Friday, 12 March 2010

Dulce Cosmetics Part Deux

As promised here is the second installment of my Dulce Cosmetics review. The colours on the site are pretty true to life and more accurate than my photos, but I always think it's nice to see what products look like without the harsh lighting of a studio.

First up let's talk cheeks. If you don't like mineralized blushes then look away now as these are all very shimmery. Personally a bit of sparkle never scared me, so I was keen to make them work, and they do if buffed into the skin, or lightly layered on top of a matte(ish) bronzer or blusher. The colour range is great with a good selection of pinks, peaches and even some plummy colours.

The baked lustre blusher in shade 04 would be perfect for adding colour to darker skintones. Though it is far too dark for me, and looks more like a bronzer, I have used it to create depth very sparingly along the cheekbones (in between where you would sweep your bronzer and blusher).

The baked metallic blusher in shade 02 (which is much more peach than orange in real life) makes a nice highlight over a matte peach blush.  I would recommend using this with a fan brush as it is very shimmery.
As you can see both blushes are very pigmented, so use them wisely :). Less is definitely more with these!

The megashine and volume glosses are smooth, easy to apply and have a pleasant fruity scent. The consistency and colour pay-off is more like a liquid lipstick, while the staying power is that of a gloss.
They can be sheered out to create a more subtle look as in the swatch (shade 09, which is darker in real life than on the website). These are not at all sticky and I haven't found them to be drying.
Dulce also have a range of lose shadows called pigment shimmer powders. These come in a plastic pot with a screw top. Inside there is a plastic cap which has a hole in the middle (I think Kryolan does something similar with their pigments). There is also stopper attached to the lid so when you close it none of the powder can come through. Unlike shadows with sifters they can therefore be stored upside down without the fear of an explosion next time you open it This is a good idea in principle, as it stops those all too frequent spillages, but it does make it quite difficult to get the product out as the hole is not big enough for a brush.
This is shade 05, a beautiful warm bronze colour. The pigmentation as always is great, but I have found this pigment to be quite chunky (I only have one colour so am not sure if this is the case with all of them). It almost seems like the pigment particles clump together because it isn't properly dry. Looking at the ingredients I see that the pigment shimmer powders contain almond oil, which probably makes the pigment stick together. I know that some MAC pigments have this problem too *ahem Frost.. I'm talking about you!*. This makes application a little difficult as there is a lot of fall out. I have found it best to apply this dry all over the lid with my finger, which makes it blend well and appear almost like a cream eyeshadow.
You can see the texture in this swatch, but if you go over it with your fingers it becomes very smooth and creamy as the heat helps it blend in. It really depends on how much time you want to spend playing with it, but at $7 a pop for a tonne of product I can see myself trying more :).

I have put up a tutorial using some dulce cosmetics on YouTube to show you guys how the products wear and can be used :).

I would love to know what you all think of Dulce cosmetics!! It almost makes me wonder how some brands can charge up to 10 times as much for mineralized products when you can get such pigmented shadows, blushers etc. for extremely affordable prices.

Dear FTC: All products featured were sent to me for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own :).


  1. nice... too bad this cosmetic brand isn't available in my country. I have no other choice but to buy it online... which sucks because our post office sucks too (I bought something online and it took severals months to have it sent to me)... :P You look beautiful, BTW. :)

  2. I'm in love with the last swatch. I'm willing to risk the clumps and give it a shot! Looks so shimmery and sparkley...almost like real gold! Anyway, you're beautiful and I'm a new follower...just thought I'd introduce myself ;)

  3. I placed an order a few days ago, just a few shadows and mostly cheek products. I hope they are great, because they looked nice on the site. But the site should really have larger pictures..

  4. Ah that stuff looks a little too shimmery for my taste, but I do like that last swatch!

  5. love this! again, wish this was available in NZ

    was just wondering... are you still using LiLash? :)


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