This just in: Dolce & Gabbana has debuted a new line of skincare products with prices that rival those for a pair of designer shoes. For me, all it took was one look at the goods to get an endorphin rush.
“Dolce & Gabbana skincare is founded on one simple truth: Beautiful skin that’s full of life has the power to captivate others,” said Domenico Dolce.
To give everyday women the dewy skin we see at the fashion house’s flamboyantly glamorous shows, D&G’s line focuses mainly on hydration. The collection centers around the radically moisturizing Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex, a naturally developed complex that is based on gold silk sericin extracts, which sink into skin and plump from within. The complex is amped up with hydrators like Italian olive oil extracts and water-soluble Vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide), which makes it even more moisturizing. A study organized by Proctor and Gamble (D&G’s parent firm) found that not only is niacinamide well-tolerated by all skin types, but it also reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness, yellowing, and blotchiness on the face.
The assortment of products, which are packaged in fittingly glam jars with a dash of gold detailing, is separated into two categories: Everyday products focused on cleansing and prepping the skin comprise the Essential line; the Aurealux line offers more targeted treatments such as a serum, essence, and eye gel. “There’s an elegance to how the products have been formulated—it’s the marriage of the designers’ vision with the scientific know-how of the P&G prestige labs,” said Dr. Samantha Bunting, the renowned dermatologist who is the ambassador for the brand, of the launch. “The textures are fantastic, it has plausible and realistic claims, and it’s a comprehensive and cohesive line. The amount of in-vitro and in-vivo tests, random assessments, and blind trials that they’ve done is staggering. [The results] are what women really want: A look of well-being.” A whopping ninety-percent of women tested noticed a positive difference in their skin over a four-week period.
Here are some staples to start with:
Essential Exfoliator ($47): It’s a citrus-scented gel that uses a touch of water to foam up and quickens skin turnover with teensy microbeads. It’s a great perk-me-up that polishes tired skin without scratching or irritating, making it perfect for women who like gentle formulas but need big results.
Aurealux Cream ($129): Normal to oily types will favor the quasi-gel texture of this hydrator, which has an addicting floral scent and absorbs superbly. My retinoid-treated skin felt nourished from just one use, and it left no sticky feeling behind.
Aurealux Eye Gel ($72): Already sold out (replenishments are on the way!), the surface of the nongreasy, cooling gel seems almost jelly-like, so the product seems to bounce back to its shape after you’ve scooped out what you need. Bonus: The concealer glides on more smoothly as the gel doubles as a primer.
A native Angeleno, Nav is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has been testing beauty products for print and digital magazines for nearly a decade. She spends her days working in media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.