Monday, May 23, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Italian Summertime: The Lipsticks

After a bit of a delay, here are the promised photos and swatches of the lipsticks from Dolce & Gabbana's 2011 summer collection, "Italian Summertime."


Perla Shine Lipstick

  First up, Perla: a very pale, cool pink with shimmer. 

Here I am above taking a photo in very bright sunlight with my hands shading my eyes and can't see a thing -- thank goodness for auto-focus ;).

Shown below in indoor lighting (I have no other makeup on so forgive the terrible state of my skin in all of these photos. I should really remember to put on a little foundation next time, oh well!):

Below is Perla alongside some of my MAC lipsticks to give you a better idea of the tone. 

Mandorla Classic Cream Lipstick

Mandorla is a pale, creamy peach-pink nude shade. This one is odd as it looks significantly lighter on lips than in the tube. Because of this I  recommend trying it on before purchasing if you have the opportunity. Because of my sallow skin-tone it's not that flattering on me alone, but might work well with heavier eye makeup looks. I like to mix it with a touch of the coral-red Venere (featured previously hereto make it slightly darker and brighter. Shown above in sunlight and below in indoor lighting. 

Luna Shine Lipstick

Luna is a very pale, frosty champagne shimmer. It seems to provide a little more coverage and shine than Perla (although it is hard to tell by the photo above). If you prefer neutral or warm tones Luna would probably be a good choice. If cool tones flatter you, then Perla would be a better pick. I don't plan to wear this alone, but it will come in handy to lighten and add shimmer to darker colors.  

Above in indoor lighting and below. Wow, in flash lighting this pale shimmer is almost outshined by my pale skin! :)

Below is a mixture of Venere and Luna. I feel a little less corpse-like wearing this! 

Hope this has been helpful if you are considering buying any of these shades. These are not within my usual comfort zone, but I am happy with them overall. If you haven't already, be sure to stop by The Beauty Look Book for the lovely Sabrina's feature on Perla and Mandorla. 

Thank you for visiting! 


  1. Oooh I love the mixture of Venere and Luna. I think I can only pull of Venere for the obvious. I like Luna as well but I know it'll only give me the dreaded corpse lips!

    Great pics!

  2. Hi Lexi, Thank you! :) I'm glad I got Venere even though I wasn't going to originally. It has turned out to be really helpful to combine it with these very light colors!

  3. I like cool-toned pale pink shades but it seems that makeup companies just love to produce them in frosty finish. Too bad though.

    Not planning on buying these but lovely swatches nonetheless. I like how you provide some comparison swatches using MAC as a standard.

  4. Hi Paige, Thank you! I agree, it's hard to find a good, non-frosty, cool-toned pink. Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Wow these are beautiful. Your photos and swatches are impeccable. Thank you! I love how Perla looks on your lips. It's nude but not so much that it wash you out. I wish we have a D&G counter close by.

  6. Venere and Mandorla are *literally* two perfect colors. They look beautiful on you AND, you do amazing swatches :) xxx

  7. Hi Kristie, Thank you! :) I know what you mean, I don't have a counter nearby & it's so hard to go by the swatches on D&G website or

    Hi Rachel, Thank you! :) Isn't Venere amazing--it's so vibrant! Mandorla's a good nude xx

  8. Beautiful! I also love the mixture of Venere and Luna, but you really rocked Venere full strength. Your skin tone was *made* for more contrast!

  9. Mandorla and Venere look like really wearable, pretty colors! Are you planning on wearing Venere as a single color by itself? The collection picture of all four side by side is so nice to look at =)

  10. Hi Zuzu, Thanks! :) Venere went on so nicely - it seems smoother than the others. I feel naked when I wear such light colors - they totally wash me out!

    Hi Dovey, Thanks! I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to wear it by itself but I may give it a try for a special occasion. :)

  11. The shots of those lipsticks is breathtaking! Great photos as usual.

  12. Thank you HDTM! :)I was lucky to have bright sunlight that day!

  13. The D&G lipsticks are to die for. I am absolutely smitten by the finish :) Pretty!

  14. Hi Rainy Days and Lattes: Thanks for stopping by! :)


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