Dolce & Gabbana’s Crown Jewels
When Dolce & Gabbana’s holiday collection of corresponding lipsticks and nail polishes crossed my desk, I of course expected opulence (gold tubes and jeweled caps—done and done). What I didn’t count on, however, were emerald, amethyst, ruby, and gold bullets that were reminiscent of the mosaics that spurred the lavish pieces in the designers’ Fall 2013 collection. After tearing off their tops like an adrenaline-fueled kid on Christmas morning, I slicked on each shade thinking that the finishes would be sheer and barely detectable like so many black lip glosses that came before them. Wrong again. Two coats provided rich, opaque hues that are normally only offered by brands that cater to backstage pros and the theatrical set. The mastermind behind these treasures for the modern, party-hopping woman is none other than Pat McGrath, who designed the lacquers and lipsticks to be worn like jewelry. Let’s just say a luminous green mouth and mani are guaranteed to make just as much of a statement as one of the house’s Byzantine-inspired crowns.
Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Jewels collection will be available November 15; lipstick, $35 each, nail lacquer, $24 each.