Saturday, August 29th, 2009


Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush

Get Sexy with Dolce & Gabbana’s Provocative Blush

Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush ($44.00 for .17 oz.) is a smooth, matte baby doll pink blusher.  It runs just a little cool, but overall, it’s suitable for both cool and warm-toned complexions.

It actually reminds me a lot of one of my all-time favorite blushes, MAC Don’t Be Shy Blush, which was limited edition, so I’m happy to have found an awesome alternative.  This one is actually smoother and silkier in its texture, and the color is quite pigmented (though it is not overly pigmented–I know, some may find there’s no such thing, but I like a good medium when it comes to blush pigmentation).

When it comes the packaging, while there’s heft and it looks gold and shiny, it does show fingerprints, which is a pet peeve of mine.  I really do like the color, and while I’m sure I’ll never get through an entire pan, the amount you get for the price tag is actually less than some of the other high-end brands like Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, etc.  I do consider this more of a splurge/indulgence, but I am pleased with the product’s quality overall (which cushions the blow to the wallet!).

D&G’s makeup line includes four other blush shades:  Nude, Peach, Rose, and Warm.  According to their website, Pat McGrath recommends, “For day, brush a soft rose or peach colour high on the cheekbones in a circular motion using a large powder brush. For evening, contour the face with a blush that is slightly darker than natural skin colour. Brush the contour along the cheekbones, temples, and chin for a subtly sculpted effect.”

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation:  If you have the dough and are in need for a light pink blush, you can’t go wrong with Dolce & Gabbana’s Provocative!

Availability: Saks

See swatches


Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush


Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush

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14 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Michaela

    What is that gorgeous pencil next to the blush swatch?

  2. Redhead (hi)

    How’s the brush that comes with it?

  3. amy

    D&G makeup is so gorgoeus, I wish I have the dough to buy this. It would probably almost $60 CAD after tax. I love the packaging and I would be tempted to bring it out all the time to use it and to show it off!

  4. Lorna

    i’m more tempted by d&g’s red lipstick but this looks like a classic as well. however, i think my nars angelica will work just fine for a long time

  5. tabby

    Oooohhh pretty…is that Stromboli?

  6. Christy

    Yea, Saks ships to Canada now! =) =) Sadly, shipping is horribly expensive. For just the blush, its $50, plus $26 for shipping and another $5 for duty tax. $81 total. o_0 I am going to have to wait until I go to NYC or Beverly Hills at that price.

  7. Rachel

    Hi Christine, I was wondering if you could tell me how this blush compares to other brands like maybe MAC Pink Swoon (color and pigmentation-wise)?? Thanks!!!

    • It’s not quite as cool or as bright pink as Pink Swoon — the finish is also different (Pink Swoon is one of the chalkier blushes by MAC, IMO!) — it’s similar, but not really the same. IMO, it’s like MAC’s Don’t Be Shy blush (LE).