Dolce & Gabbana Tan Blush Review, Comparison, Photos, Swatches

D&G's The Blush in Tan is my Holy Grail contour color. Yes, it is categorized as a blush but I use it to contour my cheekbones and jawline to give my face and slimmer look and please, believe it when I say it's the best I've ever used. I am so thankful Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book reviewed this or I would have lived the rest of my life unenlightened. I have worn this regularly since I received it and can be seen sporting it in most of my YouTube videos reviews and tutorials nowadays.

The powder is finely milled, not chalky at all. I use my Sigma F25 to apply it and the powder never kicks up dust, which I love. The powder also does not accentuate any pores and it is not orange in any way so even those who are fair could use it. I must mention, though, when I opened up the compact for the first time to photograph it, I recoiled because the color in the compact was so dark and ashy. Rest assured, though, it is entirely natural looking on the face! As are the rest of the Dolce and Gabbana's blushes I own, Tan is extremely well pigmented so all you need is a mere sweep of the brush across the compact. Really, one swipe is all you need for each cheek. If you go overboard, you may look like you got hit in the face with a mud pie ;) Don't say I didn't warn you.

Benefit Hoola, Burberry Earthy, D&G Tan

Here is a comparison between the other two contour shades I was using before Tan. The first is Benefit's Hoola, which is a matte bronzer - coveted for lacking an orange undertone but as you can see below, Hoola appears to be much more orange when compared to Tan! The other product pictured between the two is Burberry's Blush in Earthy, which is best for fair skinned women or men who desire a very natural contour. Earthy has a pink undertone, which initially disliked but it actually makes Earthy more versatile than Tan or Hoola since I can layer it as a contour or apply it lightly as a blush.

Tan is much easier for the everyday woman to use as a contour, as opposed to Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powder in Medium. Both are excellent powders, but the D&G Tan is easier to build and blend, especially on very fair to light skin tones.

Bottom Line: Worth every penny I paid ($44 + tax). Will buy again and will hoard tens of them if D&G creative ever decide to discontinue it. Most of you will purchase sight unseen like me but if you're a fan of contouring, Tan is definitely worth the splurge!


  1. Now I can see why you said Hoola appears orange! Thanks for the swatches, will definitely look out for this blush :) (I kind of have my eye on Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel though >< hehe)

  2. I could never make Hoola work for me ... but I'll definitely try this out! Even if it doesn't work as a contour color, it still looks gorgeous as a blush!

  3. I wish I could buy D&G cosmetics in Thailand :'(

  4. Okay Rae. You convinced me, again, to get another product that comes highly recommend by you lol. After debating with myself for over a month, I finally ordered the D&G the blush in tan yesterday from SAKS (beveryly hills) without having to see it and try it in person lol; which I never do! I loved every product I purchased in the pass that you highly recommend...so I have a very strong feeling that this might hit my "must-have" product list as well.
    CANT WAIT TO TRY IT**** cross fingers xxxxx
    You did mention that this product may get replace...any further info on that?

  5. Y.Yang - I hope you love it! It's really does wonders. And no, it's not getting discontinued. I said if it ever were to, I'd be upset! :)

  6. I wasn't sure if writing on your blog using my phone was working properly so I also commented on your YouTube channel lol. Sorry for the repetitive comments but YES, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Thank u Rae! I feel all grown up for making the right purchase; Although, i am almost 24 lol =P

    PS- Love love your videos. Keep up the good work!

  7. First I would like to start off by saying I love your videos and your reviews! I have you to thank for more than half of my cosmetic purchases lol, all of which are my favs!! So after weeks of back and forth on whether or not I should purchase this blush, this review helps me finally cave in!! But after searching everywhere...and I do mean EVERYWHERE! Its no where to be found, not even online :( I'm afraid I may have missed my opportunity...

  8. Azaria - I'm so glad to hear it! It's available online at Saks Fifth Avenue, and at select Saks department stores (Beverly Hills, NY, Houston)!

  9. Thanks!! Last time I checked Saks online I could have sworn I didn't see it... lol but I was able to purchase it. I can't wait for it to arrive :)

  10. Rae, I just purchased this blush and I'm loving the color! But I'm not really digging the packaging. Did you have a problem with your blush? Mine makes a squeaky noise and almost feels like cheap plastic. I wonder if D&G changed their packaging?


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