Have You Red Anything About the Five Pigmented Lipsticks in the New Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Collection? Would You Like To?

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Wearing Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Collection Classic Cream Lipstick in Ruby

Rodeos everywhere are banning the new Dolce & Gabbana Ruby collection because its five Classic Cream Lipsticks have all the bulls seeing red! πŸ™‚


No two ways about it — these festive and flirty lippies are for ladies who like red, and they’re jam packed with so much rich red pigment that they’re driving up the price of stop signs nationwide!

LOL! Okay, I’ll stop with the jokes. But seriously, these are really red.

They’re $37 each, which is $7 more than usual for one of Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Creams; the markup pays for their dazzling limited edition Ruby attire.

With these, Dolce & Gabbana essentially created a nuanced wardrobe of red for a five-day week. The first time I swatched them on the back of my hand, I thought they looked too similar, but I could see their differences more clearly once I got them on my lips.

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Swatches from the left: Classic Cream Lipsticks in Ruby, Ultra, Scarlett, Iconic and Devil

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Lipstick in Scarlett

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Lipstick in Iconic

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Lipstick in Ultra

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Lipstick in Devil

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Classic Cream Lipstick packaging along with the Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Quad and Peach Blush

These feel quite thick on my lips and tend to stay put, but it might help to apply your favorite lip liner first to keep them from migrating beyond your natural lip line, especially if you like to rub your lips together like I do. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with about four hours of wear time, and then — then they fade to a gorgeous stain that lingers on the lips for the rest of the day…kinda like you’ve spent the afternoon drinking red wine and kissing a handsome stranger (I’m just sayin’).

The price and subtlety among the five shades may be turnoffs for some, but if you relish red lips and appreciate nuanced differences in color, the Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Collection Lipsticks fit the bill.


PRICE: $37 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (lovely colors and presentation, but they aren’t friendly to budgets)

Oh, some news! I think I just booked my first photography gig. πŸ™‚ My friend Jen asked me to take the pictures at her son’s baptism ceremony on Saturday. It’s not a fancy official paying job or anything, but I’m really looking forward to taking some pictures for my portfolio.

I just hope I don’t knock over any candles or blind the priest with the flash… That would not be good.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vanessa says:

    In love with Iconic :).

    Staying away from reds for now though, I just picked up MAC’s Ruby Woo and can’t cheat on her yet lol.

  2. Solangel says:

    Iconic looks beautiful on you!

  3. Let says:

    Ruby and Iconic look awesome πŸ˜€

    Congrats on the gig!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! It should be a good learning experience. Plus, when you get to take pictures of people you love that’s always fun.

      Iconic is my fave out of the bunch, btw.

      Are you a red lipstick kinda girl too?

      • Let says:

        Well, I like seeing red lipstick on other people. I still haven’t found a way to make red lipstick works for me.

        I tried swatching NARS Dolce Vita that you recommended sometime ago in Sephora, but I was still on the fence about it… πŸ™

        Oh well, maybe next year.. I guess I’ll try progressing from semi-bright pink first.. I don’t seem to have too much problem wearing the color… πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          Hi Let,

          If Dolce Vita isn’t your thing I’m sure we can find a red you like. What was it about the color that you weren’t feeling? Was it too dark?

          • Let says:

            I only swatched on the back of my hand and I felt it was so …sheer? I didn’t dare to put the tester on my lips because it was already smooshed… that and I’ve seen how unsanitary the makeup practices in the Sephora I usually visit are…

            Well, I don’t really want to trouble you, but some suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you, Karen! πŸ™‚

  4. Eesha says:

    They all are so pretty . Scarlet & Ultra looks awesome out the lot! πŸ™‚
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  5. LOVE Ultra & Scarlett! I only have 3 reds in my stash so I’m always looking for more :p.
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  6. Jennifer S says:

    Guuurrrlll…… you look mighty fierce with those red lips and that long hair.
    Mind explaining the sudden length?
    Looks great but I’m wondering… miracle grotwh serum or extensions? πŸ˜€

  7. Adrienne says:

    Congrats on your Photography gig! What kind of camera do you use?

    I love you in these red colors! In partiular Ruby looks stunning! Ruby also looks (and now this may sound funny) natural on you! It’s like, if people were born with red lips, ruby would be yours!

    I’ve just splurged on a red lippie – Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, so ill be passing on these beauties. Normally I don’t throw down that kind of dough, lol, but the Laque in Dragon is the only long wearing red I’ve found comfortable enough to actually stand wearing! And as it seems the Laques may either be discontinued, or we will stop carrying them at Macy’s, I decided to splurge!

  8. peach_ says:

    You look great, Karen! I’m really loving Iconic on you. You’re wearing Peach blush here again, right? I think I need it, with or without the ruby, for more reasons than 1…

  9. Naj says:

    Wow Karen! Your hair grew overnight. Hahaha! πŸ˜€

    & i love red lippies even though i barely use them.

  10. gio says:

    Iconic and Devil look gorgeous!

    And congrats on your photography gig!
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  11. Karen B says:

    These look great. I’ve been looking for a new flattering red as the reds I currently own aren’t a great match with my new haircolour… Do you think I should go more blue-based or more orange-based with my hair being copper now?

  12. Hi, I came by way of Funny Face Beauty. You have a fantastic blog. And red looks awesome on you.


  13. The colours are gorgeous and I love the ruby on top. I also like your earrings and the dark hair colour.
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  14. Jen says:

    I like the look of Iconic. It seems to be the one that will go best with my NC25 complexion.

  15. Diana says:

    I love Iconic! Too bad D&G makeup line isn’t available in my town.

  16. Christina says:

    *drooools* So pretty! I think I only have three maybe 4 red lipsticks so maybe I consider this XD Ruby and Ultra are stunning!

  17. Marian says:

    Iconic is gorgeous on you!

  18. DalaLuz says:

    Congrats on the photography gig πŸ™‚ And unfortunately my bank account is all about red numbers these days, not quite as pretty on my lips as these lippies… But you can sure rock them!

  19. Chris25 says:

    Good luck with the gig! Just be glad you’re working with humans and not kitty models. They’re waaay more diva-like!

  20. Jane says:

    I’d gotten over my disappointment that there wasn’t a D & G counter near me. I am no longer over my disappointment!

  21. Nina says:

    its a red for everyone! i love this idea of a red lipstick collection. they look awesome on you!

    congratulations on your first gig as a photographer, have fun!

    ps – i love the gray outfit!

  22. PinkGlitter says:

    My first thoughts when I first saw the swatches was oh my gosh they are all the same red! But you can definitely see the differences in the photos. All of these lipsticks are really pretty reds. Iconic looks great on you!
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  23. Lucie says:

    Need Iconic! But…I’ll be good because I just spent early $200…just on red lipstick. XD Can’t help it! Red is an addiction!

  24. Ichi says:

    love your earrings!!! πŸ™‚

  25. Congrats on your photo booking – that’s awesome!

    I love this collection, there’s bound to be the perfect shade of red in there for me

  26. JS says:

    I love red lipstick! deff. going to buy it at the store.

  27. Carolyn says:

    I am loving Ruby on you- great look with the grey sweater and silver jewels.

  28. lovevex says:

    Iconic is definitely the color for you! And those extensions look very natural on you.

  29. Harshleen says:

    Ooooh such gorgeous reds! You look ravishing in red for sure!

  30. Jane says:

    Karen , You are so pretty , but the bangs are not doing anything for you. I wish you would go back to your old style! I feel the bangs look very school girlish.

  31. Perri says:

    wow just here to say your hair looks GORGEOUS!

  32. Tracey says:

    Wow these reds look amazing on you!!!

  33. Teri says:

    They’re all so beautiful! However, for the $37 dollar price tag, I’d splurge on just one. They’re all so close in color, spending roughly $180 on five, as a college student I just cant talk myself into these,

  34. Nichole says:

    I want them all!!! Alas, I just splurged on Chanel’s Dragon and Coromandel.

  35. Viva says:

    Red lips suit you a LOT!

    all of these look amazing!

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  36. Maygan says:

    Still not in stores yet but should be any day! We already have a waiting list!! Devil is a red that almost everyone can wear.

  37. Tracey says:

    Am loving Iconic!

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