Dolce&Gabbana – Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick (70 – Impact)

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Online Description:

Dolce&Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick combines a layer of intense color with a heart of satin gloss. Available in a diverse bouquet of shades, the smooth formula offers exceptional glamour and seamless wear-ability from day to night.

  • RECOMMENDED FOR

Created for the woman desiring long-lasting lip color with a full gloss shine.

  • BENEFITS

– Two-in-one lipstick combining long-lasting color with a super-glossy shine
– Effortless application: one coat gives double the results
– Skin-conditioning ingredients and moisturizers hydrate and soften lips
– Innovative formula offers buildable color
– Available in a variety of vivid and versatile color combinations

  • HOW TO USE

Passion Duo can be blended or built up for different levels of intensity, achieving a light, natural effect as easily as deep color.

Heavier pressure on the outer band delivers deep, intense color and high shine.

 

My Thoughts:

This was one of the first D&G products I had ever tried, and it was gifted to me from a friend who worked at Saks Fifth Avenue. She told me that at the end of every year, they sell bags of unused testers, samples, and unsold seasonal items to their employees at discounted rated and she gifted me one of those bags, which this was included with. I had also gotten some eyshadows, eyeliners, lip glosses, and other goodies inside, all of which I’ve done my fair share of trying out to review.

This lipstick contains a slightly chemical smell that tends to dissipate after a couple of minutes, but the smell is unpleasant nonetheless. I do love how cool the tube itself looks with the clear center for the gloss part of the product. It’s a cool visual feature for the lipstick to have instead of the entire tube being one solid color while still providing a lot of shine like many other lipsticks do.

Packaging:                                                ★★★★★/5

I’m digging the half gold-reflective design with the other half being the actual color of the lipstick. A huge pro for me when it comes to picking out products is how much easier does it make my routine and when the color of the product is displayed on the outside in a classy way, I’m already with my foot in the door on the product. One of my pet peeves is sitting and shuffling through my lipsticks, opening and closing tubes until I find the color that I want to wear that day, when I ultimately get so annoyed that I just pick whatever is easier, instead of the color I had in mind. With packaging similar to this, it saves consumers time, which helps promote us coming back and purchasing from the brand again.

The cap is pretty strong and resistant to slipping off in closed bags, but not so much that it’s a pain to get off. The cap packaging with the happy-mediums of strength are also a huge win for me because I have hand and wrist pain and products that make me feel secure when traveling with them, but ease of use, make relying on this and likeliness of repurchasing have a bigger tendency than other companies that get lazy with their packaging.

Another win in my book is that it doesn’t require sharpening like a lot of lip products still do. I know it’s obvious that it doesn’t from the look of the product alone, but I always appreciate when companies don’t choose that method of manufacturing because it leaves a positive mental note in my head on which brands are more consumer-friendly and also influences frequent purchases. With an easy twist, you can bring up the tube of color and twist back down to avoid that dreaded accidental smush in the cap that I’m sure we’ve all done at least once in our lives. I have noticed some companies choose not to have their products twist back down, but since this one does, I’ll give it points for that.

The sticker with the color name on the bottom isn’t my best friend out of this whole product because it falls off quite often, but I don’t travel with this much anymore, so it’s not as much as an issue as it was when I’d have to dig through my bag to find the tiny little thing.

Performance/Wear:                               ★★★★/5

Holy macaroni, this bad boy has some intense pigment! I didn’t expect it to be this opaque considering the clear glossy center to it, but it definitely surprised me with that! Applying this is so easy and gentle on my skin because it glides on like butter with no pulling on my skin and no need for building up layers for more pigment. With one sweep around my lips, I have a bold, opaque color with tons of shine so there’s no need for any gloss to layer on top of this.

There are some setbacks to this marvelous lipstick which include the most dreaded characteristic of all: bleeding. Well, that’s pretty much the only setback in my opinion, but it’s still a major one. For as expensive as D&G products are and they’re cheaper competitors making lip products that don’t need lip liners, you’d think D&G would put out better formulas to compete with. Alas, the bleeding is an issue, and this seems to work just fine over various brands and colors of lip liners. I’ve used darker lip liners to take this color to an even bolder shade and lighter lip liners to not only lighten the color, but give it a bit of dimension, as well.

This also does leave a faint stain, but if you use lip liner over your entire lips, instead of just the lip line, it fixes that problem. For me, the stain is so faint that I don’t really consider that a loss because it looks like a natural stain on my lips and the entire product is still easy to remove at the end of the night. The lipstick does transfer and smudge, so be cautious when drinking water or kissing a loved one because you will get this on them and if they will have a stain on their face when it does.

The formula itself is so rich and intensely moisturizing that my lips still feel the benefits hours after it’s gone. This dark mauve color is a gorgeous color, but too dark for my daily preference, but I think this looks the best on darker skin tones. It doesn’t seem to have an issue with feathering, and in fact, it fades very slowly, and I barely need to touch up throughout the day, despite how chatty I am and how much water I drink.

People with medium-dark complexions could also use this as a cream blush but remember to only use a little at a time because it is intensely pigmented and shiny. I’ve noticed when I tried this as a cream blush, it didn’t retain as much shine throughout the day, which I am assuming is because my skin absorbed most of that being so dry and all. Worry not, it was not a day I went out because this color is far too dark for me to use as a cream blush, so no one had to see me with a scary dark blush on my face.

Skin Swatch

Price:                                                          ★/5

Considering I got this for free as a gift, I loved the price I “paid” for it! 😉 jk, but joking aside, I can’t vouch for the worth of this lipstick when cheaper luxury brands put out lipsticks with better quality without the need for other products to use them.

Ingredients:

Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Phenylproyldimethyl. Siloxysilicate, Polyglyceryl-2, Tetraisostearate, Ethylene/ Propylene Copolymer, Dextrin Palmitate, VP/ Elcosene, Copolymer, Mica, Cetyl PEG/ PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Ozokerite, Carptylic/ Capric, Triglyceride, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Palm, Kernel Glycerides, Dica;cium Phosphate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tocoperol, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower , Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Parfum/ Fragrance, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Methicone, Stearakonium Bentonite, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propylparaben, BHT, (+/-) May contain, CI 77891/ Titanium DIoxide, CI 45410/ Red 228 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, Red 7), CI 15985/ Yellow 6 Lake, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) / Iron Oxides, CI 42090/ Yellow 5 Lake, CI 75470/ Carmine

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Pros:

  • INTENSE pigment
  • Ultra-moisturizing
  • Can double as a cream blush if used sparingly on darker complexions
  • Cool aesthetic design with clear center surrounded by color cream
  • Fades VERY slowly
  • Doesn’t feather
  • Easy and gentle to apply
  • Simple and sturdy packaging

Cons:

  • Bleeds
  • Stains
  • Transfers
  • Smudges
  • Faint chemical scent

Texture:                                       Cream

Scent:                                           Chemical

Recommend?                             No

Repurchase?                               No

Retail:                                           $38.00

Size:                                              0.1 oz.

Want to try this for yourself?

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

 

4 Comments on “Dolce&Gabbana – Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick (70 – Impact)

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