|Dolce & Gabbana Summer in Italy 2016 Make Up|
These brights will generate a huge yay or nay from most; there's no room for middle ground (or wall flowers) here, but you can always just choose one piece. Personally, I wouldn't wear more than two of these at any one time - and yes I've tried the whole shebang, including different shades on each eye and a pink & orange ombre lip. It was a bit much (for me).
Think a simple bold lip with glowing bronzed skin and little else, or a pop of bright eyeliner and the lipstick worn as a stain... absolutely stunning.
Let's have a closer look...
|Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Cyclamen & Venere|
I'd describe the finish as very natural... slightly dewy when left to do their own thing or semi matte when blotted, which I prefer. They don't feel matte, but this finish somehow adds to the wearability - yes they're bright and bold, but the sophisticated texture means they're not too in your face.
|Dolce & Gabbana Glam Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Cyclamen & Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Indaco|
Yep it's a Cyclamen liquid eyeliner, in the same shade as the lipstick above. This has a shimmery finish and at the encouragement of my 8 year old son, I actually gave it a go. I added a mini cat eye above the dark liner I was already wearing and apparently it looked 'really cool'. I'm willing to bet it will look way cooler on someone half my age, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
The Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Indaco is an absolute stunner and the formula is so good I'd love it in a tonne of everyday colours. This is mega pigmented (a theme that runs across this collection) in cream to powder - which sets on the eye - and a little goes a long way. It can absolutely be sheered out, but looks best when it packs a punch. I've worn this all over the lid and smoked out as liner and it does.not.budge. I'd call it a petrol blue, which looks dark teal when smudged or smoked out.
|Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colour in Orange & Shimmer Powder in Star Shine|
Shimmer Powder in Star Shine is an oyster cream to powder highlight with very finely milled gold shimmer. It sets on the skin and can be used on cheek and brow bones or on the eyes. I like it as an eye shadow, all over the lid or as a pop of shimmer in the centre. Budget alternatives that do a similar job are Topshop Glow and Soap & Glory Glow All Out.
|Dolce & Gabbana Summer in Italy Swatches - natural light|
- Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Indaco
- Shimmer Powder in Star Shine
- Luminous Cheek Colour in Orange
- Glam Liner in Cyclamen
- Classic Cream Lipsticks in Venere & Cyclamen
|Dolce & Gabbana Summer in Italy Swatches - sunlight|
|Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer in Turquoise|
Last but not least, a big shout out to the divine Turquoise nail polish - creamy, opaque and one of the glossiest formulas I've tried. It's photographed with no top coat and lasted 3-4 days like this with only minor tip wear despite heavy housework. The perfect greeny blue, it basically looks like you've dipped your fingers in the Med.
Here's how the products look on a total (Italian) babe, wearing the eye shadow in Turquoise.
While I'm a long term lover of Dolce & Gabbana perfumes (I've owned and obsessed over Light Blue, Femme, The One & Intense), this is my first dabble in the makeup and as you've probably gathered, I'm impressed. I'm curious to know if the neutral shades are equally good, so please let me know if you've tried any.
Dolce & Gabbana Summer in Italy 2016 Make Up Collection launches 1st May at Harrods. My top pick is the hot pink Cyclamen lipstick, closely followed by the Turquoise nail polish. Even better worn together.
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