Perfect Luminous Concealer
Perfect Luminous Concealer is matte in feel but has a light-reflective quality that enlivens the skin for a subtle, youthful glow, without looking shimmery or sparkly. It offers medium coverage that can be layered for more intense concealment.
We don't recommend Perfect Luminous Concealer for raised blemishes because the subtle illuminating effect will draw attention to the problem, but it works well to camouflage dark circles and to highlight other areas of the face.
The fluid, creamy, fragrance-free formula dispenses through the twist-pen, brush applicator, which works fine for smaller, more targeted areas, but we found it easier to blend with our fingertips when applied over larger areas, such as the top of the cheekbones and under the eyes. By the way, this concealer can end up creasing into fine lines as the day wears on, but setting it with a powder helps deter that.
This concealer/highlighter hybrid comes in four shades, for light to medium-tan skin tones. Classic 1 is a pink-toned, light shade, and while we'd normally consider that unflattering, if you're using this as a highlighter under the eyes to reduce the appearance of dark circles, it looks good. The rest of the shades are more neutral, resembling real skin tones. Not too shabby, D&G!
- Concealer/highlighter hybrid with a matte feel but light-reflective finish.
- Medium coverage that can be stippled in for more concealment.
- Ideal for camouflaging dark circles.
- Subtle illuminating effect (not sparkly).
- Fragrance-free, creamy-fluid texture.
- May crease into fine lines.
- Not ideal for concealing raised blemishes.
Strengths: Luxuriously smooth powder textures; excellent bronzer and blush; an impressive foundation and concealer; outstanding cream eyeshadow and eyebrow-shaping pencil; a good volumizing mascara; excellent liquid concealer; most of the face makeup products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive in many cases; several mediocre products, including eyeliner, mascara, and foundation; nearly all of the lip products contain potentially irritating fragrance; a few old-school pencils that require inconvenient manual sharpening.
Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana is renowned for luxuriously crafted fashions, innovative designs, fragrances, and rich fabrics. The fashion brands foray into cosmetics follows suit, with opulent packaging adorned with golden accents and couture-like details. If thats not enough to lure you in, D&Gs stunning celebrity spokeswomen will. With gorgeous muses like Scarlett Johansson and Monica Belluci headlining campaigns for their makeup collections, its hard not to get caught up in the seductive poses and the promise of prestige.
Just like their clothing line, D&Gs makeup products come with a designer price tag. Thats not to say they dont have some great productsthey absolutely dobut most of what youre paying for is the upscale brand name, lavish packaging, and celebrity endorsements.
Most of D&Gs self-proclaimed advanced formulas tend to be quite basic in terms of any added benefit for your skin, though perhaps that will change now that the brand is owned by Shiseido.
Whether you find this brands prices acceptable or deplorable, D&Gs makeup line has its share of high points, texture being one of them. D&Gs powder makeup products offer a luxurious silky feel, velvety-smooth wear, and seamless application. There are several other standout products you may want to consider splurging on, too, including an impressive mascara, blush, foundation, liquid concealer, eyebrow pencil, and cream eyeshadow (see the individual reviews for details).
Of course, as with many brands, there are also instances where the products fall short in terms of performance, ingredients, and design. For those products, the high price point might seem unjustified and, well, it is! Nonetheless, D&G offers enough appealing makeup options to warrant a perusal. Just avoid the disappointments so you can be sure youre spending your beauty dollars wisely.
Although not widely distributed in the United States, D&G makeup has a presence at some department stores in major cities, as well as at select Sephora locations around the world and online at Sephora.com.
For more information about Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics, visit www.dolcegabbana.com/beauty/makeup.
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