Dolce and Gabbana Matte Lipsticks (Dolce Inferno and Dolce Ruby) :: Review, Swatch, Photos

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So my love affair with matte lipsticks lives on. Dolce and Gabbana is the latest to tap the ever expanding Matte Puckers Society. Okay I invented that. But if you adore designer matte lipsticks as much as I do, then prepare to sing in high note because D&G did not disappoint.

I love matte lipsticks because they’re the ultimate statement. Yes the shock value is there, especially if you gravitate towards goth, vamp, fiery red and the like. You don’t really need to pile makeup, in fact I can finish the whole shenanigan and be on the road in five minutes or less. But see, mattes are unforgiving because they also expose neglected and chapped lips. So my suggestion to rocking matte like a true diva? exfoliate and gently apply lip balm underneath if you may.

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Resplendent in black and gold case, these high-pigment, long-wearing matte lipsticks retail for $37 each (Nordstrom). I initially picked up Dolce Inferno 333 (vampy berry) and Dolce Ruby 642 (dark red) to try and evaluate. Now I seriously want the entire collection (eight shades in total).

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These lipsticks are very creamy, non-drying, superbly pigmented and apply perfectly. The wear time is impressive, of course that would depend on what you do, drink or eat. In my experience, the color remained intact even after a meal. The slanted-round tip follows the lip line, eliminating mishaps.

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Long time readers of this blog know my propensity towards dark berry shades so for your reference, I have swatched Dolce Inferno alongside Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Black Dahlia (reviewed here), Charlotte Tilbury Night Crimson (reviewed here), Marc Jacobs Le Marc Magenta (reviewed here) and Tom Ford Lip Color Wes (from Lips and Boys collection, reviewed here). If you think Black Dahlia is goth enough, Dolce Inferno is darker-ala-Fairuza Balk from the hit movie Craft (90s girl here!)

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I cast the spell…Youth will forever be yours zillas.

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Nothing screams femme fatale than red. I’ve said it many times, there is that ONE red perfectly made for you. Shopping my stash, it was a nice discovery that I do own some more “Ruby”. Top of mind purchase perhaps because it happens to be my birth stone. So ladies, here are my babies (reviews are linked): Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Ruby Rush, Marc Jacobs Le Marc So Rouge, Burberry Lip Cover Ruby, and Edward Bess Eternal Passion.

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And I second the spell above… Wealth will find you today.

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So overall how does Dolce and Gabbana Matte compare to Tom Ford Lip Color Matte? apple to apple in terms of quality, pigmentation and longevity. Enough for me to enable you sans guilt, that’s the bottom line.

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  1. April 14, 2015 / 7:30 am

    I am in serious awe of your lippie collex. I want to roll around in them, I think. The berries are my fave, and Dolce Inferno is seriously vampy. Gorgeous hair, too!

  2. April 14, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    What Nidia said! I am also jealous of your gorgeous makeup collection of luxury brands. Someday I hope you'll put it all together and photograph it like a fantasy makeup museum! The two lippies are lovely additions to the collection. I love both shades on you. And I love the slant tip of the bullets.

  3. April 14, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    You seriously can pull off any color of lipstick! They both look amazing on you! I love Ruby, personally 🙂

  4. April 14, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    As usual, you are radiant and gorgeous in these lipsticks! I love Inferno! <3

  5. April 15, 2015 / 1:08 am

    Ruby is such a stunning shade on you! And I love how those lippies are cut, that teardrop shape is perfect for applying rich colors.

  6. April 15, 2015 / 1:13 am

    I LOOOVEEEE the Ruby one!

  7. April 15, 2015 / 1:47 am

    Love the Ruby one and you have great lips for dark shades like this.

  8. April 15, 2015 / 4:03 am

    These look absolutely fabulous. You look great with dark lips 😀

  9. April 15, 2015 / 5:43 am

    You are rocking those shades, girl! Love the packaging and the gloriously classy bullets. I need to check out D&G lippies.

  10. April 15, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Wow, these are both so gorgeous on you, Kath!

  11. April 15, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Such amazing shades! I love Inferno and now have the urge to re-watch The Craft (for what might just be the billionth time!)

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