Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation...Swatches and Review!

Above: The Beauty Professor with an amazing Dolce and Gabbana specialist.  

A couple of months ago while in San Francisco, I went on a swatching spree at Neiman Marcus (where I spent some quality time at the Tom Ford counter) and Saks, where I immersed myself in all things Dolce and Gabbana, especially foundation.  My swatches for the D & G Luminous Liquid Foundation can be found HERE and this post will focus on the cream version

I have owned the D & G Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation for over a year, ordering it sight unseen from the Saks in Beverly Hills...Natural Glow is my shade and, while it is not pictured in the swatches below (the tester was nowhere in sight!), an up close and personal view of this shade can be found later in this post, along with a brief review of this foundation.  

Please scroll on for images and overall thoughts!

Above: Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation swatches in natural lighting.  The shades missing from this lineup are: #78 Beige, #100 Natural Glow and #144 Bronze.

Above: Closeup swatches of the lighter half of the spectrum of shades.

Above: Closeup swatches of the darker half of the spectrum of shades.

Above: Swatches of the spectrum in natural daylight.

Above: The D & G Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation in #100 Natural Glow, a warm beige for NC 25 skin tones.  The foundation itself comes in a heavy glass jar with a square gold lid.

Onto my review...as mentioned previously, I own this foundation in #100 Natural Glow, which is suitable for light to light-medium skin tones that are approximately in the NC 25 range.  The texture is extremely light and creamy and the coverage is medium to a very buildable full.  There is no detectable scent and it applies smoothly without a lot of pull or drag.  The finish is what I would classify as a satin matte...it is definitely not "glowy" but gives the impression of balance skin that has been lightly powdered.

Above: The bottom of the jar.  

To apply, I like to dab it in four or five places around my face and buff it in with a foundation brush; I find that this process yields the most natural finish.  The foundation does indeed contain SPF 15 but I haven't noted any flashback when photographed, which is a welcome reality!  In terms of lasting power, this foundation masterfully performs for about four hours...after that, it sadly begins to show its wear.  This is one of the only reasons it isn't in my regular rotation--my teaching days are excruciatingly long and I cannot commit to a foundation that cannot commit to me ; )


The following images reflect the foundation (#100 Natural Glow) on my skin in natural daylight.  As always, none of the photos have been retouched so that you can get the most accurate depiction of the formula and finish!





Bottom Line:  The Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation is a lovely high end foundation option.  It is thick and rich while feeling remarkably light on the face.  It photographs extremely well (no flashback!) and has not irritated my extremely sensitive skin.  The only drawback, as aforementioned, is that it is not particularly long lasting.  After about four hours, there is oil breakthrough and a bit of patchiness.  To be fair, however, this does not purport to be a long-wearing foundation!  If you are in the market for a foundation that looks remarkably flawless for the first few hours of wear, then this is your product...its natural matte finish cannot be beat!


36 comments:

  1. Had my eye on that one..Looks like a lovely foundation...still a bit scetical about the consistency though. Have to take a look at it myself...
    Thanks for sharing!

    http://jezzdallasmakeup.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jezz,

      Good to hear from you! This is a wonderful foundation for short term spans of wear...love it!

      Let me know what you think after you check it out...can't wait to hear your thoughts.

      Warm regards,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hi I am nc 42 in man studio finish and 9 in ysl perfect touch. Which shade do u recommend in this foundation?

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    3. Hello Nageena,

      I suggest either shade 140 (on the lighter side) or 148 (on the darker side).

      Take care!

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. I've noticed you didn't have 144 in your swatches. It's called bronze and is between 140 and 148. I bought 148 but was too dark, tan must be wearing off now. I might change for 144 instead of 140 as that may be too light??

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    5. Hello Nageena,

      It sounds like #144 could be a great option...wish I had it in my swatches so I could say for certain!

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. shoshana/strongestroseJanuary 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I was hoping to get swayed from wanting to try the Tom Ford Stick Foundation but I think I am going to have to get it!!! Great review for the D&G though, looks great for a special occasion, but long lasting is what sells me on the other. Thanks for another fabulous review!

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    1. Hello Shoshana,

      Thanks for the sweet comment! I am excited that you are still planning on getting the TF Foundation Stick...I think you will love it! For a high-end cream foundation, the lasting power cannot be beat!

      Take care and do keep in touch!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. This is one of my favorite high end foundations! I wear the same shade:) Thumbs way up!

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    1. Hello Rola,

      I love that we seem to share similar foundation shades in so many formulas...wonderful!! Happy to hear that you love this one!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Hey Beauty Professor!

    I owe you an email, but I wanted to make a quick foundation comment. I was always intrigued by D&G cosmetics, particularly their foundation. As of right now, I don't own any D&G foundation. I have heard good things about their powder foundation. But, if this foundation does not last long, it is probably not a good choice for me, either.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, I know you raved about the Revlon Color Stay Whipped foundation, and I am headed to CVS to get some at lunch! I am so excited to try it. I have never been a big fan of drugstore makeup, but your ringing endorsement of the Revlon foundation is enough for me! The beauty is I can afford to get several shades in case the one I pick out isn't perfect! I'll report back with my findings!

    Talk to you soon!

    Xoxo,
    Kate

    P.S. I totally ordered Arabesque from LM the minute I saw the promo pictures! I love it. Lovely color.

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    1. Hello Kate,

      Lovely to hear from you, as always! I also have the D&G Powder Foundation in #100 Warm and need to do a review of it soon! While I love how the cream foundation looks after initial application, the lasting power sadly is not sufficient for long days!!

      I cannot wait to hear what you think about the Revlon foundation...do indeed update me when you get the chance! Why am I not the slightest bit surprised that you ordered Arabesque?! What do you think?

      Xoxo and talk to you soon!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. It looks lush, thanks for the swatch. What blush are you wearing with it?

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    1. My pleasure, Gail. In the pictures, I am wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Powder in At Goldcombe Bay and Tom Ford Cheek Color in Frantic Pink!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Love your reviews! This sounds luscious, but for my $ I'll head to the Revlon if/when I need to. I hear grand things for the DG blushes and eyeshadows.

    Of course the Tom Ford foundation stick fascinates me. Do you have a favorite TF fragrance?
    Hugs, Susan

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan...yes, the D&G line is quite an investment and I agree, Revlon has really stepped up their game in the foundation department! I love the D&G liquid liners and will need to do a review soon ; )

      The TF stick is still one of my favorites...so versatile and portable!

      My favorite TF fragrance right now is the Tobacco Vanille...I received it for my birthday and cannot stop wearing it!! Have you tried any TF scents?

      Xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. I have oily, sensitive skin and I love this foundation-just started wearing it a few weeks ago. I had to play around with my stash of primers, but when I did, I found that Murad Oil-Control Mattifier gives me 8 hours of wear and I could go an hour or so longer and still feel presentable. I know that the texture of this primer initially puts people off (best description is Elmer School Glue) but I love it and I don't feel it is uncomfortable. I don't know if you have ever tried that one...

    Love your blog!

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    1. Hi Jessi,

      Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your tips on how to increase this foundation's wear time and am so glad that you are loving it. I haven't tried the Murad Mattifier but just might have to take a peek soon ; )

      Have a wonderful rest of the week...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Hi
    I was looking for swatches of the LMdB concealear since you reviewed the foundation- do you like it and please what shade are u?

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Thanks for the comment. I have indeed swatched the LMdB concealer...just do a search for Peau Vierge in my blog search bar and you will see pictures of both Peau Vierge and the Peau Vierge Concealer (I wear #2)!

      I do indeed like it...it has great coverage, lasts all day and is a skin care treatment...even better! I haven't done swatches of the traditional concealer yet but am sure you can find pictures of that online!

      Take care and thanks for reading!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank u- have u tried the traditional concealer or is the peau vierge the way to go?

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    3. My pleasure! I have tried the traditional concealer but like the Peau Vierge one better...in my experience, it looks more natural and isn't as dry for the under eye region (which is where I use it!).

      Hope that helps!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. Hi BP
    This foundation looks good on you. I also ventured (again) into high-end foundation territory and got the Burberry Sheer Luminous- I was a bit worried as many people advised to go for their Velvet formula for better oil control- but I was colour matched to the SL only- so I jumped right in and love it. This is up there with Armani Luminous silk- flawless!

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    1. Hello Makeup Remastered,

      Thank you so much for the kind compliment! Glad to hear that you have found bliss in the Burberry Sheer Luminous formula...I haven't tried it yet, but you are piquing my interest ; )

      Have a wonderful week!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. hi, my name is Cristina , i follow you on google , i love and trust your reviews. please i dont have dolce in my country. i want to buy the liquid matte and powder foundation for summer. please review! its sooo hard to find swatches. i am a light neutral , 20 light usually in channel when i buy it.im not of an ivory shade and im not a medium. i think i would fit in the natural glow range since looking at your creamy foundation review. would i be a natural in powder and liquid foundation 2?

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    1. Hello Cristina...thanks so much for your kind words and support! Based on your current color matches (and it's impossible for me to say for certain without seeing your face!), I am guessing that Natural Glow would be a good match for your skin. In the powder foundation, I wear #100 Warm (there is not Natural Glow shade in the powder formula) and it is on par shade-wise with the Natural Glow. I hope that helps!!

      Take care and do keep me posted...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. it does a lot! thanks for caring and helping me out!!

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    3. My pleasure, Cristina!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. Hi my name is rehana and im a asian bengali girl now i want to buy the D & G creamy foundation but dont know what colour to choose. I've got a fair to medium tone so plz if u can help me to choose the right one. Thank you.

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    1. Hello Rehana,

      Thanks for the question...if you are in the light to medium skintone range, I am guessing that #110 (light to medium) or #120 (more of a true medium) could potentially work.

      Take care!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. Hello!
    I am Maestro 5.5 and Guerlain 3. Which coulour do you recommend in this foundation? yellow undertone
    Thank you,
    Beatriz

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    1. Hello Beatriz,

      Thanks for the question. I suggest #120 Natural Beige...hope that helps!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  13. An amazing article, i was wondering what shade would suit an NC 45 skin tone? Not only the D&G foundation, but in general a few high end brands like lancome, chanel and clarins. if possible could you include some drug store brands as well. i am tired of being at the hands of those SA's who keep on giving me opposite colors :(

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    1. Thanks! Unfortunately, the lines you mention are not ones I have full spectrum swatches of...the lines that I do have all the shade swatched for include: Giorgio Armani, Kevyn Aucoin, Koh Gen Do, YSL, By Terry and Le Metier de Beaute.

      I hope that helps you find your way to your perfect match!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  14. Thanks for doing the swatch's of the darker shades as well !!! Very helpful :)

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    1. My pleasure...all shades are equally important to this foundation lover ; )

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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