Looks natural with buildable coverage. I am a mac NC 20, the color 70 natural works for me.
One of the best powder foundations I've used. It comes in a variety of colors, so it's easy to find a match. I use the color "soft" - as a reference I am a C2 in MAC studio fix, 04 in Giorgio Armani powder foundation, and bisque in Tom Ford's foundation stick. I find that the dolce powder foundation provides buildable coverage. I like to having full coverage with a matte foundation, and this will do that. If you want something very sheer, this will do that too. I have combination skin, and this lasts a full 5-6 hours before I need to use any blotting paper in my t-zone area. I use it with moisturizer and primer under, and find that helps it best stay put. I've used it dry, however, I find it works best when used wet. I use it with a large kobuki brush with a spritz of Evian's mineral water spray. I find it takes about 30 minutes or so to completely dissolve into my skin (vs. GA powder foundation which sinks in immediately) - but once it sinks in it looks flawless. I have and will continue to purchase this again and again!
Does this D&G powder foundation smell like sweat? Or is it just me? I asked my hubby to smell and he goes, "it's not something I would like to smell." Not only you want to get a good canvas from a good foundation, you would like to smell nothing or smell good. Please users of this foundation confirm I am not crazy if I smell an odor putting the foundation on. (I purchased this in person from a nearby Saks Fifth Avenue. So supposedly the product isn't expired?) continued >>
this is probably the best foundation I've tried,I got it in #50, which is the lightest shade with pink undertone.first demand I have for compacts:not drying.and DG is anything but drying.it takes away all the oily sheen on my face and leaves a refreshed complexion, like I just cleaned my face in the morning--the natural glow of fine skin,not matte,not pearly glow.and no trace of powder can be found(when I am using DG, my boyfriend can't tell I am wearing makeup)
but the miracle only lasts 6 hours,so remember to touch up.
the packaging is luxurious,gives you the delusion that it's worth every penny, the golden metal case may be a little too heavy in the purse,so I usually don't take it with me ,I've got chanel vitalumiere compact powder with me ,which is much lighter to carry around.
This is my HG foundation. I'm very fair, with pinkish undertones. I don't use MAC, so I can't really say what my MAC color would be. Anyway, I have this in Classic. It's the perfect color for my skin. I have dry-ish skin now, and this powder foundation does not make my skin look dryer, but goes on like silk. This is so finely milled that, even though it's a powder, it goes on almost creamy. It doesn't settle into fine lines, nor does it sit on top of them. It just goes on in a way that makes you look like you have perfect skin.
The packaging is very nice. The compact is gold, and a bit heavy in your hand. It feels solid and substantial. The whole thing is very pretty. There's a faint scent of rose, which is lovely.
Although the product is pricey, I will keep buying this. I'm on my second compact already. Foundation is your base canvas, and I just can't put a price on that.
GOSH-DARNIT... this foundation was expensive!! Which is why I wish I loved it more. I had such high hopes for this. I thought it would be my HG med-full coverage powder foundation. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the price.
I got the color "WARM" which is way too yellow for me. The texture is soft and the powder is very finely milled. However, it emphasized my dry patches badly and sat on my face looking powdery. The color match only makes things that much worse. It felt like it sucked the moisture out of my skin. Using it wet, wasn't any better. It looked just as dry and still sat on top of my skin and never melted in. I also find the packaging to be cheap. I love high end makeup and really appreciate luxurious packaging. This looks high end but feels cheap. The gold is plastic and doesn't have a nice weight to it. Even the way it flips open feels flimsy. It also catches fingerprints like no tomorrow.
But the WORST thing about this foundation... is the smell. YUCK. I CAN NOT stand it!!!! My sister and mom don't seem to smell it but something about it just puts me off!! It smells rotten or spoiled to me. I hesitate to even put this up for swap because I'm convinced it's gone bad.
The only saving grace for this foundation is that it sets my liquid foundations okay. Sometimes it still tends to look powdery. I guess this just wasn't meant for me.
I orderedt this from Saks because the Saks near me doesn't carry this line. I read all the rave reviews and even though i'm not a fan of power's i thought this would be great for touch up's when i'm out and about. I have Olive skin and i was recommended over the phone to order Carmel, it was a little too dark for me but it worked, i would get a shade lighter if i was to try the foundation. Anyways i felt like it looked cakey and made my 35 year skin look dry. i applyed it wet and got better results. i ended up returning it because it looked like i had on make up and i wanted a flawless look without looking like i had powder on. i returned it to my local Saks without any problems. i also ordered a lipstick whick i like and i am eager to try on the foundation but will wait until i go to NYC so i don't end up being disappointed again. Also i thought the packing looked cheap.
I love this powder foundation. I have tried many powder foundations from La Mer to the dollar store. This one is the top 3 for sure. It photographs well and doesn't dry out my skin. The finish can be cakey if you pile it on, but that is to be expected. This will definitely replace my La Mer powder foundation for when I want the luxury.
I am not usually a fan of powder foundations. When I was younger, I found the coverage heavy and mask-like and as I got older, most of them - even high-end ones - seemed chalky and powdery on application, but ironically, they then seemed to mix with oils throughout the day which made it slide around and appear uneven. I never felt like they could stand alone without something else underneath. D&G has none of those problems. First of all, this is a very silky, finely milled powder that could probably double as a finishing powder, it's so light. It never appears obvious and has a supersoft airbrushed quality. If you need heavier coverage for scars and such, I would not recommend this as I don't think it's capable of of that kind of coverage. It's beautifully packaged, but it's the color selection that separates it from its rivals. They have 14 shades and the one I'm using (classic) is a very fair neutral that is neither too yellow or pink. It's more like an ivory-beige. I think it might be the second lightest shade. Other high-end powders and mineral powders (GA, CDP, LM) have been too sallow or too matte looking on my 40+ skin making me think that I should no longer be wearing a powder foundation. D&G has really come out with a superior product that should work with most skin tones and types. For reference, it does work best over moisturized skin and I do use D&G's new Perfect Finish concealer under my eyes and around my nose area. Expensive, but worth it! continued >>
I wanted to love it. The packaging is amazing. The powder will make you look older and settles into fine lines almost instantly. Looks good for about 5 minutes until you make an expression, then it finds the flaws and settles there.