Oy, what a relief! My poor luggage found its way home last night, none the worse for wear, and when I busted it open, BAM! Tabs jumped inside.
Somehow he even knew which compartment held the Dolce & Gabbana Ethereal Beauty Collection products for holiday 2010.
I’ve been meaning to swatch these for you for days! Most of the colors in the 15-piece collection, a collaboration between makeup artist Pat McGrath and designers Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, are totally new. Only two of them, Volumizing Lashes in Black ($29) and Intense Nail Lacquer in Pink 100 ($20), are re-promotes from the permanent line.
None of the products, which arrive at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in mid-October, are exactly bargains, unfortunately, but the prices are typical for a luxury line, ranging from $20 at the low end all the way up to $59 at the top.
The D&G dudes say that light, and the delicate, feminine chiffons, silks and laces from their 2010 runway collections, inspired Ethereal Beauty, and I think I can see their point of view in the makeup. Most of these are nude colors, airy, tender and ladylike. There’s still variety, however, in both texture and opacity, particularly among the lip products.
I think it’s an unusual holiday collection, and not as reddish, golden or dark plum as we usually see from releases around this same time of year.
These Ethereal Beauties — the soft nudes, warm honey browns, delicate pinks, subtle bronzes and solitary orchid — feel more like spring or summer products to me, and for that, I applaud! Simply put, I’m nowhere near ready for this summer to end.
The nuanced color palette might not make this a favorite collection for gals addicted to big, brash and bold. The warm brown, beige and bronze eye colors, here in a variety of shimmery and matte finishes, complement the matte pink cheeks, while the shimmery peach, pink, beige, brown and bronze lips fit well within the overarching theme of the look.
Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Desert, $59
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Desire, $36
Luminous Cheek Colour in Rosebud, $44
Bronzer in Cashmere, $47
Lipsticks counterclockwise from left: Classic Cream Lipstick in Desert, Shine Lipstick in Rosebud, Classic Cream Lipstick in Glitz, Shine Lipstick in Shimmer, each $30
Lipsticks counterclockwise from left: Shimmer, Rosebud, Glitz, Desert
Shine Lipgloss in Shimmer (bottom) and Honey (top), each $29
Pencils from left: Eyeliner Crayon Intense in Shimmer ($29), Precision Lipliner in Cinnamon ($30), Precision Lipliner in Cashmere ($30)
At first glance, I felt the Desire eyeshadow duo (gotta say it all sexy-like!), with its rosy bronze on one side and orchid (a light purple) on the other, was out of place, but as soon as I swatched the lipsticks, it made more sense. The bronze shade keeps Desert lipstick company, and the orchid shade relates to Rosebud, a shimmery purple-pink.
I like my brights, but there’s something to be said for products that I know I’ll use often — colors that I know I’ll be able to incorporate into my daily routine, like the nude quad (Desert), pink blush (Rosebud) and the nude lippies, which should feel right at home with conservative colors or more dramatic looks like smokey eyes.
Wearable is an overused word nowadays, but I think it really does describe these shades.
I’ll knock out some lip swatches over the next few days, and I’m definitely going to use the quad in an upcoming face of the day (can’t wait!).
Now that you’ve had a better look, do you see anything you really like?
Eye product swatches from left: Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Desert (first four swatches), Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Desire (fifth and sixth swatches), Eyeliner Crayon Intense in Shimmer (last swatch)
Lip product swatches from left: Shine Lipstick in Shimmer, Classic Cream Lipstick in Glitz, Classic Cream Lipstick in Desert, Shine Lipstick in Rosebud, Shine Lipgloss in Honey, Shine Lipgloss in Shimmer, Precision Lipliner in Cashmere, Precision Lipliner in Cinnamon
Cheek product swatches from left: Bronzer in Cashmere, Luminous Cheek Colour in Rosebud
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,