I’m on a new quest: the perfect powder contour. Although Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow is serving me well, I generally prefer packing on powder products over my foundation. NYX Blush in Taupe is a lovely contour color, but the packaging falls apart as soon as I look at it, and I’m having profound problems with having to constantly scrape off a thick layer of grease that just kills the product’s pigmentation. It’s acceptable for a drugstore pricepoint, but I would gladly pay a premium to bypass its pain-in-the-ass qualities.

Enter Dolce and Gabbana’s Blush in Tan. After reading a boatload of raves, I decided to take the $45 plunge.

If there is one thing you can say about high end brands, they know how to make you feel fancy. This blush is encased in a velveteen snuggie in case it gets cold at night.

The packaging is gold and very shiny. Hey look! It’s me!

It comes packaged with a snazzy mirror and a small brush. The brush isn’t a tragedy, but you’re not going to be able to effectively contour with it. It’s probably a little more handy for blushes that you would use as a traditional blush, but anyone who’s paying more that forty bucks for a blush probably owns a much better blush brush already.

As you can probably see, the color is an ashy medium brown. It looks a little dramatic in the pan, but it applies really beautifully. A single swipe of color is quite sheer, but you can build it up to be as intense as you would like.

Although the color is much cooler than any bronzer you might find, it is still warmer than NYX Taupe.

Dolce and Gabbana Blush in Tan on left, NYX Blush in Taupe on right.

The packaging is great and the product applies beautifully, but the color is just too warm to look natural on me. Hell, if I could cool down NYX Taupe a little, I would.

I think that this product definitely has the capacity to be “holy grail” material for anyone who is light to medium skinned and warm-toned (those of you who can get away with contouring with bronzer, but might still prefer a more natural-looking shadow on your cheek). The texture and application are truly superb, it’s just the hint of warmth that’s throwing me off.

Here’s how it looks on my face:

Dolce and Gabbana ‘The Blush’ Luminous Cheek Colors retail for $45 for 0.17oz, putting them at a relatively pricey $264.71 per ounce.





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