Base Makeup

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation

October 29, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana has released a new cream foundation called the Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation ($66 for 30 ml/1.0 fl oz, made in Italy). I was hesitant to try this since I was convinced that there could be nothing better than their Powder Foundation (my holy grail). Plus I’ve never had good luck with cream foundations in the past (creams in a tub tend to be too rich or to cakey for my taste). Nikki from Saks Houston kindly sent me a few sample pots telling me she knew I would fall in love with it … and I did.

Dolce & Gabbana boasts that the Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation gives the perfect airbrushed finish that gives the skin a radiant glow that gives flawless full coverage with a lightweight texture. I couldn’t agree more. Here are my thoughts …

Texture: This is described as a lightweight foundation and it does feel light on the skin, but not entirely lightweight. Compared to most creamy full coverage foundations it is indeed very lightweight. When you dip your brush or fingers into the product it feels semi-heavy but blends out nicely and very smoothly on the skin.

Finish: I find the finish to be more on the full coverage side but there is a slight transparency to it so your skin shows through. It’s difficult to explain, but I find it gives full natural coverage without looking fake. I also found that I did not need to set with any powder (although most of the time I do). The finish is natural, slightly satiny-matte, but not a full matte.

Application: I received the new Dolce & Gabbana Foundation Brush as a gift with purchase from one of Saks Houston’s gwp events (not sure which event it was, perhaps beauty week or EGC?, they do have awesome GWPs in store, I recommend you get on the call list). I find the brush to be great at applying the cream foundation with minimal streaking. It’s very soft with a tapered head. I find it a bit skinner in width than most other foundation brushes but thicker in depth. I’ve also been applying with a sponge but prefer the brush since it soaks up less product. I’m not a fan of using the fingers to apply. I find it gets messy. I highly recommend you visit Swide to see Pat McGrath’s application video.

Color selection: I played with 4 different shades for a week before deciding on 120 Natural Beige (very olive) although 100 Natural Glow was almost an exact match but just the slightest bit too light. For colors I found that what you see in the tub is a bit darker than what applies on the skin. When I looked at all the samples I was sent I thought they would all be too dark for me. Also let the foundation sit for a minute after application. It doesn’t oxidize/darken but rather letting it sit allows the product to adjust to the warmth of your skin which makes the color change or set slightly. I definitely recommend you see if your local Saks carries the brand and try at least 3 shades on your jawbone to see which one matches best. RaeViewer has a beautiful tutorial on this foundation.

Here is Natural Beige 120

Here are the samples I received and swatches plus a scan and photo of the card swatches (sorry they are off b/c of the glare on the card):

How does it compare to other foundations I’ve tried? It’s really quite different. I rank foundations by three main categories:
  1. first based on formula (liquid, tinted moisturizer, cream, compact, powder)
  2. then by coverage (sheer, medium, full)
  3. then by finish (dewy, satiny, matte)
The Dolce & Gabbana is a cream, full, satin finish foundation – probably the only that I’ve tried that fit these 3 criteria. Other cream foundations I’ve tried felt too greasy or darkened significantly on the skin. The Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation is creamy and full coverage but natural feeling and non-greasy. It lasts all day with or without a setting powder. Is this a must-have? I would say it depends on your skintype, but for me (normal, slightly oily T-zone and sensitive) I would say yes for now, in the summer months this may become too heavy but it’s perfect for fall/winter right now and I adore this. Do note that when it comes to foundations I like variety in textures and finishes and alternate frequently each week.
Overall: I really love this foundation. Finding a good color match might be a bit trickier than most since the what you see in the glass bottle is a bit deceiving compared to what goes on and blends out. I find the packaging slightly bulky and not the most user friendly. I definitely would not take it traveling with me anywhere. Still it is functional. Bottom line is that I highly recommend.

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  • Excellent post Sabrina! Thank you!

  • Thank you for the review! 120 it is!

  • CT

    Great review and shade info! I've been waiting for your review since spotting this on harrods website.

    Are you still shade 100 in the powder foundation? It's the shade I use and am trying to decide if 100 or 120 would be best.

  • Wonderful post! I was wondering what creamy meant exactly– I had this fanciful idea that it might be a whipped sort of foundation =) It's nice to have a good "full" but natural option. Intrigued =)

  • Love your review ! Thanks Sabrina !

    Madness. xaxa

  • CT – yes, I still use 100 Warm in the powder. Choosing between the 100 or 120 cream is a tough one. Check out Raeviewer's video (linked in blog post). She used 100 in both – might help you decide.

  • Kat

    Oooo thanks for this review! I have the same problem – 100 or 120…I checked out Raeviewer's video and still can't decide between the two. Like you, I wear TB in Double Perfection and am on the darker end of NC30. In your opinion, which should I go with? I'm sure I could make either work but wishing there was a Saks near me!

  • I'm so excited to try this foundation.. It sounds amazing and D&G products have been workin great with me so far..

    Thanks for the review! very helpful!

  • Great post Sabrina!
    I want this foundation…but…that same-in Germany is not available! πŸ™
    And Natural Glow 100 is so perfect fpr me!
    Thank you for this wonderful swatches!
    have a nice day πŸ™‚

  • Hi, i love this packaging πŸ™‚

  • I want to try this too now! I need a good full coverage foundation.

  • Oh, awesome review Sab!! I wonder what my shade would be…I'm thinking Bronze! =)


  • abl

    Thanks for the review! I can't wait to try this foundation out. Also looking forward to try out your HG powder foundation πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina,
    After reading your review, I went over to Saks here in NY and got myself this foundation. Wow, I can't believe how wonderful this foundation is. I think I've finally found my HG foundation. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

  • Sabrina, would you please consider reviewing Le Praerie Skin Cavier Foundation Concealer SPF 15? πŸ™‚

  • If you had to choose either the D&G creamy foundation or the powder foundation, which would you pick? Which one do you think is more versatile/useful for an everyday basis? I don't want to purchase both and am trying to decide which one to try after reading your reviews. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    could you please help me with colour….i am a bobbi brown warm beige, chanel cendre 30, laura mercier sunny beige, clarins honey….which colour do you think i am in this foundation?

    • Anonymous

      #100 NATURAL GLOW would be just perfect for you!!!

  • Thank you for all the work in your review. Normally, I feel I can just take a chance on foundations, but this one is pretty pricey. I think Soft Sand……hopefully. πŸ˜‰