Dolce & Gabbana Perla, Mandorla and Sole

May 22, 2011

This is the last post for my series on the Dolce & Gabbana Italian Summertime picks. Perla Shine Lipstick is a shiny cool pale frost, Mandorla Classic Lipstick is a pale fleshy peach, Sole Blush is a vibrant orange-red.

The lipsticks are rich in coverage but extremely pale on my lips. Both require extra work (ie darker lipliner and clear gloss) to make them work. In my opinion they are lovely but not goof proof. Mandorla surprised me – note that it looks like a nude brown peach in the tube but on the lips and swatched it went on quite a bit paler. (Perla has not been lip swatched.) No detectable scent. Opaque in finish. Lasting power above average. Colors are just too pale for my pigmented lips.

Sole is the winner in the collection. I do not have a picture of it on my cheeks, but this applies to give a beautiful healthy flush. It’s on the warm side but not too warm. It doesn’t turn orangey on the skin. It’s simply stunning.

So how do these compare to what already exists? I don’t own many bright orange-red blushes. The only thing I could think of comparable in intensity is NARS Cactus Flower. Check it out on Makeup Magpie here.

Same with the lipsticks, no exact dupes, although I suspect the ones for summer are easily dupeable. Here they are compared to Dolce & Gabbana Shimmer and Chanel Cashmere:

Comparisons swatched:

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  • I quite like Mandorla. I used to love colors like Perla.. until I realized that it makes me look like a zombie. Sole is pretty, but not sure if I could pull off such a strong color.

  • I like the look of Sole, although I probably already have my fair share of orange/coral/red toned blushes.. Surprisingly, I've never really seen a lot of D&G make up in the UK. Maybe because I haven't been looking for it.

    I quite like Mandorla – the pearly sheen is unexpected!

  • Debra

    Oh, my, if the Mandorla is that pale, it's hard to imagine what Perla would look like. Definite lip base?

    The Sole blush is incredibly beautiful for the gals who can wear it. I'm not one of them, but the shade looks like it would be breath-taking for darker-skinned or warm-skinned beauties.

  • great post! How is the wear of the lipsticks?

  • Oh these lipsticks look to die for ! πŸ™‚

  • Whoa, love the look of that orange blush! It's so intense.

  • I love these colors!

  • Hoes does Sole compare to the NARS Multiple Tints…like Turks & Caicos?

  • Nemo

    I have the Sole blush and I have a fair skin with cool tones and blue-green eyes and honey blonde hair; the Sole looks gorgeous on me as does the Venere coral lipstick that goes with it. I like the Mandorla, but don't know if that might be too light; what do you think, Sabrina? After all, it's only $!

  • I had the same experience with Mandorla. It looks darker in the tube and even in swatches, but on my lips it is a bit too light to wear alone. I have to mix it with darker colors to make it work for me. Same goes for Luna & Perla. Nars Cactus Flower looks pretty, definitely need to put that one on my list! Thanks for the comparisons πŸ™‚

  • Eva

    I think the sole is more like Gilda or Taj Mahal from NARS or like the orange Shu Uemura blush