I’m not a huge fan of Dolce&Gabbana lipstick, but I do love their Monica editions. You know, those eight Monica shades. They are pretty, the quality is great. Awesome, actually. They feel so good on the lips I even pull myself together and get over the scent for the sake of wearing them 🙂 Maybe, it’s just me, but those eight Monica shades feel even better on the lips than Dolce&Gabbana lipstick usually does.
I have to say, that this scent though is exactly what bothers me most about Dolce&Gabbana lipstick. The formula itself is good, it’s classic and creamy. Old fashioned in a good way. The way lipstick was originally. But the scent is a little bit too much, to my taste.
Anyway, I like Monica Bellucci editions so much I was eager to try Sophia Loren edition hoping it will be as great. What made me even more eager is that Sophia Loren edition is shine lipstick. I love shine in lipstick and lip colour in general, so I was excited.
What puzzled me is that there only one shade. When I saw it and swatched it and wore it though, I kind of got why.
So, here goes. Sophia Loren. The packaging is classically Dolce&Gabbana. Golden boxing with black lettering. What’s special about this box is that it has Sophia Loren signature on it. Pretty cool, I think. This packaging looks good. For sure.
The shade is called Sophia Loren № 1. Does it mean, there are going to be more shades at some point? I don’t know.
The tube itself is square, sleek, golden and has the same black Sophia Loren signature lettering on it. Very chic.
The lipstick has this typically powdery old fashioned lipstick scent to it. Strong. Very much so. I wish it were more delicate than that, to tell you the truth.
Sophia Loren formula feels nice on the lips. Soft and lush. It’s pretty full for a shine lipstick. It has full on colour and shine all in one. Not really sheer. Which it not a bad thing in this particular case.
Now, here’s why I kind of get it, why there’s only one shade of it after I’ve tried it. It’s a very much universal shade. Nude like in a way. Although there’s more to it than just nude.
Sophia Loren № 1 is a romantic and nude like mauve. It looks more pinkish in the tube, but once swatched more mauve comes through. The same happens in the course of the day depending on what light you’re in. Sometimes you get a little more pink in this mauve.
Sometimes you get a little more purple. Like here.
It’s an appealing purple pink or pink purple – depends on how you look at it – that will look good and different on most of us. That suits most occasions. That brings out our natural beauty as opposed to vamping us all up into a red lip look. Not that I have anything against the red lip look. I do it myself from time to time 🙂
You get what I’m saying here though. Sophia Loren by Dolce&Gabbana is more about you than about lipstick. And it’s a good thing. Praiseworthy, actually. Also, it’s the kind of shade you feel comfortable in. Not too light, not too dark, not too red, not too purple, not too nude, not too bright, not too anything. The key to understanding this shade is that it’s so well-balanced, not rough at all around the egdes, the opposite of it. Very nice. Very elegant. Very womanly.
If you’re fine with wearing this formula, this texture, this scent on your lips, Sophia Loren № 1 is the kind of shade you do want in your stash. It’s the kind of shade that does come in handy now and again.
When you don’t feel like standing out in a big statement kind of way. When you want to feel comfortable in your own skin. When you don’t want to distract people who see you from who and what you really are.
My conclusion is this shade is really well done. And worth it. Do check it out before buying it though, if you’re scent sensitive.
And if you like pinks, purples, mauves, lilacs and all kind of mixes of the above, you might like it a lot. Might be a good addition to your collection. To any makeup collection, to tell you the truth.