Wearing some things from Dolce & Gabbana’s Midnight Bloom summer collection: Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Laguna (eyes), Crayon Intense in Blue (eyes), Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan (cheeks) and Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicate (lips)
I had a dream once where I was wandering through a beautiful tropical garden at night. It was just me by myself, exploring under the light of a full moon, and had I stumbled across it in the dream,Dolce & Gabbana’s Midnight Bloom summer makeup collection would have fit right in.
Clockwise, from upper left: Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan, Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Laguna, Crayon Intense in Blue, Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicate
The greens, corals, pinks and solitary electric blue look like the colors from a nighttime scene — soft, romantic and almost pastel — but while the colors befit a fantasy, the prices aren’t so dreamy. Ranging from $20-59 apiece, they’re definitely not as affordable as drugstore brands.
This week I took a look at four things from the collection.
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Laguna ($36)
This powder eyeshadow duo comes with two shimmery shades, a forest and a seafoam green, that blend soooo crazy good. The soft, fine texture just melts right into your skin. And paired with a good base like Urban Decay’s Eden Primer Potion, they last all day long with very little fading or creasing. Who’s it for? Girls who love greens and don’t mind a splurge. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan ($44)
Like the eyeshadows, the powder blush boasts an exceptionally soft and fine texture. It applies as a neutral tan without any strong gold, orange or gray tones, and kinda reminds me of a less gold, matte version of NARS Laguna Bronzer.
I think Tan adds a healthy color to medium skin tones (around NC35). With it on I feel like I just spent a long lunch in the sun outside. If you’re lighter than I am, Tan might also make a good bronzer, but if you’re darker, you might not want to tempt Tan as it might look a little ashy on darker skin. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Crayon Intense in Blue ($29)
I love how rich and shimmy this pencil liner is, but I don’t think it’s a love worth $29. I prefer softer liners, and this one’s hard as a rock, which for me means lots of unwanted tugging along the lash line.
It does have pretty good staying power and works fab as a base for powder shadows; however, it’s pretty damn bootsy along the waterline thanks to how quickly it disappears (within minutes!). Unless you’re a die-hard Dolce & Gabbana fan, you might want to pass. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicate ($30)
The light, smooth texture of this shimmery golden coral lipstick reminds me of my beloved Chanel Aqualumieres.
I get about two to three hours of wear out of these before having to re-apply, which isn’t bad, and I happen to like the light rose taste and scent (it fades pretty quickly). Now, if only it cost $15 less, le sigh… Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
From left: Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan, Crayon Intense in Blue, Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicate, Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Laguna
From what I’ve seen so far, I think there’s some stuff to like about Midnight Bloom (price is not one of them). I get a soft, romantic feel from the collection, like it’s the kind of makeup I’ll wear with flirty dresses and sandals in summer. And I know some gals think the gold packaging looks cheesy and dated, but it works for me.
What do you think? Is it time for Midnight Bloom?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,