Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick for Summer

August 29, 2012

This summer, Dolce & Gabbana has released eight new shades of their best selling item: Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks ($34 each, available at select Saks counters and Saks.com). These are a gloss-lipstick hybrid and come in a wide range of shades and finishes including reds, plums, pinks, beiges, nudes, bronzes, shimmers, creams, golds etc. (See prior reviews and swatches here and here.) I’ve been a huge fan of the formula and couldn’t wait to see the new releases. I purchased Natural and Feminine from Saks Houston and PR provided Exotic and Tropical for review. Here are four of the new shades, left to right: Natural, Feminine, Exotic and Tropical:

Close ups of the shades with some matching nail polish suggestions:
Dolce & Gabbana Natural goes well with Chanel Rose Paradise
Dolce & Gabbana Feminine matches YSL #140 Pink Gold

Dolce & Gabbana Exotic matches Passionne
Dolce & Gabbana Tropical matches Fire

Natural is a soft shimmery light peachy-pink. It’s similar to Darling, but Natural is darker and a tad more peach. It has a glossy finish with a subtle shimmer (not frost).

Feminine is a frosted neutral pink-tan. It’s very similar to Desireable. Feminine is just a tad more brown.

Exotic is a bright purple-orchid-pink. The color is extremely intense. I tried to blot it to tone it down a little, but it still looks very bright.

Tropical is a hot neon orange-red. This is also intensely pigmented and not an easy shade to pull off for me.

Overall, I’ve been extremely impressed with the colors I’ve tried in the Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick formula. All the shades I purchased sight unseen are neutrals. The two I received for review were on the opposite end of the color spectrum for intensity/brightness. While the texture, quality and finish of Exotic and Tropical are superb, the colors just aren’t me.
Bottom line, I see a trip to the Saks counter in the near future to check out the entire line. Have you tried Dolce & Gabbana’s Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks? 
Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks are available at select Saks counters in the US for $34 each. I’ve seen/ordered from Houston (my favorite), NYC, Beverly Hills and San Francisco. See the new shades swatched on The Non-Blonde, Makeup and Beauty Blog and NY Mag – The Cut.

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  • I like how the gloss hybrids are actually personified with the inclusion of a different colored core. Natural, captures my heart, but tropical and exotic are unexpectedly fun too!

  • They are all so pretty! I have Darling and love it. I can't wait to try other shades!

  • Exotic is my favourite! <3

  • The Passion Duo Glosses are amazing. Feminine is so pretty on you!

  • Feminine and Exotic look absolutely stunning on you!! I really need to try some Dolce & Gabbana products! Oh and that YSL nail varnish looks gorgeous as well πŸ™‚ xx

  • I have some really bright passion duo shades that I love so Exotic looks so pretty to me!

  • Anonymous

    I have Sensation and Devotion, they're very moisturizing and the colors are a softer mauve-pink and a more intense nude. I love how they smell and how they feel. I think the brighter tropical colors are garish and very difficult for anyone to pull off, kudos to you for trying.
    I don't have access to these locally so I ordered them off Saks' website, the color swatches are terrible.
    Is it really that expensive to get a makeup associate at the dept. stores to swatch these and upload the photos to their websites? Shopping blindly is a crap shoot!

    • Hi Anon, I agree completely! Online swatches are often awful, but I have come across a few smart sales associates who have iPhones and have been kind enough to take photos/swatches/videos and email them to me. I don't post them on my blog b/c it's not my content. I can't tell you how much I appreciate their time and efforts. If you're looking for a good D&G rep, I highly recommend Nikki from Saks Houston. She's amazing in terms of descriptions and recommendations.

      Hope this helps!

    • Anonymous

      thanks for the tip! will call her in the future!

  • Exotic looks stunning on you. All colours but Exotic is excellent with your colouring

  • Definitively, Feminisime!!

  • Anonymous

    where can we get the feminie shade? it's not available online..it's so pretty!

  • i think exotic looks GORGEOUS on you! πŸ™‚

  • Also at Same Bal Harbour , Saks Atlanta and Saks Greenwich