I’m posting this in trepidation really – Stefano Gabbana’s recent cultural insensitivity and subsequent use of the (now deleted) poo emoji (oh, grow up, SG!) to illustrate his thoughts on the Chinese have certainly made me think twice. But I’m opening up the conversation. Given that Chinese retailers (such a large proportion of the luxury market) have turned their backs on the brand, D&G is getting punishment to their pockets big-time.
Cultural insensitivity often comes from a place of ignorance, and of course a sense of superiority (ugly wherever you find it) that somehow removes the person from educating themselves – or from taking advice, that surely must have been given. I can’t ignore it. I’m reviewing the new products as I would normally, but inviting you to have your say in comments. At what point do you, as a consumer, turn your back on a brand? They’re not the first to behave improperly and I am sure they won’t be the last.
It’s a double blow that these are the prettiest things the brand has ever produced. The Dolcissimo Matte Liquid Lip Colour are liquid matte lipsticks (I’d be happier if they were gloss!) in 9 bold shades and an intense pigment level.
I cannot help but love the packaging that makes every other liquid lipstick or gloss look dull as ditch water. The liquid matte is a comfort wear with oils to prevent moisture loss but as with any very matte product, if you have dry lips these will not be your friends. I wish that ‘wear’ classification could be standardized – this claims 8 hours but no brand ever specifies if that time is for the very last vestiges to be gone or whether the expectation is that you’ll keep the lip you put on for the entire day. Perhaps if you lie still in a dark room, but otherwise, I don’t see it (or any other) sticking around.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
In the swatch, from bottom to top: Rosebud, Ruby, Red and Fuchsia. They’re £36 each HERE.
Non aff HERE.