There’s Gloss at the Heart of Every Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

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That’s mah vampire face!

Dear Diary,


My list of the day? Makeup I’d Wear If I Were a Vampire.

But not just any vampire. Not one of those goody-two-shoes Cullens. I’d be more like Pam from True Blood, and I’d wear dark lipstick, skintight jumpsuits and leather. I’d hang out at all the coolest underground vampire techno clubs, too, because, as you know, vampires must techno.

Yeah, I’ve watched Blade one too many times…

Moody dark burgundy Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Intense ($34) would go right up at the top of my list. One of 20 gloss/lipstick hybrids in the recently launched Gloss Fusion Lipstick line, it’s perfect fare for creatures of the night!

But if your heart’s still beating, don’t worry. The line also contains colors that the living should like. I sank my teeth into four of the shades this week — Intense (a dark burgundy), Dazzle (a bronzy gold), Sensation (a shimmery golden pink) and Infatuation (a creamy brick red).

Notice the filling in the center of each bullet? It’s a shiny gloss, surrounded by the creamy lipstick on the outside — a similar idea to the $28 Sensuous Rouge lippies from Estee Lauder.

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From the left: Dazzle, Infatuation, Intense and Sensation

Swatches from the left: Dazzle, Infatuation, Sensation and Intense

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dolce gabbana passion duo sensation

dolce gabbana passion duo infatuation

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dolce gabbana passion duo boxes

They’re not copies, though. I think Dolce & Gabbana’s gloss-filled goodies are noticeably shinier, more pigmented, softer and more moisturizing than EL’s. That, and they last a little longer on my lips.

More to like…

  • They have a dainty rose flavor and scent
  • Gold packaging that looks expensive (and it should for $34)
  • Feel light on my lips
  • They come in vampire-approved colors!

That’s $34 for a rich, elegant lip look with the benefits of a moisturizing gloss.

If you like high-end moisturizing lipsticks with a glossy finish, a la the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, you might wanna sink your fangs into some of these.

PRICE: $34 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Dolce & Gabbana counters and also online

It’s a dance par-tay!

Silly, yes, but I’ve been committed to shaking my booty for at least five minutes every day this week. What can I say? Dancing makes everything better, and today’s song of choice at Club Karen has been Wale’s World Tour.


Turn the volume up!

Are you dropping it like it’s hot (or lukewarm)? 🙂

So what have you been up to tonight? I made grilled tilapia with rosemary (’cause lawd knows I have enough rosemary), brown rice and a diced tomato salad for din-din, and now I’m getting ready to watch Law & Order: SVU.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Larie says:

    These colors are gorgeous, and you look fab 🙂 I love the packaging for these, too! So lux 🙂

  2. Infatuation and Sensation are gorgeous!

    But both put together don’t top your vampire faces :p.
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  3. Makeupandbeautyjunkie says:

    Hello Infatuation!

  4. Rads says:

    The photos….you really make the craziest faces!!! 😀 😀 The packaging is so classy…
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  5. Christina says:

    Omg thank you for those pictures! You are so hilarious. 🙂 I nearly woke up the house with my laughing.

    Sensation looks amazing on you. Then again, all those lip colors looked fantastic on you. 🙂

  6. Jessi says:

    Your vampire faces are the BEST THING I HAVE SEEN ALL DAY! Maybe even all week. Maybe it’s just because it’s following the vampire faces, but the picture of you wearing Dazzle is one of my favorites of you ever. You look stunningly gorgeous.

    You’re the best Karen; you brighten my day AND create new lemmings.
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  7. Anna says:

    I gotta check these out! I love glosses but I’m trying to transition into lipsticks 🙂

  8. gio says:

    The shades are very pretty and the packaging so elegant-

  9. Aaaaaaahh!! KAREN. Oh my god! Your vampire photos are the best thing I’ve seen all day 😀

    Er – anyhow. The lipsticks look absolutely gorgeous! (Infaturation in particular; what a great red.) Thanks for sharing the swatches… and FOTD shots 😛
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  10. Advah says:

    Hahaha love the photos, and especially the various nail colours on the first one! Makeup blogger in action! 😀

    Those lipsticks look gorgeous, although I still want to try EL’s first – that Wistful Wisteria shade? Still lusting over it..

  11. Eli says:

    These remind me of a lipstick Avon released a few years ago… But this is much more classy 🙂
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  12. Sonya says:

    All of these swatches look gorgeous! My favorite is Infatuation 😀
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  13. Marian says:

    ooooo…..I like these! They look fabulous on. Infatuation is my favorite!

  14. Kim says:

    Of course, they all look fantastic on you. 🙂 I think Dazzle or Sensation would probably work for me – but I’d totally rock Intense if I was undead. Btw, are you using the polish on your left hand to glamour people? Hey, look, it’s taupe… green… pink… blaaa (chomp). 🙂

  15. JoJo says:

    I love the Infatuation

  16. Nina says:

    i love the colors, and the packaging really makes me drool!

  17. Glosslizard says:

    Wow, I am in lurve with those smooth, pigmented colors! I have got to obtain one of these, stat! Also, you would make a bad-a$$ vampire! 😀

    • Karen says:

      As would you! I can see you rocking leather jackets and purple lipstick with your hair all crazy, curly and wild! Of course you’d have to utilize your martial arts knowledge when you go hunting for food…

  18. Angelic Mariposa Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ says:

    love your silliness!! HAHAHAHA!!

  19. Lola says:

    All of these are very pretty, but my favorite is definitely Sensation!
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  20. Elle says:

    I laughed out loud at my desk right now. HA! Love the pics!

  21. Hahahaha! I love how you’re not afraid to be silly and run with it. 😀 Hehe, those vampire faces!
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  22. I love the gold color on you, Karen. I am very pale right now, so I think it would probably be best for me, though I ADORE “Intense”! Thanks for this article. I normally don’t spend that much on lipstick, but I like the infusion of glossiness you pointed out.

    As for your dancing, props to you, girl! I have taken to dancing on a regular basis in my house, usually with my kids. I figure it’s great cardio for a minute, and I love teaching my girls to have the confidence to ‘dance like no one is watching’.

    Great post.
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  23. Dawne says:

    I’ve been waiting for reviews of these. Great! I can’t wait to try these out. Thanks.

  24. Heather says:

    Woo hoo! That music got me revved-up for my workout this morning – thanks! The lipsticks are pretty, but I’m not sure if they’re special enough for that price tag – and I’m not sure I could tell the difference between Dazzle and Sensation when they were on you.

  25. Stèphanie says:

    Sensation looks pretty.. I remember the same kinds of glosses(with the glossy filling in the centre and the creme color around) I had as a little girl!
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  26. tasha says:

    YOU MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD. I love your style!!! 😉

  27. morrigan says:

    Lol!!! I scrolled down, saw that epic face, and snorted XD. U make my day, Karen 🙂

  28. I love what you’ve got going on with your nails here 🙂 This lipstick is like sushi lipstick lol

  29. Stephanie says:

    Best pictures ever!!!! Lovin the vampire faces 😀

  30. Phyrra says:

    OMG! Your vampire face is so adorable!
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