Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Dolce & Gabbana 'The Blush' Luminous Cheek Color in Tan 22

I'm on a new quest: the perfect powder contour. Although Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow is serving me well, I generally prefer packing on powder products over my foundation. NYX Blush in Taupe is a lovely contour color, but the packaging falls apart as soon as I look at it, and I'm having profound problems with having to constantly scrape off a thick layer of grease that just kills the product's pigmentation. It's acceptable for a drugstore pricepoint, but I would gladly pay a premium to bypass its pain-in-the-ass qualities.

Enter Dolce and Gabbana's Blush in Tan. After reading a boatload of raves, I decided to take the $45 plunge.


If there is one thing you can say about high end brands, they know how to make you feel fancy. This blush is encased in a velveteen snuggie in case it gets cold at night.


The packaging is gold and very shiny. Hey look! It's me!


It comes packaged with a snazzy mirror and a small brush. The brush isn't a tragedy, but you're not going to be able to effectively contour with it. It's probably a little more handy for blushes that you would use as a traditional blush, but anyone who's paying more that forty bucks for a blush probably owns a much better blush brush already.



As you can probably see, the color is an ashy medium brown. It looks a little dramatic in the pan, but it applies really beautifully. A single swipe of color is quite sheer, but you can build it up to be as intense as you would like.


Although the color is much cooler than any bronzer you might find, it is still warmer than NYX Taupe.

Dolce and Gabbana Blush in Tan on left, NYX Blush in Taupe on right.
The packaging is great and the product applies beautifully, but the color is just too warm to look natural on me. Hell, if I could cool down NYX Taupe a little, I would.

I think that this product definitely has the capacity to be "holy grail" material for anyone who is light to medium skinned and warm-toned (those of you who can get away with contouring with bronzer, but might still prefer a more natural-looking shadow on your cheek). The texture and application are truly superb, it's just the hint of warmth that's throwing me off.

Here's how it looks on my face:



Dolce and Gabbana 'The Blush' Luminous Cheek Colors retail for $45 for 0.17oz, putting them at a relatively pricey $264.71 per ounce.

28 comments:

  1. Robyn, I think you might like Surratt Grisaille blush! I'm woefully behind on reviewing it, but I did swatch it here: http://www.adifferentface.net/2014/03/13/surratt-fotd/. It's lighter and cooler than Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder so I think it might be almost perfect.

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    1. Interesting! I'll await your review.

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  2. AHHH! Been wanting to get this particular D&G blush for contouring as well and I think you've tipped me over to 'yes' territory. :)

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    1. Let me know what you think when you get it!

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  3. Have you tried using eyeshadow to contour? I have a couple very cool toned matte taupe Inglot eyeshadows that I bet would work for you, one is more gray and one is more purple. They're really nice contouring shades, but you do need a very light hand!

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    1. This is a good idea! I've been on a bit of a 'multipurposing' kick lately after discovering a favourite way to do my eyebrows with matte brown eyeshadow. I've wanted to try contouring for ages, but I'm a cool-toned vampire in terms of skintone, and with the steep makeup prices + no returns thing that we live with here in NZ I've been a bit leery of buying stuff to try...

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    2. Which Inglot shadows do you usually use, Emi?

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  4. Have you tried the MAC contour powders? They come in so many colors. The packaging is kind of crap; it's from the pro line so they only give you the pan and an envelope because they want you to have a palette to put it in, but I really love the color of mine. It is the gray-taupe shadows on my face are made of.

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    1. What color is the gray taupe one you speak of?

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    2. The one I have is called Bone Beige and it works really well for me (fair/cool toned) but there are five or six colors.

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    3. The MAC contours all look REEEEEEALLY warm in comparison swatches...

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  5. That velveteen thingie looks vheap to me.
    I always thought my friend got a knock-off D&G perfume because of that baggie.

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    1. That's funny! I don't care about it one way or the other, personally.

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  6. I think it looks great on you, actually.

    another product you might want to look into is indie company Pumpkin & Poppy's Oak Bark contouring powder (I haven't tried it yet myself but it's in the mail now). Check /r/indiemakeupandmore for swatches.

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    1. I actually have that one! Look for a review in a few weeks.

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  7. After I saw BNSquash use the Little Sparrow Bluebell blush as a contour, I had to order it. For reference, I'm like, NW05. It looks funny on it's own, but I layer MAC Taupe Shape blush (something I picked up on a whim at an outlet store, okay tone but has a slight sheen) over it and it looks pretty good to me.

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    1. Huh! I have a blue Detrivore blush. I'll have to give it a try and see if I can make it natural-looking-ish.

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  8. You should check out Kevyn Aucoin's sculpting powder! I have not got my hands on it yet, but I've heard good things about it from folks with fair skin as it runs on the cooler side.

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    1. I've thought about it! I wish there were more/better comparison swatches.

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  9. Have you tried it with different blushes? At first it was the blush, and not the contour that threw me off with the warm tinges. I see the warm on your wrist, but not as much as with the blush. If you are not happy, I'd take it back if you can. I'm doing that more and more with the expensive stuff. Why pay all that money and not be happy?

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    1. I have tried it with loooooots of different blushes.

      I don't return a lot of things because I live in a rural area and it's a big pain, but I should try to do better.

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  10. It looks like a nice enough bronzer for the price. I think eventually I might try investing in it. For now I think I'll just go for the Nars bronzes and try the warmest shade as I'm more neutral to yellow undertone. Right now I'm still figuring out bronzerand have a hell of a lot to learn so shelling out too much wouldn't be so wise for me!;)
    Great post!xx
    Glossedonbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I haven't tried it as a bronzer, but it might work well!

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  11. It's so great that you read my mind about NYX Taupe and finding a higher-end replacement!
    ...I should figure out how to delegate more of my expensive and tedious quests to the internet.

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    1. Let me know if you find one in the meantime!

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