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 [not daily since I do not wear make-up every day] since I received it and can be seen sporting it in most of my YouTube videos reviews and tutorials.
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 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.
Bottom Line: Worth every penny I paid ($44 + tax). Will buy again and will hoard tens of them if D&G creative decides to emulate Chanel's recent erratic discontinuing binge and discontinue Tan. Most of you will purchase sight unseen like me but if you're a fan of contouring, this is definitely worth the splurge!
*I purchase all my D&G cosmetics from D&G Specialist Nikki at the Bloomingdales in Houston, 713. 627.0500. EXT 5101. Nikki came highly recommend by Sabrina as she describes colors and textures very well. Tell her I sent you!