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

See more photos & swatches!

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

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

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection

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

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Delicious (73) Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Delicious (73) Lipgloss, Emotion (56), Delicate (53)

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

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

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

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

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Delicious (73) Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Delicious (73) Lipgloss

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25 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom: Delicate, Emotion Shine Lipsticks & Delicious Lipgloss Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Natalie

    Wow.. the lipgloss is SO pigmented! Have you seen any other gloss that is more pigmented than this? Wow..

  2. Eunice

    hm, i think the names for emotion and delicate are swapped around in either the description or the pictures…nevertheless, the mauvey lipstick is so unbelievably gorgeous *_* are there any possible mac dupes? plum dandy?

  3. Emotion is very pretty. Not unique, but pretty. :)

  4. Dana

    Emotion looks like the perfect shimmery mauve color

  5. rowan

    they’re so pretty! i have drama shine lipstick, which is also a duo chrome, of plum and gold.

  6. Nathalie

    Oooh so pretty! I see “emotion” in my future :-)

  7. Ooooh I love that lipgloss sooo much. Are there any MAC dupes for that sort of colour? $29 (American… more like 35$ cdn) is slightly above my budget.

  8. Z

    Gosh, I love the formulation of the lipsticks and lip glosses, but hate the scent! I really think they need to change it.

  9. inuchan

    I really like Emotion and Delicate, thank you for the review Christine :)

  10. Ah! I am in LOVE with those lipsticks … D&G needs to come to Belgium and sell these lovelies right here.

  11. Diana

    Emotion is soooo pretty.

  12. phuong k

    hi christine, i love the lipgloss color. can you recommend a mac dupe? this lipgloss is too much for my budget!

  13. those are gorgeous! i’ve been lemming alot of d&g lately

  14. I like the Emotion lipstick so far, the color is beautiful and discreet. :)

  15. I’m loving Delicate :)

  16. Tiffany

    Emotion looks beautiful! I’m not sure if I’m willing to fork over $30 for it though…that’s splurging for me!

  17. marisa

    how would you compare the delicious lip gloss to mac perennial high style?

  18. Avatar of Janora Janora

    Emotion looks like Lancome’s “It” Girl from the Spring Collection but less pigmented! I wish they sold D&G near me!

  19. DUlceee

    wow!! the lipgloss color is amazing.. its so pigmented.. i really love it

  20. Lisa

    I just bought Emotion l/s at Saks tonight. It’s gorgeous and creamy. I love it. It’s going to be a great every day lipstick for the office!!