This summer, Dolce & Gabbana has released eight new shades of their best selling item: Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks ($34 each, available at select Saks counters and Saks.com). These are a gloss-lipstick hybrid and come in a wide range of shades and finishes including reds, plums, pinks, beiges, nudes, bronzes, shimmers, creams, golds etc. (See prior reviews and swatches here and here.) I've been a huge fan of the formula and couldn't wait to see the new releases. I purchased Natural and Feminine from Saks Houston and PR provided Exotic and Tropical for review. Here are four of the new shades, left to right: Natural, Feminine, Exotic and Tropical:
Close ups of the shades with some matching nail polish suggestions:
Dolce & Gabbana Natural goes well with Chanel Rose Paradise
Dolce & Gabbana Feminine matches YSL #140 Pink Gold
Dolce & Gabbana Exotic matches Passionne
Dolce & Gabbana Tropical matches Fire
Natural is a soft shimmery light peachy-pink. It's similar to Darling, but Natural is darker and a tad more peach. It has a glossy finish with a subtle shimmer (not frost).
Feminine is a frosted neutral pink-tan. It's very similar to Desireable. Feminine is just a tad more brown.
Exotic is a bright purple-orchid-pink. The color is extremely intense. I tried to blot it to tone it down a little, but it still looks very bright.
Tropical is a hot neon orange-red. This is also intensely pigmented and not an easy shade to pull off for me.
Overall, I've been extremely impressed with the colors I've tried in the Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick formula. All the shades I purchased sight unseen are neutrals. The two I received for review were on the opposite end of the color spectrum for intensity/brightness. While the texture, quality and finish of Exotic and Tropical are superb, the colors just aren't me.
Bottom line, I see a trip to the Saks counter in the near future to check out the entire line. Have you tried Dolce & Gabbana's Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks?