Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquers: Do They Stack Up to Chanel?

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Written by Lina

Today Lina of The Beauty Look Book vets a Chanel nail polish challenger and asks, “Are they up to the task?”


If you love bold, richly pigmented colors for nails, then you will LOVE Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquers.


They retail for $20 each (available in 15 total shades); the first one I purchased was Ruby — a rich metallic red — and I fell in love at first swipe. I tested it at the Beverly Hills Saks and got a full coverage result with just one coat.

Since then my collection has grown!

Right now I’m wearing the one called Red on my toes. This is Day 15, and it still hasn’t chipped, having the same full coverage as the day I walked out of the salon (top coat was Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat).

You’ll find them at select Saks Fifth Avenue Locations (New York and Beverly Hills) or online at

Here are the ones I’ve accumulated along with pictures and descriptions:

Fuschia. I find this one oddly named since it’s more of a bright iridescent coral with complex shimmers, rather than a “fuschia.” Not your typical peachy shade, this one flashes a bit of silver and pink and coral making it very unique.


Rose. A bright rosy-pink with gold shimmer.


Red. A classic can’t-go-wrong deep red cream.


Ruby. The name describes it all, a rich metallic ruby.


Desert. A highly metallic shade with different variations of gold shimmer and silver sparkles that make it extremely complex.


Royal. Beautiful deep eggplant with subtle shimmer you can see in the light.


Stromboli: Black base with intense gold sparkles.


I’m a HUGE fan of Chanel Nail Polishes, and I think the D&G formula surpasses them by far… It won’t stop me from continuing to collect Chanel polishes, but now I definitely look forward to new shade releases from D&G.

$20 for a nail polish is indeed pricey, but you get a large bottle with plenty of product — to make it worth the purchase (if you love the shade). The fact that the formula lasts a long time without chipping is another plus.

My only rant — some of the older bottles I purchased came with larger brush tips which made them difficult to apply myself. D&G seems to be replacing the brushes in their newer bottles, which come with skinnier brushes that make them a lot easier to apply.

Online swatches can be hard to decipher, but the Dolce & Gabbana Makeup website has excellent swatches for these.

They seem pretty color accurate to what you actually get in the bottle. 🙂


Written by Lina

This post was written by Lina of The Beauty Look Book. An MBA student and pet mom to two Jack Russells and a Persian/Himalayan-mixed cat, she loves Chanel, Dior and Armani makeup in styles that are natural and classic with a modern twist.


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  1. CC says:

    I just tried Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush nail polish in Red Hot (a very holiday red) and was surprised that it actually covered in one coat. I’m always searching for bold, richly pigmented nail polish hues, but I don’t think I’ll spend $20 on a bottle any time soon, so….. if anyone has any drugstore suggestions that offer opaque coverage in one coat, I’m all ears!

  2. Catherine says:

    Oh my… Royal, Desert and Rose just really speak out to me… hoping I can find a P&J dupe for Rose maybe?
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! 😀 😀 😀 =-.

  3. Ashley says:

    Merry Christmas… Red & Ruby would go so well with my outfit for today! Santa, I swear I wasn’t naughty! Where are all my presents?! 🙁
    .-= Ashley’s last blog post… Almost December! =-.

  4. Marina says:

    I am happy to see that Lina wrote a post today since she is one of my fav bloggers.
    Stromboli, Royal and Red look amazing! Thank you for a great review. Now I think that I should get one of those colours to try!
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Get 20 % Off @ Sephora =-.

  5. Faye says:

    They all look beautiful, but Royal and Ruby are really calling my name. I’ll have to check them out when we’re next in NYC.

    Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s, Karen. I hope the holidays and the coming new year are everything you could wish for! Thanks for all you do on the blog.

  6. Lulee says:

    Rose is so pretty! but i can’t justify spending that much on nail polish (i dont wear them that much and i regularly change what i am wearing). Oh well, off to find a dupe… anyone have one in mind?

  7. amy says:

    My favourites are Fuchsia and Rose. They are uber pretty.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Bling Bling Nails NOTD Sephora OPI Nail Lacquer Worth My Weight =-.

  8. Jenny says:

    Gosh, they all look great! I can’t even pick a fav.. Rose, Stromboli, Red and Royal all look divine. Great post Lina!

  9. Shivotra says:

    I have obviously just fallen in LOVE. <3
    i love nail polish.

  10. Karen says:

    I have D&G polish in Midnight and I love it. I’ve wearing it right now, as a matter o’ fact! 🙂

  11. Sara says:

    i MUST have stromboli. PERFECT for saints’ game days!

    but the other ones are realllllllll pretty too!
    .-= Sara’s last blog post… I’m not dead. Yet. Week 14 NFL picks =-.

  12. cutie_pie says:

    these are stunning!! and stromboli looks like my gilt by assocition mineralize eyeshadow from mac’s style black. luurrrrve <3

  13. sharon says:

    Don’t like fuschia but the one in royal is amazing.

  14. leo says:

    I have Stromboli, and it’s gorgeous! It could go with only one coat, it’s so pigmented. And it lasts a loooong time without chips and a very slight tip wear.
    I have one of the bottles with the large, moppy brush, but once you’ve got how it works it’s just fine.
    What I find strange is that here in Milan I paid 23 euros (!!!) for it at the D&G counter in a big department store. It’s cheaper for you in the US!! Lucky gals!!

  15. Rose is very pretty,I will stop by bev hills saks and pay nathan a visit!!
    .-= The Crochet Queenn’s last blog post… 2 Skiens of ICE Yarns in Black and Metallic Silver Pom Pom w/Papery Flags Yarn =-.

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