|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!