Wednesday, May 27, 2009

First Look: Dolce & Gabbana Makeup

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup has finally launched in the US! The inspiration behind the brand is "to break the rules of makeup" and "traditional communication" with products that convey a glamourous and sensual feel. The line is currently available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue online and their New York store. However, I did stop by Saks Beverly Hills today and there is an entire section of the cosmetics floor walled off with a huge curtain for construction of a new unit for the upcoming line. The sales associate I spoke with wasn't able to provide a specific launch date, but did say it was "coming very soon."
The face of Dolce & Gabbana is Scarlett Johansson and the campaign on their website features several downloadable promotional ads in which they provide a beauty breakdown for the products she is wearing.


For the Provocative Eyes, Scarlett wears: Smooth Eye Color Duo and Quad in Stromboli and Mediterraneo, Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Stromboli, Classic Cream Nude Lipstick, Intense Nail Laquer in Pink. Check out the rest of their website for some product photos and other tidbits of information! There are also a few product photos at Saks Online.

The sales associate was very helpful in recommending some items based on my skin tone and eye color (Teint Innocence Chanel Shell/Beige and dark brown eyes). I placed my order last Thursday and received my package today in a glamorous shiny black and gold box:



These are the items I received:
* Smooth Eye Color Quad
($59) in Champagne (pearly white, shimmery light complex grey, matte charcoal, matte cool brown)


* Smooth Eye Color Quad ($59) in Contrasts (shimmery light fleshy-tan, shimmery champagne, sparkling violet-plum, shimmery warm deep brown)


* Shine and Classic Lipsticks ($30) Left to Right: Shine Lipsticks in Perfection, Naked, Soiree,
Classic Lipstick in Velvet (all the shades I ordered have shimmer and a strong rose-scent)


* Crayon Intense Eyeliner
($29) in Stromboli (not pictured, but will swatch in the next few days, a deep black-gold shimmer)
Overall thoughts: I will have to play with the items in the next few days to give a better review, but so far I am the most excited about the Contrasts Quad. The colors in this quad are truly gorgeous - neutral enough for my taste, but not so neutral that it's completely boring and dupe-able. I'm not a huge fan of flowery rose scents, but have managed to overcome the scent in Chanel Hydrabase Lipsticks, so it's possible I will still be able to wear these Dolce & Gabbana lippies.

I would love to see the entire line in person and have an artist come up with a customized look. The packaging is definitely glamorous, but I would have preferred something more subtle and less flashy - but then again, it is Dolce & Gabbana. I will definitely be making another trip to LA once the line launches in the Beverly Hills store.

At first glance however, it seems to be over-priced and the hype is from the artist who helped design the collection. I do find the colors I ordered very wearable and unique, but at $29 for a liner and $59 for an eyeshadow quad, I'm not quite sure I would have justified the purchases if I had seen them in person first.
Since the line is so new and very exclusive, there seem to be very few reviews and photos online. So far, the only review I've seen with product photos is on Blogdorfgoodman, who did an excellent review on the recent NY Dolce & Gabbana Saks event!
Have you tried this line? Thoughts/opinions/favs/dislikes would be great!

6 comments:

  1. I just want to thank you for describing the colors of the e/s as you have done. I don't live near either saks that will have them, but I do allot of shopping via either internet or via SA I have come to know, at a NM.Not very easy to really tell the colors , if its a dk brown, violet, ect. by internet colors. Not very many actual pics of all of the shadows (they are my obsession) and buying w/out seeing or describing them half the time, they have to go back.
    Great pics of the actual colors also.

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  2. Thank you for your nice comments! I agree online swatches are often hard to follow b/c they are so inaccurate. Glad this could help!

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  3. I am trying to decide between the e/s mediterraneo, or Elegance.
    And did find out the color of lipstick sunset is a bronze.
    Just wish i could find a review of the foundation and how it is compared to Guerlain, LaMer's Powder.
    When I do, i will let you know.
    sher

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  4. Sounds great Sherry! Can't wait to hear your review!

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  5. ok, I have elegance quad coming with the sunset lipstick, gold eyeliner and Dahlia lipliner.
    Oh i did order the powder foundation, though not sure I will like the texture, had store credit so decided to use it.
    Oh i just read your post on the NM camp gorgeous, and I also call the King of Prussia store and get GREAT service from AMY.
    She calls me about 3x a year to let me know when they have the specials, ect, always samples, and that is how I get into trouble. LOL

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  6. Hi. I completely agree with your review; this line is nice, but I'm not sure if it justifies the price. I've reviewed the cream lipstick in Devil on my blog, and unfortunately I find it bleeds a bit without a lipliner. I also have Elegance quad, which is very pretty.

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