Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes:  Powder, Blush, Blending, Eyeshading, Lip

Are Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes Worth It?

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes debuted earlier this year, and despite having much luck with Dolce & Gabbana’s Makeup Line… I’m just not loving their makeup brushes. I actually find them, on the whole, a little scratchy. They are just nowhere near as soft as I expect from quality makeup brushes.

I know that a lot of readers thought the packaging looked very cheap with the gold plating and black handle, but the handles are a very sleek, matte black, which I think offsets the shiny gold plating in a way that’s not quite as “cheap” looking as anticipated. The ferrules also seem tightly in place, and I had very little bristle fall out, even on first use.  All of the brushes are made out of natural hair (goat and sable).

  • The Powder Brush ($55.00) is a large, dome-shaped brush with nice fullness, but it is a little scratchy. It’s pretty soft, but sometimes I find it less than pleasant on the skin.  It is luxuriously full and dense, though.
  • The Retractable Lip Brush ($29.00) is a small, thin brush that is thick and slightly tapered at the end. It is thicker than the average lip brush, and it’s not quite as wide. I like the firmness it has, and I like that it is retractable with a case, so it can be stored easily in a purse.
  • The Blush Brush ($48.00) is a medium-sized, tapered brush with a subtle dome shape. It works well for applying just the right amount of blush on cheeks as well as highlighting the cheek bones. I found it softer than the Powder Brush but not as soft as I would expect.
  • The Eyeshading Brush ($30.00) is a small, densely-packed dome-shaped eye brush. It is extremely similar to MAC’s 239, but this version seems an itsy bit smaller and firmer. I really liked the shape itself, but it, too, felt a little scratchy when used to blend.
  • The Blending Brush ($32.00) is a fluffy, slightly tapered brush designed for blending eyeshadows. I don’t think I have small eyes necessarily, but I found this brush too big to be all that useful. It may work better if you have larger eyes.

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  • Product: 23/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I do not recommend purchasing these without having tested them in-person. They are not the worst brushes I have tried, and they really aren’t bad–they are decent–but there are better brands (at this price point or lower) out there. If you want to try Dolce & Gabbana, I recommend trying one of their blushes or lipsticks instead!


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Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes:  Powder, Blush, Blending, Eyeshading, Lip

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Powder, Blush, Blending, Eyeshading

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes:  Blush

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes:  Eyeshading, Blending

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes:  Lip

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15 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes Review, Photos

  1. Unfortunately they look like cheap brushes with Dolce & Gabbana name on them … really not worth the money :( .. I would expect something really more fashionable from the kings of fashion.

  2. baby in a corner

    I think they look a little cheap alright. I was wondering when you review brushes could you put something beside to compare their size too – maybe a coin or something? thanks

  3. Hello There,
    Have you seen D&G spring collection??

  4. Julia

    Yikes! These look cheap! The powder brush and the blush brush look like they are already stating to shed. Too bad.

  5. Tiffany T

    Have you tried Hourglass brushes?? They’re amazing!

  6. Sami

    WHOA. This is why MAC is the way to go…

  7. cristalle

    i think they looked cheap because of the bristles. And to be honest just by looking at the pictures i can tell that their brushes looked really scratchy. And they are so expensive. Oh my.. well perhaps they are priced for the brand not the products.

  8. People think that looks cheap? I think it looks kinda luxe! But the bristles do look quite “meh” to me…thanks for the review.

  9. Cynthia

    How do these brushes compare to the Trish McAvoy holiday brush set selling for $250.00?

  10. Niki

    Hmmm… these brushes sound a lot like the Dior brushes, expense, kind of cute, scratchy, made of inferior bristles, and should be passed on.

    Thanks for the heads up for I was curious about these brushes.