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One of the things I’ve always loved about lipstick is how beautiful it is on its own. For instance: while I love what mascara does for my lashes, it’s not really a product I ever look at and think wow, that’s gorgeous. But lipstick is something I can admire for its standalone shade and finish, not just how it makes my face look. And when a luxury brand like Dolce & Gabbana gets their hands on one, it’s like magic, from the engraved bullet to the smooth coat of color it leaves on the lips.
As many of you requested to see how these looked on the lips, I have swatched three out of six for you today in both warm and cool lighting (not the same ones pictured above, because apparently I lack the memory skills required to swatch what I shoot).
left to right: Dahlia, Petal, Mandorla
If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of trying a purple lipstick, I’d recommend starting with Dahlia, which sits halfway between a berry and a plum purple. While the color is definitely intense, I applied it straight from the tube over some semi-shiny lipbalm here, and the effect is gorgeous. For a super intense application like the finish displayed on my hand swatch, use lipliner first.
Next are the nudes! I don’t usually get too excited over nude lipstick, because in all honesty it’s kind of boring and tends to make me look like a corpse. These, however, are well worth a look. Petal is a rosy, pink-leaning nude that can be worn to tone down the lips (for a more dramatic eye) or to complement softer everyday makeup. The finish is creamy with the slightest bit of gloss, so that it doesn’t look heavy—or overly shiny. Super pretty.
Finally, we have Mandorla, which I always though was a word reserved for the pages of Art History textbooks, but apparently I am wrong! This is a much paler, concealer-esque nude. Because the finish is the that same cream-meets-slight-gloss hybrid, I still find that it looks ultra-flattering on me. This is my new go-to pale nude, which trust me, is not easy to find.
And that’s a wrap! See my original review of the Classic Cream lipstick formula here, and stay tuned for Friday’s story: a rare unicorn of a travel post.
What’s your favorite lipstick?
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