Quick. What's the first thing you think of when I say Dolce and Gabbana?
Black lace, Scarlett Johansson? Scarlett Johansson in black lace?
You probably didn't say makeup, because until now, the Northwest didn't have an outlet for the company's relatively new line. It launched worldwide in 2009, and just last week it set up shop at the Bellevue Square Nordstrom. The newly glossy counter is one just 20 spots in America where the lip and nail color, foundations, shadows, brushes and blushes, liners, and mascara are sold.
We paid them a visit, and put together three things you need to know about their molto, molto Italiano lacquers, layers, colors, and creams.
-Black lace does factor in—in the form of a mascara. Their Inteseyes is definitely an "It" product. In my experience, it's easy to fall in love with a new lash extender—only to fall back out a few weeks into the tube—but, whelp, I definitely felt the new relationship butterflies with this stuff when I road-tested it.
-Dolce & Gabbana's overall look is very much La Dolce Vita; wasp waists, sheer peek-a-boos, unabashed sexuality and romance. So I asked the line's visiting NYC-based rep (their company policy dictates that I not name names, so pardon my journalistic breach) if gals—or for that matter, gentlemen—seeking a more subdued look need not stop by. He assured me that while, "That's the Dolce and Gabbana look: they want you to be noticed," they do subtle as well as sexy, and proceeded to point out scores of nude and beige tones, and very polite peaches and pinks. Sure, the risky, voice-y shades (Sole 13 in the blush department is stunning, but terrifying) call out for attention. Doesn't mean you have to answer them. Boss Lady of all makeup Boss Ladies Pat McGrath oversees the collection with both Dolce and Gabbana weighing in. McGrath goes from elegance to editorial in the space of a tweezed eyebrow hair, so if a collection of makeup can do the same, she's probably interested in making it happen.-The Dolce & Gabbana rep told me that makeup lines build their clientele on the face. Foundations and mascara make loyal clients. Lipstick buyers are cheaters; they'll buy, and wear, Nars on one day, Chanel the next, and Revlon, too. If you like playing the field, you should definitely court some Dolce & Gabbana shades. Opulent ruby reds and seductive purple tones—the brand referes to these as 'dahlia'—hallmark the collection.