High-end Lipstick Review Series: Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in PetalI’m back with the 15th lipstick in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! Can you believe its been that many? I’m in the home stretch now, and only have one or two more brands I’d like to include before declaring a winner. Then one of my subscribers will get a lipstick from the winning brand in a shade of their choice! So stay tuned.

This review is of the Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick. D&G only started a cosmetic line in 2009, so its relatively new. I haven’t tried anything from D&G before, except a pair of sunglasses (which I love). I ordered this lipstick online from Sephora in the shade Petal, a “neutral lilac rose” which I think is a fairly good description.
Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

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The D&G lipsticks are $32 CAD. Let’s see how it did!

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This didn’t really strike me as high-end packaging. The tube was plain and fairly lightweight plastic (although it did snap shut securely). I’m not a huge fan of all gold either. It really reminded me of a drugstore lipstick, like the L’Oreal Color Riche or the Milani Color Statement lipsticks. 1/3 Duchess points

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I thought the formula of this lipstick was ok. It didn’t wow me. It was a fairly traditional “lipstick” type of formula – a little thick, very opaque – and it had a bit of a matte finish. Although it felt creamy, it really accentuated any dryness on my lips. Not my favourite. 1/3 Duchess points

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I can’t fault this lipstick on wear. The traditional formula was long-wearing, but I found it a little drying on the lips. 2/3 Duchess points

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As soon as I opened this lipstick, I was immediately struck by the scent. It smells EXACTLY like the L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks. I’d tried the Color Riche in Fairest Nude, a beautiful shade, but I just could not get past the scent and passed it on to my sister. Its a weird, artificial scent combined with a “your grandmother’s old lipstick” type of scent. Bleck!

I also became very suspicious that overall, this lipstick is so similar to the much less expensive L’Oreal Color Riche.

L'Oreal Color Riche a dupe for the Dolce & Gabbana lipstick

Is the L’Oreal Color Riche a dupe for the D&G lipstick?

Even the pointed shape of the lipstick itself with the logo engraved just below the tip is eerily similar. After some internet research, it doesn’t seem like the two companies are affiliated. I can’t believe that these two lipsticks aren’t made in the exact same factory though.

But, back to the scent: 1/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Despite the terrible scent and slightly drying qualities of this lipstick, I don’t believe it irritated my lips.

MAC Test
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I liked this lipstick WAY less than a MAC lipstick. -1 Duchess point

Would I pay $32 CAD for another Dolce & Gabbana lipstick?
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Nope! Not a chance. I think you can get the exact same lipstick (awful scent and all) at the drugstore for a quarter of the price.

Dolce & Gabbana Total Score: 3/14

high-end lipstick comparison chartWow, D&G is third last! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Rouge Bunny Rouge
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)

As always, thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


Filed under Giveaways, Lips, Lipstick, Reviews

9 responses to “High-end Lipstick Review Series: Dolce & Gabbana

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  2. Wow, how did I miss this post? I can’t stand the L’Oreal lipstick scents they drive me nuts no wonder D&G is so far down your list. Yeah, looking at your list I don’t like the original Nars Formula or the Givenchy lipsticks either. Love these posts!


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  4. OMG is D&G basically L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick?
    A google search reveals that D&G cosmetics is made by… Procter & Gamble!
    Whereas L’Oreal is owned by… L’Oreal. I find it so funny that L’Oreal owns brands like Armani and YSL.

    D&G cosmetics is a brand that holds absolutely NO appeal for me whatsoever. I don’t care for the brand’s aesthetics so I’ll just save my peasant money on MAC and even Revlon lipsticks would be better than this, I’d imagine! 😛


    • Yeah, they don’t seem to be the same company, but honestly D&G is basically L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in my experience. Which is fine if you like L’Oreal Color Riche, but in that case…just buy the drugstore version right?


  5. V

    How did I miss this on my reader? Shame that it was a letdown, especially for that price


    • That’s alright – its been such fun reviewing high-end lipsticks! I have found some real good ones, but there have also been some duds. I think I’ve enjoyed reassuring people that they don’t have to feel like they have to go out and spend a ton of money. Some hyped, high-end brands aren’t worth the splurge.


      • V

        I know, I’ve been loving this series for that reason. I think a lot of people only review products that they love, so it’s nice to see a comparison with some duds too


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