27/04/2016

The face: Dolce & Gabbana summer collection

Dolce and Gabanna summer makeup reviewed swatches on pale skin
Dolce and Gabanna summer makeup reviewed swatches on pale skin
Dolce and Gabanna summer makeup reviewed swatches on pale skin blusher close up
Dolce and Gabanna summer makeup reviewed swatches on pale skin lipstick close up
Dolce and Gabanna summer makeup reviewed swatches on pale skin
Dolce and Gabanna summer makeup reviewed swatches on pale skin
My initial thought when the new collection from Dolce & Gabbana arrived was 'holy crap that blusher is bright!' And to be fair, it really, really is. Orange blusher fears aside, this collection is a bit of a stunner and one that I'm loving for being a bit different from the norm.

Dolce & Gabbana makeup isn't the easiest of stuff to track down (you can find it in Harrods in the UK) so I wanted to give you a closer look at how the products actually perform and see them actually on my face, rather than via my normal swatches,

The Perfect Mono Eyeshadow creams have to be the highlight of this collection for me. The turquoise shade is so, so summery, while the deeper blue and lemon shades add light and definition for an alternative smokier, blended look.

You only need the lightest touch to pick up a decent amount of product here, so be gentle when you dip your brush in the pot. I only used a smidgen of the turquoise shade to create this look and it's surprisingly striking! The cream formula sets to a powder finish and lasts for absolutely hours with no fading or creasing. If you have very oily lids, I'd recommend a primer to keep them in place throughout the day, but otherwise they really aren't budging until you take them off.

Also on my eyes is a little of the Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Blue 8, which is a rich, royal blue shade that adds a nice bit of shape around the lash line. I found the pencil to be a little hard initially, but once it warms up a bit you can get a good, close line right at the base of the lashes without too much dragging. The smudger on the other end works nicely to blend it out and stops it looking too harsh.

The Blush in Orange initially scared me a bit as I'm really not one for bold cheek colours and this little beauty is RIDICULOUSLY pigmented. The barest touch of the brush on the blusher is enough to give a warm wash of colour to the cheeks  - do not under any circumstances swirl your brush it in and apply unless you want your cheeks the same shade as the product. That said, while it might be a bit bold for very fair complexions, if you tan during the summer or have a deeper skin tone, I think this will look absolutely stunning.

I ended up leaving my lips pretty nude as the blue lids were quite strong, but there are two new lipstick shades in the summer collection: Orange 440 and Cyclamen 258 (pictured) which would look lovely with a more neutral eye. The formula of these is very creamy, with a decent amount of pigment and a semi-matte finish. They last for hours on the lips, but do benefit from a lip liner to stop any feathering as the shades are quite bright.

As you'd expect, the prices are all pretty premium, with nail polishes at £19.50, lipsticks and eye shadows at £25 and the blusher at £31.50. If you only buy one thing, I'd definitely make it the Perfect Mono Eyeshadows as they really are the hero piece for me, but the lipsticks would definitely come in a close second!

There's also a beautiful bronzer for the summer collection (you can see more about this on Ree's blog) which has stunning packaging. This one is limited edition and will no doubt sell out quickly, so move fast if you need it in your life!

You can find Dolce & Gabbana makeup in store and online from Harrods. The summer collection will be hitting the counter on 1st May.

*contains PR samples

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