitely a splurge item.  If you’re able to check out the line in person and you find a shade that really works for you, I think it’s worth getting.  But if you’re just shopping around for a new gloss, there are a few others I’d consider before these.

AVAILABILITY: Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Lace Collection

Dolce & Gabbana The Sicilian Lace Collection for Fall 2010

Dolce & Gabbana present their signature collection of versatile colour cosmetics- magically and meticulously conceived by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.  Each season’s colour direct from the runway inspires each collection anew, to be re-interpreted afresh. The design duo salute their treasured past with a timeless present… and anticipate the future.

Introducing the Sicilian Lace Collection… lingering romance, deep intimacy and sun-splashed sensuality in nuanced naturals that exude a warm glow. Inspired by a key element of the Dolce&Gabbana collection: lace, the classic symbol of pure femininity, encompassing the transparency of desire and the sleek aura of modernity.

Introducing The Make Up’s inaugural limited-edition product, the Sicilian Lace Bronzer. Imprinted with a delicate floral lace pattern, exuding both femininity and luxury, the Bronzer becomes a coveted must have for Summer 2010. Created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman who seeks a life of passion, spontaneity and style, the bronzer imparts a touch of golden sensuality to the skin.

For the Lips

  • Caramel (105) Classic Cream Lipstick (New) ($30.00)
  • Perfection (50) Shine Lipstick ($30.00)
  • Caramel (135) Ultra-Shine Lipgloss (New) ($30.00)

For the Eyes

  • Nude (110) Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

For the Face

  • The Sicilian Lace Bronzer (New, Limited Edition) ($49.00)

For the Nails

  • Perfection (220) Intense Nail Lacquer (New) ($20.00)

Availability: mid-August 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations

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Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Splendid Lipstick ($30.00) is an opaque, medium pink that’s bright enough to attract attention to your pout, but not so bright it’s obnoxious.  This is a nice in-between pink that’s good for wearability in particular.  I love that it’s such a nice medium pink but still opaque.  It also has a glossy sheen without being shimmery.  All Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks are rose-scented, for the scent-wary.  I like it, but I’ve yet to run into a fragranced lipstick I don’t like.  I get four to five hours of wear with this lipstick formula, too, which is a bit above average.

Is this the right pink 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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Monday, June 14th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia Shine Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia Shine Lipstick

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia Shine Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia (#150) Shine Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a beautiful softened fuchsia-pink (actually, it strikes me as a peony pink!) with iridescent light pink shimmer and a glossy shine.  It almost has a glow to it.  It’s not a true fuchsia, because it’s really quite pink and doesn’t have the purple tones that most fuchsia lipsticks have.  The color pay off is excellent with complete opaque color.  I get around four to five hours of wear with this shade, and it’s moisturizing from start to finish.  Dolce & Gabbana Lipsticks are rose-scented, so those with more sensitive sniffers may find it a bit too much.

Is this the right pink 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →