Sheer Shine Gloss
The "Sheer Shine" name pretty much says it all. This basic gloss goes on velvety-smooth (no sticky or icky feel), imparting translucent color. The glossy finish varies from clear to shimmery to downright sparkly, and comes in an assortment of colors that work well layered over lipstick or worn alone.
Sheer Shine Gloss wears off just as quickly as most lip glosses, but the plush shine it adds is a beautiful touch while it lasts.
Our biggest complaint is that D&G added fragrance. It's strong enough that you catch a whiff after initial application, which means it could potentially cause irritation below the surface layer of the lips (see More Info).
If that doesn't deter you, our other word of advice is to check out our Best Lip Glosses list for options that cost a fraction of the price and that perform as well or better without the risk of irritation!
Note: On Sephora.com, this product goes by the name Ultra-Shine Lipgloss.
- Velvety-smooth gloss texture with a pleasantly nonsticky finish.
- Adds plush shine, with some options that include shimmer for added glamour.
- Translucent coverage looks nice, whether paired with lipstick or worn alone.
- Moderately fragranced formula poses a risk of irritation.
- Overpriced for such a basic product.
Daily use of products that contain a noticeable amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal (and lips are skin, too). Fragrance-free is the best way to go for. If fragrance in your cosmetic products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
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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