Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lip Gloss

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011: Bon Bon

Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lip Gloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pale, milky cotton candy pink with ultra-fine shimmer. It’s semi-opaque, and with its creamier finish, it does settle into lip lines, which I did find was noticeable even from afar. I would recommend wearing a light pink or nude lipstick underneath to minimize the lip gloss settling into the lines.

my thoughts on the formula: Dolce & Gabbana Lip Glosses are moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. I only get about two to three hours of wear (this one just under four), which is a little below average for me. These glosses are heavily rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste. 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.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This pink should suit light to medium skin tones, both cool and warm, because it doesn’t have strong cool undertones.  It may wash out deeper skin tones, though.  I also want to reiterate that Dolce & Gabbana glosses have a very strong rose scent.

where to buy: Saks, February 2011

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Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lip Gloss

Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lip Gloss

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Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lip Gloss (Look Breakdown)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Bon Bon? How much is it?

Saks in February 2011, $29.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Shiseido PK 406 is similar but has a bluer base.

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20 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Bon Bon Lip Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. serene

    I’m sorry, this is just a fail for me.

  2. ak

    This looks like the Revlon Lilac Pastelle gloss.

  3. Andrea

    do you know how this compares to Smashbox “Pout”?

    Thanks Christine!

  4. brit

    I don’t understand how you gave this even a B-. You clearly state that it’s only semi-opaque, so basically it’s a sheer gloss that horribly settles into fine lines, which is very true from looking at your picture. You also state that it has less than average staying power. And it has the possibility of washing out darker skin tones. All these negatives.

    The only positive is that it will probably suit both warm and cool tones correct? What other positives even merit this to a B level? The brand name? I’m usually interested in your reviews, but this one I’m not understanding.

    • brit

      oh wait, you also say its moisturizing, but I still don’t understand how suitability for warm/cool, and moisture ability make the gloss get such a good rating over the horrible line settling and staying power.

      • If staying power had been an hour, perhaps that would have played a bigger role – getting just under four, rather than exactly four, however, does not.

    • Sheerness means nothing – there are no points taken away for sheer because it’s not meant to be opaque. 25/30 isn’t a particularly outstanding score – but it’s a very moisturizing gloss and feels comfortable to wear. It loses points for slightly below average staying power (this gloss managed just under four, which is average) and settling into fine lines, but otherwise it is a fine gloss.

    • Gina

      Semi-opaque and sheer are super different things! And some people prefer sheer glosses =] I personally do, because I like to do more intense eye looks, rather than lip looks. So for people like myself, less pigment can be a good thing!

  5. it looks to light and milky for my skintone

  6. Ariel

    For something so expensive, it really should be quality. Sounds like D&G hasn’t got the makeup thing figured out yet.

    • AS

      D&G is Proctor & Gamble’s first luxury makeup line (they also make Cover Girl and Max Factor). Interestingly, they’ve been in fine fragrances for much longer, manufacturing D&G, Gucci, Escada, Hugo Boss, and possibly others under contract. They’ve also bought SKII. You can read a Wall Street Journal article about the introduction of the line here:

  7. Steph

    I think this would look nice on top of a pink lipstick of the same colour!

  8. kiran

    Looks like a medicine. Bad.

  9. Adriana

    looks awful

  10. Ohg! I love it! But too bad it wasnt opaque enough thou!

  11. Alyssa

    It’s pretty awful. For $29 from a luxury brand, I would expect waaaaay better.

  12. Dupe lip balm: Labello Soft Rose (if you apply a lot). Not pretty. I would give this gloss a C. It washes YOU out, I can’t imagine WHAT it would do to wheatish or olive skin tones, let alone darker than that!

  13. Danielle

    Hmm, I actually like it on ya. A little lipliner and it’ll look great! This is a cute gloss for a nude look. I have their lipgloss in Innocence and it’s like this, only not as cool toned. It’s gorgeous! I may have to pick this one up.

    Christine, do you think you’ll be reviewing the new NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Madere?